"The Governator" Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- From: bodhi <psychedelictourist@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2010 12:59:37 -0700 (PDT)
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"The Governator" Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
and why the hell not?
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from the 70s film "Pumping Iron"
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California Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
October 01, 2010,
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
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.
Under the bill signed today, SB 1449, by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San
Francisco), pot possession will be treated like a traffic ticket. The
fine will remain at $100, and there will be no arrest record.
In a signing statement, Schwarzenegger said he opposed
decriminalization for personal use—and threw in a gratuitous jab at
Proposition 19, the tax and regulate marijuana legalization initiative—
but that the state couldn't afford the status quo.
"I am signing this measure because possession of less than an ounce of
marijuana is an infraction in everything but name," said
Schwarzenegger. "The only difference is that because it is a
misdemeanor, a criminal defendant is entitled to a jury trial and a
defense attorney. 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."
"Gov. Schwarzenegger deserves credit for sparing the state's taxpayers
the cost of prosecuting minor pot offenders," said California NORML
director Dale Gieringer. "Californians increasingly recognize that the
war on marijuana is a waste of law enforcement resources."
The law goes into effect January 1. Even if Prop 19 passes in
November, it leaves in place misdemeanor charges for smoking in public
or in the presence of minors. Those misdemeanors would become
infractions under the new law.
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