Biggest News For Cannabis Growers
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The biggest news for marijuana growers! In last week’s election, undoubtedly the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington was widely accepted. Voters in both states choose to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults over the age of 21. Both plan to sell and tax cannabis the same way as alcohol. This news can boost tourism. Tourists may not be able to pack their bowls along with their bags, but as long as out-of-state tourists purchase and use the drug while in Colorado or Washington, they wouldn’t violate the marijuana measures.
In Colorado, Amendment 64 passed with 53.3% of votes in their support. The state already has one of the most developed medical marijuana industries, and the new law allows licensing of cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores. It also allows individuals to grow up to six plants of their own with legitimate recommendations. So, this law will help marijuana growers to boost their businesses too.
In Washington, Initiative 502 passed 56% to 44% of votes to support marijuana legalization. The law unfortunately does not allow home cultivation of cannabis beyond the state’s existing medical marijuana laws. It does however establish a producers, processors and retailers system to allow for adults over 21 years of age to acquire and possess up to one ounce of marijuana.
Both marijuana measures make marijuana possession in small amounts OK for adults over the age of 21 years — not just state residents but visitors, too. And both victories for recreational cannabis use are unprecedented, and it will take some time to see how each state implements the new laws and accompanying regulations. It also remains to be seen how the Federal government will respond, given that marijuana is still illegal at a Federal level. But last week’s results clearly demonstrate the voting public’s willingness to reconsider marijuana prohibition, as well as spotlights increased opportunities for cannabis cultivators, both professional and amateur.