California has long been at the forefront of the cannabis movement in the United States, first taking initiative with its monumental passing of Proposition 215 back in 1996. This measure officially made California the first state to approve a medical marijuana program at the state level. Though voter-approved, the measure was technically in conflict with federal law, and still is today.

What is Prop 215?

Prop. 215 is the brainchild of legendary cannabis activist Dennis Peron, who was inspired to create the initiative by the passing of his late partner, who used cannabis to help manage his HIV/AIDS. On November 5th, 1996, the proposition was approved with 55.58% of California voters in favor of legalization, giving patients and caregivers the right to possess up to 8 ounces of dried flower and up to 12 immature cannabis plants.

Initially, several high-profile growers, physicians, and dispensaries were still raided by federal officials, claiming their actions were in violation of federal law. Though federal law remains unchanged today, the DEA has experienced large cuts in funding toward cannabis eradication, and in recent years has appeared to be unconcerned with collectives operating in accordance with state law.

Since the inaction of Prop. 215, 29 other states (plus Washington D.C.) have legalized at least some form of medical cannabis, with several others currently in the process of writing up legislation of their own. With public opinion now overwhelmingly in favor of medical cannabis nationwide, it appears to only be a matter of time until patients across the nation will have access to cannabis.

Elemental Celebrates!

Join us at Elemental on Monday, Nov. 6th, to help us celebrate the 21st anniversary of Prop. 215, as we cover the tax on ALL orders thru the end of the day! Applies for ALL in-store, pre-order, and delivery orders--cannot be combined with other discounts.

Hope to see you!