City of Carson: Special Meeting Regarding Cannabis, Sept. 23rd & 28th

 

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The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) (Proposition 64) is a 2016 voter initiative to legalize cannabis in California. The full name of the measure is the “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act“. The initiative passed with 57% voter approval and became law on November 9, 2016.

The City of Carson will host a Special City Council Meeting on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:00 am, and again on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 6 pm to discuss with constituents how the city will regulate

Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, took effect immediately upon its passage, giving adults over 21 new rights to use, possess, transport and grow certain amounts of non-medical marijuana. But retail locations for recreational marijuana will not be opening until January 2018 at the earliest, leaving a year-long gap before California residents can legally buy the product.

Says local business owner Lori Carter Mohammed of Juice-C-Juice Books & More, after attending a previous meeting about the issue,“Carson residents: We heard some interesting perspectives at last night’s special council meeting where residents expressed their views on what the City of Carson should do about regulating cannabis businesses in our city. The plan is to set regulations not just in Carson, but in California and in many states throughout the country.”

“Those who are isolating this issue to “weed smokers” and dispensaries are not visionaries and pioneers thinking on the larger scale. The cannabis business is so much bigger than that. Even beside cultivation, there is a food and beverage industry, there are essential oils, creams, sprays and other methods in which the beneficial properties of cannabis are extracted and used. There are even businesses that test, evaluate and research cannabis. These are all “cannabis” businesses. Many residents firmly expressed their wishes to create a law that says ‘No cannabis businesses in Carson’. This is not wise nor is it in the best interest of the city. It is imperative the old negative stigma associated with this plant be re-evaluated. When grown in its natural state (non-GMO) as God created it, it is documented to have improved quality of life for those suffering from many ailments ….and we should welcome the research to continue on the effects of cannabis, good and bad,” she stated.

She added, “It is my opinion to set firm and strict regulations including large fines with business revocation. I will be checking into what The city of Oakland has done to implement a social equity program that only allows Oakland residents to do cannabis business in Oakland. Now that’s how it’s done!

State financial analysts estimated Proposition 64 could increase tax revenue by hundreds of millions to one billion dollars.[IBID]  Independent analysts estimated the measure would reduce state and local government expenditures by tens of millions of dollars.[IBID]

Prop64 / AUMA, MCRSA, and the flurry of local ordinances, good and bad, to address the legal status of medical and recreational cannabis in California

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS 

 

• Adults 21 and older allowed to possess, transport, purchase, and use up to an ounce of dried marijuana flowers and 8 grams of cannabis concentrates.

• Adults 21 and older can grow up to 6 marijuana plants indoors. Outdoor cultivation subject to local restrictions.

• Criminal penalties for non-serious marijuana-related offenses, such as possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana, are reduced to misdemeanors.

• Persons with prior marijuana-related convictions can petition the court to have their record cleared or changed to reflect the new laws.

• Personal information of medical marijuana patients disclosed to state and local health departments protected under the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act.

• Medical marijuana patients cannot lose their custodial or parental rights solely based on status as medical marijuana patient.

• The California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation is renamed Bureau of Marijuana Control.

• Powers and duties of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Department of Public Health, and Department of Food and Agriculture are expanded to include the regulation and control of the nonmedical marijuana industry.

• The Department of Food and Agriculture authorized to begin regulating the cultivation, manufacture, and sale of industrial hemp.

Jan. 1, 2018

• State commercial cultivation and retail excise taxes take effect.

• Sales of medical marijuana to patients with valid medical marijuana ID cards become exempt from existing state sales and use tax.

• State agencies charged with licensing of nonmedical marijuana businesses must begin issuing licenses no later than this date.

• Medical marijuana patients must obtain a new recommendation that meets the new requirements in the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.

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