Legalization, could California be next?

Legalization, could California be next?

California was the first state to establish a medical marijuana program, enacted by Proposition 215 in 1996 and Senate Bill 420 in 2003. Prop. 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act, was approved by initiative with a 55% majority, allowing people with cancer, AIDS, and other  chronic  illnesses the right to grow or obtain marijuana for medical purposes when recommended by a doctor. SB 420, or the Medical Marijuana Protection Act passed to further refine that natural right. Next came a bill for California voters, Proposition 19, that would have make possession and cultivation of marijuana legal for all those over the age of 21,  regulating it similarly to alcohol like in Colorado and Washington. It was narrowly defeated when seen it lacked any GMO cannabis protection. Now, four pro-weed groups who tried and failed to get on the ballot this year are refocusing, preparing to gather the 504,760 valid signatures each needs to place its version on the 2016 ballot. Three of these again have no GMO pot protection since they all come from DPA financed groups.

Legal cannabis sales in the United States are projected to reach as high as $2.57 billion this year, split among the 21 states that allow the sale of some legal form of marijuana. Colorado and Washington were the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana, so who’s next? Oregon? Nevada? Michigan? Alaska?
By fully legalizing marijuana through direct democracy, Colorado and Washington have fundamentally changed the national conversation about cannabis.  Could California be next? The grandaddy of less-prohibited pot is again a top candidate to fully legalize cannabis. Prop 19 failed 53%-47%, but legal pot advocates are determined to do what’s necessary to change that status. 2016 is going to be an election year, which brings in a larger pull of voters. With Canna-businesses flourishing all over California, its no question if we will meet marijuana reform, but when. Companies like ‘Speed Weed’ one of the largest medical marijuana delivery services in Southern California has a menu of high grade medical marijuana, edibles, and alternatives that you can order over the phone and get delivered right to your front door like a pizza! The news in Colorado is evidence that marijuana legalization can successfully generate value for both the local economy and the government.
So when, not if, is the question that could possibly be the answer Cali’s pot issues? Meanwhile education, not regulation, is the key to the World’s Most Useful Plant – cannabis.

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