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Kimberly Cargile opened A Therapeutic Alternative Shop in 2009. She says her store serves more than 40,000 patients throughout California. In addition to buying marijuana products, patients can also take advantage of free services like massage therapy and yoga. Cargile stated, “I believe that a patient has a right to heal themselves by all means necessary. So we really are on the cutting edge.” There are 30 dispensaries in Sacramento that serve individuals with a doctor’s prescription for medical cannabis.

That number will soon increase as thousands of applications are expected for dispensaries that will sell cannabis to recreational users. A doctor’s prescription for cannabis is no longer necessary under the state’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act, but until 2018 there is no store where a person can legally buy marijuana without a prescription. The question is whether existing shops will open their businesses to recreational users next year. Cargile said, “We will stay medical. There are plenty of legit patients who come to us who really need our services. We believe that we’ll be able to stay sustainable in the face of quite a bit of competition from recreational stores.”

Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, says he’s spoken to dispensary owners who want to stay medical. But Bradley says many of them have changed their minds. He stated, “It’s just expanding your market. If you’re a business owner, why would you not want to expand your market?” Bradley says Prop 64 was written to complement California’s existing legal framework for medical cannabis. He says the goal is to have one system with two sets of retail licenses, one for medical cannabis and another for recreational marijuana. Bradley said, “But that is what we’d like to see for the long run instead of creating the bureaucracy of two separate systems with two separate sets of rules you have to be in compliance with.”

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She may have lost the presidential election to the star-of-our-current-surreality Donald J. Trump-just who to blame for that one remains to be seen, but would appear to depend on where you’re sitting- but as her storied political career comes to a close with one of the most stunning upsets in American history, it appears we can thank Hillary Clinton for legalizing marijuana.

In a twist that’s sure to make this year’s Thanksgiving table conversations even more pleasant, a share of the victory is also due to Millennials. Last week, California voters easily approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The passage was never seriously in doubt after polls revealed 60 percent support for legalization in general and the measure in particular.

Though the final result-56.2 percent for to 43.8 percent opposed, a margin of 1.2 million votes was closer than the polls predicted, California still delivered the widest margin of victory for adult-use cannabis to date. With 59 percent of Trump supporters opposing legalization, it was up to Democratic-leaning voters and the youth to make up the difference.

They did: 68 percent of Clinton supporters and 66 percent of voters aged 18 to 29 voted in favor of legalization, according to the University of Southern California/Los Angeles Times voter survey. Recall that California’s last shot at legalization came during the 2010 midterms and suffered a five-point defeat.

It certainly didn’t help that that effort, Prop. 19, had none of the financial and political support that Prop. 64 enjoyed, yet it’s also no coincidence that the legalization dominoes started falling with Washington and Colorado in 2012, with Barack Obama’s reelection on the table.

Though Hillary did pledge to reschedule cannabis to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act should she be elected, neither she nor Trump did all that much to court the weed vote. Trump told a national police chiefs’ group that he’d leave the states alone then again, he said all kinds of things meaning, at least on marijuana, their stances were more similar than not.

Still, if Hillary voters had stayed home, California legalization would likely have lost. That would have been a major defeat for drug policy reform with worldwide reverberations, a setback even bigger – at least in proportion than Trump’s victory.

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California’s market for marijuana is estimated to be worth over $6 billion in 4 years after voters approved a measure on the ballot allowing for the recreational use of marijuana. Marijuana will be taxed under a higher rate than tobacco, funded like risky Silicon Valley startups, and grown under immense scrutiny. However, these changes will not be immediate as California has over a year to start rolling out these new changes.

Big corporations may be hesitant to invest and participate in the marijuana industry given acreage limits, which bans federal banks from participating in anything marijuana related. These laws also prevent movement of marijuana across state borders, which can cause potential political issues. California already has an advantage due to the number of medicinal dispensaries already open; California’s local medicinal cannabis industry has spent the past 6 years doing marijuana research and obtaining permits for opening more dispensaries.

There are over 100 dispensaries in Los Angeles who do not currently have a physical permit, a gray area that will be decided on in March on whether they need to get a physical permit in order to continue operating. Marijuana will be taxed at the rate of $9.25 per ounce, a 15% excise tax, and all other local and state taxes. In addition, growing will also be taxed at the rate of $15 per square foot. The high tax rates, as well as the security measures required for selling marijuana, places more importance on the regulation of these “gray market” sellers who are avoiding the taxes and normal regulations.

