In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which allows for the use and sale of recreational marijuana. In the years leading up to Proposition 64 appearing on the ballot, I had been a vocal proponent of local governments preparing for this eventuality.
Our communities must adopt sensible and cautious local approaches to the statewide legalization of marijuana. As we have seen in other states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, I believe we are likely to see a rise in traffic-related incidents associated with driving under the influence of marijuana, a dangerous proliferation of concentrated marijuana-infused edible products, as well as expanded accessibility and availability to our youth.
As a result of our collective efforts, I am very pleased to say a countywide collaborative approach to the local regulation of marijuana was initiated early on and continues to this day. I strongly believe a collaborative approach to this major societal policy shift is the best way to minimize negative impacts associated with the commercialization of the marijuana industry.