Last year, the citizens of California voted to make marijuana legal for recreational purposes. Previously, it was only legal for medicinal use, but times are changing, and more and more people are starting to get the facts about marijuana and are realizing that it’s not dangerous, as has been claimed for so many years. Legalization in CA is now just a few scant weeks away at the time of this writing, and it has many people excited for a host of reasons.
Who Is Excited About Legalization on the First of January?
Of course, it’s understandable that those who have been wanting to legally use marijuana are excited about the big day when legalization is finally here. It means they no longer need to fear one of the basic, simple things that they enjoy in life. They can smoke, and even grow, legally. It’s going to help those who have wanted to have marijuana for stress and other issues, but who were unable to get a medical marijuana card for one reason or another. The legalization will help to remove the stigma that has surrounded cannabis for far too long, as well.
The businesses that are involved in the marijuana industry certainly have reason to be thrilled about this upcoming day, as well. Whether they are companies that are involved with the growing and cultivation of marijuana, those who are making edibles, or those who are selling other items that are peripheral to the industry; all have a good chance of making a fair amount of money thanks to this revenue stream. Along the same lines, many investors are now looking to get into the field, as they see that there are some great options with smaller companies, and some larger businesses that are getting into the field.
The Golden State itself will have a lot to look forward to once marijuana is legal, as well. After all, they are going to be collecting taxes on the products sold, which means that state is likely to have another way to generate revenue for other projects in the future.
In addition, even the head of the Bureau of Cannabis Control says they are looking forward to January 1, as they have been training for and getting ready to handle the legalization for some time now. They are ready to go into the next phase of their work, which is ensuring that the dispensaries have their proper licenses and that everything is going according to plan.
What Are the New Rules to Know?
Of course, even though there are certainly plenty of reasons to be thrilled about the legalization of marijuana in the Golden State on January 1, it is also very important to make sure you know and understand the regulations and rules that are in place. Businesses as well as individuals will need to know what is and is not legal for them once the change in the law officially occurs.
One of the big questions that many people have about January 1st is whether they will be able to walk into a store and buy marijuana on that day. If they have a dispensary near them, and the dispensary has a temporary license (until their regular licenses are provided), and they are 21 or over, then it is possible to buy on January 1st.
However, this does not mean you can head out on New Year’s Eve and stand in line at a store to buy marijuana at the stroke of midnight. There is a provision in place that restricts companies from selling or delivering marijuana between the hours of 10PM and 6AM. This simply means that they will have to wait until the next morning. Since they’ve been waiting so long to smoke legally anyway, another few hours shouldn’t be too long to wait, and then they can start off their year right.
Another one of the questions generally asked regarding the legalization of marijuana this January is just where it will be legal to smoke. It’s not going to be a free for all. There are still rules and laws in place regarding where you can and can’t do certain things. For example, you are not going to be allowed to smoke marijuana in a bar, for example. You can’t smoke in cars, and it is illegal to smoke in a moving vehicle or have an open container of marijuana in the vehicle.
Additionally, it is suggested that renters ask their landlords about smoking marijuana on the premises. Some landlords may have a problem with this, just as some landlords do not allow smoking or pets on their property.
However, you will be happy to know that the regulations do offer the possibility for local governments to allow marijuana to be consumed at certain establishments. These companies will need to have a microbusiness license, which includes a small cultivation site license, along with a distribution and retail license. In addition. Only those who are over 21 are allowed on the site. Alcohol is not allowed on these sites, nor it tobacco. It is also a requirement that no one on the outside be allowed to see people who are on the inside when they are consuming marijuana. While some of these regulations might sound a bit strange and antiquated, they are the law, and they will need to be followed.
Changes for the Positive
You will find that most of the changes that are coming with the legalization of marijuana are going to be for the better. The decriminalization of the drug could have some enormous potential for the state of California. Already, we’ve seen that states that have legalized marijuana have not had increases in crime or problems with the law, and most of the citizens tend to abide by the regulations. With luck, California is just the next state in a line of many that are going to finally allow for the recreational use of the drug.