In the aftermath of Proposition 19, California NORML will host a statewide conference to discuss the future of marijuana reform efforts in California at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on Saturday, January 29, 2011.
"Prop 19 would make California the first state in the nation to move beyond just permitting some access to medical marijuana to full-scale and potentially profitable legalization. Other obvious benefits, like a decline in organized crime and moving billions of dollars from the underground economy to the public economy, would naturally follow... However, it is not known to what extent the federal government would enforce prohibitions as no other state permits commercial marijuana related activities for non-medical purposes."
"The decisions made, including the proposed 2.5% increase in business tax for dispensaries and the number of dispensing facilities increasing from three to four total, will be up for public vote in November..Other amendments include the addition of six new, non-dispensing facilities which could include but are not limited to; cultivation and manufacturing and would not include public visits. Whether we like it or not, things are changing for Berkeley and other cities around the State."