California gets Harris, approves Recreational Marijuana

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on November 11, 2016.

Voters in California have a lot to cheer about. First, they approved a ballot measure that allows residents to possess and use recreational marijuana. And, hours later, they elected Kamala Harris as the second-ever black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. The California voters approved Proposition 64 by a margin of 54.3% to 43.7%.

Californians aged 21 and above got the right to possess, transport and buy up to 28.5 grams of marijuana for recreational use. The measure also levies a 15 percent tax on retail sales. Colorado, Washington D.C., Alaska and Oregon had approved recreational use of marijuana two years ago. This November, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada joined that elite club.

In 1996, California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana with Proposition 215. 24 other states followed suit later. As per the Proposition 64, adults 21 and above can legally consume marijuana without a doctor’s prescription for medical use. They also can possess up to an ounce of marijuana buds or 8 grams of cannabis concentrates.

Marijuana won't be allowed at public places or apartments where smoking is banned. Even, employers reserve the right to allow or disallow people use marijuana at work place. People using marijuana in a public place, would have to pay a fine of $100. The fine increases to $250 in no-smoking zones.

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