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Jan 8, 2012 9:58 PM by Shelby Rhodes

Supporters of legalizing marijuana in California gather signatures

An initiative to legalize marijuana is circling for signatures, and if enough are collected, it will be put on the California ballot.

The signatures must be collected by June 4. In order to get on the ballot, nearly 505,000 registered voters need to be on board with the measure. That is equal to five percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

People on the Central Coast seem to have mixed opinions on the measure at this point.

"I think it will bring a lot of revenue to California," said Rory Weinell, a supporter of legalizing marijuana. "I think it will be better than the last bill the proposed in the last election. I think it will be good."

Other people in the area disagree.

"I believe in medical marijuana, but I don't believe in it being sold on the open market, just so anybody can buy it. Even if it is just an ounce." said Jean Lee, who is against legalizing marijuana.

Supporters have been gathering signatures since Friday.

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