The mania stems from fears of relapsing while being around marijuana smokers in public. (Similar to how an ex-smoker feels around cigarette use.) But let’s be frank: now that the bill has passed, we’ll have to find a way to cope. And it’s easier than you think.
The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act:
What You Need to Know About Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in California
First and foremost the act prohibits use of recreational marijuana in public spaces which are unlicensed to do so. Mirroring current smoking laws– as in cigarette smokers are not allowed to smoke in public buildings, restaurants, etc. — not to mention alcohol laws!
◉ Smoking is restricted to persons of 21 years of age (the same as alcohol)
◉ Establishes the Bureau of Marijuana control which elects to
1. Protect children
2. Continue research on marijuana
3. Regulate the trade to ensure marijuana is free of alternate substances
4. Establishes 15% marijuana taxation
◉ California’s government projects the sale of recreational marijuana to create a surplus in California’s economy, to the tune of “hundreds of millions”
◉ A portion of the revenue gained will “educate youth to prevent and treat serious substance abuse” and “invest in communities to reduce the illicit market and create job opportunities”
◉ Marijuana businesses are barred from operating within 600 feet of schools
◉ Establishment of the act will help regulate the resources (mainly water) being drained from the state, and will ensure marijuana plants are grown efficiently
◉ Requires minors who test positive to attend drug prevention education, counseling, and community service
So my friends, please remember to breathe, and look at the legalization of marijuana in the same light as the legalization of alcohol. I promise it will help you cope.