Why Prop 64 Is About More Than Just Smoking Marijuana

Members of the multi-agency team assembled in support of Operation Tule on the Tule River Indian Reservation prepare for an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter to haul out bags of trash found at an old campsite used by illicit marijuana growers. Over the course of the four-day mission, team removed 12,000 pounds of trash and 10 miles of illegal irrigation lines from tribal lands. (U.S. Army National Guard photo/ Spc. Brianne M. Roudebush/ Released)

Proposition 64, on its surface, poses a simple question: Should people be free to smoke pot in California?

But the 62-page initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot asks voters to determine much more than that.

It asks them to decide how much cannabis Californians should be allowed to carry, whether they should be able to grow it in their homes and what, if any, penalties consumers should face going forward.

It also asks them to weigh the future of a multibillion-dollar industry, including everything from how marijuana businesses should be taxed to what warning labels should appear on edible products.

Depending on who you ask, either the devil or the redemption is in those details.

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