California voters have gone to the polls this week to decide which candidates they want to see on their November ballots. The main problems for many voters in the state included homelessness, the economy and the affordability of housing. But for some others, the grass weighed on their minds.
Leafly senior editor David Downs breaks down which cannabis candidates won and which policy proposals came out on top.
What key races did the cannabis industry watch over?
As someone who reports to San Francisco i [has talked] to cannabis licenses over the last few years, I know they have dealt with a lot of thefts and public safety issues.
They expressed concern for San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was turned down in a reminder. These licensees are exasperated and are hopeful now that Chesa is gone.
This is a lens that all of America is looking at right now because other progressive district prosecutors in the Chesa mold won in Contra Costa County and Alameda County. Its public safety approach to the safety of cannabis licensees will continue to focus.
Were cannabis policies important to the marijuana industry at the Los Angeles races?
Obviously, Los Angeles has a similar dynamic to San Francisco. Rick Caruso worked to increase public safety and law and order. Los Angeles licensees continue to face many problems with thefts.
Which cannabis candidates will run in the November statewide election?
Attorney General Bonta has always been a friend of legal cannabis and got 54% of the vote. He will carry the grass banner, but it remains to be seen how the balance of application and tolerance to the state.
Governor Newsom easily came away with a victory in the primaries. He has an open ear to the cannabis industry and is working to reduce taxes and increase access to equity.
Senator Alex Padilla has always been an ally of weeds and will continue to be so on Capitol Hill, which is a big problem because … federal [cannabis] the law is stuck in the Senate.
The wisdom for me in California is that no one wins in California when they back down [cannabis] legalization. It is rather how great allies they are to advance access and equity.
What is Attorney General Bonta doing? overwhelming support does it mean for the future of cannabis-related prosecutions in California?
It will take a progressive approach to the application of the illicit market. He understands that we are at a time when people do not want to see other individuals go to jail for marijuana, but at the same time, we have a free cultivation in the desert. Its task will be to balance the carrots and sticks in terms of incorporation into the cannabis market.
Surprisingly, cannabis advocates launched their support behind Republican Tom Lackey in the State Assembly District 34 race?
It would be except that the GOP in California is a kind of waste in itself. In Assembly District 34, Tom Lackey faced Thurston Smith, who had legislation that would toughen penalties for illegal producers. That’s where the rubber gets on the road in terms of the flagrant application and violations of Proposition 64 in the desert.
What do the results of the November primary election say about the November vote?
California has a preview of post-GOP America where we have fights between center Democrats and Progressive Democrats. This is really the bet of the general table in the fall.