When the Smoke Clears – California Marijuana Insider Ted Ehr On The Impact Of Prop. 64Lifestyle
On November 5, 1996 California passed Prop. 215 commonly known as the Compassionate Use Act. This proposition made us the first state in the nation to legalize any form of Marijuana, ending a 59 year prohibition – sort of.
Many counties sued and/or simply ignored the voice of the people and continued their profiling and confiscation practices.
Under this proposition, however, the door was opened for doctors and medical researchers to study, in-depth, the benefits of marijuana without fear of incarceration or license forfeiture for the first time since the early 1900’s.
As a result, our collective understanding has grown by leaps-and-bounds. Additionally, it paved the way for Prop. 64.
Since January 2011, Californians over 21 years of age in possession of up to one ounce of marijuana has been considered an infraction in Californian, carrying a maximum $100 fine. With associated ‘fees’ the cost could be as high as $485; resulting in no criminal record under Ca Health & Safety Code 11357b – progress.
Californians passed Prop. 64 on November 8th, 2016. This legalized the adult use of cannabis for recreation, further bolstering 1996’s Prop. 215.
The personal-use aspects of ’64’ went into effect when the proposition passed. This new law, as it relates to retail-sales, goes into affect January of 2018.
Ted Ehr photo: Chad Thomas
To gain a clearer understanding of what this new law actually means for us here in the Golden State, I sat down for a one-on-one with Marijuana Industry Insider Ted Ehr.
Ted is a personal-rights advocate who holds a degree in Information Technology from Cal-Poly. He works as a consultant specializing in product development and is the Digital Marketing Manager of both Speakeasy 710 and Herbalizer, the later being licensed with comedian and long-time personal-rights advocate Tommy Chong’s “Chong’s Choice” brand.
Both companies are industry leaders in products which help educate those with chronic pain and manage their symptoms without pharmaceuticals.
The Herbalizer photo: Chad Thomas
“Through recent research of this organic medicine much has been learned; re-learned if you will, as ancient cultures have been aware of the benefits of marijuana going back generations. From the shared knowledge we’ve managed to create products which give individuals much more control over their own health and well-being.” Mr. Ehr said in his North County home-office.
“We now have the understanding and ability to manipulate the plant to personalize an individuals experience.”
This law is not just a ‘party in a bag’, it also gives adults without chronic disease a choice.
You can now decide for yourself, without fear of police intervention, to use those over the counter ‘pain relievers’ or use the organic plant that humans have relied on for centuries for both physical ailments, mental disorders as well as to simply relax.
“Plants release different inherent essential oils at different temperatures. Each molecule boils and turns into a vapor at a specific temperature, the Herbalizer allows you to control what you extract through its precise temperature.”
This is new information translated into practical application allowing consumption without carcinogens from the burning process.
Another aspect of the new law, which is probably for the best, is the standardization and labeling of edibles.
This aspect has long been a one size fits all/you’re on your own, good luck type of scenario. You never know how much to take since there is not a standard nor is there any packaging guidelines.
In Mr. Ehr’s words, “it’s like handing someone who’s never had a drink of alcohol a 12-pack of beer and saying ‘you gotta drink ’em all’, it’s a bit of a gamble.”
This is an aspect which, among others, is the reason for the retail-delay. State Officials will address this issue between now and the January 2018 ‘go date’.
On the topic of Prop 64 and the affect on the marijuana ‘accessories’ Industry, Mr. Ehr stated,
“I believe we’ll see three things happen, the same three we’ve seen in most industries; there’s been 3 mega-trends going on since the 1950’s or so.
These are ‘micronization’, mobilization & personalization -think customization on this one (eg. discreet package, colors & graphics and intensity control).
discreet herbal vape photo: Chad Thomas
According to the Centers For disease Control, between 2006-2010 alcohol was responsible for 88,000 deaths each year in the United States. In 2010 alone, over 16,000 overdose-deaths were directly related to pharmaceutical opioid derivatives (Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Methadone).
Compare this to no known marijuana deaths in the 5,000 years of human interaction with the plant; the decriminalization is long overdue.
Additionally, according to the ACLU, between 2001-2010 there were 8.2 million marijuana related arrests in the United States. Of these 8.2 million, 88% were for simple possession of the plant -not dealers.
As a side-note, “If you have been convicted for a marijuana felony or other offense that has been downgraded by Prop 64, you may petition the court to have your record changed to what it would be if Prop 64 had been in effect.”
This according to California Norml, our states division of the National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws.
Under Prop. 64, New Rights of Californians Over the Age of 21 Include:
- Cultivation of up to six plants per residence
- Possession and transportation of up to one ounce of the plant and up to eight-grams of concentrate
- Retail purchase without a prescription (beginning January 2018)
The rights of medical use patients under Prop. 215 are not affected by the new law.