California to Vote on Legalizing Marijuana in Nov. Elections
March 25, 2010
(ChattahBox)—A voter initiative to legalize marijuana has been approved by state officials to be placed on California’s November ballot. In a state that already enjoys liberal policies on obtaining and dispensing medical marijuana, the initiative would go one step further to completely decriminalize the possession and sale of small amounts of pot.
The initiative was organized by Stephen Gutwillig, California director of the Drug Policy Alliance. The marijuana activist hopes to put and end to a policy that makes criminals out of recreational pot smokers. “Banning marijuana outright has been a disaster, fueling a massive, increasingly brutal underground economy, wasting billions in scarce law enforcement resources and making criminals out of countless law-abiding citizens,” he said.
If the initiative passes, residents 21 or older, would be permitted to posses or grow small amounts of marijuana for personal use. And state municipalities would have the legal authority to allow the retail sale of marijuana, subject to regulations. Proponents for legalizing marijuana have been touting the benefits of much-needed tax revenues that would accrue to cash-strapped cities and towns if the measure passes.
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