California Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Thursday signed into law a bill that decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The bill reduces simple possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

Currently, small-time pot possession is "semi-decriminalized" in California. There is no possible jail sentence and a maximum $100 fine. But because possession is a misdemeanor, people caught with pot are "arrested," even if that means only they are served a notice to appear, and they must appear before a court.

That has happened to more than a half million Californians in the last decade, and more than 60,000 last year alone. Every one of them required a court appearance, complete with judge and prosecutor. That costs the cash-strapped state money it desperately needs.

Under the bill signed today, SB 1449, by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), marijuana possession will be treated like a traffic ticket. The fine will remain at $100, and there will be no arrest record.

In a signing statement, Schwarzenegger said he opposed decriminalization for personal use -- and threw in a gratuitous jab at Proposition 19, the tax and regulate marijuana legalization initiative -- but that the state couldn't afford the status quo.

"I am signing this measure because possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name," said Schwarzenegger. "The only difference is that because it is a misdemeanor, a criminal defendant is entitled to a jury trial and a defense attorney. 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."

"Gov. Schwarzenegger deserves credit for sparing the state's taxpayers the cost of prosecuting minor pot offenders," said California NORML director Dale Gieringer. "Californians increasingly recognize that the war on marijuana is a waste of law enforcement resources."

The law goes into effect January 1. Even if Prop 19 passes in November, it leaves in place misdemeanor charges for smoking in public or in the presence of minors. Those misdemeanors would become infractions under the new law.

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never overdosed

Just to throw this in - people have overdosed on:

cocaine

meth

water (remember the woman who died in the Wii contest)

heat

over the counter med's

food (yes you can overeat to the point of death)

you get the idea. 

Did you know there is not one single case - in history - where anyone has od'd on pot.  Not 1.  Lung irratation from smoke (use vaporizer much safer) yes.  But no death. 

Think of the LEGAL drugs - oxycotin anyone?  My brother used to smoke pot.  Got hurt - still smoked with some back pain but he got thru it.  His Dr said no pot - gave him oxycotin - guess what.  Wound up in jail and is now in an institution because he became so addicted.  On pot he was fine.  He contributed to society.  Now he is a pathetic shell of the man he used to be.  And he doesn't drink so that is not a factor.

It's natural - even God said the herbs of the earth were ours to use.  It was only in the early part of the 20th century that it's use was politicized and here we are.  It's just wrong that even for medicinal use that anyone would fight it.

HEY I JUST MADE UP A NEW

HEY I JUST MADE UP A NEW THING ITS RILEFTOCRATS. ITS FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO CLAIM A POLITICAL PARTY WHO JUST CANT SEEM TO AGREE WITH THE LEFT, BUT JUST DONT SEEM TO FIT IN WITH THE RIGHT THEN WERE THE 1S FOR YOU :) LETS ARGUE AND BITCH TO EACH OTHER ABOUT "PROBLEMS" THAT ONLY EFFECT US IF WE DO OR USE THEM! YEA LETS SAY FUCK IT WE MAIGHT ASWELL LEGALIZE PROSTITUTION TOO! YEA

 

 

HELLO YOU GET THE POINT. GOOD

its in the bible use the herb

marijuana is a name used by pancho villa, it was used by the gov to make blacks and hispanics look like the bad guys back in the 1930's the plant cannbis indica and cannbis sativa has been around hundreds of years before christ. one once is it even mentioned to be harmfull in any accounts besides the whole yellow journalism of the reefer madness, by a polititian who managed to deport hispanics who were smoking this "evil drug" after a very hard day of work.

besides if its ok to use acording to the bible than who is man to tell god he is wrong, dont know about every one here but im a god fearing man so i do as he says.

And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. -- Ezekiel 34:29

 

"The Lord said unto me, 'I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs.' " -- Isaiah 18:4-5

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man and oil to make his face to shineth. (Psalm 104:14-15)

And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after its kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:12)

God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Gen. 1:29-31)

(Cannabis is mentioned in Ex. 30:23 but King James mistranslated it as 'sweet calamus') :
Moreover, the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even 250 shekels, and of qaneh-bosm [cannabis] 250 shekels, 24 And of cassia 500 shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy anointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thous shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick ahd his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offerings with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. (Exodus 30:22-29)

* As one shekel equals approximately 16.37 grams, this means that the THC from over 9 pounds of flowering cannabis tops were extracted into a hind, about 6.5 litres of oil. The entheogenic effects of such a solution -- even when applied topically -would undoubtedly have been intense.

 

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I Hope There Is A Domino Affect...

