Saturday, October 2, 2010

California eases penalty for marijuana possession

California Eases Penalty for Marijuana Posession

California passed a law today decriminalising marijuana possession.  Before you celebrate, you might want to note that this law only passed in anticipation of prop 19, the marijuana legalisation law, going into effect.  this little law will ensure that even if prop 19 passes, it will still be illegal to smoke in front of children or while driving.

An excerpt:
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed a bill Thursday that will downgrade possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction.
The measure will keep most marijuana-related cases from going to court, and Schwarzenegger cited the state's budget woes for his decision.
"Possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name," he wrote in a signing message, adding, "In this time of drastic budget cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket."
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63 comments:

  1. Holla! I live in CA, hopefully they'll be the first to legalize marijuana too. And hopefully soon.

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  2. keep us posted on prop 19! love the blog man, very informative

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  3. damn i wish florida would do the same, they're not allowed to sell bongs here anymore.

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  4. We have that law here in MA. It seems to be working OK I guess. Quite a few towns and cities don't even bother enforcing the rule though, which is a pretty major win.

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  5. bout time something is done about it

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  6. lots of people will be happy about this

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  7. I know a lot of are going to move to CA now! HAHA

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  8. Ha maybe other countries can follow suit

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  9. In about 15 years, ganja will be legal everywhere on the planet.

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  10. Can't wait until it's legalized across the US. At least national medical would be nice too

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  11. I don't smoke, but I'm glad to see that owning less than 1 oz isn't a crime.

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  12. The rest of the states need to take a hint from cali lol

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  13. true that defective! =D

    nice, really. you should check out my chill music post on my music blog.

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  14. Rofl nice, hopefully Canada is next!

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  15. I'm all for prop 19 and I think that this law actually good, people should be smoking while or before driving or around kids.

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  16. Sweet, now legalize it in Virginia, because there ain't shit to do here otherwise.

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  17. Heighdy-ho and heighdy-hey!! =D
    I hope this law extends to all North America!

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  18. well, it is a mind altering substance. I guess just treat it akin to alcohol and everything should be fine

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  19. Oh wow, very interesting. Awesome for me since I smoke weed in SoCal daily. Lol

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  20. I agree with you Plethram, but am waiting for the other states to follow suit

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  21. California's lightening up! Another excuse for us to "Light up", dare I say?

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  22. @allen hahaha.
    and now we wait.. :D

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  23. This is a step in the right direction, If the people went to a vote Majority of the people would vote to legalize it.
    So like wtf?

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  24. Gotta drive down now, not for this of course. um... to visit my mom. Yeah.

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  25. hey, this is one of my more favorite posts from you :)

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  26. Oh this is a relief for those who need the medication!
    Mesty =)

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  27. wow glad its just an infraction now... not that i plan on getting caught with it lol

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  28. Bout fuckin time?! In BC we have lax laws on that! Love BC!

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  29. While I feel this is a step forward, as it sets the way for legalization throughout the country, WHO DOESNT LIKE TO SMOKE WEED AND DRIVE?! That is most certainly an excellent activity

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  30. I don't like California, but that's good news for Califonians..

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  31. I don't smoke, but I am definitely a supporter of Prop 19. Strange thing is, even if it does pass, it will still be illegal in the eyes of the Federal Government

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  32. Prop 19 mentions that smoking marijuana in the vicinity of a minor is a felony offense, however this new law sets an infraction and a 100 dollar ticket as the highest possible sentence for marijuana related crimes involving less than an ounce. This confuses the lama.

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  33. I don't smoke heavily, but the more places it is legal the better in my opinion.

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  34. Congrats to California for being ahead of the whole country. Now, I just hope there won't be too much druggies moving there.

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  35. what? cant smoke in front of children? pffft

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  36. about fucking time !!

    1 step closer for full legalization

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  37. Cali is leading the way on all things marijuana.

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  38. Well, aren't you CA residents happy... Dammit. Great post though.

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  39. finally! When will people finally wake up and realize how absurd it is to punish somebody for having a certain type of vegetation in their pocket?

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  40. Marijuana should just be legalized all across the world, crime would go to new lows if that was done.

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  41. Hey if you feel that mary jane should be legal, sign this petition. http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/prop19mj/

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  42. Incredible, but a long awaited outcome by many people worldwide!

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