Now that it is officially legal to buy marijuana seeds in California. You might be curious about how cannabis became authorized in the California market. We have covered several significant details regarding the legalization of the medicinal and recreational use of the cannabis plant in this state.
History of Marijuana Legalization
President Reagan’s War on Drugs in 1986, made it look like, the future of the marijuana industry in the United States somewhat gloomy. Despite so, in just a decade after implementing the Anti-Drug Abuse Act. California became the first state in the U.S. to legalize the medicinal use of cannabis in 1996. Just also recently, was the approval of the recreational use of cannabis in California. A “pot czar” who is an appointee of former Gov. Brown for The Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation was tasked to submit a proposal as a foundation for regulating its recreational use, once its constituents approve the legalization of marijuana in the State of California
In November of 2016, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act got approval from voters. According to Bureau of Cannabis Control in California, “In June of 2017, the cannabis trailer bill was signed by former Gov. Jerry Brown of California (a.k.a as California Senate Bill 94). Merging two existing laws effectively namely the MCRSA and the AUMA into a single regulatory structure. That consolidates into the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.
The purpose of this consolidated regulatory structure is to institute a comprehensive system to control and regulate the use of cannabis. These include the cultivation, distribution as well as manufacturing of medicinal cannabis and use by adult cannabis. This regulatory action also appoints state agencies responsible for leading and regulating the commercial, medicinal and recreational uses of marijuana. In January of 2018, selling and buying of recreational marijuana began in the State of California.
Rules and Provisions of Marijuana in California
California laws on legalizing medicinal and recreational use of marijuana impose testing procedures for cannabis end-products. A distributor by requirement has to submit their product sample tested first in a licensed laboratory before transporting. These licensed laboratories examine the cannabinoid potency levels in particular THC and CBD.
An individual who is at least 21 years of age and above may give away a maximum of 28.5 grams of marijuana. But that person cannot receive any form of monetary compensation. Licensing agencies also have the power to suspend or revoke issued licenses. That is if the distributor is found to have committed acts constituting reasons for disciplinary action.
Consumers Buying Marijuana in California
As of January of 2018, adults 21 years of age or older can legally purchase adult-use and medical cannabis products from a state-licensed retailer. Individuals who are 18 years of age may purchase medicinal cannabis from licensed retailers provided that they have a valid recommendation from a physician. An adult-use marijuana consumer can purchase up to 28.5 Gs of both concentrated and non-concentrated marijuana. And a maximum of 6 cannabis plants (immature) in a single day from a licensed distributor.
A medicinal cannabis buyer with a physician’s recommendation may purchase up to 8 ounces of medicinal marijuana in the form of dried mature flowers, 12 immature cannabis plants and an amount of medicinal cannabis recommended by a physician in a single day from a legal retailer.
Public Health and Safety Rules on Marijuana Use
Ever since marijuana has been legal in this state more and more breeders started farming for cannabis. Estimates show that there are over 1,142 acres of cannabis farms in California. This massive industry can already produce over 9 million pounds of the crop every year. Although the use of marijuana is legally approved by the State of California, it is still prohibited to use, smoke and consume adult-use cannabis in public places.
However, there are places that has license or establishments where you may smoke, vaporize, and ingest marijuana. It is also illegal to smoke marijuana or cannabis products in an area where it prohibits smoking tobacco. Also, it is legal to use marijuana in private properties. But property owners or landlords may still ban the use and possession of marijuana on their premises. Further, it prohibits the use of recreational marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school or a youth center while children are present.
Marijuana Industry in California
As it states in a research conducted by Eric Spitz . “In 2015, Marijuana was a $53B retail market in America according to estimates from Drugscience.org”. California identifies to be one of the largest states in the U.S. and predicts that the marijuana industry sales in California may eventually reach more than $20B.
One of the reasons that help boost the marijuana industry is the legalization of adult-use marijuana. By which it has remarkably increased consumer demand. This also allows the establishment of new businesses selling marijuana in California. The marijuana sector is bursting with new and improved products by retailers or distributors. These include vape and edible products as well as alcoholic beverages. This industry is becoming more refined especially in manufacturing-related processes such as packaging, as well as labelling and testing.