Oakland marijuana related jobs are available to people convicted of non-violent marijuana related crime as a part of California’s Proposition 64. California is struggling to execute all of the mandates of the state law, and Oakland is looking to take charge by steering the state in the right direction as well as preparing it to contend with the federal government.
The birthplace of the Black Panther Party in 1966, today’s Oakland is home to another disruptive movement: cannabis. Some call Oakland the cannabis capital of California. Can it sustain that designation against Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco? And, is it a designation the population enjoys?
Well…the city and its relationship with weed goes way back and it looks like recent legislation may just cement it.
California bit off a lot to chew when voters approved passage of Prop 64 in 2016. And, Sacramento is still struggling to meet the legislation’s mandates and related issues that have occurred since passage.
California Norml reports, “The state Assembly voted [June 2, 2017] 41-33 to approve a bill by Asm. Reggie Jones-Sawyer (AB 1578) barring California law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal officials seeking to interfere with California’s marijuana laws.”
On April 4, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown offered a draft proposal to reconcile differences between the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and the Adult Use Marijuana Act (AUMA). The differences are administrative and budgetary, but just the thing to slow bureaucratic decisions. At the time of this writing, at least 40 bills in various stages are before the Assembly. These are mostly well meaning or special interest refinements of language or amendments.
Prop 64 facilitates resentencing and expungement of records for perhaps hundreds of thousands convicted of nonviolatent marijuana crimes, improving their chance of finding jobs and purchasing guns. This has created a special interest issue in Oakland.
David Debolt, reporting for East Bay Times says, “Oakland ramped up its counterattack to the U.S. war on drugs, expanding its one-of-a-kind program to help people jailed for marijuana crimes enter the booming cannabis industry.” With city data indicating that African-Americans have been charged with marijuana crimes twice as frequently as white residents, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously in March to allocate 50 percent of medical marijuana and cannabis sales permits to people affected by the war on drugs.
According to Debolt, the decision specifically redefines “who is eligible for an equity permit. Besides Oakland residents arrested within the city for pot crimes dating back to 1996, the permits are available to residents living at least 10 of the past 20 years in police beats torn apart by the war on drugs. Their income must also be below 80 percent of the city’s average median income.”