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Saturday, October 02, 2010

California Smoking

I have no idea if California’s Prop 19, which would legalize marijuana, will pass.  I do know that all the newspapers, law enforcement agencies, federal hacks and politicians are against it, so it must be a fantastic idea.

In any case, the Governator has already taken a big step in the right direction:

Citing the need to reduce spending on prosecution and courts, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a measure that makes marijuana possession an infraction, on par with traffic and littering tickets.

The Republican governor’s unexpected support for the measure comes one month before voters decide whether to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana in California.

“In this time of drastic budget cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket,” wrote Schwarzenegger, who opposes Proposition 19, the marijuana initiative.

The law, which takes effect immediately, reduces possession of up to an ounce of marijuana - about the amount that will fit in a sandwich-size bag - from a misdemeanor to an infraction. Already, marijuana possession was the only misdemeanor under California law that didn’t allow for jail time.

The War on Drugs is going to take a while to roll back.  There is a tremendous industry that has arisen to prosecute it.  But it is slowly giving way for the reason that a lot of stupid policies are going to give way—we can’t afford it anymore.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 10/02/10 at 05:01 PM in Cullyforneah  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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