History of marijuana reforms in California
In 2016, Proposition 64 made marijuana legal in California. This was by no means an easy journey, as you can see from this timeline of marijuana reforms in California:
Why is this important? We've heard comments that marijuana laws are not enforced in California, and that Proposition 64 was therefore nearly meaningless. Think again.As this graph shows, while marijuana is used equally by those of different races, the arrest rates vary highly by race. This means that the collateral consequences (e.g., occupational licenses, employment, social services, housing) disparately impacted African-Americans.
Remember: Marijuana is still not legal under federal law. Thus, if you are not a US citizen, you should not admit use or possession of marijuana, as it can be used against you in immigration proceedings.
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