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California Marijuana Legalization in 2016; Medical and Recreational Marijuana Reform News Today

Marijuana Reform News in the U.S. Today:

2016 is expected to be a year during which the process of marijuana reform in the U.S. makes additional headway.  Through 2015, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana in some form and 4 other states have passed laws which make it legal for adults over the age of 21 to use recreational marijuana.  Which state will be next to join, Alaska, Washington, Colorado and Oregon to allow recreational marijuana?  Some speculate that California could join their ranks in 2016.  The marijuana industry is big money in the United States already and analysts expect this trend to continue.  According to a recent Huffington Post report, legal marijuana might be the fastest growing industry in the U.S. right now.  California will look to position itself accordingly in 2016 in order to build on the foundation of reform and tap into the tens of millions of dollars that are in the marijuana marketplace.

California Medical Marijuana Reform Update Today:

Medical marijuana is already legal in the state of California.  It was officially made legal in 1996 via proposition 215 and has been amended since.  It is already a billion dollar industry in the U.S. and the California cannabis market already accounts for a very large segment of this market.   Most recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed three bills to regulate the medical marijuana industry.  These bills affect licensing requirements as well as cultivation, distribution and transportation regulations.  The medical marijuana industry has had a lot of time to develop in the state of California given that the state initiated medicinal marijuana reform almost two decades ago.  If any state is ready to take the next step in reform, it should be California.

California Recreational Marijuana Reform News Review Today:

This month, California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, endorsed the marijuana legalization initiative in the state.  This is a big step, and the support could lead to a 2016 ballot measure to control, regulate, and tax the responsible use of marijuana.  It should be noted that on two other occasions, legalizing marijuana has been on the state ballot but defeated.  Despite the previous defeats, California is gearing up for a marijuana legalization initiative push in 2016.  All in all, there will probably be close to a dozen initiatives trying to get on the 2016 ballot in the state of California, so voters may have a selection.  The stage is set for California to be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana.  It would be the fifth in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational use.



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