CA: Urgency Ordinance Prohibiting Recreational Pot


While Proposition 64 does allow local governments to decide where marijuana stores could open up, some feel like cities are trying to thwart the will of voters.

Regarding Proposition 64, the legalization of recreational marijuana use: I hope common sense prevails against greedy businessmen and tax-crazed politicians. The national classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug-considered risky and of no beneficial medical use-constitutes a large portion of the drug-related arrests made in the US, with arrests increasing in recent years. "Marijuana arrests are the engine that’s driving the war on drugs".

"I’m not a California voter, but I know when good legislation passes in the biggest state, other states follow", he adds, "and that’s an important step in ending mass incarceration around the country". It ends the wasteful expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars every year in California on the arrest, prosecution and incarceration of nonviolent, marijuana-only offenses.

The ban will also provide the city with more time to come up with some regulatory scheme to keep an eye on the new drug industry. He’s been a vocal proponent for prison reform too. The City Council is now thinking about adopting an urgency ordinance that would prohibit commercial use of non-medical marijuana in the city, which would effectively ban commercial cultivating, processing, manufacturing, distributing, testing, and selling of recreational cannabis.

Meanwhile the Chronicle writes that Oakland is scrambling to get its house in order regarding pot laws: The city council was scheduled to discuss changes to controversial marijuana business permitting decisions made in May, but a vote planned for last night was postponed until November 14. Up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana would be legal to possess. The proposition allows cities to prohibit or otherwise regulate outdoor cultivation of pot plants but not to regulate indoor cultivation.

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