The Morning After
With the legalization of recreational marijuana – what happens now?
The morning after the election can still feel a little hazy for some- especially considering the plot twist!
With final results in and concession speeches made – many people are still left in a state of shock. From angry Facebook posts to disappointed hashtags ( #NotMyPresident and #StillWithHer), people are still trying to make sense of it all. But the other big winner in the election that has everyone excited – good ole CANNABIS!
Welcome California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts to the group of states that now legally recognize marijuana! It was a very exciting night for the cannabis community – and even more excited for what this means for the future.
So you’re probably wondering – what does this means for residents living in these states that have voted in favor of recreational marijuana?
Well for starters, there will be a little wait time. By passing recreational marijuana legislation, residents in Nevada, Maine, California and Massachusetts, over the age of 21 can now legally smoke marijuana privately and can possess up to 28.5 grams and up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis (i.e hash).
In California for example, under state law – the measure took effect at 12:01 am. Wednesday November 9th but there are a few things to keep in mind. While similar measures have passed in two other states, there are a few things that remain illegal under Prop 64 in California:
- Smoking weed on the street or in a bar is prohibited. Public consumption remains banned
- You can’t buy recreational marijuana until designated shops open, which could take at least a year
- No smoking and driving – is also illegal to have an open container in the car
- Employers can still enforce their own drug policies, which may lead to termination
- Possession on the grounds of schools, day care centers and youth centers while children are present is also not allowed
So while Californians can now legally smoke recreational marijuana – people who have a medical marijuana card are the only ones who can legally purchase marijuana until legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2018. Sorry recreational users but you are going to have to wait a little while longer. And those who have a medical card, just go about your business as usual. I will say that it is concerning to think how harsh the President-elect is going to respond to these handful of states – but for now, let’s just enjoy our another victory for the cannabis community!
Not only is this going to be greatly beneficial for state economies – now those that have been arrested or convicted for marijuana offenses have the opportunity to appeal their convictions and free themselves from this double standard.
Great job California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine –
Currently – here is an overall look of the legalization of marijuana in the U.S:
For more information or map reference, visit Governing.com