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Legalization of Marijuana in California

Kimberly Avalos, Freshman

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The majority of citizens in the state of California voted “yes” the 2016 election legalize marijuana statewide.
Supporters of legal marijuana won the majority votes for Prop 64 by roughly 14%. The votes being 56% of those in favor of legalizing marijuana and 44% of those opposed.
Although the usage of marijuana will be legal in the state of California, that does not mean it can be boldly bought and used by just anybody. Captain Steve of Watson Eureka Police light-heartedly states, “Hey, it’s not going to be open season where you can walk around and smoke a bowl on the streets.”
There will be restrictions on the consumption of marijuana that will be applied. For example, Californians are not allowed to buy recreational cannabis anywhere until 2018, although as of now, they may grow it and share it with others.
On the other hand, Prop 64 also holds benefits for legalizing marijuana, stating that adults over 21 can legally possess, transport, or grow up to one ounce of marijuana, eight grams of marijuana concentrate, and six plants, without having to worry about the searching or invading of their homes upon the police’s discovery of the scent or presence of cannabis.
However, the legalization of marijuana is a controversial topic that awakens conflicted feelings within many individuals, not only in the State of California, but also nationwide.
The San Francisco Police Department discusses the cons of the legalization, stating, “There have already been robust medical-marijuana businesses in certain areas, such as Oakland and San Francisco.” This only adds fuel to the fire in those who are opposed against the legal utilization of cannabis.
Still, the legalization of marijuana provides an increase in government jobs as California’s medical marijuana industry, which will be combined with the newly legalized recreational one, to form the largest legal pot industry that will require a fair amount of workers to maintain the weed industry under control.
All in all, the legalization of marijuana will be a transformative yet controversial change in California.

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