The City Council of the City of West Hollywood, at its regular meeting on Monday, August 15, 2016, adopted a Resolution in support of Prop. 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. West Hollywood is the first city in the state to endorse Prop. 64, which will be on the ballot in the general election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
“West Hollywood has always been on the cutting edge of so many issues. Marijuana use has been part of the WeHo culture for generations,” said City of West Hollywood Councilmember John J. Duran. “It should be well regulated like alcohol or tobacco use. There is no longer a need to criminalize marijuana use based on unjustified fears of the past.”
If passed by California voters, Prop. 64 would allow adults, age 21 and older, to possess, transport, and use up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes, or to grow up to six plants. It would also authorize the state to control, regulate, and tax the use, sale, and cultivation of marijuana in California.
By legalizing and legitimizing marijuana for responsible personal use, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act would discourage trafficking and drug cartels. The legislation also stipulates strict environmental regulations to ensure that marijuana is grown efficiently and legally, to prevent waste water, and to regulate the use of pesticides. In addition, Prop. 64 would generate and set aside significant funding for programs to prevent drug use by minors and to provide training for law enforcement. Marijuana use would remain illegal under federal law.
Signed copies of the City of West Hollywood’s Resolution in support of Prop. 64 will be sent to the offices of Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, State Senator Ben Allen, and Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Prop. 64 supporters include Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, the California NAACP, the California Medical Association, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and Los Angeles County Democrats, among others.
The City of West Hollywood has been at the forefront of the national discussion about decriminalizing the use of marijuana and the City has a long track record of supporting marijuana use for medicinal purposes. In 1996, the City was an early supporter of Prop. 215, also known as the Medical Use of Marijuana Initiative or the Compassionate Use Act, which was approved by voters in 1996 and allows statewide use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. In 1998, the City approved a Resolution to oppose the Federal government’s efforts to terminate operations of community-based medical marijuana programs. In 2001, the City approved a Resolution to declare West Hollywood a sanctuary for medical marijuana use, cultivation, and distribution. In 2006, the City adopted a formal policy declaration that the City’s position is to not target marijuana offenses.
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