10 Things You Need To Know About California Prop 64
Brace yourself, California voters.
November is coming. Soon, you will be voting on California Prop 64. We hope you’ve done your homework and read a text of the proposition. You still have time to do it – here it is. If you still hesitate, skip reading, we’ve covered ten essential things you need to know.
First things first:
- California Prop 64 would legalize cannabis under state law for adults. Everybody over 21 and older would be eligible to buy it.
- Prop 64 would designate state agencies to regulate the industry, establish a system of taxes, and set restrictions on packaging and marketing.
- Under this law, all the products would be tested for chemical composition, pesticides, and contaminants.
- People who’ve been convicted of cannabis-related crimes would be able to adjust their sentences or demand those records destroyed.
Pretty cool, huh?
There is something you should know, too:
1. You won’t be able to get cannabis everywhere
Sorry to bust your hopes. Under Prop 64, cities and counties can decide how they would regulate cannabis business. Chances are many will ban it. Yup. Sad.
2. You can grow too
Even if your community decided to ban local cannabis business, it could not forbid adults from cultivation up to six plants for personal use. Yes, you may not be eligible to grow it outdoors, but inside your private residence, you’re free to do as you pleased. However, Prop 64 doesn’t cover protection under the terms of a lease. So, potentially, your landlord can spoil the party.
3. Yay, organic!
Prop 64 requests the state Department of Food and Agriculture to “establish a certified organic designation and organic certification program for marijuana and marijuana products.” If passed, it may be the first in the country.
4. Yes to controlled origins
You’ve probably heard about weed from Humboldt and Mendocino. Prop 64 ensures that producers outside those areas don’t try to profit on these names using false branding. Only cannabis grown in a particular region can use its name on its package and for marketing purposes. However, cannabis may grow indoors and doesn’t depend on soil traits or the environment. To be labeled for a region, weed wouldn’t be required to grow outdoor.
5. Deliveries are still here
Even if your local government ban cannabis business, it cannot prevent delivery of marijuana from licensed retailers and delivery services on public roads. Go ahead and order your weed. Don’t forget to grab a pizza for munchies.
6. Amount of cultivated cannabis would depend on water
Prop 64 requires growers to obtain a unique identifier for every single plant. They would be an essential part of the measure’s track and trace program and also may influence the future of cannabis industry in California. The state is struggling with water supply. If the watershed wouldn’t be able to support cultivation, no new plants will appear.
7. No to lookalike edibles
Prop 64 prohibits products that may be easily confused with candy or foods that do not contain marijuana. Okay, for gummy bears it is fair, but what about cookies?
8. Well, goodbye to freebies
Licensed cannabis business cannot use free goods for a business promotion. Period. No freebies for new members. No free stuff at consumer events. Sorry.
9. Get social
Cities and communities would locally decide if they would allow such places where people can smoke, vaporize, or ingest marijuana. Consumption should be discreet from the public. Also, these businesses cannot sell alcohol and tobacco. Anyway, sounds pretty cool.
10. Big growers need to wait
No monopolies here. Prop 64 wouldn’t license large growers (one acre of outdoor space of 22,000 sq. feet of the indoor canopy) until Jan. 1, 2023. Many businesses would be able to apply for multiple licenses and become companies that can grow, produce, retail, and deliver. Testing should remain independent.
There are essential things you need to know. Please, take your time and read it yourself. Informed choice goes a long way.
See you in November!