First off I am all the way with Prop 19 I hope there is a domino affect. Go California...

weed

Man.  i donno why all the fuss about a little bit of...ah.....weed.  its really good and makes

me relax.  before I get in my car....to...ah.....drive home from work, you know.....i light up a

 

joint...and....ah.....you know.....share it with a bud.  it makes ah my drive home so much more well

interesting.  like sometimes i accidentally cross over the line and people move their cars out

of my way...like....real fast.  i giggle and eat some M AND Ms.    and other times....like...some

guy will slam on his breaks and like  i have to slam mine on, too, you know and it wakes

me up real good until cars start moving again.  a lot of people honk at me.  i think they are

just being friendly when they see my tires driving on the edge of the interstate.  well, i have

to go now.  the guy who sells me grass just rang my bell.  it sounds like he is a lng ways away,

you know, but he isnt really.   thats my view.  thought you would like to know.

Legal Weed

I feel that the people who have associated marijuana smoking with violence, deaths, and crimes,are completely Absurd. Marijuana has been given to people for medical conditions, how the heck can it be considered so bad ? I have not heard of any cases where Only marijuana was involved that there was violence, thefts, or any kind of criminal activity, Except in the case of the government wanting it to be illegal for a person to smoke. No one kills for marijuana, nor do they fight while using it, they do not steal other people's belongings to get it, this can not be said about alcohol use, yet, the government has made it legal to drink alcohol. Alcohol kills people, daily, and not just the people who are using it. The only reason that marijuana is not legal now, is because the government does not know a way to tax people for its use, since anyone can grow it and use what they have grown. Those people who are making their own beer, can be in trouble, because the government did not make their money. They call marijuana the gateway drug to scare parents and basically stupid people into thinking that if a person smokes marijuana, they will in turn do the real bad drugs, excuse me, but I do not believe marijuana is a drug in the first place. It is a weed, and it is a peacemaker, hmmm, I wonder, could this be another reason why the government does not want us to use it, peace...for them peace means less cops, less jail time, less attorneys necessary, that is no good for the government.

I can not wait until the day when people wake up and they legalize marijuana....

War On Drugs is a Psychosis

   The notion of a "drug-free America" is a neurotic fantasy, and the "War On Drugs" is a psychotic delusion.

   We've all heard the old psychologist's joke about the difference between neurotics and psychotics - 'Neurotics build castles in the sky, psychotics live in them.'

   The notion of a "drug-free America" is a neurotic daydream, a castle-in-the-sky. (--'*Sigh,* wouldn't it be nice if there were no drugs?'--)

   The "war on drugs" is a psychotic delusion. Not only are people trying to live in this castle-in-the-sky, they want to force us all to live in it. It's a psychosis, and it's leading to violent and aggressive behavior. It's making our society a danger to itself and to those around it.

WTF ..

     Did everyone get on here to disagree with everyone else and make derogatory comments? 

All I have to say is " At least the USA is getting over the retardation of weed laws"

Smoke on!!

Right direction, wrong law.

Right direction, wrong law. They could of done better.

Hello Prop 19 Supporters!I

Hello Prop 19 Supporters!

I have something that I think that even staunch supporters of Legalization have considered, or at least tout as another good reason for Legalization. Something that may be another plus for the economy. It may appear as a selfish reason. Perhaps on some level it is. I would like to present it as a fact.

Fact is, if Marijuana were legalized, millions in this country would be saving a great deal of money.

Right now, I pay a lot for my ounce due to it's illicit status. I would have a fair amount more discretionary income every month if the price were to drop significantly. Money that I could choose to spend or save, both of which are a positive to our economy.

If this is true why has that

If this is true why has that discount not been passed onto medical 215 patients since it went into law?. As far as my research they are paying illicit status and prohibition based prices. The reason i have heard it its like this to keep patients from buying from medical providers and selling to recreational users. I find that an unacceptable reason.

 Please forgive the frenetic,

 

Please forgive the frenetic, all caps, top of my lungs response. I just hate it when some spaz goes all-caps crazy, but this is my turn: DECRIM IS A SHAM, A FALSE PROMISE AND AS EASY AS PIE TO REVERSE. WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE, OR IS IT THAT AMERICAN FIVE MINUTE MEMORY THING?

