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Cannabis voters need to vote ‘No’ on California recall

Marijuana did not participate in the Sept. 14 election, but cannabis policy is still under way, as are women’s rights, gay rights, labor rights and the protection of women. environment.

“The sponsors of this year’s record elections are not friends with marijuana or criminal justice reform,” notes California’s NORML website. “Whatever else might be said of Gavin Newsom, no governor has been so supportive of legal marijuana.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom won the office with 62 percent of the vote as the primary supporter of gay marriage, the environment and drug policy reforms. The first-term Democrat led the state’s 2016 marijuana legalization initiative.

State, national and global ramifications

The GOP, an opponent of all these problems, has failed to gain any state office in recent years. The main candidate to take power is a Trump supporter who minimizes sexual abuse and is accused of throwing a gun at his ex-girlfriend.

If state senator Dianne Feinstein dies, a Republican governor will replace her with an anti-environmental Republican, turning the U.S. Senate over to Republican “Moscow Mitch” McConnell and solidifying the U.S. Supreme Court even more. against environmental quality and social justice.

However, in the recall, a Republican could take the highest office in the state with just a handful of votes. That’s because, unlike a fair and balanced election, the winner doesn’t need a majority to win – just a small plurality of voters who are motivated enough to send their ballots. Taking advantage of this flaw, Republicans have undermined the electoral process and have put together a party of supporters who support Trump determined to undermine California’s progressive policies.

The 110-year-old law mocks legitimate elections

Sacramento State Capitol
If the recall power is successful, the next governor of California could take office with only 4% of the vote.

It would be expected that the lieutenant governor would step in, since that is the proper purpose of this office. However, California’s recall rules are in the state’s Constitution. Therefore, only a constitutional electoral initiative can resolve the archaic rules, which were conceived for a vast area of ​​land with a small population rather than a modern, cosmopolitan state like California.

It will take a scrutiny initiative or a referendum sent to the electorate by the legislature to the people to abolish these provisions. It is unclear why the legislature did not act to resolve this after the recall of Gray Davis.

Newsom’s popularity across the state remains just above 50 percent but a conspiracy theorist backing Trump takes power with less than 10 percent of a turnout in depressed voters. That is why, if the votes were more or less evenly divided by the 41 candidates running to replace him, a candidate who got only 3% could replace a governor who won with more than 60%. Now the main opposition candidate, a right-wing discussion animator, has the support of less than 20 per cent of the likely voters.

Democracy’s best bet is for people who respect normal election cycles or who support Newsom’s policies to simply check “no” on the ballot they received and pick it up by mail in the next week.

If a Republican wins office, it will take only 65 people to sponsor a countermeasure, and signatures from at least ten counties to recall them.

The “No” vote protects cannabis, the environment, women, work, more

With few exceptions, leaders of the California cannabis community are asking voters to send a resounding “No” to the recall election. Even those who don’t like Newsom recognize the election as the focal point of a GOP power in the solid blue state.

While some people criticize the progress of state cannabis programs, criminal marijuana arrests have dropped by more than 75 percent in the state and thousands of production and retail licenses have been issued. Republicans, unable to win a single state office alone, count on the “minority victories” aspect of the state’s memory

Candidate Jackie McGowan, a Democrat who is running on a platform to make the state’s marijuana laws work better, hopes voters will reject the recall but will select her as her reserve candidate.

Newsom considered cannabis “essential” to say

As recently as May, Governor Newsom’s “Return to California Plan” solidified cannabis as an “essential” industry for the state and shifted $ 100 million in funding from the General Fund grant to local governments to conduct environmental studies, license reviews and mitigation of environmental impacts.

The proposal supports a broader effort to transform cannabis businesses into the regulated market and to reduce barriers to entry for small businesses. Newsom kept the cannabis community in mind as he developed the strategy.

The California Comeback Plan also proposes an Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion to guide the State’s efforts to address the impacts of the War on Drugs and allocate nearly $ 630 million in tax funds to cannabis to public health initiatives. , environmental protection and public safety.

