Petition Drive to Legalize Marijuana Approved

Pot advocates are taking another stab at legalization with a proposed measure that would dictate pot growers be regulated in the same way as microbrewers and vintners. Home growers would be be left alone, sales would be taxed, and nobody would be charged criminally for possession under the proposed law.

The Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012 has been certified, which means that backers can begin gathering the more than half-million signatures they'd need to put it before voters.

The wine and beer angle adds a new twist to the pitch given by marijuana merchants who backed the the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, which promised a bonanza for government if only tax collectors could skim marijuana profits.

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