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Oaksterdam's Richard Lee: Marijuana Legalization Is "Dead" in California -- For Now

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 9th 2011 by THCFinder

After spending over $1.5 million out of his own pocket, Richard Lee thinks 2012 has no chance of seeing Marijuana legalized for California. Without any investors backing with support it just won't happen. It costs a great deal of money to get something like Marijuana legalized and without more support he feels the chances are slim to none.

‚ÄčLast year's Proposition 19 was quite a wild ride, but marijuana legalization in California is over.  
 
That's according to Richard Lee, the Oaksterdam University founder and chief sponsor of Prop. 19, which won its place on Californians' November 2010 ballot only after Lee spent his $1.5 million life savings on the requisite signature drive. 
 
Following Prop 19's historic defeat -- the legalization ballot measure lost 54 percent to 46 percent, but won more votes than gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman did -- backers, including Lee, promised they'd be back in 2012 with a successor measure. But the fundraising just hasn't been there, Lee said Saturday at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo in downtown Oakland, held a few blocks away from the Oaksterdam campus. 
 
That means the effort to legalize marijuana in California has stalled out.
 
"It's pretty much dead," Lee told SF Weekly, speaking of the efforts by the "new Prop. 19 committee," the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, to put a successor initiative on the November 2012 ballot. "The funders didn't come through." 
 
 

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