Sep 20, 2016 9:20 AM

4 Great Benefits of Cannabis Legalization for California

November will be a crucial month for the legalization of cannabis throughout the U.S. Eight states will be voting on making medical or recreational cannabis legal. Even if some of the states were to support the new measure, it would have a great impact on the cultural life of the country.

The Golden State, California, will vote on a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana. The new law would allow consumers to possess up to one ounce of recreational weed along with up to six cannabis plants. Is the legalization of cannabis important? What changes can it bring to Californians? Let us find out the most important benefits of making marijuana legal.

1. Tourism

The legalization of marijuana will definitely bring crowds of tourists to California. Many cannabis enthusiasts will visit the state to try new local brands and products, which will lead to the growth of economic opportunities and the development of state’s cultural life. However, marijuana tourists are often unfamiliar with the proper marijuana delivery methods, which in some cases can make a negative impact on the people around.

2. Expanded Research

The new measure includes a clause that allocates an annual sum of $2 million towards the California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research in San Diego. The new studies will deal with the efficiency and safety of using medical cannabis on a range of different conditions.

3. Fewer Arrests

California has displayed a significant drop in marijuana-related crimes since 2011, the year that the state decriminalized cannabis. It is worth mentioning that most arrests nowadays concern cannabis possession and its free distribution. If California approves the new measure, those offenses will no longer be crimes under the state law.

4. Large Number of Recreational Shops

New awesome cannabis shops will appear throughout the state. However, do not expect them to open earlier than 2018.

The cannabis industry is one of the most rapidly growing industries within the country. Legalization would provide enormous new possibilities in medicine and business along with economic growth for the whole state.

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