How will it af­fect city-county reg­u­la­tion of med­i­cal use?

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By Kirk Bar­ron kbar­ron@ap­pealdemo­crat.com

Cal­i­for­ni­ans in Novem­ber will de­cide on an ini­tia­tive that would le­gal­ize re­cre­ational use of mar­i­juana for adults 21 years and older and es­tab­lish guide­lines for reg­u­lat­ing the cul­ti­va­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing and sale of re­cre­ational mar­i­juana.

That leaves lo­cals won­der­ing what ef­fect the mea­sure might have on county and city reg­u­la­tions on cul­ti­va­tion of med­i­cal mar­i­juana.

If Propo­si­tion 64, the Adult Use of Mar­i­juana Act, passes on Nov. 8, Cal­i­for­nia will join Alaska, Colorado, Ore­gon, Wash­ing­ton and Dis­trict of Columbia in al­low­ing le­gal­ized re­cre­ational use. Four other states, in­clud­ing Ne­vada, will also vote on the is­sue in Novem­ber.

The Pub­lic Pol­icy In­sti­tute of Cal­i­for­nia re­leased a re­port this month that es­ti­mated 60 per­cent of likely vot­ers would vote yes on Propo­si­tion 64, and Bal­lot­pe­dia.org lists polls which all have it win­ning.

Propo­si­tion 64 in­cludes re­stric­tions on where mar­i­juana may be smoked, in­clud­ing pro­hi­bi­tions in pub­lic places, while driv­ing and any­where where smok­ing to­bacco is il­le­gal. Peo­ple age 21 or older would be al­lowed to use mar­i­juana in a pri­vate res­i­dence or li­censed busi­ness.

Pos­ses­sion of up to 28.5 grams of mar­i­juana and 8 grams of con­cen­trated mar­i­juana will be le­gal if the ini­tia­tive passes. How­ever, pos­ses­sion is pro­hib­ited at schools, day cares or any­where chil­dren are present.

The Adult Use of Mar­i­juana

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