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California Clears ‘California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016’ For Circulation


california cannabis hemp initiative cchi 2016California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced this week that the organizers of the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI) 2016 can begin collecting signatures to qualify the initiative for the November 8, 2016 California state election. The grassroots organization has 180 days to circulate petitions and collect 365,880 registered voters signatures that must be submitted to county elections officials by April 25, 2016.  The CCHI 2016 allows for the legalization of Cannabis in the state of California by citizens 21 years or older.

To raise the funds for this effort, the CCHI 2016 is launching a pledge drive to solicit funding from businesses and individuals to help the funding of the Initiative that legalizes cannabis in the state of California. The campaign has set a goal of $900,000 in pledges that needs to be raised to fund professional petition gathers across the state. Every dollar raised will go to hire the professional petitioners.

CCHI 2016 proponent and activist Michael Jolson said, “We are confident that we can qualify the CCHI 2016 with this grassroots effort with both a mass mobilization of volunteers and an infusion of financial support to hire professional petitioners. With the re-legalization of Cannabis Hemp, we can help restore our number one renewable resource on Earth as we create a billion dollar economy through the emergence of Cannabis and Hemp industries. There are over 10,000 uses for Cannabis Hemp of which 50,000 commercial products can be made”

More Info www.cchi2016.org

Highlights of the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016

Permits the use of marijuana by adults 21 and older and licenses, regulates, enforces, and taxes recreational marijuana sales like beer and wine.

Allows for personal use and possession of Cannabis grown for personal consumption. Caps the excise tax for commercial sales at 10% of retail price.

Allows for the release and discharge of prisoners currently being serving time for non-violent marijuana offenses, saving taxpayers millions of dollars annually and freeing up jail space, judicial and crime fighting resources.

Permits farmers to grow industrial hemp and hemp seed, and allows industries and entrepreneurs to use the crop for the many uses and applications that hemp provides, both historically and modern. Restricts the use in California of trans-genetically modified Cannabis seeds.

The CCHI 2016 will fund medical Cannabis and industrial hemp research.

The full text of the CCHI can be found at www.cchi2016.org

Click here to read the announcement by Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

For More Information, to read the full text of the CCHI 2016 or to donate or volunteer:


Source: Press release from the CCHI 2016 campaign


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  1. Michael Jolson on

    We aee the only initiative in CA with ANY social media presence. We have a facebook group of well of 13,000 which would have had more, but a temporary admin , without my knowing made it a closed group- we would have had close to 20.000 in the group if it wasnt closed by a rouge admin.
    Our Facebook Page- we have two – is stuck at 4,300 likes and won’t register anymore . I sense a conspiracy. It has been stuck at 4300 likes for many many months.
    We have 2 main Facebook pages, 2 main Facebook groups , we have a strong Instagram following , which should be at 10,000 followers by the end of the month or so, and also a few a Twitter accounts .
    Our Goal is to raise $900,000 and have raised $20,000 in pledges to start.
    What really matters, besides funds, is the Foot Soldiers carrying the CCHI 2016 for free- our volunteers. We currently have over 200 volunteers that have or soon to have the petition.
    We hope to have at least 400 petitions by the end of this month , November.
    We are only ONE WEEK on the streets and the petition is already being circulated all across California. From Humboldt to San Diego and from Santa Cruz to the Central Valley.
    We have more and more folks comtactimg us to help everyday.
    We know how to run an Initiative because we have run many. We know what it takes. We are organizing Regional Coordinatoes throughout California in almost every county.
    We received major media coverage thus far on ABC News – top story on both Los Angeles and San Diego.

  2. Michael Jolson on

    Industrial hemp is treated as an agricultural crop and isn’t subject to the 10% excise tax, just commercial recreational sales.

  3. Michael Jolson on

    CCHI 2016 allows for the doctor to recommend Cannais for anything regardless of age. It keeps the patient doctor/ grower relationship sacrosance.

  4. Michael Jolson on

    A license costs only $1,000 to become a commercial producer and then you can grow unlimited amounts and are taxed 10% of the retail price. 1/2 of that 10% tax will fund medical Cannabis and industrial research .

  5. >”I’m not so sure.” OK, fair enough M. Simon…. but to make this point (as per your link) convincing involves explaining which of the current California Initiatives has a monopoly element written into the language. Do you know which one/s?

