Saturday, October 9, 2010

CA weed law does not go far enough

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger just lately signed a brand new California cannabis proposal into regulation. The law makes marijuana slightly less illegal. The possession of small amounts of weed has slightly less stiff penalties. Possession of small amounts of cannabis will now only result in a fine. The law used to be just a little tougher. Previously, it was a misdemeanor which mandated a court appearance.

The Schwarzenegger marijuana reform

Lately, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill. The bill was called 1449. SB 1449 is about marijuana. Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana has a penalty that went down with it. This is considered a misdemeanor right now and may cost you a $100 fine. It also calls for a court appearance. However, as of Jan. 1, 2011, the brand new penalty could be only a fine, according to the Los Angeles Times. Proposition 19 is one more bill being looked at where it would be lawful to use marijuana for recreational purposes. Gov. Schwarzenegger opposes Prop 19, but he signed SB 1449 for practical reasons. It is a huge burden to courts to have too many cases in there. Also, it was a burden to law officials. California has some of one of the most relaxed medical cannabis laws within the United States.

Debate comes of the insufficient bill

Many dispute that cannabis is just an evil that should be avoided. It is actually a pretty flawed argument. Alcohol and tobacco are gateway drugs just as marijuana is. If someone wants to do drugs, they will get a hold of them effortlessly. Cannabis may not have even been their first drug. Marijuana also has an interesting criminalization history. This is one more reason to suspect it should never are illegal. One of the reasons Nixon launched the “Drug War” was to give law enforcement greater powers to crack down on political dissenters.

Advantages are few

The regulation will not stop individuals from doing what they want, claims history. Prohibition of alcohol within the early 20th century only enriched organized crime. Prohibition of marijuana does the same. The police end up having more to do. Those who lived with the K.G.B. or Stasi looking over their shoulder have a thing or two to say. They testify to that experience completely. Nobody enjoys marijuana being illegal. It does not benefit anyone.

Details from

LA Times

latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2010/10/schwarzenegger-signs-bill-reducing-offense-for-marijuana-possession.html



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