California Cannabis Hemp Act of 2016

California Cannabis Hemp Act of 2016

(The Jack Herer Initiative)

Decriminalizes cannabis hemp. Creates and funds new cannabis hemp based industries and jobs.  

Permits the use of marijuana by adults 21 and older and licenses, regulates, enforces, and taxes recreational marijuana sales just like beer and wine.
Requires that 50% of excise taxes collected from sales of recreational cannabis be made available to be used for the development, promotion, and assistance in the creation of  new businesses with high paying jobs in the industrial, nutritional, and medicinal cannabis hemp industries.

Prohibits any and all taxation of medicinal cannabis, and expands the accessibility of medicinal cannabis used in accordance with Proposition 215. Requires all state laws and local ordinances that conflict with CCHI be repealed or amended to conform. Prohibits cities and counties from imposing discriminatory, excessive, or prohibitive zoning requirements and fees on cannabis outlets. 
Allows farmers to grow industrial hemp and hemp seed, and allows industries and entrepreneurs to use the crop for the many uses and applications that hemp provides, both historically and modern. Restricts the use in California of trans-genetically modified Cannabis seeds.

Eliminates the unfair practice of drug testing for Cannabis metabolites, which can be retained in the human body for months. Impairment testing for non-metabolized cannabis, a more effective and accurate measurement for impairment or recent usage, would replace the metabolite test.

Mandates that the state establish performance based standards, similar to those established for alcohol, to determine levels of impairment for safe operation of motor vehicles and other equipment. 
Allows for the release and discharge of people currently being punished for non –violent marijuana offenses, saving taxpayers millions of dollars annually and freeing up jail space, judicial and crime fighting resources.
Removes Cannabis hemp from the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act, effectively ending our implicit agreement that allows the Federal Government to regulate Cannabis as a Schedule I drug in California and to reassert our sovereign state’s right to grow and use cannabis as we see fit.

Prohibits California Law enforcement from assisting Federal Drug agents attempting to enforce federal laws that are no longer illegal by reason of this legislation.
Allows for personal use and possession of Cannabis grown for personal consumption. Caps the excise tax for commercial sales at 10% of retail price.  Caps the license fees for commercial production, distribution, and sales at 1000$.
Allows a physician to approve or recommend medicinal cannabis without fear of repercussion to all patients, regardless of age.


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