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.

See Reuters for more.


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6 Responses to “California to Vote on Legalizing Marijuana in Nov. Elections”

  1. Case on March 25th, 2010 9:13 am

    I think this is wonderful, and about time. I know for a fact that this will help California to get out of some of the debt that they are in, and hopefully move the state to being more able to take care of it’s people. This prohibition has gone on for way to long, and it’s about time that people see the light. Just like alcohol, we realized that people are going to do what they want, and if it’s not “allowed” that the black market will help these people, while hurting others. Legalize pot and you take away a lot of the power that these violent drug cartels have. I will bet that you will see a huge drop in crimes, and a nice uptake of state revenue very shortly after this passes.

  2. Alyssa on March 25th, 2010 10:21 am

    This is the best thing our country has done in a long long time (if it passes) but it would be even better if they would regulate and tax it just like cigarettes and alcohol rather than just decriminalize because that doesnt get rid of the mixture of hard and soft drug markets.

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