This November, five U.S. states will allow voters to approve or deny recreational marijuana use, distribution, and cultivation. As voters approve initiatives, each state will require a tracking system, or seed-to-sale tracking system as it is called in the marijuana industry. Software tracking programs like this are provided by services such as WebJoint.
WebJoint is the only company that offers premium cultivation software absolutely free. Monthly subscriptions are available for retail customers. An easy-to-use system is necessary for newcomers to the marijuana industry to ensure the delivery of accurate records when requested by their respective states.
Arizona Prop 205 passage would require the formation of the Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control. The duties of this seven-member agency would be to regulate cultivation, testing, transportation, sales and manufacturing of marijuana. Governor Doug Ducey would appoint a director for the agency.
Fines will be established for using marijuana in public places. Fines would also be assigned to unauthorized production, possessing more than legal limits and underage use. Maximum fines would be customer service time assigned by a judge and a maximum $300 fine.
Arizona residents ages 21 and older would be permitted to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Qualifying residents would also be permitted to grow up to six plans for personal use. Marijuana edibles do count toward the one ounce allowed to be possessed.
Retail sales of marijuana in Arizona would be taxed at a rate of 15-percent. The tax dollars would be put into to a designated marijuana fund. Entities that would receive marijuana tax dollars include school districts, charter schools, and the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Local governments in Arizona will be permitted to control the number of marijuana businesses within their city limits. Individual local governments can also regulate marijuana businesses within their jurisdiction.
Proposition 64, also known as the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative is set for the November ballot. The initiative is also referred to as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. If Proposition 64 passes by voter majority, adults ages 21 and older would be permitted to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana flower and up to 8 grams of marijuana concentrate. Use of marijuana will be permitted in private homes and licensed businesses only. Business licenses for on-site consumption will be issued.
Possession of marijuana on the property of a school, youth center with children present or on day care center property will remain illegal.
Home cultivation of up to six plants will be permitted. The growing area must be out of public view and in a safely locked location.
Business licenses will be given to qualifying applicants whose locations will be no less than 600-fee from schools, day care centers and youth centers.
Large-scale marijuana operations will be prohibited for the first five years.
California will create the Bureau of Marijuana Control, which renames the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. Licensing and regulation would be handled through this agency. Individual counties and municipalities have the power to prohibit marijuana businesses in specific areas. Local marijuana business bans may also be enforced.
Two types of taxation would be created if Proposition 64 passes. The first is a cultivation tax at a rate of $9.25 per ounce of marijuana flower and $2.75 per ounce for marijuana leaves. Retail sales of marijuana would be taxed at a rate of 15-percent until an adjustment occurs in 2020. Taxes can be levied at a local level.
Tax dollars from retail sales would be put into the California Marijuana Tax Fund. Administrative costs and enforcement costs would be paid for with these tax dollars.
California has broken down annual distributions of marijuana sale tax dollars into categories for law enforcement protocol development, research, mental health aid, substance abuse treatment aid and drug prevention programs.
Question 1, also known as the Maine Marijuana Legalization Measure will allow voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Maine lawmakers see marijuana as an agricultural product and would tax and regulate it as such. Adults ages 21 and older can possess up to 2.5 ounces of prepared marijuana, 2.5 ounces of marijuana flower and will be permitted to possess up to six immature/seedling plants.
Growth and transportation of up to six mature (flowering) plants will be permitted. The purchasing of up to 12 seedlings from licensed retailers will be permitted.
Consumption of marijuana will only be permitted in private homes. Civil citations including a $100 fine for consumption in public may be charged.
All retail marijuana products and flower will be taxed at a flat rate of 10-percent. Local jurisdictions will be permitted to regulate the number of stores, location, and operations of retail marijuana businesses. Prohibition of marijuana businesses in individual municipalities is also permitted in Question 1.
Question 4 in Massachusetts would create a regulatory commission. Adults ages 21 and older would be permitted to possess less than 10-ounces of marijuana within the confines of their home. Up to one ounce can be on your person if you are in public. Home cultivation of up to six plants would also be permitted.
Retail marijuana sales would be charged a 3.75-percent excise tax on the state level. Locally, individual municipalities can charge an additional 2-percent tax. Tax dollars will go into a Marijuana Regulation Fund, which is said to fund the administrative costs associated with the new law.
Funds from license fees and fines for violations of the new law would also be deposited into the Marijuana Regulation Fund.
Massachusetts law would go into effect quickly – December 15, 2016.
Question 2, also known as the Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana would allow adults ages 21 and older to possess one ounce of marijuana flower or up to 1/8 of an ounce of marijuana concentrate. Up to six plants can be grown for personal use.
Requirements for home cultivation include a secluded location such as a greenhouse, room, or closet with an ample lock or security system restricting access. No more than 12 plants can be possessed at one residence at a time.
Infractions will be given to anyone providing marijuana to a person under the age of 21. Delivering marijuana or marijuana products without an exchange of money, under one ounce of flower or 1/8 of an ounce of marijuana concentrate may be permitted.
Tax revenue generated from retail marijuana sales would be distributed to support public education (grades K – 12). The tax rate for retail marijuana sales will be 15-percent.
Local governments can control where marijuana businesses open up shop. The Department of Taxation will have the power to determine what the qualifications for licensing will be. This agency will also determine the number of licenses to be issued.
Sales of marijuana will remain prohibited near churches, community facilities, schools, and day care facilities.
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Initiatives are also on the table for medical marijuana regulation in three states – Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota. Montana voters will decide to loosen medical marijuana restrictions in an overhaul of its existing program. Additional states could also see ballot measures this November as petitions are still being verified. As more states legalize marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes, it sends a signal to the federal government that this is what Americans want. Regulatory systems and proper seed-to-sale tracking systems, like WebJoint’s software, will help marijuana businesses remain in compliance of records keeping regulations.