It ain’t as breezy as it seems
Despite California legalizing marijuana, pot fans will continue to wait past the long-awaited January 1 start date. This is due to the strict regulations and new THC serving size limit that has cannabis businesses scrambling to re-make its products. Some cities in California are also banning recreational marijuana entirely despite legalization. Border Patrols and police officers will be keeping an eye out for stoned drivers, along with their dogs checking your car for your stash.
California has a population of 39 million people and owns the sixth largest economy in the world. Legal marijuana is projected to be a $7 billion industry, with local governments expected to collect around $1 billion a year in tax revenue, according to CBS.
Merry Jane predicts edibles will become a popular item in California, but strict regulations include prohibiting weed from being infused with nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine. All edibles now have a maximum limit of 10mg THC per serving and 100mg THC per package. Products must have labels including ingredient list, nutritional facts, and a state symbol identifying it as a weed product. Edibles must be sold in clear, resealable, and child- resistant packaging and all products in the shape of fruits, animals, and humans are forbidden. For non-edibles, packages can not be see-through, says CBS, so shops are also changing its packaging for the New Year. Public use is highly restricted and renters can ban smoking on their properties.
Depending on where you live, access to marijuana shops may be limited. Proposition 64 established personal possession limits of one ounce for flower, or 8 grams of cannabis concentrates for adults over the age of 21. The Fresno Bee reports some cities such as Fresno and Clovis have banned recreational sales, while Berkeley, San Diego and the San Joaquin Valley are catering to the cannabis community with easy access. Specifically, the 8,000 person town of Woodlake has a plan to create a pot business center.
“This area, the Valley, is conservative and shy in terms of cannabis,” said Michael Dunway, President and founder of Green Been Pharma, to the Fresno Bee. “And for years, people only had access to low-quality, black-market cannabis that is well below state standards. We’re working to educate people on cannabis and raise the bar in Tulare County.” He currently sells an ounce of marijuana for $300.
Besides restrictions in small cities, don’t plan on driving weed up to your friends in other states. Federal agents will be seizing drugs along highways, as marijuana possession will still be prohibited at eight Border Patrol checkpoints in California, reports Associated Press. California Highway Patrol officers are also on the watch for impaired drivers.
“Prior to Jan. 1, it’s going to be the same after Jan. 1, because nothing changed on our end,” said Ryan Yamasaki, an assistant chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector to Associated Press. “If you’re a federal law enforcement agency, you uphold federal laws.