The provision also would wipe clean many criminal convictions and stop the prosecution of other marijuana-related crimes.
“It’s time to end criminalization,” Blake said. “There is a lot of fear among farmers, small farmers in general,” about losing their livelihood and “the way things have been. But they’ve already lost that aspect.”
If the proposition fails, Blake argues, California would be in danger of losing its position as the nation’s top-producing marijuana region. Four other states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational pot, and four more states have questions on the November ballot.
“We can’t afford to fall further behind,” he said, giving a tour of his farm.
Tim Blake checks the aroma of a jar of medical marijuana at his dispensary near Laytonville, October 13, 2015.