  6. saynotohypocrisy on

    Yes, you folks helped defeat the weed oligopoly in Ohio. Let’s see if you can replace it with anything else in Ohio, preferably in 2016, so that patients don’t have to suffer and die for lack of medicine for more than another year in Ohio. If you can’t produce an alternative, then all you did was reject half a loaf because it wasn’t a whole loaf.
    Any self-proclaimed reformer who voted against RO and isn’t actively working on a better alternative is only a sham reformer. Would you agree?
    If I live in Cali I would happily sign CCHI, but I’d sign other petitions too, I ‘d want a backup in case CCHI fails to make the ballot again.

  7. saynotohypocrisy on

    If I lived in CA I’d be circulating CCHI petitions. And I’ll be totally thrilled if you can prove us skeptics wrong.

  8. saynotohypocrisy on

    What’s the point of publicly calling reformers who voted against RO turkeys? Some were voting to protect the illegal market, but I’m pretty sure most were voting out of principle. I thought RO would have done far more good than bad, and the bad part wasn’t written in stone, if public opinion keeps moving in our direction, as seems likely, it would have been changed within a few years. But I haven’t criticized reformers for voting their conscience. I’ll only criticize them if they don’t lift a finger to get a better proposal enacted. You’re not an active reformer unless you take positive action to make reform.happen.

  9. saynotohypocrisy on

    True, but it also pays in politics to be willing to compromise. People don’t usually get everything they want in politics.

  10. Catalina Copeland on

    Prop 215 (which is being undermined by slimeball bureaucrats in Sacremento while lawsuits fix the issue) was pioneered by Dennis Peron and he backs CCHI 2016. I would not call that fringe. Also, these voter initiatives want to make the cancers of AB266 and SB643 PERMANENT and SOLIDIFIED.

    oop time for new throwaway account :( looks like “Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by The Weed Blog.” happenin’

  11. Catalina Copeland on

    “for pain relief, or for any healing purpose, >>including but not limited to the treatment, prevention, or relief of:<< "

  12. Catalina Copeland on

    This man is mistaken, again – my predictions for California in 2016 are attached as an image..

  13. Catalina Copeland on

    CCHI 2016
    As Ben Franklin used to say – “Join or die.”
    My predictions for California in 2016 are attached.
    As is the reason why you should refuse to sign for or vote for anything other than CCHI2016.
    Around and prior to 1937, when people were burning ‘muggles’ we never heard of hysteria about children, we never heard of people being subjectively offended by cannabis smoke. We saw hasheesh candy sold openly by businesses, without requirements for license, import, or export other than those required by open government. How have we since evolved to ending an entire business industry for no good reason? What is the valid fundamental basis to continue having a broken system? Cannabis is an OTC medicine, a relaxant, and stress reliever that should be open to all and your rights to it should be subject to civil protections WITHOUT limitation.

    Why does Mexico get freedom and the US gets a bureaucracy of corrupt state run regulatory cancers? WE ARE BECOMING THE ERITREA of cannabis policy!

  14. How big is the CCHI war chest? How much money do they have to spend?

    Who is endorsing it?

    How many articles are being written about it by typical, mainstream media? How frequently is it cited, outside the core cannabis culture?

    How many Facebook likes does the CCHI initiative have, compared to the other iniatives?

    In other words, how much power does it have, and how much energy can it muster for the long-haul? This is the best indicator of ultimate success.

    I think it’s moribund, and I hope I’m wrong.

  15. Well said.

    Once the police associations, sheriff’s associations, and the league of cities gets through spending millions of dollars convincing soccer moms and dads that the CCHI is sponsored by a fringe group of dreadlock-sporting, tie-dye wearing stoner burnouts it will die.

    CCHI would be wonderful, but going from prohibition to 99 plants and 12lbs is going to freak out too many voters.

  16. You’re (note the contraction) wrong about it being well funded.

    It will compete in a field againt better known initiatives, and fail.

    Success in politics is not about being “right”, it’s about being well funded and properly endorsed.

  17. Ad hominem argument.

    Also, you need to gather enough signatures to actually get it on the ballot. I think you’ll fall short there, which makes the other part of the discussion – whether it can win – pointless.

    It’s a great initiative. It would be a dream come true to see it get passed. But it won’t.

