Friday, October 01, 2010

Pot Decrimed In California

I got this from Drudge. It was just signed into law by the Governator.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Thursday signed into law a bill that decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The bill reduces simple possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

Currently, small-time pot possession is "semi-decriminalized" in California. There is no possible jail sentence and a maximum $100 fine. But because possession is a misdemeanor, people caught with pot are "arrested," even if that means only they are served a notice to appear, and they must appear before a court.

That has happened to more than a half million Californians in the last decade, and more than 60,000 last year alone. Every one of them required a court appearance, complete with judge and prosecutor. That costs the cash-strapped state money it desperately needs.
It looks to me like the drug war will end, not because it is wrong, but because it is unaffordable.

The bill the Governor signed may also have something to do with
Proposition 19, which is on the ballot this November. And what would Prop. 19 do? Legalize marijuana production and sales. This decrim vote should help the pro Prop. 19 forces.

1 comment:

RavingDave said...

It is amusing that the state which is the poster child for idiocy has added another feather to it's cap.

It does beg the question though, how is one to have more than an ounce? Doesn't someone have to produce this, or are people all expected to grow their own?

Anyway, it is right that this sort of thing ought to be decided by the state and not at the Federal level.