About SAFE MMJ

On January 1st 2018, Cannabis became legal for all Californian's 21 and over. Our mission is to assist the community in creating a SAFE environment for our communities faced with regulating Marijuana.

With the passing of Prop 64 cities and counties in  California are left with the decision to BAN dispensaries or to REGULATE dispensaries

BAN

All commercial activity will be prohibited (dispensaries, deliveries, testing etc)
People accessing Marijuana will have to do so on the streets or
People accessing marijuana will have to drive out of town to get it
People will be allowed under state law to possess and grow 6 plants at a time in their home
There will be NO testing requirements 
There will be NO ID requirements
There will be NO state funds to enforce a ban
It will cost $3 million dollars per year from local tax dollars to enforce a ban
Makes marijuana MORE accessible to children 
Makes marijuana LESS accessible by people with ailments using marijuana as medicine
*Cannabis will still be grown, sold, distributed and possessed legally by the black market

REGULATE

Dispensaries will under go an excessive back ground and vetting process
Licenses will be issued to well qualified applicants
Strict testing guidelines will be mandated to ensure consumer safety
Strict Carding practices will be enforced at the point of sale Must be 21 and must show ID (like cigarettes and alcohol) 
Commercial Cannabis industry will raise upwards of $30 million per year per 1 million people
Thousands of jobs will be created 
Cannabis awareness campaigns will be funded by the cannabis industry
Marijuana regulation has proven in some cases to raise commercial property values and improve schools or parks 
  • From the blog

    Voters approved California Proposition 64

    Voters approved California Proposition 64 on November 8, 2016, allowing adults over 21 years of age to use and possess marijuana for recreational use starting in January 2018. In a similar fashion to tobacco and alcohol, marijuana will also be taxed and regulated. The Proposition is designed to allocate revenue for positive and much needed social services causes including health and safety grants, drug research and treatment, youth programs, drug enforcement, and the prevention of environmental damage. All in all, the proposal passed because the voters believed in its positive qualities (Lyman, 2015). A helpful list of Q&A regarding Prop 64 can be found at https://www.cacities.org/Resources-Documents/Policy-Advocacy-Section/Hot-Issues/Adult-Use-of-Marijuana-Act/AUMA-FAQ_Final.aspx/.

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    Bakersfield City Council against recreational pot shops within city limits

    The future of medical -- and recreational -- marijuana shops is looking bleak after A Bakersfield City Council meeting held Wednesday night.

    Medical marijuana shops have been illegal in city limits since 2013 -- and now the city council wants to ban “commercial cannabis activity” as well. This would include commercial manufacturing, cultivation, and distribution as well as recreational pot shops.

    “If a citizen is choosing to use marijuana in a legal fashion, as a city we should make a controlled environment,” a Certified Cannabis Expert said.

    He was one of many who spoke out at the city council meeting -- mentioning that the city has seen an “explosion of illegal dispensaries”. He wants marijuana to be regulated -- not banned all together.

    Any regulations not made by the city will fall under state law.

    The council voted 6 to 1 on the first reading of the ordinance Wednesday -- many in favor of banning marijuana sales all together.

    Council member Willie Rivera was the only one to disagree -- saying in a statement: “Marijuana dispensaries have been banned in Bakersfield since 2013. That ban hasn’t worked and Southeast Bakersfield should explore all options to keep our communities safe. I can’t support doing the same thing over and over again when it clearly hasn’t worked.”

    The spokeman estimated there are between 100 and 250 pot shops in Bakersfield. “It’s a major problem really the city needs about 40, not 150.”

    A problem he said could be fixed with regulation.

    “And so many are doing wrong and we don’t know, they just all look the same,” he said.

    However, recreational use is still allowed under California’s Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The prop was voted down locally, and it left local control up to individual cities in the state.

    “We’re carrying out the will locally and hoping that all the marijuana shops and property owners will just listen to the will of the people and go somewhere else,” Deputy City Attorney Richard Iger said.

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