Californians did it. It's the end of a 100 plus year cannabis prohibition in California. Two thousand eighteen is off to an exciting start. What exactly does this mean? You no longer need a medical recommendation to purchase cannabis from a dispensary. However, you’ll need your ID proving that you’re 21 years or older to obtain cannabis recreationally. How much are you allowed to buy? There’s a daily limit of one ounce of flower and eight grams of concentrates. Edibles are capped at 100 milligrams of THC per item. Welcome to the world of legal weed. In honor of the occasion, MAGNETIC spoke with everyone from LA-based musicians Dynasty Electrik to MagicalButter.com executive director Chris Whitener to share their insight about this momentous occasion. Here’s what they had to say!
“We've made history as a legitimate industry in other states, and now all eyes are on the huge potential in California. The massive effort that was made there to end prohibition and create a legal path forward, and now with Sessions' rescinding of the Cole memo illustrates the need to stay mindful of the laws and compliant with regulations so we can continue to grow as an industry and community. — Stacey Mulvey, Founder of Marijuasana
"As prohibition in California comes to an end, it is important to pause and reflect on the men and women, many dying and sick, who fought so hard to make this possible. Let us remember and revere the pioneer small farm communities in NorCal, selfless individuals, manufactures and collectives who have risked their freedom to provide safe and effective medicine to those in need. Together, our Californian brothers and sisters will show the nation what is possible." Eric Lujan, Founder Craft 1861
"The California adult-use cannabis market launch is truly a historic moment, and Cura is ready to assume the responsibility of what this major shift will bring our industry. This is what we've been working so hard for, so it's our responsibility to work closely with the state, to hire the best and brightest in the industry, and to give back to the community by providing hundreds of jobs with full health benefits and contributing significant tax dollars.
We're lucky to have learned from the recreational market shift in our home base of Oregon and in the Nevada market, and our goal is to work with the state of California to help set standards for clean product and a consumer-friendly marketplace. We're also hiring at an extremely expedited rate to handle the massive influx of regulated customers. Everyday we are one step closer to normalization of cannabis, and it's truly a wonderful thing. " — Cameron Forni, Co-founder and President of Cura Cannabis Solutions
“We’re one giant step closer to full legalization around The States and around the world. Freedom does not exist where nature is illegal.” — Dynasty Electrik
"Kudos to California! The most populous state in the nation now has legal cannabis—edible sales will be tremendous." — Chris Whitener, Executive Director at MagicalButter.com
“California is leading the way towards dispelling this horrible fallacy of cannabis being dangerous. Cannabis prohibition has created fear and deep stigmas against the peaceful enjoyment of this much maligned medicine.” — Warren Bobrow, Author of Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics
"The end of prohibition means (California) consumers can now explore the health and wellness benefits of cannabis without wearing a scarlet letter. Equally important, it means an increase in consumer product safety, R&D, jobs, and tax revenues. It's only bad for the guys who make alcohol and opiates." — Adrian Z. Sedlin, CEO of Canndescent
“It’s a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, we're innovators and pioneers in cannabis farming. On the other, we have anxiety as there's uncertainty that the small farmers can find a space amongst the giants that want to push us aside.” — Nikolai Erickson, Farmer with Humboldt Legends and owner of Full Moon Farms.
“Recreational is exciting and opens up opportunities for new businesses to prosper. Let’s not forgot all of the people that put their freedom on the line to get us here.” — Andy Yashar, Co-founder of the The Daily Leaf