The California Vote: Proposition 38

Endorsement: Yes on L.A. County Measure C for regulated cannabis sales

By Michael Aneiro, Editor

(updated May 2, 2019)

Proposition D, which would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and would have done so at the ballot box without also legalizing the production and sale of marijuana for recreational use, failed more than two years ago (April 2016). Proposition 2, which would have expanded California’s medical marijuana program to include the medicinal use of cannabis for people who are seriously ill and would have regulated and taxed the sales of medical marijuana, was also blocked by California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Proposition 38 would have also gone further than Proposition 2 in expanding cannabis control. The measure would have provided Californians with three types of cannabis licenses and allow for the licensing of non-licensed businesses. The measure would have created a regulatory program to monitor and control the use of cannabis. The measure also would have required the state to set up a financial institution to hold the state’s cannabis revenues and would have made the regulatory program the main point of contact for consumers and businesses with questions about cannabis. And the measure would have placed some limitations on the sale of cannabis or on the cultivation of cannabis in the state.

Measure C is the proposal to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational use in California. Proposition D would have done the same for recreational marijuana. It would have also gone further in cannabis control, with the creation of a comprehensive regulatory scheme and the establishment of a financial institution to process and account for medical cannabis.

Proposition 38 was the most well-known of the ballot propositions, a measure that would have legalized the recreational use of cannabis. It was the only one put on the 2016 ballot that would have created a comprehensive regulatory scheme for cannabis.

Measure C would legalize and tax cannabis. It would offer people a choice between buying cannabis and paying a $25 tax per ounce to the government to be distributed through a state-run lottery or to buy cannabis from their state-licensed retailer. Currently, patients have to grow their own cannabis or order

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