Aside from the brimming tensions in the U.S. presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, anticipation has also reached fever pitch in Proposition 64, which aims to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state of California. As the state with the highest population in the country, California is poised to turn the tides in terms of public acceptance of recreational pot.
The votes have been cast on November 9. The verdict: Yes to recreational marijuana
California Cannabis Industry Association executive director Nate Bradley expressed jubilation over the state support for cannabis. "Proposition 64 will allow California to take its rightful place as the center of cannabis innovation, research and development," Bradley said in a news release
On the other side of the fence, California Police Chiefs Association chief Ken Corney said that they will continue to fight the battle against marijuana use
, especially in the recreational scene. "We are, of course, disappointed that the self-serving moneyed interests behind this marijuana business plan prevailed at the cost of public health, safety, and the well-being of our communities," Corney added. Fortunately, workplaces with zero-tolerance drug policies can adopt employee marijuana drug testing
The vote turns Proposition 64 into law, legalizing the sale, possession, and use of not more than an ounce of marijuana by any person in California 21 years old or above. Individuals are also allowed to plant not more than six marijuana plants.
California now joins Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington as the U.S. states where recreational pot is legal.