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November 1, 2016

What You Need to Know About Prop 64

Proposition 64, which legalize recreational use of marijuana has passed.

Proponents argued that it's important to be able to control, regulate and tax marijuana. California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office estimated that state could collect up to $1 billion in taxes a year.

Opponents were worried about safety, citing problems in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

Voters approved medicinal marijuana in California in 1996.

When will it take effect?

Adult use sales of marijuana will begin Jan. 1, 2018, but consuming marijuana is legal at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

What will the restrictions for recreational marijuana?

In general, the proposals for recreational pot would treat cannabis similar to alcohol. Consumption would be limited to people 21 or older and forbidden in most public spaces. Pot would be highly regulated and heavily taxed.

Where is recreational marijuana already legal?

Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State and the District of Columbia. Since California votes "yes," recreational cannabis is now legal along the entire West Coast, giving the legalization movement powerful momentum. That could spark similar efforts in other states and put pressure on federal authorities to ease longstanding rules that classify marijuana as a dangerously addictive drug with no medical benefits.

How much marijuana can you have?

Proposition 64 would allow California residents 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of weed and grow six marijuana plants at home.

Wrap Up

Proposition 64 finally creates a safe, legal, and comprehensive system for adult use of marijuana while protecting our children.

Marijuana is available nearly everywhere in California—but without any protections for children, without assurances of product safety, and without generating tax revenue for the state.

Prop. 64 controls, regulates and taxes adult use of marijuana, and ends California's criminalization of responsible adult use.

California Medical Association supports Prop. 64 because it incorporates best practices from states that already legalized adult marijuana use, and adheres closely to the recommendations of California's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, which included law enforcement and public health experts.

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