Overview of cannabis proposals in Newsom’s California Comeback Plan

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Local Assistance Grants and Transition of Provisional Licensing Program

About 82 percent of cannabis license holders in California are provisionally licensed. The Local Jurisdiction Assistance Grant Program is targeted at jurisdictions that have a large number of temporary licensees throughout the supply chain, many of whom were first-time adopters and are moving a larger population of legacy and legacy operators. capital in the regulated market. The Funds are intended to assist locals in a more rapid review of the local requirements of interim licensees, particularly those relating to the California Environmental Quality Act, and may be passed on to licensees for matters such as mitigation measures, including those relating to water conservation. Once these requirements are met, the state can more quickly transfer temporary licensees to annual state licenses.

“This grant funding is intended to serve local governments and a significant portion of the provisional licensing population, including a number of small businesses and capital operators,” said Nicole Elliott, Senior Advisor to Governor Newsom on Cannabis. “We are committed to maintaining stability throughout the cannabis supply chain, to supporting our local partners, and to turning temporary licensing into annual licensing more quickly, without sacrificing California’s environmental commitments.”

The funding that will be available for local jurisdictions is calculated based on provisional licenses issued by the state, and it is proposed to be allocated as follows:

  • Category 1 – 25 percent: top 8 jurisdictions that allow cannabis cultivation.
  • Category 2 – 25 percent: 8 main jurisdictions that allow manufacturing and the 8 main jurisdictions that allow all other cannabis activities except events.
  • Category 3 – 50 percent: Additional funding for jurisdictions that qualify for Category 1 or 2 and that also implement local capital programs.

Under the current statute, the provisional licensing program will continue on January 1, 2022. The Governor’s Plan proposes to allow for the issuance of provisional licenses until June 30, 2022, making explicit requirements of compliance with the necessary to obtain and maintain a provisional license, instruct the Department to specify by regulation what progress is required to maintain a provisional license, and remove the sunset date, thereby allowing to maintain a provisional license as long as the candidate makes measurable progress toward achieving an annual license.

Deputy Director of Equity and Inclusion

The California Comeback Plan proposes an additional position in the Department of Cannabis Control – an Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion – to serve as a leader in all matters of the Department regarding the implementation of the Cannabis Equity Act. California. This individual would link the Department to local equity programs created to support and reduce barriers to entry for those negatively affected by the War on Drugs and also work directly with the Director of the Department to further incorporate equity and inclusiveness in policies and operational activities throughout the Department.

Sustainable California Cultivated Cannabis Pilot Program

The California Comeback Plan proposes $ 9 million in funding for a Sustainable Cultivated Cannabis pilot program in California that will provide funding to encourage outdoor cannabis growers authorized to participate in data collection to consult on best practices that reduce environmental impact of cannabis water and energy use; pest management and fertilizer practices; and, to improve the health of the soil. The purpose of the pilot program is to establish science-based data for the future inclusion of cannabis in current and future state and national voluntary programs to advance environmental management and to develop and advance Best Practices in Cannabis. Management for Sustainable Cannabis Growth.

Updated tax insurance

The California Comeback Plan estimates that $ 629.1 million in cannabis tax funding will be available for public health, environmental protection and public safety initiatives, up 41.9 percent of the U.S. Budget estimates. Governor in January. Funding will be allocated as follows:

  • Education, prevention and treatment of substance abuse disorders of young people and school retention – 60 percent ($ 377.5 million).
  • Cleaning, repair and enforcement of the environmental impacts created by the illegal cultivation of cannabis – 20 percent ($ 125.8 million).
  • Activities related to public safety – 20 percent ($ 125.8 million).

The Department of Cannabis Control will be formed on July 1, 2021, pending approval by the Legislature, and will merge the cannabis license and regulatory functions currently performed by the Department of Cannabis Consumption Affairs. Control, California Department of Food and Agriculture. Licensing Division for CalCannabis Culture, and the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch of the California Department of Public Health.

To learn more about the California Comeback Plan and cannabis proposals, visit the Department of Finance’s eBudget website.

U Cannabis Control Bureau is the lead agency in the regulation of commercial cannabis licenses for medical and adult cannabis in California. The Bureau is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing laboratories, microbusinesses and temporary cannabis events. For more information about our agency, visit the Bureau website. To learn more about the three cannabis licensing authorities in California and the other state agencies that contribute to cannabis regulation efforts, visit the California Cannabis Portal.

Those seeking to contact the Bureau of Cannabis Control can contact us directly by email at [email protected]

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