Look people, go back to 1979 and look at what they did to us then! We had decrim, damn near every state and those that didn’t were following suit, seemingly everyday. Pot was legal or as good as (to listen to some) and the birdies were singing, we were raosting marshmallows and ourselves. Everybody relaxed and it looked good all the way to legalization, not that we were working that hard for it after decrim, you see. Then Reagan came in, and with the stroke of a pen took it all away overnight. He tied States federal highway funds to their Marijuana policies and threatened to take away all the fed money from States with decrim. Listen to Pete Townshend… don’t get fooled again. This bill was concieved, drafted and timed to take away the steam form 19. WE MUST VOTE FOR 19, DECRIM IS A FALSE HOPE, THEY WILL FUCK US AGAIN. PLEASE! Don’t let them get away with the same goddamn trick

Say No to Drugs

We do not need Legalized Marijuana in our Country period. Pot is nothing but an excuse not to do anything with your life. It also leads to harder drugs. Dont tell me it doesnt. You are lieing to yourself. The governor of Calif. needs to go to N.A. meetings. Christ Jesus is the Answer. Our Lord can set you free. If you would open yourself to him. I have 15 years clean off of Alcohol Prayer is what did it! Thank You Jesus

Think About What You're Saying 'Yes' To.

Who do we thank for all the murder?

The prohibition you support has set a lot of people free - right off this mortal coil.

Why hasn't the Lord opened your eyes to that?

you realize, under national

you realize, under national law, it still remains illegal due to the supremacy clause

Supremacy clause? If local

Supremacy clause? If local and State cops are not arresting people for possession and or cultivation, who's gonna do it? Not the DEA, there aren't enough officers in the State. Or the Nation. Or the world. Think about it. to keep pot illegal, the Feds would have to virtually duplicate every local PD in terms of manpower. The States have no mandate to enforce Federal  Law where it conflicts with the laws of their State. Beyond a lot of Bluster and gesticulating, what can they really do?....police enforce the laws. The Feds can't do it alone and the Supreme court MAY not let them do it under the fourteenth (?) amendment.

Future President

Just getting in position for some votes. Remember me I freed up the weed. Check the demolition man movie with sly stallone. the swaznegger presidential library

pro-legalization, also pro-containment -- here's why

There's one thing I'd like to mention, and it doesn't really have anything to do with this bill.  It's more to do with the discussion on the chatboard.  I'd just like to add to the discussion.

 

I am one of the small number of people who react really badly to marijuana smoke.  One puff, or even extended second-hand smoke, and I experience moderate to major full-body pain for a few hours or more.  It's a muscle/skin/joint thing.  It's not specific to pot, it's more a matter of being sensitive to some plants - I can avoid all of them except for whatever's airborne, obviously.  Although, I should mention that it seems to be limited to strong West Coast pot breeds - the lighter Thai breeds don't bother me - even though all breeds send me into headspins for hours.  And no, given the pain I suffer after breathing it, I'm not inclined to try and build up a tolerance so that I can function after inhaling some  ;)

 

I think that smoking marijuana, ingesting THC, whatever, should be allowed.  I also think that, because marijuana's a very active substance, the places where it can be smoked should be, well, not so much restricted as cordoned off or considerately applied.  I'm not hoping to restrict people, I'm hoping to keep the smoke contained - walls, fans, doors - or dissipated and away from entry ways and sidewalks.  I'd hate to have to run yards of smoke gauntlets along the sidewalk.  Basically I'm hoping not to have to curtail going out to restaurants, band venues and the like because of increased smoke, and I'm afraid of gaining a heavy smoking neighbor in an old Bay Area building with cross-wall ventilation issues or windows smack against each other, especially if it would mean I'd have to close my windows in the summer.  Does that make sense?

 

For me, marijuana smoke isn't "a smell" (it actually smells nice).  It's an air-borne particle that makes my nerve endings seize up and can turn me into a designated driver who's not fit to drive (it's already my turn to be hanging tough, why make it harder on me by blowing smoke my way).  But, it's also a popular libation and for many people it's a medicine.  So, I'm hoping for a middle ground that isn't heavy-handed on the government side.  Some citizen-driven ideal in which people who smoke can be free, in general, to smoke it, while also being kind to their fellows who react poorly to it.  Maybe that means special smoking rooms in drafty apartment buildings... maybe it means smoking by the window with a fan on.  I'm not sure.  It's touchy.  But I would really like to see a solution that allows people to do their own thing without harming others.  I would like to see marijuana completely decriminalized; I would hope that some day it's not even an infraction.  I just wonder how that can be accomplished when enough second-hand smoke can make bystanders slightly high and sometimes slightly sick.  If the smoke isn't contained, either by law or by custom, I don't see how it can ever be made fully legal in places where people congregate.  But... perhaps containment is the route to legalization.  I'm not sure.  I hope so.

