Study: Just 1 in 7 California Cities Allow Marijuana Stores

According to a newly-released study conducted by The Mercury News, just one out of every seven cities in California allow marijuana retail outlets, despite voters approving of legalization nearly a year and a half ago.

In 2016 California voters, with a 57% majority, gave approval to Proposition 64. The initiative legalized the possession and personal cultivation of marijuana, while establishing a system of licensed marijuana retail outlets. Despite the entire state passing the law, numerous cities – through ordinances passed by their city council – have establishes bans on all marijuana stores, requiring  marijuana consumers to either travel long distances to purchase the plant legally, or rely on the black market.

“Our study is the most comprehensive look to date at how the industry is taking shape”, states The Mercury News. “Some towns — among them San Jose and Oakland — are cannabis friendly, allowing a wide range of businesses to cultivate or peddle a product that residents are free to use. Other cities — including many smaller jurisdictions across the Bay Area — are less enthusiastic, with some blocking virtually every type of marijuana-related enterprise and, in some cases, passing ordinances that seem aimed at regulating personal use as much as possible, despite the voters’ will.”

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Anti-Marijuana Group Facing Thousands of Dollars in Fines for Campaign Violations

A national anti-marijuana group is facing thousands of dollars in fines for violations they made while working to oppose California’s Proposition 64.

SAM Action Inc. has agreed to the $6,000 in fines proposed by enforcement staff for the California Fair Political Practices Commission for violations they made during their campaign to oppose the marijuana legalization initiative Pop 64, which was handily approved by voters. SAM Action Inc. is associated with Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), one of the largest anti-marijuana groups in the U.S.; the group is headed by Kevin Sabet, a former drug policy advisor to President Obama.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the violations included “not changing the campaign committee’s name to include its major donor, Juliet Schauer, a retired art professor and Pennsylvania activist who contributed $1.36 million to the group to cover expenses in California and other states considering marijuana legalization. The committee also “was late in disclosing five Schauer contributions, failed to accurately report the total amount of contributions and failed to file a list of its top 10 contributors, as required by the state Political Reform Act.”

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Those 21 and Older in California can Now Legally Possess and Grow Cannabis

budOn November 8th California voters overwhelming gave approval to Proposition 64 to legalize cannabis. What many people don’t realize is that the provisions in the initiative allowing everyone 21 and older to possess and grow cannabis are now in full effect.

Under the new law, those 21+ can possess and share up to an ounce of cannabis, and up to eight grams of cannabis concentrates. In addition, they can cultivate up to six cannabis plants at a private residence. The initiative also legalizes cannabis retail outlets (supplied by licensed cultivation centers), though they aren’t expected to be open until sometime in 2018.

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Here’s When the Newly Passed Cannabis Legalization Initiatives Take Effect

take effectIn a massive victory for cannabis, eight of nine statewide cannabis initiatives were victorious in this year’s election. Four of these measures legalize cannabis for all uses for those 21 and older. This doubles the number of legal cannabis states across the U.S. from four to eight.

Now that these measures have been passed, many may be wondering when they take effect. Below is a look at the four recreational cannabis measures, and when they become law:

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One Week Until These Five States Vote on Legalizing Cannabis

states voteIt’s hard to believe, but we are now just one week and two days away from the 2016 election. In addition to a heated presidential race, there are five states voting on the legalization of cannabis for those 21+.

Below are these five states, all of which have the opportunity on November 8th to legalize cannabis:

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United Farm Workers Endorses California’s Prop 64 to Legalize Cannabis

united farm workersThe United Farm Workers (UFW), founded by Cesar Chavez, announced today that they have officially endorsed California’s Proposition 64 to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older.

“Proposition 64 will bring legal justice and job training to communities of color that have been cynically targeted by the failed war on marijuana,” says UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez. “It also extends strong worker and safety protections for those who toil in the fields of this industry and work in every part of the supply chain. UFW is pleased to endorse it.”

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California Nurses Association/National Nurses United Endorses Proposition 64 to Legalize Cannabis

cnaThe California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the nation’s largest state organization of nurses, announced today that it has endorsed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which would legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older. The initiative is up for a vote on November 8th.

“California Nurses believe strongly that the prohibition and criminalization of marijuana has ruined generations of lives, wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer of dollars and failed to protect the public health and safety,” said Deborah Burger, President, California Nurses Association/NNU.

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California Highway Patrol Doesn’t Oppose Prop 64 to Legalize Cannabis, to Remain Neutral

California Highway Patrol In what will come as a surprise to many, the California Highway Patrol isn’t opposed to Proposition 64 to legalize recreational cannabis, spokesperson Fran Clader tells us. Instead, they are and plan to remain entirely neutral on the initiative that’s up for a vote this November.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after Doug Villars, president of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, stressed his displeasure with the initiative not establishing a specific THC driving limit. Clader says that although some within the Highway Patrol oppose the initiative, as a whole the group is neutral, and will remain that way through to the election.

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Poll: 71% of California Voters Plan to Vote “Yes” on Cannabis Legalization in November

californiaNew polling conducted by the CALSPEAKS Opinion Research Center has found that a vast majority of voters in California plan to vote “Yes” on Proposition 64 this November to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older.

According to the poll, 71% of likely voters in the state are leaning towards voting in favor of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, for those 21 and older. The measure would also established a system of licensed cannabis cultivation centers and retail outlets.

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Proponents of California’s Cannabis Legalization Initiative Have Raised Over $11 Million

California's Cannabis LegalizationProponents of California’s Proposition 64 to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older have raised $11.5 million in support for their proposal, according to state data.

The initiative’s biggest donor is former Facebook President Sean Parker at $2,303,965, followed by Drug Policy Action at $1.75 million, the New Approach PAC at $1,500,000, Weedmaps at $750,000 and Nicholas Pritzker at $250,000.

The $11.5 million raised is over 60 times the amount raised by the largest group opposed to Proposition 64, No on Prop 64; they’ve raised under $200,000.

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