As of right now, Proposition 64 limits growing to about half an acre indoors and an acre outdoors, however these limits will be lifted by 2023. As of right now this will mean that there will be many small-medium sized growers offering many different varieties of marijuana, similar to small-scale wineries and craft beer producers. Having a limit on growing does restrain these companies and growers from reaping the benefits of economies of scale, keeping marijuana prices higher than if they were allowed to consolidate and have a larger corporation growing.

When the limits are lifted in 2023, smaller growers could see an increasing amount of competition from large tobacco companies and pharmaceuticals. Large tobacco companies already have the experience and resources for growing large scale plants; even though growing marijuana is a different type of process, we can expect the tobacco industries to want to get in to this lucrative business.

The large variety of marijuana plants could turn the industry into something more similar to the craft beer industry or specialized coffee. Consumers will require a knowledgeable person at the dispensaries to guide their decisions and to inform them of all the varieties, similar to a barista at a coffee shop.

Since marijuana is still a Schedule One controlled substance, no federally regulated bank can get involved in financing any marijuana ventures or touching its profits, which is why venture capitalists are very important to this industry. Overall, we can expect this new law to open up opportunities for many small-medium sized growers while allowing consumers to enjoy the many different varieties that will soon be more widely available to them.

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California voters passed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, also identified as Proposition 64, making it legal to smoke marijuana recreationally in the state. Californians are currently allowed to grow and possess pot, but Los Angeles Times reports they won’t be able to purchase it legally until dispensaries are properly licensed. The state has until January 1st, 2018 to begin issuing licenses.The Times estimates it may take up to a year for lawmakers to set up the rules necessary to regulate the marijuana industry.

RELATED Govt: Marijuana Still as Dangerous as Heroin, Ecstasy U.S. government refuses to reclassify marijuana from Schedule I list, though restrictions on where pot can be grown for medical research will be loosened The newly passed proposition allows adults 21 and older to use marijuana however they’d like in their own homes and in licensed businesses, according to Ballotpedia.

Citizens may possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and grow up to six plants at their private home, as long as they’re locked and not visible to the public. It also allows the state to tax the cultivation and sale of marijuana; cities and counties may also impose their own taxes.

Revenue from the taxes will go to drug research, youth programs and other community resources related to regulating the marijuana industry.
Much like laws regulating alcohol, it is still illegal for Californians to drive under the influence of marijuana. Users may also not smoke in public places or wherever smoking tobacco is illegal.

If people under the age of 18 are found to be using marijuana, they will have to attend drug education and counseling programs and perform community service. People who sell pot without a license face up to six months in jail and up to a $500 fine.

People who smoke weed in public face up to a $100 fine, and people who are caught smoking in public places or near a school face up to a $250 fine. People currently serving time for weed-related offenses covered under the law are now eligible for re-sentencing. Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, though it is still illegal at the federal level.

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Election day may likely put an end to the long-standing cannabis prohibitions in Denver. With a population of almost 60 million Americans, it signifies a huge step forward at making legal marijuana the law of the land nationwide. Smaller but still significant medical cannabis legalization measures around the United States could affect yet another 24 million Americans. Half of the states already allow some kind of medical cannabis use and more than half of all Americans live in a state where medical cannabis is approved.

Experts say California will most likely be the key factor in determining marijuana legalization on election day. Our most popular state is expected to approve the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” which would add almost 40 million names to the list of people who live in a state with legal marijuana. This fast growing industry which was Made-In-America has the potential for making billions of dollars in profits. Lawmakers see cannabis as a way to generate income in order to close budget gaps while entrepreneurs are considering the business side.

Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada are pushing to legalize pot for recreational purposes. Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota are asking voters to allow medical use for particular conditions such as cancer or chronic pain. None of this will affect the federal ban on cannabis use, although advocates for legalization say it can further pressure Congress, the DEA and the FDA to act.

Recreational cannabis is already legal in the following four states: Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, plus the District of Columbia. Twenty five other states permit medical use. Because a large amount of Americans populate the nine states where loosening measures are being considered, this election has the ability to change things in a major way. California is a huge source of our County’s revenue and it has the tendency of paving the way for the rest of the Country.

National polls show increasing amounts of support for marijuana legalization. Pew Research Center released a poll earlier this month which found 57 percent of adults think cannabis use should be legal, up from 53 percent in 2015 and 32 percent in 2006; despite the fact that cannabis is still illegal at the federal level. A Gallup poll released Oct. 19 showed even greater support: 60 percent up from 58 percent last year and 50 percent in 2011.

“There’s been an enormous shift in public opinion on this issue, and I think that has directly led to why it is appearing on so many state’s (ballots) this year,” said John Kagia, executive vice president of industry analytics for New Frontier Data. “This is going to be an enormous industry, no matter how you slice it.”