  18. What DO you support!?? Do you have any better solutions or you just heckle from the sidelines while others volunteer?! People are hilarious…. Smh

  19. CCHI STATES “repudiate and challenge federal prohibition and scheduling of cannabis”. – we will be the first state to ever assert our rights against the federal government in this way! this is pretty epic!

  20. No CCHI2016 is the only initiative that actually makes it a misdemeanor to harass, unlawfully detain or Violate any one person of their rights to the provisions of the act – & it’s about time!

  21. And your plan for winning the vote is to tell the voters they are stupid.

    In politics it pays to be attractive. Repulsive doesn’t work as well.

  22. I hate rap music. And focusing on stoners may be fun. But you have to win over the non-users to win. This is almost as bad as “Buddy” in Ohio.

    Take a look at “Should Grandma Smoke Pot?” That guy knows how to sell.

  23. Well since you are the uniter get ‘er done. I note your efforts to force unity re:Ohio had less than stellar results.

    You have to offer what voters want. Can you define that?

  24. Regulations and taxes will be enforced by the police. Eric Garner was killed over tobacco taxes and regulations.

    If the police catch you with pot they will ask to see your papers. No papers proving you bought you cannabis legally? Go to jail.

  25. Michael Jolson on

    You are so brain dead. It will win by at least 60% and was polled to win by 56% 2 Years ago- that number will come up. Your political reality isn’t ours . We aren’t behold to corporste interests.
    It is hard to take seriously someone posting with a fake name Brain Damage- you are everything thst is wrong with our country – thst is do whatever the corporations force feed down our throats . You have zero credibility hiding behind a fake alias l
    Quit hiding . Reveal yourself. What is your real name snd what are you doing for the pot movement ?
    You- invisible person and HATER must realize that we will defeat the 6 plant one ounce petitions – every single one of them!
    Just like in Ohio- we will defeat bad law and implement real change – real legalization.
    It is a waste of my time to respond to fake aliases and won’t anymore.
    We have too many people wanting to help our campaign than to respond to haters like you, who are too scared to use their real names NOR will reveal their real names when asked!
    That’s how you shut up a hater who hides behind an alias- just ignore them !

  26. Michael Jolson on

    And who are you comparing us to? Look at Reform CA, they are in shambles ! Look at all these fake petitions that have filed, been cleared for circulation and then NEVER hit the streets. We are already out on the streets and hope to have close to 500 volunteers circulating our petition within a month.

  27. your not very well read then. over 70% of cali support legalization and they waited to vote on it until this year specifically due to the fact its a presidential election year meaning the voter turnout will be immensely higher. also supporters didn’t want a repeat of the failures they had trying to get it medically legalized so they were patient and made sure to get there ducks in a row well ahead of time.

    in reality this is a very well planned and well funded proposal at this point in time. also factor in that more then 60% of the U.S. population supports legalization, 80% of the U.S. has already passed some medical legalization laws of some sort or another, and that a bill has been introduced by senator and presidential hopeful Bernie sanders to legalize on a fed lvl has just been announced

    id say the odds are more then in their favor and its more then likely to pass without quandary.

  28. Repeal all cannabis laws, we don’t need regulation we need restitution for harm from discrimination and criminalization of our health choices!

  29. The lesson I took from Ohio is that Ken Sabet just had a field day watching those turkeys vote for Thanksgiving.

  30. Michael, I wish you well, and I wish CCHI success. But it’s becoming like a broken record. Hope I’m wrong about my skepticism.

  31. What happens to hemp with all this tax and regulate BS? It will be priced out of the market.

    No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

  32. Unity is a result of correctness. You can’t demand unity. You can demand an effort that is “correct”. (correct according to the voters)

    Ohio showed what people will not support. Take the lesson to heart.

  33. I’m not so sure:

    Two older voters in downtown Cincinnati who said they support legalization of marijuana both said they voted against Issue 3 because they didn’t like the “monopoly” element creating exclusive growing sites.

    “I can’t believe I voted ‘no’ when it was finally on the ballot,” said Marty Dvorchak, 62, of the northern Cincinnati suburb of Fairfield. “I think it’s ridiculous that marijuana is illegal. The war on drugs has been a failure. But I don’t think 10 people (growers) should have a monopoly.”


  34. I’ll be shocked if this gathers enough signatures to make the ballot. No way will voters approve it.

    As distasteful as it is, it takes a LOT of cash plus well-connected endorsements to woo voters into casting a “yes” vote for an initiative, and the bigger the change the initiative brings, the more money and greater endorsements it needs.

