Californians Vote Yes On 64
California's big debate of the year has finally come to an end. Residents of the state have voted yes on Proposition 64, legalizing recreational marijuana. 55% of residents voted yes while 45% voted no.
While this may seem like a big fete for many herbalists who desire the freedom of smoking cannabis without a medical prescription, however, many advocates for cannabis were against the measure. The measure allows persons aged 21 years or older to smoke and possess marijuana while also establishing certain sales and cultivation taxes.
The measure will not however, establish laws that protect businesses and individuals marijuana rights. Those who grow for personal or business use must become licensed by the state. Selling marijuana without a license will result in fines, civil penalties and possible jail time.
Growers will be taxed 15% by the state and possibly by their counties as well. The state would be able to levy a cultivation tax on growers of $9.25 per ounce for flowers and $2.75 per ounce for leaves. And while the state benefits from all of California herbalists tax paying money, that revenue will most likely be put back into running the program, funding state universities to research cannabis, creating programs to prevent driving under the influence and more.
Along with the agreeable laws, such as prohibiting smoking near a school or operating a motor vehicle, many Californians feel that the measure still needs work. There is some good and some bad within the measure that has just been approved.