California was the first state to establish a medical marijuana program, enacted byProposition 215 in 1996 and Senate Bill 420 in 2003. Prop. 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act, was approved by initiative with a 55% majority, allowing people with cancer, AIDS and other chronic illnesses the right to grow or obtain marijuana for medical purposes when recommended by a doctor. SB 420, or the Medical Marijuana Protection Act,. Next came a bill waiting for California voters, Proposition 19, that would make possession and cultivation of marijuana legal for those over the age of 21, and would regulate it similarly to alcohol. Just like we have in Colorado and Washington. Now, four pro-weed groups who tried and failed to get on the ballot this year are refocusing, preparing to gather the 504,760 valid signatures each needs to place its version on the 2016 ballot.
Legal cannabis sales in the United States are projected to rech as high as $2.57 billion this year, split among the 21 states that allow the sale of some form of marijuana. Colorado and Washington were the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana, so who’s next? Oregon? Nevada? Michigan? Alaska? By fully legalizing marijuana through direct democracy, Colorado and Washington have fundamentally changed the national conversation about cannabis. Could California be next? The grandaddy of less-prohibited pot is again a top candidate to fully legalize cannabis. Prop 19 failed 53-47, and pot advocates are determined to do what’s necessary. 2016 is going to be an election year, which brings in a larger pull of voters. With Canna-businesses flourishing all over California, its no question if we will meet marijuana reform, but when. Companies like ‘Speed Weed’ one of the largest medical marijuana delivery services in Souther California has a menu of high grade medical marijuana, edibles, and alternatives that you can order over the phone and will shortly be delivered right to your front door! The news in Colorado is evidence that marijuana legalization can successfully generate value for both the local economy and the government.
So if when is the question what could possibly be the answer?