Regulate Cannabis Like Wine 2012 initiatives to legalize cannabis in California

Regulate Cannabis Like Wine 2012 initiatives to legalize cannabis in California

In this video I talk about the two proposed initiatives in California for 2012.
Both of these initiatives have lingo about “regulating cannabis like wine”.
I talk about the differences that have stood out to me.


Both initiatives propose legalization for adults over the age of 21.  Which means no criminal penalties for possession, transportation, sales, distribution, manufacturing or cultivation.
Both of the initiatives address taxes and taxes are included in both initiatives.
Both initiatives allow for industrial hemp, which in my consideration is the best part of these initiatives.
One thing that stands out is that the Regulate Cannabis Like Wine Initiative includes specific lingo that protects laws granted under Proposition 215.

1. (d) The People of the State of California hereby expressly declare that this Act does not repeal, modify, or change any present medical marijuana statutes as set forth in California Proposition 215 and its progeny.

I don’t see anything that specific in the Jack Herer initiative.  Although it doesn’t appear to violate the intent of Prop215, just that it helps increase liberty in regards to cannabis.

One thing that the Jack Herer initiative does that the Regulate Cannabis Like Wine initiative doesn’t do is it gives specific exemption to medical cannabis, but it does give an increased excised tax to all other cannabis of $10 per ounce.

2. Place an excise tax on commercial sale of cannabis hemp euphoric products, analogous to California’s wine industry model, so long as no excise tax or combination of excise taxes shall exceed $10.00 per ounce.

Judge for yourself:

Federal cannabis bill info:

California state cannabis initiatives for 2012:



Regarding taxes:

Regarding the limitations in proposition 215:

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