In November California voters will go to the polls and one of the issues they’ll decide on is recreational marijuana legalization. The measure, now officially dubbed Proposition 64, would legalize cannabis possession for all adults up to an ounce and would also allow for adults to grow 6 plants at home.
Now that the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” has officially qualified for the ballot in California, everyone’s attention turns to the vote this November and beyond. If recreational legalization is passed by voters it will unleash an economic revolution in the state.
By itself, California is the world’s 6h largest economy. With almost 40 million people and a medical marijuana industry that is 20 years old, CA is primed for government restrictions to be taken off of recreational growing and sales.
Oakland, California, has recently been a hotbed of discussion in the cannabis industry since the City Council passed two new ordinances, both highly changing and regulating its MMJ market that has flourished since the state became the first to legalize in 1996.
While this new legislation is groundbreaking in Northern California for providing the unprecedentedly high limit of 8 dispensary permits awarded per year, it is structured in a way that, while well meaning, will actually cripple the quickly growing industry.
Due to new regulations passed Wednesday by the California State Legislature, researchers in the Golden State will now have access to the highest-grade medical marijuana.
Currently the only federally sanctioned marijuana research occurs at the government’s one-and-only research farm at the University of Mississippi. For anyone who’s ever scored weed in the south, I think we can all agree California’s grade-A greens will far surpass the quality of whatever shake they’re able to grow at Ole Miss.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) has long since been an advocate of legalization, both medically and recreationally, and he just made history as being the first Republican representative to openly admit to medical marijuana use.
While addressing NORML, the 69-year-old congressman said the pain from his arthritis made his favorite pastime of surfing an actual past-time; the discomfort even made it difficult for him to sleep. That is, until Rohrabacher tried medical marijuana salve.