ReformCA Joins Crowded Field for California Marijuana Legalization
The Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform in California has announced the hiring of political consultants Joe Trippi and Jim Gonzalez, as well as the company Progressive Campaigns Inc. to handle the gathering of petition signatures for what will be the ninth initiative filed regarding marijuana laws in California.
Trippi is currently a FOX News commentator who was an adviser for the campaigns of California Gov. Jerry Brown and former presidential candidates Howard Dean and John Edwards. Gonzalez served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and was instrumental in helping to pass Proposition 215 in 1996, the groundbreaking medical marijuana initiative.
Coalition chairwoman Dale Sky Jones says the campaign has raised almost a half-million dollars from their near 70,000 supporters and plans to raise four million dollars from their supporters, as well as larger donations from drug reform, institutional, and industry supporters to match the ten-to-fourteen million dollars the campaign is estimated to cost.
ReformCA is expected to be the largest, best-funded organization putting forth a legalization initiative in California. Eight other initiatives have already been filed, but it is expected that some of those will fold if their concerns are absorbed within ReformCA’s still-unreleased initiative language, and others will lack the financial support necessary for a robust statewide campaign.
In addition to Jones, who is the chancellor of Oaksterdam University and the prior campaign head for the failed Prop 19 legalization initiative from 2010, ReformCA also has strong institutional support. California NORML and California US Representative Dana Rohrabacher already have endorsed the ReformCA campaign, and it is working closely with Marijuana Policy Project, Drug Policy Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and Americans for Safe Access — in other words, every major marijuana reform organization.
ReformCA’s proposal is likely to be far more conservative than some of the other initiatives already filed.
Plus there are two initiatives dealing solely with amending California’s medical marijuana laws: