California Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

  • by Danielle Keane, NORML Associate November 9, 2016

    According to the Associated Press, voters in California have approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The AP’s final vote count is 56 to 44 percent.

    “What California voters did tonight was not just approve the legalization and regulation of marijuana in their state, they also delivered a near fatal body blow to federal prohibition. This victory in California ensures another 12% of the United States population will wake up tomorrow in a state with the legalized adult use of marijuana. Combined with our other recent victories, federal prohibition is truly on its last legs and it is just a matter of time before federal policy is reformed to accept this new reality.” said Erik Altieri, NORML’s new Executive Director.

    California Legalized Marijuana

    Proposition 64, The Adult Use Marijuana Act, permits adults who are not participating in the state’s medical cannabis program to legally grow (up to six plants, including all of the harvest from those plants) and to possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce of flower and/or up to eight grams of concentrates) while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. (Medical cannabis patients are not subject to these limits.) The measure prohibits localities from taking actions to infringe upon adults’ ability to possess and cultivate cannabis for non-commercial purposes. The initiative does not “repeal, affect, restrict, or preempt … laws pertaining to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.” Several other marijuana-related activities not legalized by the measure are reduced from felonies to misdemeanors. The law also provides for resentencing consideration for those found guilty of prior marijuana convictions.

    “California has long been the largest domestic producer of marijuana in the United States, and cannabis commerce has long been a driver of the world’s sixth largest economy,” said NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. “Passage of Prop. 64 brings this massive underground market above ground for the first time so that these activities may be regulated and transparent, and will generate over a billion dollars of needed new tax revenue to state and local governments.”

    The revised marijuana penalties take effect on November 9, 2016. Retail sales of marijuana by state-licensed establishments are scheduled to begin under the law on January 1, 2018. On site consumption is permitted under the law in establishments licensed for such activity. Large-scale corporate players are restricted from becoming involved until 2023.

    You can read the full text of the initiative here. Congratulations California!

    35 responses to “California Legalizes Recreational Marijuana”

    1. Evening Bud says:

      Yea California!!! A body blow to prohibition! The entire West Coast is legal!!!

      Just heard the news that Hillary conceded–why am I not surprised?

      I’ll withhold my comments about Donald and what the future may hold for pot legalization for a few days, so I can savor our victories in–it appears as I type–Cal, Massachusetts and Nevada, and possibly Maine.

      So congrats for our side! Let’s savor these victories!!]

    2. Rocky Coast says:

      Thank you to everyone who voted Yes On 64 in my state of California.

      The battle isn’t over. We must respect and protect our new right.

      I hope this ushers in a new era of opportunity.

    3. Galileo Galilei says:

      We live in interesting times…

    4. Cat Cassie says:

      Welcome aboard California! Thank you so much!!!!!!!

    5. Arthur says:

      Hi I’m 17 and I deal with extreme stress and I smoke weed because it helps, with my parents consent can I get my medicine card?

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    6. Anonymous says:

      Trump will overturn these laws by royal decree…wait and see.

      • Cat Cassie says:

        That’s what I’m afraid of. I hope our country realizes what they’ve done.

      • Anonymous says:

        You and that little bitch Trump could Royal Decree these nuts. Always a hater in the batch. If your not pro marijuana, why you snooping get around? Go bitch somewhere else, get a life. Leave your parents basement every so often. What ever you say, all we are going to do is spark up a blunt, take a huge toke and holding the blunt up high in one hand and raising the middle finger up on the other!

        • Julian says:

          As catharticly pointless as responding to a statement from “anonymous” to “anonymous,” is (c’mon guys, if you dont want to use your names can we at least get creative?) …I find it necessary to point out that anonymous #1 was probably sarcastically pointing out the tragic reality of a Trump administration coup run by establishment prohibitionists. I dont know how a statement of “royal decree” was so quickly interpreted as a menacing representation of an anti-legalization troll. (Unless both anonymous posters are in fact the same sociopathic troll trolling itself…) …Which, either way, only increases our need to be very cautious before attacking eachother. The rise of Trump was fueled by divisive hatred turning to a sado-massichist nightmare because we failed to recognize the bubbles of reality we have isolated ourselves into… and prohibitionists are simply exploiting our angers and vulnerabilities.
          In other words, as repugnant as it may feel, we are going to have to learn to work together to save state marijuana legalization from being repealed in federal court; even if it means resisting comparing Trump to Rumplestiltskin, an orange chimera, or the pumpkin-headed 4th horseman of the apocalypse. (Jesus, this is going to be harder than I thought…)
          …this mess is all of our faults. Every one of us with the selective bias that makes us blame every other American’s failure to participate in our Democracy in an informed and productive manner like our own $#!+ dont stink.
          Sure, we need Constitutional amendments to repeal bad laws like the Controlled Substances Act, Citizens United and the electoral college. But until that happens… lets try and research, listen to each other and offer the opportunity to correct ourselves with some mutual respect. Y’know, the Golden Rule? And please… lets identify ourselves intelligibly? Is that too much to ask?

    7. Patrick says:

      Dude, just shut up. Firstly, it would be by a Presidential Executive Order, but secondly, Trump does not need to: Marijuana is a Schedule I drug under federal law. So just keep politics off of this blog, let’s celebrate legalization and stop trying to bring non-Marijuana discussion into this. I hate trolls like you who try to get a ‘viral discussion’ going.

    8. Alan says:

      “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state. Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states. And of course you have Colorado. There’s a question as to how it’s all working out there, you know? That’s not going exactly trouble-free.”
      –Donald Trump
      Source: Washington Post 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Oct 29, 2015

      • Mark Mitcham says:

        It’s a mouth-full of nothing. You can’t go by what he says because he isn’t saying anything coherent. He also said he supports Pence’s mandatory minimums for drug crimes in Indiana, and said we need to replicate Pence’s efforts nationwide. So you see, he’s full of shit. He says whatever ever suits him at the moment, then contradicts himself the next.

        We stop listening to what he says, and start watching what he does! So far, he’s aligned himself with drug warriors. That ain’t good.

    9. Ron says:

      How can we repeal prop 64?

    10. Michael says:

      I like this part the best : Under Prop. 64, Locals That Ban Personal Outdoor Cultivation or Cannabis Commerce Would Lose Tax Dollars