proposition 64

By passing Proposition 64, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and hemp Californians over 21 years of age can now legally smoke marijuana privately, and can have up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and up to 8 grams of concentrated marijuana, such as hash, in their possession. If you are 21 and over you can grow up to 6 plants at a private home.

Keep in mind that it is still illegal to smoke weed in a public, while driving, or in locations where smoking tobacco is not allowed, the guide states. “Possession of marijuana on the grounds of a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present,” is also illegal.

As of Wednesday Californians can legally smoke weed, but people who do not have a medical marijuana card cannot legally purchase weed from dispensaries until another part of Proposition 64 goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

The measure will impose a state excise tax on retail sales of marijuana equal to 15 percent of the sales price and state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves. The initiative allows for local regulation and taxation of marijuana and exempts medical marijuana from some taxation.

Passage will result in net additional state and local tax revenues potentially ranging from the high hundreds of millions of dollars to more than $1 billion annually related to the production and sale of marijuana. Most of these funds will be required to be spent for specific purposes such as substance use disorder education, prevention and treatment.

We can look to Colorado and see the benefits of this tax in areas such as education, roads, rehabilitation and much more.

For those with prior convictions, Proposition 64 authorizes re-sentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions. This is great news for those incarcerated for marijuana possession, or those who cannot get a job due to convictions.

As for growing and working with Hemp, there is a variety of the cannabis plant that is grown specifically for the industrial use. refined into a variety of commercial items including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food and animal feed. There are houses built from help, at an amazingly low cost.

There are many that oppose the use of marijuana, and we need to work together to prove that we can use responsibly. Opponents argue that legalizing marijuana will lead to a sharp increase in highway fatalities and impaired driving. Be safe, do not drive under the influence of any substance.