 

I hope that marijuana smokers can understand.

 

Best,

Rebecca

We're actually a more

We're actually a more understanding bunch than you might think.

Rebecca, unless I've read it

Rebecca, unless I've read it wrong, smoking in public would still be illegal. It's already illegal in most places to smoke tobacco, including city parks and within twenty-five feet of any public doorway here where I live. I should think the same sensible regulations would apply to pot smoking.

Vote no on 19 kids..

Voters under 21 cant have weed under prop 19,but they can vote to pass it.The lawyers that back 19 think teens are too stupid to read the bill.Also it wipes out medical pot.The term notwithstanding means previous laws on pot no longer apply.There goes our rights under 215..Read the bill kids...

don't hate what you're ignorant about

The few people against to this have heard to much propaganda about how pot damages the brain. The only proof that even showed brain cell loss was in a monkey. That poor guy was supposed to get the level of 2 joints a day over a few month period. The guys that did it were lazy and did like 2 oz a day over 15 min over periods of 15 mins. Ok, only 15 mins a day without oxygen would start to kill anyones brain cells; it's like drowning. Every smoker I've ever met realizes breathing good air in between smoking is fairly important. If you don't want to be high fine, but why try and tell other people what they can do? Get a life and enjoy that. Do you care what others drink and what sort of porn they may or may not watch? Of course you do, because your nose is so big even big brother say your too much in people business, back off off and let smokers smoke. It's not like it effects weither your god is real or not.

I do not think this

I do not think this proposition 19 ends prohibition of the plant.

Feels rushed with no comprehensive plan for the true ending of prohibition of the plant.

Too many things are side stepped.

Employment discrimination seems like a big one

Why is it your fellow employee can use alcohol on his or her off work hours, yet if you choose to not use alcohol and cannabis instead you are at risk of losing a career. Currently not even medical users have this protection. That is a form of prohibition in another form.

http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=5637 

If 19 is supposed to be the will of the people?  It feels Incomplete and not comprehensive enough.

Price will go down for recreational users after 19 and yet its not currently for medical users now. Why? So your charging the sick people that may really need it high prices until you expand your markets? 

 Oops i twisted ending prohibition into my own profit model.

This feels rushed and quite possibly tainted at the source if only by circumstance. In my opinion.

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How could prices drop for

How could prices drop for recreational users but stay high for medical users? That doesn't make sense, at least not unless the medical marijuana is of higher quality that costs more to produce.

There is nothing in Prop 19 that constitutes a "profit model" for anyone. That is just an anxiety that some people have.

Think about all the non violent crime offenders in jail

I think that I would like to see less people in jail for non violent crimes think of all the tax payers money going to our police state when these funds can go toward education & health even to build houses for the homeless, of course there is nothing non violent about drug cartels but if someone sparks up after a long day in there own home its their business. People deserve the right for student loans & being able to vote as a US citizen should never be taken away over drug charges. I don't smoke but I can see so many benefits its such a profitable cash crop & has hundreds of different uses save the trees create more clean air Im sure it could be used for fuel lol create real hydro cars jk. I would hope that people would smoke responsibly as for smoking around children its no better to smoke around children then some trashy people who drink thier 40's & hard liquor with their kids around responsible is to grab a glass a wine for dinner when dining out with the family drugs are drugs, in Arkansas people cant smoke in their car if  a child is present, not to mention it helps aid pms so people need to stop pms-ing. I think we also need to look at other countries & learn from their success's & mistakes. Law enforcement is so crooked I think of several cops that traffic people paying others off. I hate seeing people driving under the influence is totally irresponsible if people could use & enjoy thier 'freedoms' in a responsible manner we wouldnt have half the problems today. Sometimes abuse of power & freedom is not a good mix. The constitution was written on hemp. I think Ive seen more violent people on meth or that have been drinking to be honest. I do see how any drug over along time could effect someones brain chemistry. I have noticed a change in some pot smokers that insinuate that its been mixed with something that makes them 'addicted' acting like crack heads, real pot isnt addicting. I just hope our kids make the right choices and stay clear of the rave scene & dont OD like my brother did, he died in a rave house because people where so afraid of getting busted. This is coming from someone that at the age of 5 a certain family member use to have me carry their pot on the block in the ghetto even smoking it with people at the barber shop, I would rather see people in the ghetto stone on pot then crack or drinking just saying.  This could be very well more a class issue in the grand design, while prestine college students get away with murder sometimes loosing fin aid isnt enough with thier wealthy families paying people off. I dont know what the soluition is but we are taxed to death in a recession loss of jobs & hope makes people want to drink or spark up, I dont think our fore fathers intended our system to be as croorupt as it is even though they started on that foot, seriously ben franklin counterfited & he is like on a hundred dollar bill. People are greedy & corrupt these days its just the lesser of evils sad but true. If we where so concerned about economy we would impose more regulations on foreign trade & labor. My uncle lives in canada & enjoys his stash they have less crime there. sorry just rambling dont see what the big debate is about, progress is good i just hope we as a people evolve as well.

