#1 – What is Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Marijuana. This means, you have to be over the age of 21 years to legally use this drug recreationally, without civil or legal penalties.
#2. How did the vote turn out:
#3. What does this Yes vote mean for you: A “yes” vote supported legalizing recreational marijuana for persons aged 21 years or older under state law and establishing certain sales and cultivation taxes.
#4. What are the key changes to the newly enacted State Law: Proposition 64 allows adults aged 21 years or older to possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes. The measure created two new taxes, one levied on cultivation and the other on retail price. Revenue from the taxes will be spent on drug research, treatment, and enforcement, health and safety grants addressing marijuana, youth programs, and preventing environmental damage resulting from illegal marijuana production.
#5. What does recreational use of Marijuana mean for you: Smoking effective January 1st 2018, is permitted in a private home or at a business licensed for on-site marijuana consumption. Smoking marijuana remains illegal while driving a vehicle, anywhere smoking tobacco is permitted, and in all public places.
#6. What are the penalties for under 21 users of Marijuana: Individuals under age of 18 years convicted of marijuana use or possession are required to attend drug education or a counseling program and complete community service. Selling marijuana without a license is punishable by up to six months in a county jail, a fine up to $500, or both.
#7. What if you or someone you know was incarcerated for the use, distribution, and/or possession of Marijuana, prior to the the passing of Proposition 64: With Proposition 64’s approval, individuals serving criminal sentences for activities made legal under the measure are eligible for re-sentencing. Be sure to contact your lawyer, and understand your rights.
#8. What are the eminent breakdown of taxes made from the legal sale of Marijuana:
Revenue from the two taxes will be deposited in a new California Marijuana Tax Fund. First, the revenue will be used to cover costs of administrating and enforcing the measure. Next, it will be distributed to drug research, treatment, and enforcement, including:
- $2 million per year to the UC San Diego Center for Medical Cannabis Research to study medical marijuana.
- $10 million per year for 11 years for public California universities to research and evaluate the implementation and impact of Proposition 64. Researchers would make policy-change recommendations to the California Legislature and California Governor.
- $3 million annually for five years to the Department of the California Highway Patrol for developing protocols to determine whether a vehicle driver is impaired due to marijuana consumption.
- $10 million, increasing each year by $10 million until settling at $50 million in 2022, for grants to local health departments and community-based nonprofits supporting “job placement, mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, system navigation services, legal services to address barriers to reentry, and linkages to medical care for communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies.”
The remaining revenue will be distributed as follows:
- 60 percent to youth programs, including drug education, prevention, and treatment.
- 20 percent to prevent and alleviate environmental damage from illegal marijuana producers.
- 20 percent to programs designed to reduce driving under the influence of marijuana and a grant program designed to reduce negative impacts on health or safety resulting from the proposition.
Important Fact: according to Forbes.com, California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine. Medical marijuana has been legalized in North Dakota, Arkansas, Florida and Montana (again). Only Arizona voters said no to their marijuana legislation.
For more information regarding this Proposition, visit: Ballotpedia, an encyclopedia for American Politics.