Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
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. But the measure by State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, eliminates the need for police to book people caught with marijuana and for courts to hold jury trials on the matter. Those caught with the drug would not get a conviction of their criminal record...
Thoughts? I think this is primarily an attempt by Schwarzenegger to take the wind out of Prop 19's sails, but I'm not complaining, it seems like a wise decision, and still has marijuana act as a revenue stream for the state, much like speeding does.
Also, how many of you had songs by Afroman pop into your heads while reading this article?
Looks like a first step into the right direction. The tax income from legalizing drugs and the saved costs from the war on drugs should be significant, should a legalization such as in Protugal occur.
Fuck him, when prop 19 passes they won't be allowed to even issue infractions.
I wouldn't be too mad about it, Blank Stare. At least Californians have some small reassurance in the event that Prop 19 fails. I sure as hell hope it doesn't, as it would be the biggest step in the right direction this country has ever seen with regards to this issue, but it's good to know that this is the worst case. Not too bad, all things considered.
I consider myself lucky to live in Ohio, where personal possession under a certain amount (an ounce, I think) is largely decriminalized and only punishable by a fine rather than imprisonment.
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
Zamamee;5404987...I consider myself lucky to live in Ohio, where personal possession under a certain amount (an ounce, I think) is largely decriminalized and only punishable by a fine rather than imprisonment.
Yup, this is what California's currently doing, as of the time that the Guv put his ink to the paper.
Makes sense. States are going broke and the money necessary to ensure the criminalization of a product 50% of your people are going to use anyway is a waste. Knock it down to the status of a parking ticket, collect your fine and move on with life. No fuss, no muss, no extraneous legal fees.
It always comes down to money doesnt it?
According to Wikipedia there is still a majority support for prop 19. The most recent poll from the 3rd of October shows that %48 support and %41 oppose the proposition.
Only Prop 19 addresses the drug trade and the crime that comes with that trade. A person with a baggie of weed tends not to be a violent criminal, thus removing criminal penalty for that bag of weed does not help to reduce violent crime.
Prop 19 would make them even more money. You are not going to be able to catch and fine %5 of people with weed on them, but you will be able to get %75+ of the people who smoke with a tax on weed. The proposed $50 an ounce tax would mean the average smoker who uses 2-3 ounces a year would pay $100-150 in tax.
No! I'm Spamacus!
17th June 2003
It would be a step in the right direction from the current farce. Either legalize it for everyone, or ensure that only people with real medical ailments are using it. Getting a license with little more evidence than "not having a high depresses me" is just sad.
I didn't make it!
I don't really care at this point. I stopped smoking because I want to be in the military. If the military changes it's policy regarding pot maybe I'll smoke again. But, this is definitely going in the right direction!
all drugs should be legalised. the war on drugs is unwinnable. if drugs are legalised, the government makes billions on tax, drugs will be safer (due to FDA intervention on content), and organised crime will almost collapse.