Schwarzenegger Decriminalizes Pot in California

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Nicholas Pell writes in the Examiner.com

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Friday morning that decriminalizes possession of marijuana in the state.

Those caught with less than an ounce of marijuana will still receive a maximum penalty of $100. However, Senate Bill 1449 reduces the legal categorization of marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. This means that those caught will not have to appear in court, pay court fees or receive a criminal record.

Schwarzenegger opposes Proposition 19, a pending referendum that will provide a legal framework for the sale, cultivation and taxation of marijuana. However, despite this opposition, Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law. In a letter to the California Senate, Schwarzenegger stated that “less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name. The only difference is that because it is a misdemeanor, a criminal defendant is entitled to a jury trial and a defense attorney.” He further stated that “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.”

California director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Dale Gieringer lauded the governor’s decision…

[continues at the Examiner.com]

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  • Vox Pot

    Can someone please explain how someone who identifies themselves as a Penis has so much time on their hands to comment so frequently? (Usually with cut-and-paste quotes, one wonders it this commenter is just a bot.)

  • Sly

    I think the legalization of Marijuana is a pretty big deal. maybe you should pull ur head out of your ass and see the implications that this could lead to.

  • Sly

    I think the legalization of Marijuana is a pretty big deal. maybe you should pull ur head out of your ass and see the implications that this could lead to.

  • Andrew

    Because those are the only kinds of people who can tolerate you.

  • Lion

    Everybody in this comment thread is stoned

  • Lion

    Everybody in this comment thread is stoned

  • Simiantongue

    Ah the voice of the dangling appendage retracts its foreskin and rears its head again to ejaculate baseless assertions upon my screen. Is the subject of decriminalization of pot in California for “stoners” really? There is no real argument against the repeal of prohibition, so the best that can be done is try and associate that position as irresponsible with silly pejoratives. You should have lamented about reefer madness or gateway drugs instead. That never gets old and is at least a little entertaining.

  • Haystack

    Not “hands,” just “hand.”

  • oman28

    It’s still not legal. The revenue raising is so much easier for them now. Just write a ticket and you pay

  • Anonymous

    It’s still not legal. The revenue raising is so much easier for them now. Just write a ticket and you pay

  • Ironaddict06

    Yep, it’s still illegal. Feds can still arrest you anytime.

    • Georgie

      how many times are the feds gonna swoop you up while you’re smoking at home? Geez… the only thing that the feds care about is selling weed.

      • gemmarama

        yeah so then your dealer gets busted. which sucks.

  • Ironaddict06

    Yep, it’s still illegal. Feds can still arrest you anytime.

  • Georgie

    how many times are the feds gonna swoop you up while you’re smoking at home? Geez… the only thing that the feds care about is selling weed.

  • gemmarama

    yeah so then your dealer gets busted. which sucks.

  • Vox Pot

    Can someone please explain how someone who identifies themselves as a Penis has so much time on their hands to comment so frequently? (Usually with cut-and-paste quotes, one wonders it this commenter is just a bot.)

  • Andrew

    Because those are the only kinds of people who can tolerate you.

  • Simiantongue

    Ah the voice of the dangling appendage retracts its foreskin and rears its head again to ejaculate baseless assertions upon my screen. Is the subject of decriminalization of pot in California for “stoners” really? There is no real argument against the repeal of prohibition, so the best that can be done is try and associate that position as irresponsible with silly pejoratives. You should have lamented about reefer madness or gateway drugs instead. That never gets old and is at least a little entertaining.

  • Haystack

    Not “hands,” just “hand.”