California Voters Pass Bill to Legalize Marijuana

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Aside from the President, there was a number of bills that voters had to decide on Tuesday (Nov. 8). In California, voters approved Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

The ballot’s approval makes California the largest market for marijuana products in 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.”

Prop. 64 will allow Californians, who are 21 and older, to possess, transport, buy and use up to an ounce of cannabis for recreational purposes. They will also be allowed to grow as many as six plants. It also allows retail sales of marijuana to impose a 15% tax.

However, there may not be places to legally purchase marijuana for some time. Presently, the measure only allows non-medical marijuana to be sold by state licensed businesses, and it gives the state until Jan. 1, 2018, to begin issuing sales licenses for recreational retailers.

In addition to California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada also passed recreational pot measures, while medical pot measures passed in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota. A recreational pot measure failed in Arizona.

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