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San Jose drug charge defense attorney, new drug lawsCannabis is now legal within the state of California, for the most part. Although the passage of Proposition 64 made recreational use of marijuana legal in the California state law books, there are still hurdles to overcome. For instance, how will it affect your employment? Can your boss tell you that you cannot do something that is legal by law? How can you purchase cannabis without earning a drug charge? You may be surprised by the answers.

Your Boss’ Word is Law, at Work

Outside of your place of employment, it is legal to wear clothing suited to your tastes and you can sport the hair color and style of your choosing. It is also completely legal to have piercings and tattoos and speak however you wish, so long as you are not infringing upon the rights of another individual. However, in the office, you may be required to wear khaki pants, a dress shirt, and close-toed shoes. Additionally, you may be required to have your hair pulled neatly away from your face and only wear one earring in each ear. This idea is no different from the legality of marijuana in the workplace. California law still maintains that each place of business reserves the right to remain drug, tobacco, and alcohol-free, including cannabis, if they so choose.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Legalized-Marijuana_20151028-174830_1.jpgCurrently, the state of California only permits legal use of marijuana for medical purposes. All other uses are currently considered drug crimes. But backers like The Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform are making serious progress in their ReformCA movement, and they hope to have the initiative in front of voters on the November 2016 election ballot. But is it really possible for California to join the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Colorado in the legalization of recreational marijuana?

The Cost of Legalizing Marijuana in California

Before marijuana legalization can go before voters, language for the proposition must be written. According to the Coalition, the first round should circulate within “days.” From there, the language will be edited and then circulated again to reflect any changes. Signatures will then need to be collected in order to get the proposition on a ballot. LA Weekly estimated it could take more than three million dollars in paid signature gatherer wages, just to make sure they get enough. But even then, they will have to overcome the stigmas and concerns of voters before the bill can pass.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Prop-47.jpgLate last year when California changed its drug laws and introduced Prop 47, it drastically altered the landscape of drug crimes in the state. Six months after the passage of Prop 47, drug rehabilitation and the law’s effect on jail time has had mixed results. Narcotic arrests have dropped by 30 percent in Los Angeles and by 48 percent in rural areas patrolled by the LA County Sheriff’s Department, for example. Yet property crimes, such as burglary and theft, have risen since the passage of the law, meaning that the arrest numbers may be somewhat skewed.

According to the state government’s general election voter guide, Prop 47 intended to reduce the state’s budget for prison-related expenditures. This money was then re-allocated for programs meant to prevent truancy and school dropouts, and intended to help victims of crimes, mental health and abuse treatment programs, and other programs intended to keep would-be offenders out of jail.

Not only did the passage of Prop 47 work as a way to keep offenders out of jail, it will also release thousands of people who were jailed for a felony that has now been reduced to a misdemeanor. These people are eligible for immediate release from prison. While there are no statistics to directly support this, this could be one reason for the increased rates of other sometimes drug-related crimes. This could be one reason why that in February of this year, the state added an addendum to the proposition that disqualified out-of-state and juvenile adjudications as disqualifying convictions, however. It also stated that misdemeanors, in some cases, could not be considered as such retroactively.

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