LEGALIZATION | SEAN PARKER SPEARHEADS BALLOT FOR CALIFORNIA LEGALIZATION

You best know him as the guy who started Napster, or the first president and investor of Facebook but you may not know that he has been playing a huge role in the ballot for California legalization of medical and recreational marijuana use. On Monday (Nov 2nd, 2015), billionaire Sean Parker spearheaded the ballot initiative that seeks to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state of California.

There are tons of marijuana legalization measures that are currently fighting for a spot on the upcoming November 2016 ballot, with the Adult Use of Marijuana Act becoming one of the measures that has garnered much interest and support from key advocacy groups that have secured a large amount of financial backing.

Let’s take a glimpse and what most likely going to happens if the Adult Use of Marijuana Act gets approved by voters:

  • Must be over 21 years of age to buy and possess marijuana.
  • Purchase up to an ounce of marijuana at a time, including marijuana infused products from a licensed vendor.
  • Grow up to six plants simultaneously for personal recreational use.
  • New recreational markets and the existing medical marijuana industry will be regulated by the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Sales Excise tax of 15 although only recreational marijuana will be subject to state and local sales taxes.
  • Pot cultivation will be taxed at a rate of $9.25 for every ounce of dried buds and $2.75 for an of leaves.
  • All tax proceeds will go into funds dedicated to the oversight of marijuana, including reports by state auditors and public universities.

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BALLOT FOR CALIFORNIA LEGALIZATION | HOW WILL THIS EFFECT US?

It will make the Department of Consumer Affairs responsible for licensing pot shops, the Department of Food and Agriculture with overseeing the growers of marijuana, and the Department of Public Health with regulating product testing labs. All these sub-sectors would be overseen by a Bureau of Marijuana Control within Consumer Affairs.

The measure says that they will begin issuing license as of January 2018, what it does not tell us, is how many of these licenses will end of being available. It does, however, tell licensing authorities to avoid putting too many marijuana related industries in one place, or placing them where it could potentially make weed more accessible to children.

The rules for recreational use would not prohibit businesses from holding more than one kind of license and would also prevent local government from banning pot farms and retail shops without approval first from voters.

THE LIMITS OF MARIJUANA CONSUMPTION

Smoking weed will continue to remain prohibited in areas where tobacco use has already also been prohibited, such as bars, restaurants or other enclosed, public places. You also, of course, would be prohibited from smoking within 1,000 feet of a school, youth certain or day care center, when children are present.

The ballot measure has also expressed that much like alcohol, using or carrying open containers of pot or pot-infused products, would not be legal while driving or riding as a passenger in a boat, airplane or car. People found to be in violation of these provisions could potentially end up with charges of $100-$250 or charged with a DUI.

Employers would still be able to require that their workers be marijuana-free and are freely able to prohibit on-the-job use or possession of marijuana.

The measure also contains further information on detailed packaging, labeling requirements for child-resistant containers, dosing and active ingredient listings, as well as warnings about the ability of marijuana to impair an individual’s driving skills.

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