News Update!!: Elections 2016: Needles, CA: Reaction from City of Needles regarding voters approving legalize marijuana.

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News Update!!: Elections 2016: Needles, CA: Reaction from City of Needles regarding voters approving legalize marijuana.

ZachNews has received reaction from the City of Needles regarding voters in California voting to approve an initiative to legalize marijuana during the Presidential General Election 2016 held on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016.

**** California’s Proposition 64: ****

** ( “>>>>” = Winners): **

(Candidate(s) – Vote Count)

>>>> Yes 4,957,215 56.0%

– No 3,889,080 44.0%

100.0% ( 24,847 of 24,847 ) Precincts Partially Reporting.

**** Source: California Secretary of State: ****

http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/maps/ballot-measures/prop/64/

As to what is the City of Needles’ reaction to legalize marijuana winning, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews, “The Mayor and City Council are your best source for a City reaction. As City Manager, I have no reaction because the impacts are unknown, and the state rules and regulations are unknown at this time. The City’s role is to review land use applications for facilities, issue permits, conduct inspections, review applications for Regulatory Licenses including background checks, conduct inspections, conduct financial audits, and collect taxes.

As to if legalize marijuana will affect the medical marijuana ordinance, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews, “No effect immediately. When/if new state rules are proposed and adopted the City may have to amend its ordinance.”

As to what will the City of Needles do with the marijuana being legalized, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews, “The City is never in possession of the marijuana. Any modification to current practice will come from policy direction from the City Council.”

California’s Proposition 64 – Marijuana Legalization Initiative Statute – will legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older, imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation, and will provides for industry licensing and establishes standards for marijuana products.

California’s Proposition 64 will also allows local regulation and taxation.

The fiscal impacts from California’s Proposition 64 is additional tax revenues ranging from high hundreds of millions of dollars to over $1 billion annually, mostly dedicated to specific purposes and will reduced criminal justice costs of tens of millions of dollars annually.

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