Californian residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21 this November. The sweeping victory for California pot was short lived however as delays in the process have started to emerge. Under the new measure, residents should have been able to purchase pot from stores starting January 1st, 2018. Unfortunately now, according to industry insiders, it’s looking more like California pot consumers will need to wait until sometime in 2019. Many are disappointed by the news but as it turns out, ending prohibition is a little more complicated than everyone expected.

Conflicting Laws


The main obstacle to overcome in the process is reconciling 2 separate marijuana laws that are in conflict on various points; the current medical marijuana law and Proposition 64, the recreational marijuana law, are in opposition. According to Assemblyman Jim Wood, who represents the California pot growing district in California known as the Emerald Triangle, “It is a very real challenge. Do we have 2 systems that move in parallel or one unitary system that combines the 2? My hope is that we can all sit down and work out the differences.” The 2 different cannabis laws conflict on many points including license categories, timelines and ownership requirements.

Issues with the California Pot Cultivation Tax

One of the major conflicts being addressed is the cultivation tax put in place by Prop. 64. Growers are frustrated by the cultivation tax placed on them by Prop. 64 which requires them to pay $9.25 per ounce of flower and $2.75 per ounce of leaves and stems. The medical marijuana law only places a retail tax on the plant.


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