Last fall, voters in California approved a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting on January 1st, 2018. For the past year, the state government has worked to figure out what the exact rules and regulations should be when January 1st arrives. And now, with less than two months to go, we finally know what they are.
California's government released regulations yesterday that will allow the state to license growers, distributors and sellers starting on January 1st. Here are a list of some of the regulations:
- Marijuana gummies cannot be shaped like humans, animals or fruit
- Marijuana cannot be transported by aircraft, boats, drones, trains, bikes or unmanned vehicles (welcome to the future)
One concern that's already risen are the regulations (or lack thereof) for the size of cannabis cultivators. Many small and medium scale marijuana growers were worried that legalization would lead to large farms taking over the industry. For months, the government debated proposals that would limit the size of marijuana farms anywhere from one to four acres. However, the final version of the regulations does not contain any restrictions on the size of cultivators' land, which is what small farmers feared the most. Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, said the new regulations "could have just opened the door for well-capitalized interests ... to really jeopardize the success of the marketplace."
So it definitely sounds like the regulations aren't perfect. But considering the large amount of controversy surrounding them, you knew not everyone would be happy when they finally came out. And on the bright side, the state is now ready to allow recreational marijuana on January 1st.
(h/t LA Times)