Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pot May Become Legal in California

In November, California voters will decide whether to decriminalize small quantities of marijuana possession:
The initiative would allow adults 21 or older to possess up to an ounce for personal use. Possession of an ounce or less has been a misdemeanor with a $100 fine since 1975, when Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, who was then governor, signed a law that reduced tough marijuana penalties that had allowed judges to impose 10-year sentences. Legalization supporters note that misdemeanor arrests have risen dramatically in California in the last two decades. The initiative would also allow adults to grow up to 25 square feet of marijuana per residence or parcel.

The law would also authorize local governments to permit and tax marijuana-related commerce:
But the measure, known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, goes further, allowing cities and counties to adopt ordinances that would authorize the cultivation, transportation and sale of marijuana, which could be taxed to raise revenues. It's this feature of the initiative that supporters hope will draw support from voters who are watching their local governments jettison employees and programs in the midst of a severe budget crisis.
As always, November will be interesting in California.


liberal dissent said...

Eh, it will be like the medical marijuana law, pre-empted by Federal drug laws.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Eh, I know -- but the feds usually are not policing minor pot posession.

liberal dissent said...

True, but once people start growing it I'm sure the feds will get interested, especially as I'm sure there would be a lot of smaller, more conservative towns that won't be fans of this, and their cops and citizenry will have no problem informing to the DEA.

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