California voters have legalized recreational marijuana. California was of course the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, but has recently fallen behind in regards to marijuana policy reform. That has all change today. California is the largest state as measured by population, and is the biggest state when it comes to marijuana industry size as well.
California was the biggest domino in this year’s election, and it just fell. How long until prohibition falls at the federal level? I guess only time will tell, but I think it’s safe to say that the timeline has shortened with California getting on the right side of history. The fight in California was fierce, and a lot of friends became enemies unfortunately. I’m hopeful that healing can commence, and California’s activists can get focused on the next phase of legalization – the local battle. Municipalities have already passed bans in California for recreational marijuana, and the fight is not over in California – it is only beginning. Below is a quote from Tom Angell of the Marijuana Majority in regards to California’s historic vote:
“This is the most important moment in the history of the marijuana legalization movement. California is the sixth-largest economy in the world and is hugely culturally influential. Most importantly, this vote will dramatically accelerate the end of federal marijuana prohibition.
“California alone has just added 53 more U.S. House members to the list of federal lawmakers who represent places where marijuana is legal. Last year we came only nine votes shy of winning an amendment to stop federal interference with state marijuana laws. Do the math.
“With California’s huge vote and other results tonight, our movement is in perfect position to increase our already strong momentum. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have repeatedly pledged to respect state marijuana laws. And in an interview last week, President Obama said federal marijuana prohibition would be ‘untenable’ if California legalized marijuana. He was right, and it’s time for Congress to get to work passing legislation to get the DEA out of the way of full and effective implementation of these state laws.”