Although it wasn't by the margin supporters had hoped for, The Adult Use Of Marijuana Act was passed Tuesday by a majority of 56%. The passage of proposition 64 legalized cannabis in California and makes way for a booming cannabis market to emerge. Regardless of the total vote count one thing is clear, the passage of 64 is a landmark for the marijuana legalization movement in this country.
Even with all the excitement and rejoicing many people are still confused as to what happens next. Can you legally buy weed from a dispensary or delivery service? Can you buy weed in California legally if you're from out of state? Can you buy weed from a dealer with out breaking the law? When will I be able to go to a dispensary and legally buy cannabis without a doctors recommendation? The questions are literally pouring in and before you decide to make a trip down to your local marijuana shop be sure you read this article for the low down on - where we go from here now that weed is legal.
Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, takes effect immediately giving adults (regardless of residency status) over 21 new rights to use, possess (up to an ounce), transport and grow (6 plants) of marijuana.
Some rumors suggest that you will be able to buy weed recreationally as soon as the summer of 2017. However, due to the intricate nature of licensing for cannabis stores, retail locations for recreational marijuana will most likely not be opening until January 2018 at the earliest, leaving a year-long gap before anyone without a current doctors recommendation for marijuana to be able to purchase Cannabis legally for recreational use.
Note that it is legal to gift/receive cannabis products for free. There are even reports of current medical dispensaries who have announced they would open their door to all. ***Please be wary of these shops as it is not within the current framework of the law for a medical clinic to also be a recreational shop***
In order to protect yourself, please become familiar with these key points from the new law so that you may have a safe and happy recreational cannabis experience.
Beginning November, 9, 2016
• Adults 21 and older will be allowed to possess, transport and use up to an ounce of dried marijuana flowers and 8 grams of cannabis concentrates. This includes native Californians as well as out of state visitors.
• Adults 21 and older can grow up to 6 marijuana plants indoors. Outdoor cultivation subject to local restrictions. Check with your city hall to be sure.
• Criminal penalties for non-serious marijuana-related offenses, such as possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana, are reduced to misdemeanors, in some cases misdemeanors reduced to citations.
• Persons with prior marijuana-related felony convictions can petition the court to have their record expunged or reduced to reflect the new laws. If you are interested in expungement visit this site for a guide or call a lawyer.
• Personal information of medical marijuana patients disclosed to state and local health departments protected under the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act.
• Medical marijuana patients cannot lose their custodial or parental rights solely based on status as medical marijuana patient.
• The California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation is renamed Bureau of Marijuana Control.
• Powers and duties of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Department of Public Health, and Department of Food and Agriculture are expanded to include the regulation and control of the non-medical marijuana industry.
• The Department of Food and Agriculture authorized to begin regulating the cultivation, manufacture, and sale of industrial hemp by Jan. 1, 2018
• State commercial cultivation and retail excise taxes take effect.
• Sales of medical marijuana to patients with valid medical marijuana ID cards become exempt from existing state sales and use tax.
• State agencies charged with licensing of non-medical marijuana businesses must begin issuing licenses no later than this date.
• Medical marijuana patients must obtain a new recommendation that meets the new requirements in the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.
What do you guys think? Did we get screwed? is this a step in the right direction? I want to hear the opinions of everyone who was for and against prop 64.
Food for thought. now eat.