Surviving the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in California
Legalization of recreational marijuana use around the country is slowly disbanding prohibition against the substance. However, those in both long term, and short term recovery, are fighting the passing every step of the way. California is the newest to sanction recreational marijuana as a result of this past election, with favoritism of 56%. And people are freaking out.
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
The biggest takeaway here is: people in recovery will not be subjected to the recreational use of marijuana. Just as one avoids bars, people who drink, and environments where alcohol is present, the same rules apply for marijuana. That includes friends who partake in the substance. You don’t have to stop being friends, you just shouldn’t be around while they’re puffing away. (Similarly to friends who drink.)
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.
What are your thoughts on this new perspective of Recreational Marijuana Legalization?
About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.