Marijuana Possession Now an “Infraction” in California
October 1, 2010
California (ChattahBox Political News) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed in a new bill that would cancel the need for arrest record in marijuana cases, and reduce it to a fine similar to a speeding ticket.
In the newest step towards legalization in the state, the new law would make it an “infraction” to possess up to a full ounce of marijuana, removing the rather pointless misdemeanor charges of the past.
The reasoning, he said, was not to make it easier to get away with having pot. Instead, he said that the state, which is in a major financial crisis, can no longer afford to use police or state manpower to handle such a minimal and ultimately harmless crime.
There will now be no jail time, arrest or court summons for possessing marijuana for personal use. Instead, it will be a fine of up to $100, as it is now, but paid in the same way a speeding ticket would be.
Could we just legalize the stuff and be done with it? Don’t we have enough proof of the pointlessness of banning a substance less harmful than alcohol, that could be taxed for profit to the state while eliminating the profits from something like 85% or more of the marijuana transported into the country by dangerous cartels?
I don’t even use marijuana, and I am sick of hearing about it.