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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 (Discuss this in the forums)

Comments


Posted by Ed Kline on 10/03/10 at 12:32 AM from United States

The governator is doing the best he can in looneyville, er um, California, and this is a good step in the reducing the War ob Drugs.

Posted by AlexinCT on 10/04/10 at 02:13 PM from United States

The governator is doing the best he can in looneyville, er um, California, and this is a good step in the reducing the War ob Drugs.

Ed, if I for a second believed that the tax payers would now not have another “disease” like to lay out a ton of cash for so those that abuse it could avoid their personal responsibility I would actually think this an awesome move. The fact that I remain convinced that it is sure to create another costly victim group that will easily surpass the cost of the idiotic war on drugs is the only reason I can not bring myself to feel this was any kind of fiscal or big government reduction victory.

Posted by on 10/04/10 at 05:20 PM from Australia

What? I’m having trouble parsing that.

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