Recreational Marijuana is Now Legal in California
As of January first, recreational use of marijuana is now legal in the state of California. It is legal for adults ages 21 and older, and residents can grow up to 6 plants and possess as much as an ounce of marijuana at a time. At this moment, only 90 businesses in the entire state received a license to open on New Year’s Day (located heavily in San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz, San Diego, and Palm Springs). What does this mean?
California is now the largest state to have legalized and regulated the recreational use of marijuana. This decision aims to repair some of the damage that criminalization of marijuana has done to communities.
“’California’s Proposition 64 ballot measure was not only about marijuana legalization, it was one of the most progressive sentencing and criminal justice reforms in the entire country,’ said Eunisses Hernandez, a policy coordinator at Drug Policy Alliance, a leading drug policy reform group. A year ago, voters approved Proposition 64 to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes and reduce criminal penalties for various marijuana-related offenses for adults and juveniles. It also authorized a new process for individuals in the state to get previous marijuana-related convictions retroactively reduced, reclassified as lesser offenses or dismissed altogether.”
Around 5,000 people have already applied to have their marijuana sentences reviewed but that is very small number of people compared to the total arrested in relation to marijuana charges. This can turn around the lives and families of thousands of people that have been affected by criminal convictions involving marijuana.
As for this emerging industry, it looks like the entire process from seed to storefront is meant to be tracked electronically. This is to help prevent marijuana from being sold into the black market and will help the state keep up with taxes. Ironically, the system is not in use and sales have already begun. Currently everything is being tracked via paper invoices and even when the system is implemented, growers and sellers are not required to use it. If consumers can move around the system with little tracking then they may be able to stay in the black market to avoid taxes. It is also possible that supply may not keep up with demand and that the current supply of marijuana products may dwindle down in just a few weeks.
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