Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) — Proposition 64
Passed November 8, 2016
The passage of AUMA will cause a few changes to how Santa Barbarians will get access to medical/recreational cannabis. Although AUMA was passed on November 8, 2016 it will not take effect until January 1, 2018. During this time collectives and dispensaries are required to upgrade systems to link up with the new state system, as well as charge additional taxes to the patient/customer.
Benefits (starting January 1, 2018):
* All California residents over age 21 can legally purchase cannabis from a licensed provider
* All California residents can legally cultivate up to 6 plants for personal use
* All medicine must be lab tested and conform to strict labeling standards
* Past convictions for certain cannabis related crimes can be expunged
* AUMA does not change existing rights of qualified Prop 215 patients to possess and cultivate for personal use
The full text of the law can be read here AUMA – Prop 64
* 2 new CA State taxes will show up on your receipt (starting January 1, 2018)
— 15% State Excise Tax
— 8% Sales Tax
* Both medical and recreational patients/consumer will have to pay the taxes equally (except qualified medical tax exempt status)
* Access age raises from 18 to 21 years old
Medical Tax Exemption
* Under AUMA certain medical patients can gain tax exempt status. Qualifying medical patients that register for the State issued Medical Marijuana Identification (MMID) card can avoid paying the State Excise Tax. Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issues these MMID cards. To be clear, if you want to avoid paying the new Excise taxes associated with AUMA, you need one of these cards.
For information about obtaining a State issued MMID card, visit SB County Public Health Dept
We are here to help you navigate through the upcoming changes, and will be happy to answer any questions you have. We cannot give legal advice, but we can tell you how the law can affect you so you can decide on your own.