The question: California Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, supported legalizing recreational marijuana for persons aged 21 years or older under state law and established certain sales and cultivation taxes. Was this right for Californians?
On November 8, 2016, a vast majority of California voters voted and passed Proposition 64 – The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Prop 64). Immediately the proposition became law. California now among several states have decriminalized personal possession and use of marijuana. This proposition permits adults of 21 years of age and over to possess and grow specified amounts of marijuana for recreational use only.
This proposition was right and I strongly support it. The proposition was an idea whose time had come and was ripe. Times have changed and so are the people, social views are no longer a preserve of a few individuals at the helm of power and influence in the society. People’s opinions on matters laws and rights must be heard more so in modern democracies, and as such Californian majority carried the vote. .
After the legislation, marijuana trade is forecasted to being able to open the door for more than a $6 billion industry and could be soaring, actively increasing the states revenue by collection of monthly taxes. Operations of the state will enjoy the comfort of extra dividends flowing in. financial strains in the state departments will be cut down by a huge margin given the fact that marijuana users and cultivators numbers have been growing at a radical speed and this individuals will form the base production and market for the marijuana.
Investment opportunities will be open to citizens and foreign investors, this will ensure circulation of money from consumers and business owners. Standards of living will be improved among individuals who will partake in this line of business.
The proposition now brings to an end constant arrests of individuals found in possession of marijuana, arrests and lock up infringe human rights of free movement and as such induces mental illnesses related to small space confinement. The hefty fines as well financially degrades individuals. The state will also be advantaged now that costs of running operations seeking to curb illegal marijuana trade will be cut down immensely, cultivators and dealers record will be with the state and monitoring of the same will be a lot easier. Individuals wishing to indulge in marijuana for recreational purposes will now so do without fear of criminalization or guilt as this proposition ensure to serve their interests without fear or favor.
In states such as Oregon where this proposition had previously been passed are enjoying great financial freedom among the citizens and the state. Marijuana trade has raised living standards for hundreds of people taking part in the business directly as well as it has raised considerable amount of taxes for the state, both parties are enjoying the benefits.
Diego Lomeli Martin
I think the passage of prop 64 was a right move for California as it is the state known to be pro Marijuana and has its own history with its use. Due to its popularity in California, the passage will and have brought huge revenue back into the state. It is such a huge business that in 2019, the state made $623 million and each year it keeps growing. The good side to these huge revenue spikes is the state is using that money to be “used to cover costs of administrating and enforcing the measure. Additionally, it will be distributed to drug research, treatment, and enforcement.” So the revenue its making goes back into further research, youth programs, education, and enforcement to enhance the safety of the community with the passage of prop 64. Your reply….
The legalization of Marijuana in California definitely has its pros and cons. However, I think that since the legalization and implementation of Prop 64, there were more pros than cons. According to Doctor Dale Gierubnger, his report recorded that because of the legalization, California generated more income from the retail sales, cultivation taxes, and would likely be able to save over $200 million in law enforcement costs. Costs such as arrest, prosecution, trial, or imprisonment. I think that if this is what Prop 64 was able to generate in regards to lower costs going towards arrests and other legal issues, then for me it would be considered something good for California. We would, instead of arresting every single person that uses Marijuana on a daily basis, or carries on them, all that energy would be able to be put in more important areas of law enforcement. Also, based on his report, California alone spends at least over $200 million per year. Imagine how much could be saved just by cutting back arresting marijuana users. I think overall, there would be a huge cost benefit for California when it comes down to decriminalizing individuals using Marijuana. Your reply……
I believe this was right for Californians although my thoughts on the legalization of marijuana are neutral. As a mother I thought “Do I want to be in favor of making it easily available to my kids?”, the answer would be no. Technically my kid wouldn’t be kid anymore at age 21, when they can legally purchase it but just the thought of it being easily accessible made me cringe. Also, knowing that it is way more difficult to eliminate or remove a law than creating it and since this was new territory, we really didn’t know how it was going to affect California. However, there are some favorable pro’s to legalizing marijuana. A pro that appealed to me was that 60% of the taxes were going to be allocated toward rehabilitation and treatment programs in California. That’s a big chunk of change to be directed toward something that is a growing pandemic. Personally, I know many people including family and homeless individuals, who are drug addicts and want to seek recovery yet they don’t know where to go or don’t have the resources to get the help they need. So this for me hit home. Your reply ……
I am very familiar with this industry having friends who own dispensaries from San Diego to Los Angeles. My experience from what I’ve seen has been very interesting with the amount of profit that dispensaries generate daily. I think it is a great idea to tax dispensaries because this is a great way to generate 15 % versus in the pass they weren’t able to tax anything so dispensaries were collecting all the profits. Since marijuana is easy to obtain proposition 64 actually helps make a safe system for adults to responsible use marijuana. In my opinion I think this was a great move for Californians just because many people use due to either underline health conditions or for fun but now they are more responsible with the usage of the marijuana. The fact that we are able to tax the product is what the benefits are for the government to generate 15% extra in taxes. My only concern is that people are going to take advantage of this and drive under the influence. Overall this is a great proposition that passed and the money is going into great use with providing treatment programs for youth as well as restoring the environment. Your reply…..
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