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.


Comments

7 Responses to “Marijuana Possession Now an “Infraction” in California”

  1. TYC on October 1st, 2010 3:34 pm

    I vote to completely legalize cannabis for age appropriate adults with a regulatory structure similar to alcohol.

  2. hey on October 1st, 2010 3:38 pm

    i think they should legalize marigiuana use if its less harmfull than alchohol

  3. Doctor Dragnet on October 1st, 2010 5:49 pm

    Schools or regulated stores where do you want it available?

    Oh you don’t want it available in schools? Well lets set up a system
    of prohibition then. Oh we have one. It’s been going on for 30 years!
    Then why is cannabis still available in schools!

  4. Cann_Do on October 1st, 2010 10:20 pm

    Please vote Yes on Prop 19!

    Its the only way to keep folks from having to use such horrible, seedy ditch weed as is shown in this article’s picture.

    A vote Yes on 19 is a vote for clean, healthy, mold-free sinsemilla.

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  7. Tony Won on October 15th, 2010 5:37 pm

    marijuana arrests justified building more jails and hiring more unionized guards and made the cops look like they were doing a good job fighting crime (even though in large part it is for harmless personal use). busting heroin and cocaine pushers enables agencies to sell the confiscated drugs to large pharmaceutical companies who make it into oxycontin, tylenol3 and other legal narcotics. the abuse of prescription drugs is now the largest drug problem in america. no one dies from smoking an untainted marijuana cigarette, but many people die or fall ill to the side effects of prescribed legal drugs all the time. i know, i almost had a heart attack from a prescription drug allergy to a mega dose of oral antibiotics. let’s legalize it via proposition 19 and take it out of the hands of the drug cartels and tax it when sold at 7-11 stores.

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