LEGAL WEED – DAY ONE

California is the sixth state to allow sales of recreational marijuana, and as the nation’s most populous state, it’s widely seen as a tremendous boost to mainstreaming marijuana. Pot remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, and it is STILL illegal to take marijuana across state lines, bring it on a plane or mail it.

The California industry is forecast to reach $7 billion in a few years, more than the $6.6 billion of the entire legal cannabis market in the United States in 2016, according to New Frontier Data. California adults 21 and older can possess as much as an ounce and grow up to six plants at home as of Monday.

Although exciting, Monday was a muted rollout, because the licensing procedure is not in place in many cities. Thankfully now, recreational marijuana could be bought legally in Los Angeles or San Francisco, the state’s biggest cities. State and local taxes add a hefty chunk to the price, and depending where it’s bought, taxes can add as much as 45% to the cost. Taking the sketch out of the buying weed at a costly trade off is piece of mind some people appreciate.

Other states that allow the sale of recreational marijuana are Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Nevada. More retail shops are certain to open soon in California. The Bureau of Cannabis Control, which issues licenses from the state, had handed out about 200 by the end of last week…
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80ft. KRAKEN IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

The Kodiak Queen, formerly a Navy fuel barge named the YO-44, was discovered by British photographer Owen Buggy approximately two and a half years ago on the island of Tortola. Instead of letting the historic vessel get picked apart for scrap metal, Buggy approached former boss Sir Richard Branson about collaborating on a restorative art installation. Together with nonprofit Unite B.V.I., artist group Secret Samurai Productions, social justice entrepreneurial group Maverick1000, and ocean education nonprofit Beneath the Waves, the project was established as both an eco-friendly art installation, and a philanthropic measure to rehabilitate native marine species.
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Life After Prop. 64

November 9, 2016 – Californians have approved Prop. 64 to legalize adult use of marijuana by a margin of 56-44%. The approval of Prop. 64 by the nation’s largest state should send a powerful message to lawmakers in Washington, DC and the world to end marijuana prohibition. Nearly two thirds of California counties approved the measure, which should help local reform efforts.

As of Nov. 9th it became legal for any adult 21 years or older to:

•  Possess, transport, obtain or give away to other adults 21 or older no more than one ounce of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis.

 •  Cultivate up to six plants per residence and possess the marijuana produced by these plants.  All plants and harvest in excess of one ounce must be kept in a locked space not in public view at one’s residence.  Local governments may still forbid cultivation outdoors, but must allow it inside a private residence or accessory structure that is “fully enclosed and secure.”

Under Prop 64, you may NOT:

Consume marijuana in any public place ($100 infraction).   (On-site consumption at licensed premises will be permitted at a later date.)

Smoke or vaporize marijuana in any non-smoking area or within 1,000 feet of a school, day care or youth center while children are present, except privately at a residence. ($250 fine)

Consume marijuana or possess an “open container” of marijuana while driving or riding as a passenger in any motor vehicle, boat, or airplane ($250 fine).

Possess or use marijuana on the grounds of a school, day care or youth center while children are present. ($100 fine).

• Manufacture concentrated cannabis with a volatile solvent (except for state-licensed manufacturers).

Minors under 21 may not possess, use, transport, or cultivate marijuana, subject to a $100 fine for those 18 and older.  Minors under 18 are subject to drug counseling or community service.

• Possession of more than one ounce remains a misdemeanor punishable by $500 and/or six months in jail as at present.  Other offenses, including cultivation of over six plants, transport of over an ounce, illegal sale or distribution for compensation, possession with intent to sell, etc., are downgraded from felonies to misdemeanors except in certain aggravating circumstances.

Rights NOT protected by Prop 64:

Owners may forbid the possession or use of marijuana on their property subject to normal tenant law for renters.

• Employers may prohibit use of marijuana by their employees.
Prior offenders:  If you have been convicted for a marijuana felony or other offense that has been downgraded by Prop 64, you may petition the court to have your record changed to what it would be if Prop 64 had been in effect.

source canorml.org