California Prop. 64 and Marijuana Policy

In November, 2016, California citizens passed Proposition 64, legalizing retail marijuana for recreational use. California faces enormous challenges in implementing this new law, including decisions about how to regulate a massive new industry and how to negotiate a complex relationship with the federal government. Working with the client for the practicum, Assemblyman Jim Wood, who represents the so-called “Emerald Triangle” counties (Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity), the research teams will analyze how to reconcile Prop 64 with existing legislation on medical marijuana. The research will explore options for addressing several gaps in Prop 64, including the environmental damage caused by marijuana cultivation, and the need for a rational DUI standard for drivers who have used marijuana.

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