It takes the cannabis industry out of the black market, out of the back alleys, and brings it into retail establishments," campaign spokeswoman Dale Sky Clare said.
, also the executive chancellor of Oaksterdam University
, said the initiative would allow cities and counties to adopt a wide range of activities -- or none at all.
An agricultural county could authorize large-scale marijuana growing to produce hemp, a durable fiber that can be used in making paper, clothing or rope.
"Labor unions see this as an opportunity for tens of thousands of jobs," Clare
Or a city such as Oakland or Berkeley
could issue a permit to a bar or nightclub to serve marijuana rather than alcohol, she
There also could be the equivalent of "dry counties" where the sale of marijuana is not permitted, although possession would still be allowed.
The campaign is drafting a range of model ordinances that local governments could adopt if the initiative is approved by voters, she
attempted to counter expected opposition from law enforcement by pointing out that local authorities could tax marijuana to help train and equip police departments, among other expenditures.
"Right now, the profit margins are going to buy more guns for the Mexican cartels," she