    This initiative will never be funded or endorsed by enough “big players” to survive.

    Go get $15,000,000 – $20,000,000 and a half-dozen Hollywood stars to endorse this and MAYBE it will pass. Otherwise, it won’t.

    Depending on the common sense and clear thinking of the voters is a losing effort.

    Everyone who wants legalization in California in 2016 needs to get behind ONE initiative. That’s political reality.

    As much as I don’t care for the provisions of the initiative, the one associated with the Napster/Facebook guy has the best chance of winning. That’s also political reality.

  35. Here we are! Libertarian Party of California

    We, the People , defeated the Corporate Takeover of the 1% in Ohio, and will do the same with Sean Parker/George Soros/Drug Policy MPP’s plan to create a controlled pot market in California with their one ounce and 6 plant petition .

    Thanks The Weed Blog for the post! Sign the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016!

    ‪#‎Word‬ ‪#‎FreeTheWholePlant‬ ‪#‎LetOurFarmersGrowHemp‬‪#‎ThePeopleInitiative‬ ‪#‎FreePotPOW‬ ‪#‎HEMP‬ ‪#‎CCHI2016‬ ‪#‎Libertarian‬‪#‎Fukushima‬ ‪#‎Legalization‬ ‪#‎JackHerer‬ ‪#‎LegalizeIt‬ ‪#‎Forbes‬ ‪#‎Money‬‪#‎Bloomberg‬ ‪#‎BrotherNewcomb‬ ‪#‎The7thRay‬ https://youtu.be/TrL9M-r7tGc

  36. You’re all at fault. – If you all don’t make uniting your priority, it will be Prop 19 all over again, and reform will forget about California.

    And when the initiative loses, the new strict medical marijuana rules will go into effect and remove California’s quasi-legalization – putting large numbers of marijuana shops and growers out of business.

  37. Awww Michael is having a temper tantrum again haha. The only reason that this article was even posted was to shut up all of you CCHI yuppies. Sean is right, we have seen this movie multiple times over the years and it always has the same failing ending. But the Parker initiative on the other hand will have a much better and more successful ending.

  38. The so-called mainline “reformers” defeat themselves by not listening to anyone but who has the biggest wallet in the campaign.

  39. Michael Jolson on

    This is the Final Act- you hater! Quit hating on grassroots activism! We defeated then Pot Monopoly and will defeat the Corporate Takeover by the 1% in CA’
    Get a grip Sean- bad pot laws will lose no matter how much money the 1% tries.
    Why do you hate on grassroots campaigns? What is your full name! Who are you? What are you doing for the cause, except being a HATER on those of us trying to fight for what we believe to be the truth?

  40. Ohio’s Initiative to legalize marijuana was just defeated – largely due to division among marijuana reformers.

    This should be a big wake-up call to all California reformers. It’s going to take everything we’ve got – all behind ONE initiative. Unite, or be defeated again.

    And put the already content growers that don’t want ANY legalization in the crying room and shut the door!

  41. Ohio’s Initiative to legalize marijuana was just defeated – largely due to division among marijuana reformers.
    This should be a big wake-up call to all California reformers. It’s going to take everything we’ve got – all behind ONE initiative. Unite, or be defeated again.
    And put the greedy growers that don’t want ANY legalization in the crying room and shut the door!

  42. We, the People , defeated the Corporate Takeover of the 1% in Ohio, and will do the same with Sean Parker/George Soros/Drug Policy MPP’s plan to create a controlled pot market in California with their one ounce and 6 plant petition .

    Thanks The Weed Blog for the post! Sign the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016!

    ‪#‎Word‬ #‎FreeTheWholePlant‬ ‪#‎LetOurFarmersGrowHemp‬ ‪#‎ThePeopleInitiative‬ ‪#‎FreePotPOW‬ ‪#‎HEMP‬ ‪#‎CCHI2016‬ ‪#‎Libertarian‬ ‪#‎Fukushima‬ ‪#‎Legalization‬ ‪#‎JackHerer‬ ‪#‎LegalizeIt‬ ‪#‎Forbes‬ ‪#‎Money‬ ‪#‎Bloomberg‬ ‪#‎BrotherNewcomb‬ ‪#‎The7thRay‬ https://youtu.be/TrL9M-r7tGc

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