OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwired - November 09, 2016) - Tonight Californians voted in favor of Proposition 64, legalizing adult-use cannabis statewide.
The historic victory heralds a milestone for Steve DeAngelo, longtime activist, industry leader and co-founder of Harborside, the nation's model cannabis dispensary.
"Today is a good day for the cannabis community and a good day for all Californians," said DeAngelo. "A law that never should have been enacted is over, and a valuable plant that never should have been illegal will once again be freely available."
DeAngelo released a statement marking the momentous occasion, and, as he notes, "the beginning of the end of the global war on cannabis." While that war has negatively impacted nearly every sector of society, DeAngelo believes the passage of Prop. 64 has widespread, positive implications.
"For the millions unjustly arrested, it's a chance to clear their names and restore their reputations," he writes. "For all Californians, it's progress toward a more tolerant, inclusive and equitable way of life; and for prisoners of cannabis in other states and all around the globe, it's a promise that change is coming. I started working for legalization in 1974. It feels like I ran a 42 year marathon and won the race."
<Read the statement in its entirety at stevedeangelo.com and shopharborside.com>
"The voters' validation that we were right all along feels great, but this dismantling of Prohibition makes the tragedies and suffering it has caused seem all the more absurd and senseless," DeAngelo says. "Billions of wasted dollars, millions of unjustified arrests, hundreds of thousands of wrongful imprisonments, and decades of suffering are finally over -- but they never should have happened in the first place."
About Steve DeAngelo:
Steve DeAngelo is the co-founder of Harborside, the largest medical cannabis dispensary in the United States, our nation's model, with more than 200,000 patients. DeAngelo also co-founded the nation's first cannabis-testing facility, Steep Hill Labs, and the country's first cannabis investment and research firm, The ArcView Group. His debut book, The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness (2015), is published by North Atlantic Books and distributed by Penguin/Random House. DeAngelo was named one of the most powerful national cannabis industry leaders in Fortune Magazine this year.
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