CALIFORNIA LOVE

THE GREENS HAVE NEVER BEEN KINDER

MEDICAL MARIJUANA REGULATIONS

CANNABIS HAS MOVED INTO THE MEDICAL AGE

The love affair between California and marijuana has been as tumultuous as Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston’s relationship. After becoming the first state to prohibit a crop that had been used for centuries for anything from medicine to food to clothing, California essentially spearheaded a movement that saw the banning of marijuana sales across the States.

This movement has seen cannabis criminalized across America, with the majority of the country still holding the plant in negative regard. However, in 1996 the first state that first chose to close the door on marijuana was the first to open it back up when California voted yes on Proposition 215, making medical marijuana a legal form of treatment.

Since that fateful day in 1996, it took 16 years for the next to jump on board with regulating medical marijuana. Finally in 2012, Massachusetts became the second state to recognize medical marijuana as a legitimate practice. The following year, Colorado and Washington followed suit but upped the ante by allowing those 21 and over to purchase recreational marijuana as well.

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RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA FRAMEWORK

CALIFORNIA’S BOOMING CANNABIS INDUSTRY

In 1913, California became the first state to facilitate the process of what would eventually be all 50 states banning marijuana. From there, the plant once used for everything from food to clothing to medicine was placed on a federal list of schedule 1 controlled substances right alongside heroin. A lot of time has passed since 1913 and in 2018, the Golden State will be selling the once outlawed plant much similarly to how alcohol is sold today–recreationally.

In 1996, California began the arduous journey of lifting the ban they helped create on the cannabis plant. Following the vote of yes by California residents on Proposition 215, medical marijuana became legal for the first time since the early 1900’s in California. 20 years later, the state voted in the 2016 election on allowing the banned control substance to be sold to adults 21 and over. With a resounding yes, the state spoke and agreed to lift the century-long ban on recreational marijuana.

Following the monumental vote in 2016, the state of California needed to reassess previous sanctions on marijuana that were placed when they legalized the plant medicinally in 1996. From there, the state needed to give the laws a new coat of paint to meet the demands of selling it recreationally in 2018.

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CALIFORNIA MODEL DISPENSARIES

THE BAY AREA’S BEST

SPARC (SAN FRANCISCO) – “The SPARC family of companies is a trusted source of cannabis products for discerning individuals seeking to enhance their quality of life through mindful cannabis use. We are an industry leader and innovator promoting an intelligent approach to cannabis cultivation, production, distribution and use, as these expand to meet the needs of a broader audience. The SPARC family of companies is driven by a set of seven core values that guides our decision making on both a day-to-day and bigger picture level. This set of principles was developed collaboratively with the help of our various team members and reflects the personal values of our staff as well as the communities to which we belong.”

HARBORSIDE (OAKLAND) – “Founded in 2006 by Steve DeAngelo, Harborside is the most respected and largest medical cannabis dispensary in the United States. Harborside has over 200,000 registered patients and was first in the nation to support education for seniors, veterans and families with severely ill children; first in the country to offer CBD-rich medicine; and the first to treat children with Dravet syndrome. Harborside continues to set an example of diversity and compliance, and is one of the prime advocates of diversity, sustainability and economic justice in the industry.”

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CANNABIS TOURS IN THE GOLDEN STATE

POT TOURISM HOSPITALITY

As marijuana legalization begins to sweep the nation, Bud and Breakfasts, cannabis rallies, and other marijuana-related events have been springing up not only in the States, but around the world as well.

The world of cannabis is continuing to grow. With the gradual acceptance of medical marijuana long after the first state voted in favor of the treatment back in 1996, that piece of legislation started a snowball effect that has slowly chipped away at cannabis prohibition to where recreational marijuana has become increasingly legal across America as well.

With these new laws, hospitality companies are popping up left and right promoting canna-tours that offer a taste of the best regional bud, among other unique amenities. Here is a guide to some popular cannabis tourism spots, and what you can expect from them.

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