Version 4.4 Timeline:

  • Submitted to the Office of the Attorney General on 1st November 2019.
  • 30 Day Public Comment period ended on 4th December 2019.
  • Received Title, Summary, and Fiscal Impact Report from the Office of the Attorney General on 8th January 2020.
  • Currently: eligible for signature collection.
Both versions are open-source initiatives, having been extensively drafted by Decriminalize California, scientists, researchers, policymakers, and members of the public over several months, prior to submission to the Office of the Attorney General.

Want to collect signatures? Read the following instructions first…

Guide to Circulating the Petition

Read the following information carefully to ensure that you collect legally valid signatures for the California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative.

NOTE: While circulating a petition, it is PROHIBITED to provide members of the public with stickers, printed materials, or other goods, regardless of whether or not such an exchange is intended to persuade members of the public to sign the petition.

The CPDI2020 OFFICIAL PACKET contains:

  1. CPDI2020 OFFICIAL PETITION SHEET
  2. CPDI2020 OFFICIAL CIRCULATOR STATEMENT
  3. CPDI2020 OFFICIAL INSTRUCTIONS
  4. CPDI2020 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

STEP 1: COMPLETE, SIGN, AND RETURN CIRCULATOR STATEMENT

1. Print out, complete and sign (IN INK) the CPDI2020 OFFICIAL CIRCULATOR STATEMENT. This can be printed on standard ‘letter’ size paper (8.5×11 inch).

2. Scan the completed CPDI2020 OFFICIAL CIRCULATOR STATEMENT and send the document to info@decrimca.org

3. Keep your original paper copy and the digital copy for your records.

NOTE: It is prohibited to collect signatures without first submitting this statement. A signed statement must be submitted by each individual collecting signatures. An individual cannot sign one statement on behalf of multiple people.

STEP 2: PRINT SIGNATURE SHEET AND COLLECT SIGNATURES

1. Print CPDI2020 OFFICIAL PETITION SHEET as a double-sided tabloid sheet (11×17 inch). Print multiple copies to ensure that you do not run out of sheets. Each sheet provides space for 6 signatures. Check carefully for any printing errors, such as printer misalignment which could cause text on the sides of the document to be cut off. If any text is missing from the document, the signatures will be legally invalid.

NOTE: Based on the formatting of the petition, the petition MUST be printed on a tabloid sheet (11×17 inch). Petition sheets printed on paper which is smaller than tabloid are legally invalid.

2. Fold CPDI2020 OFFICIAL PETITION SHEET in half to create a booklet with four pages, as indicated in the photo below.

NOTE: Pages of the petition CANNOT be stapled or clipped together, the pages must be part of one continuous sheet of paper. Petition sheets which are stapled or clipped together are legally invalid.

3. On the first page of the sheet, note the statement “All signers of this petition must be registered to vote in _________ County”. In the blank space, print (IN INK) the County which the sheet is intended for. For example, if the sheet is intended for Los Angeles County, write ‘Los Angeles’.

4. A signatory does not have to be registered to vote in the County in which you collect signatures. It is recommended to have sheets ready for voters registered in other counties. For example, if you are collecting signatures in Los Angeles County, ensure that you have sheets for Orange County, Alameda County, San Diego County, San Francisco County, and other counties with high concentrations of registered voters.

STEP 3: CHECK THAT AN INDIVIDUAL IS ELIGIBLE TO SIGN

Signatories to the petition MUST be Citizens of the United States AND registered to vote in California. A signatory must provide their full name, address, city, zip, and a legible signature. An illegible signature is legally invalid. Before an individual signs the petition:

1. Ask the individual whether they are registered to vote in California.

2. Ask the individual which California County they are registered to vote in. Ensure they sign the sheet which is labelled with their correct county.

3. Check that the individual will write the address at which they are registered to vote, which MAY DIFFER from their current address.

NOTE: All signers on a petition sheet must be registered to vote in the SAME COUNTY. Signatures from voters registered in more than one county are legally invalid. If an individual’s listed address does not match the address at which they are registered to vote, the signature is legally invalid.

STEP 4: COMPLETE AND SIGN THE DECLARATION

1. Once a signature sheet has been completed, complete and sign the Declaration of Circulator section (IN INK) at the end of the sheet. Sheets without a signed Declaration are legally invalid.

NOTE: Although there is space for up to 6 signatures, sign the Declaration on all petition sheets, even if some sheets have only 1 signature.

STEP 5: RETURN THE COMPLETED PETITION SHEETS

1. Ensure that the completed sheets are not tampered with or damaged. Keep the sheets in a safe place, away from moisture, dust, dirt etc. until they can be returned to Decriminalize California.

2. RETURN the sheets to Decriminalize California via the United States Postal Service (USPS). The address is: Ryan Munevar, 1850 Whitley Avenue, #612, Los Angeles, CA, 90028. Alternatively contact your local County Organizer to arrange for the sheets to be collected in-person.

NOTE: The Frequently Asked Questions sheet is provided to assist you in answering questions about the initiative asked by members of the public. Do not give this sheet to members of the public. If you do not have access to the Frequently Asked Questions sheet, consult ‘Section 2. Findings and Declarations’ of the initiative itself.

Finished reading the instructions?

Click the big button below to download the OFFICIAL PACKET containing the OFFICIAL PETITION SHEET, OFFICIAL CIRCULATOR STATEMENT, OFFICIAL INSTRUCTIONS, and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

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