A city in California has extended its temporary ban on the cultivation, manufacturing, and delivery of cannabis, with the purpose of conducting more research on the product’s effects on the city.
According to the Milpitas City Council, the extra time period will allow for more research on the potential risks and benefits surrounding cannabis’s sale, regulation, or outright banning.
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“Both [gambling and marijuana] are detrimental to our community,” said Mayor Jose Esteves, in response to a question as to why he appeared to favor gambling in the city but not legal cannabis. “Both have to be rejected from our community. Either one is not less detrimental compared to the other. For example, marijuana is not less detrimental compared to gambling and vice versa.”
The decision by the City Council of Milpitas, a city with a population of just under 70,000 people, was an extension of a 45-day emergency moratorium on cannabis-related activities that was issued on Feb. 2 and would have ended last Friday.
The approach to cannabis taken by Milpitas is at odds with that of many of the cities and towns statewide, and that of the state as a whole. California currently allows for the use of medical cannabis, but does not yet legally allow for recreational use. Currently, the possession of up to an ounce or less of cannabis receives a punishment akin to a speeding ticket.
A ballot initiative that would further liberalize California’s cannabis laws –dubbed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)– is slated for a vote this November. The AUMA would institute a number of changes regarding cannabis in California, including:
- Allowing for the possession of one ounce of cannabis and 4 grams of concentrates by adults 21 and older;
- Allowing for localities to designate public spaces in which smoking in public would be permissible;
- Imposing a number of standards relating to the laboratory testing and organic certification of cannabis;
- Imposing an excise tax of 15 percent on cannabis products.
AUMA has received the support of numerous politicians statewide, as well as from many activist and medical groups.