In spite of last night’s biggest—and arguably most harrowing—election results, at least San Franciscans can take some comfort in knowing that Proposition 64, which legalizes recreational use of marijuana in the state of California, passed by a 55.8% vote yesterday. San Francisco county had just about a 25% opposition vote to a majority 75% yes on the issue.
What Prop 64 specifically allows is for Californians who are 21 and older to possess, transport, buy and use up to an ounce of cannabis for recreational purposes and allow individuals to grow as many as six plants. Smoking is officially permitted in private homes or at businesses licensed for on-site marijuana consumption. Only state licensed businesses are able to sell non-medical marijuana, and the state has until January 1, 2018, to begin issuing sales licenses for recreational retailers. Additionally, retail sales of marijuana would have a 15% tax.
For those looking for silver linings, this might just be it. It’ll be awesome to watch the rise of the recreational marijuana industry, and you just know a ton of startups in San Francisco are about to pop up, asking us to try their products. For once, we might actually not be annoyed by the question.
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