Today, California’s cannabis laws are among the most progressive in the country. As  a result, California is home to some of the most important cannabis research facilities in the world.  Steeped in history, California’s cannabis industry has been experiencing tremendous growth.  One of the most recent developments in the industry has been the launch of cannabis-based businesses, including medical marijuana dispensaries,  manufacturer s,  and  industry jobs.  But with recreational cannabis now legal in eight states and Washington, D.C., it’s worth asking, “”What does the future of cannabis look like?””

California’s governor race is among the most fiercely contested in years, as the latest poll has Democrat Gavin Newsom leading Republican John Cox by a mere 2 points. The gubernatorial election will be decided by a small margin of votes, as the election markings are all within a few percentage points. In this article, the focus will be on the cannabis industry, which is a key issue in this governor’s race.

If current California Governor Gavin Newsom is recalled, Jackie McGowan, a long-time advocate of cannabis legalization, is running as a replacement candidate.

California Governor Gavin Newsom faces a recall election on September 14, with the state’s future in jeopardy. On the ballot are 46 candidates, including Democratic challenger Jackie McGowan, who promises to modernize California’s cannabis sector, including reducing taxes and regulations.

Conservative radio personality Larry Elder and Republican Caitlyn Jenner are among McGowan’s opponents. She lives in Napa and sees a “existential problem” in the cannabis business, which is why she announced her candidacy last July. Voters may obtain a vote by mail until today, September 7, or in person until September 14. 

If elected, McGowan has promised to sign three executive orders on the first day in office: removing the cannabis cultivation tax, lowering the cannabis excise tax to 10%, and designating cannabis an agricultural product.

“Those three problems are critical to providing immediate assistance to the cannabis business so it can thrive and compete with the flourishing illegal marketplace,” McGowan told High Times. “The legal market is clinging to life by its fingernails and is in complete disarray, and if I am elected, I will be able to restore hope to them.”

McGowan told the Sacramento Bee that she chose to run for governor in the first place due of California’s mishandling of the cannabis business, but that her platform has since grown. Advocates argue that high tax rates simply strengthen the illicit market.

McGowan’s platform includes pledges to decriminalize psilocybin, strengthen tenant eviction protection laws, and follow Nevada’s lead in legalizing sex work.

If more than half of the votes cast in the September 14 special election are in favor of removing Newsom, he will be replaced by the recall candidate who gets the most votes. If Governor Newsom is recalled, he would become the third governor in the United States and the second in California to be removed from office via a recall election. Former governor Gray Davis was deposed and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, which was the last time this occurred.

McGowan has spent seven years as a lobbyist and cannabis policy advocate, and she previously worked for 18 years on Wall Street, according to her campaign website. McGowan’s website states, “I’m an 18-year Wall Street veteran who has spent the last 7 years working in cannabis policy, consulting, and lobbying.” “I’ve got a front-row view to how politics works at the Capitol, as well as a close connection with how cannabis legalization has been a colossal failure.”

“Question 1 – Vote NO” and “Question 2 – Vote Jacqueline McGowan,” according to McGowan’s website. McGowan said that as governor, she would depend on executive orders rather than the Democratic supermajority-controlled Legislature.

The candidate decided not to run against Governor Newsom, but she did so to ensure that the governorship of California would not fall into the wrong hands. McGowan said on her website, “I am not going to encourage you to vote yes on Question 1 on the recall ballot.” “However, on Question 2, California needs a candidate that embodies the state’s character, and I really want to be that candidate for you. I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to serve California without being beholden to corporate or political interests.”

Governor Newsom’s first term as governor has been marred with difficulties, despite winning almost 62 percent of the votes cast in the 2018 gubernatorial election. Governor Newsom, for example, has been chastised for his handling of the coronavirus epidemic as well as other urgent problems like homelessness and wildfire control.

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders ran commercials encouraging people to vote no on Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall. In a tweet last month, President Joe Biden encouraged Californians to vote against recalling Newsom.

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