Local governments cannot undermine or undo what their voters and what the voters of California have embraced.
“Do you smoke cigarettes?” Every adult patient of mine is asked this annually, and my clinic tracks the proportion of patients
It is argued that legalization will reduce the amount of arrests for marijuana-related charges. That means less people will miss work, lose a job, have an arrest on their record, or restrict their chances of leading a productive life due to a victimless act that shouldn't be considered a crime.
Californians have had the opportunity to learn from Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, which have already legalized the responsible adult use of marijuana.
Legalization of recreational weed would generate an estimated $1 billion in additional taxes per year.
The subjectivity of "possession", vs. "possession with intent to distribute" enables police to use "evidence" such as an empty baggie or a certain amount of cash to take a non-arrest able offense and flip it to a potential felony.
If you care about protecting the environment, if you care about raising revenue for the state, if you care about protecting young people, if you care about communities harmed by our past drug policies, if you care about racial justice, then you should care about the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.
Despite medical marijuana being legal in California since 1996, and an ounce or less decriminalized since 2011, we still make over 13,000 felony arrests every year, with a total of 154,547 marijuana arrests for felonies and misdemeanors between 2010 and 2014.
Federal financial laws have failed to keep up with the times and connect communities to much needed and deserved funding associated with the cannabis industry.
Not to be a buzz kill, but if you light up a joint or unwrap that edible, chances are your weed came from an illegal grow farm in Northern California where forests were cleared, rivers were sucked dry or tainted with chemicals, and animals were poisoned.