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During this year’s Golden State Marijuana Conference which was held on the Queen Mary, was certainly a time to remember when US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher stole the spotlight with his “Make Cannabis Great Again” hat.

“We are evolving out of the most stupid law in the history of our country.”

Proselytization to the pro-pot choir, Rep. Rohrabacher was in attendance during the State of Marijuana Conference just this past week over in Long Beach, California.  Cultivating the attendance of many notable industry powerhouses, marijuana advocates, financiers and political figures kept their attention on a common goal – this year’s event centered on several key points: County bans on growing marijuana, cannabis startups, state law vs. federal law, marijuana research and rescheduling, the evolution of marijuana, the future of cannabis cultivation, on top of the major issue and concern when dealing with the – California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Giving you a more in-depth look Steve DeAngelo from the LA Times, located out of Harborside collective noted, “We are seeing the first signs of what is going to be a monumental collision.” Breaking down that legalization, while has proven to be valuable resource it will be a rough road to becoming the new norm.

“It’s going to be wrenching, it’s going to be jarring, it’s going to be shocking.”

After that encouraging caveat, DeAngelo cheered on those within the 420-world to embrace the inevitable, albeit painful, changes.

“Their presence is powerfully dampening the stigma associated with cannabis and the financial success of the industry is encouraging and motivating ever-increasing numbers of businesses, individuals, and organizations who were opposed to us a few years ago, or at their best, neutral. And now they are turning into our best friends. Why? Because America loves a winner, and we are winning now.”

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The United States’ most left sided candidate in the presidential race recently supported the cannabis legalization act in California, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act; bringing success to the “Let’s Get It Right, California” campaign.
“You’ve got a pretty good ballot initiative coming up in November,” Sanders said to people in California when talking about cannabis policy a few weeks ago. Sanders put down the fact that young people have criminal records for marijuana while those working on Wall Street were never put away after ruining the economy. Recently, Sanders only reiterated that, but louder.
“I do not live in California,” the Vermont senator said at a rally. “But if I lived in California, I would vote ‘yes’ to legalize marijuana.”
Out of all the presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders is the largest supported of marijuana law reform. He claims that he is going to remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances and would let states decide whether or not they would like to legalize. His competition for being the nominee is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Although Clinton would also allow states to decide, she would move marijuana to Schedule 2 of the federal list instead of completely removing it.
The probable nominee for the Grand Old Party, Donald Trump, has taken different positions on marijuana, but the most recent decision is that he would allow states to choose what they want. However, he did say that legalization in Colorado is causing issues, ironically, as Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper states that legalization is working for Colorado.
The people of California will be able to vote on marijuana legalization this autumn because of the “Let’s Get It Right, California” campaign supporting the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act legalizes up to an ounce of marijuana in public and six plants to grow for adults 21 or older. Adults would eventually be able to buy marijuana in stores like the ones in Colorado and Washington.

 

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The United States is currently eleven months away from the 2016 election and a lot of heat has already fallen upon the Sean Parker Initiative in California, the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA) from activists. It’s normal, though, serious debate and exchanges are necessary to make sure all key points are reached. California definitely has a lot of points to discuss. In addition, California is a very important state in the fight for marijuana legalization, which means the points need to be discussed now.

However, the debates over legalization in California need to remain realistic. There is nothing more upsetting than when people protest the legalization with false facts, or plain lies. Faulty arguments are typically one of these three: legalization does not legalize enough, it creates crimes, or life will be worse after legalization for pot heads.

However, all three of these arguments are false. “It doesn’t legalize enough” was an argument used over half a decade ago beginning with protestors in California. Another similar argument opponents proposed was that “nobody could grow in a 5’ x 5’ garden.” Those arguments can be refuted by the Sean Parker Initiative; with the Sean Parker Initiative, people would be able to grow six plants in their homes. In Oregon, people get to grow four plants and in Washington, people could grow none. Therefore, the initiative is even better than what conditions are at in successful states.

The initiative also helps concentrates. The Sean Parker Initiative makes the possession of four grams of concentrate legal. In Oregon, the amount is an ounce and in Washington it in seven grams. At the moment, by California law, the possession of any concentrate may result in a year in prison and/or a $500 fine. So for the people who claim that it is “not enough legalization,” the difference is tremendous.

The final argument is that legalization “creates new crimes.” As long as the Sean Parker Initiative has been around, there have been punishments that are listed for acts such as public smoking ($100 fine), possession for sale ($500 fine), or manufacturing without a license (3, 5, or 7 years and a $50,000 fine). Also, this would actually reduce crime by taking an entire industry out of the black market.

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