The Journey of Cannabis Legalization in California

Cannabis has been legalized in California for medical proposes since the 1960s. But, in November 2016, voters from all around California approved of Proposition 64 also known as adult use of marijuana act to legalize its recreational use too. After the legalization, trips to cannabis fields became an attraction for people, especially tourists, is the main choice of a lot of people with their trips.

The California Marijuana Initiative (1972)

In 1972, the first ballot for the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes was signed by voters in California. Known as Proposition 19, this initiative was to send by California as the first state to legalize the use, cultivation, and possession of Marijuana. A group called Amorphia financed this initiative. Although it got defeated by some margin, this proposition played a very important role by motivating people in the coming years for the legalization of cannabis.

Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act (2009)

For the first time in the US history, a bill got passed by a legislative committee (Assembly Public Safety Committee) on a 3 to 4 vote. The Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act were introduced by Tom Ammiano in February 2009. This law benefited people of age 21 or above, by removing any penalties over the use, possession, or cultivation of cannabis.

Proposition 19 (2010)

Proposition 19 was introduced by Richard Lee but sadly rejected by the margin of over 50%. This proposition demanded the legalization of use, possession, cultivation, and commercial sale of cannabis equal to as of alcohol. It was rejected by the California voters.

Adult Use of Marijuana Act (2016)

Passed by a vote of 57%, adult use of marijuana act also known as proposition legalized the use and possession of cannabis for up to one ounce. An individual can also grow up to 6 plants of their own, or get a license if in need to grow more for business purposes.