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California Voters Legalize Recreational Use of Marijuana


Proposition 64 Legalizes Recreational Cannabis Use

By: Charles Feldmann, Esq.

Yesterday, Californians voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. By approving Proposition 64, California became the most populous state in the U.S. to pass such a law. After narrowly rejecting a similar measure six years ago, Californians voted to end marijuana prohibition. According to Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, “Proposition 64 will allow California to take its rightful place as the center of cannabis innovation, research and development.”


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With the passage of this law, Californians who are at least 21 or older are now allowed to possess, transport, buy, and use up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes. Individuals are also allowed to grow as many as six plants for their own personal use. Until yesterday, only those who were issued a medical marijuana prescription could legally possess and consume cannabis in the state; now, state-licensed businesses have been allowed to engage in the retail sale of marijuana.

Ready to Start a Marijuana Business in California?

Proposition 64 allows non-medical marijuana to be sold by licensed businesses, giving the state until January 1, 2018 to start issuing sales licenses. If you are interested in starting your own marijuana business, we encourage you to speak with one of our marijuana business attorneys. With more than 20 years of experience, we help entrepreneurs and businesses remain compliant with all industry rules and regulations. Contact Cantafio & Song PLLC to learn how we can help your business grow.

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