Californians vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana

“Voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 64, making California the most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana,” as the L.A. Times is reporting.

“The approval of the ballot measure creates the largest market for marijuana products in the U.S. It comes six years after California voters narrowly rejected a similar measure. Activists said passage would be an important moment in a fight for marijuana legalization across the U.S.

“’We are very excited that citizens of California voted to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition,’ said Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Assn. ‘Proposition 64 will allow California to take its rightful place as the center of cannabis innovation, research and development.’

“Discouraged law enforcement officials said they will closely monitor implementation of the ballot measure.

“’We are, of course, disappointed that the self-serving moneyed interests behind this marijuana business plan prevailed at the cost of public health, safety, and the wellbeing of our communities,’ said Chief Ken Corney, president of the California Police Chiefs Assn.

“We will take a thorough look at the flaws in Proposition 64 that will negatively impact public health and safety, such as the initiative’s substandard advertising restrictions and lack of prosecutorial tools for driving under the influence of marijuana, and begin to develop legislative solutions,’ Corney added.

The initiative allows Californians who are 21 and older to possess, transport and buy up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and to use it for recreational purposes. That expands the law that 20 years ago legalized marijuana for medical use in California.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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2 Responses to Californians vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana

  1. jcm48 says:

    We’re gonna need it under a President Trump.

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