LEFAIR Magazine Winter 2016

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High Times The Cannabis Industry After Prop 64


Writer Jenny Heyside @theblondera

n November 8th, voters in California approved Proposition 64, making California the most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. It didn’t come as too much of a surprise, given that California led the way 20 years ago by legalizing medical marijuana in the state. Proposition 64 allows Californians who are 21 and older to possess, transport, buy and use up to an ounce of cannabis for recreational purposes and allows individuals to grow as many as six plants. The measure also allows for retail sales of marijuana and imposes a 15% tax. Two days after the Proposition was passed, I sat down again with Ben Browning. Ben is a budding entrepreneur and creator and founder of “Smoke Benjis” — a grass-roots marijuana collective that specializes in creating handtailored cigars filled with up to 10 grams of Browning’s own strain of marijuana. Ben and I originally met on a Monday afternoon in August to discuss the legality of his marijuana products. This time we met in the Sherman Oaks office of Luke Stanton and Jeffrey Welsh, partners at Frontera Law Group — a boutique law firm specializing in the legal cannabis industry. I was curious to hear what exactly the team does, as well as everyone’s views on the after-effects of the vote.

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