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.