Ending Cannabis Prohibition in California
This November California voters will be called to support the Adult Use of Marijuana Act that will take the ballot in an attempt to make recreational use of marijuana legal. The pot industry has donators support with over $2 million in campaign money and the AUMA proposal is predicted to reach $1 billion in sales the first year it is initiated. Proposition 19 in 1972 was the first time since the early 1930s that citizens voted on legalization but the bill failed to pass. A form of the bill was proposed in 2010 but it was also shut down by lawmakers. There have been many proposals that were initiated since and most of them failed including the California Cannabis Legalization of 2016 and there were also many measures that never even made it to the floor. AUMA is gaining momentum and there has been a lot of supporters who have issued large donations from around the United States. If AUMA is passed by the lawmakers, Adults 21 and older will be allowed to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and up to 8 grams of cannabis concentration. Under AUMA community members will also be allowed to have up to six plants. It’s important to note that many of the pot enthusiasts who are pushing towards reform also want to dedicate part of the income to research and analysis, law enforcement, and educational purposes.