Marijuana legalization may reach ballot in California

California - (NBC) - Advocates say they have the signatures needed to place a measure that would legalize marijuana -- and not just the medicinal kind -- before California voters.

The initiative would allow anyone 21 or older to possess, share and transport up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use. It also would allow Californians to grow up to 25 square feet per residence.

It would be up to local governments to authorize cultivation, transportation and sale. Local governments could then impose taxes.

"They already accept that it's out there. They want to see a smart strategy," Chris Lehane, a top strategist for the initiative, told the LA Times.

Supporters say the outcome of the initiative will probably come down to the undecideds -- women in their 30s and 40s with children.

Although California is at the forefront, it's not alone. In 2012, Nevada might consider state-licensed marijuana stores. In Washington, activists are campaigning for a legalization measure.

California voters approved marijuana for medicinal use in 1996. Fourteen states followed with medicinal marijuana laws of their own.

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