It's up to you California!! 

It's up to you California!!  I can't wait for the day when I can puff a joint and not feel guilty about it.

Hear Hear.

You shouldn't feel guilty about it now.

They should, for using the law to fight their culture war.

More to the Point

In response to the comments by RevLucifer (not verified), October 01, 2010, 09:51pm, You seem to miss 'the point' when you compare marijuana to alcohol. Alcohol isn't even at issue here really, is it? I'm not trying to split hairs, but your right, I don't want people drinking and driving either. Yes, I dislike drunks at parties that are overly emotional, or the 'happy' drunk that just wants to be your best friend, etc.I also dislike some guy smelling like skunk weed with bloodshot eyes near me.But this story IS about marijuana. So keep it simple.Hallucinogenic, psychotropic, who cares what it's called. If you smoke dope, you are impairedAs to the wisdom of California doing this. lets compare.... The Governator signs into law making possession of less than an ounce of pot a simple infraction, thereby endangering all of us in multiple waysTHENCalifornia bans Happy Meals at McDonalds because including toys in meals that are not nutritious goes against their 'cradle to grave' concern they have for our health.Enough said. The California legislators have lost their collective minds. Or maybe they are all just stoned.The intellectual elite want to make this all about we allow 'alcohol', or talk about the economics of it. Common sense went out the window on this one.      

greetings to all respondants

The news of decriminalization is welcome indeed. Now hopefully the rest of the country will eventually follow. I have lived my life as a "seudo" criminal due to my marijuana use. Thank the gods that civilization is finally waking up from the disease that is the far right wingers. Damn Richard Nixon,damn them all to hell!!

Really ?

i'm going to be honest here. ok here goes... I smoke pot. yup that's right i do and i enjoy it. i remember the first time i drank as well. well i really don't actually all i remember is a broken arm people laughing at me and no idea how it happened. my first time with weed ? i sat and watched The Day After Tomorrow and remember the night very well which was alot of fun.

honestly im not going to repeat what hundreds of people are saying to get it through to those people who are hard headed instead take the link to this sight that compares many drugs and alcohol and there related deaths,OD, rate of abuse on a drug or alcohol and much much more

 

http://www.saferchoice.org/content/view/24/53/   

 

 

 

 

remember read before you speak. you wont sound like such a dumass when you do. :D

Legalization

 

That's one giant step closer to freedom. Thank you Governor. Marijuana is a lot safer to breathe in than cigarettes, especially if it's vaporized. Marijuana is also a lot safer than alcohol. People die from alcohol even after just one night of drinking too much. There has never been a single reported death from marijuana use and it never reportedly caused cancer for anybody ever in history. It's truly amazing about how much false information there is on marijuana. I have been smoking marijuana for the past 5 years of my life and I can still run perfectly fine for even a couple miles in one go. In fact, I plan on becoming a US marine. I weight lift 5 days out of the week and you would never even guess that I smoke marijuana especially for the last 5 years of my life. To tell you the truth, you would probably think I was a cop or already in the military. Marijuana should be totally legal in every state and every country completely. Marijuana is a natural plant for goodness sake. Keep in mind, you don't even have to smoke it to get high. And I'm not talking about second hand smoke. I'm talking about eating it. It's time for legalization.

yea

i work with the public and i would like to say that most people are already dumb as hell so its not going to make people any dumber. i smoke all the time i have a job that doesnt care, i am college graduate with a degree in computer sci and i am a certified automotive technician, so tell me how it made me dumb. get a life and stop trying to tell people what they can or cant do this is a free country isnt it or do we really need to protect the stupid people from them selfs.

 Abraham Lincoln: "Those who

 

Abraham Lincoln: "Those who would deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it."

 

The Democrats claim they own us, the Republicans claim their corporate sponsors do. Both intend to enslave us. Vote Libertarian down the line!

Business

I'm just glad to see our government is finally warming to the idea of getting into the marijuana business.  I figure that if they are making money from it, then they're in the business.  Kind of like the lottery, gambling, and alcohol business.  What a great way to get back some of that welfare and social security money of ours that they dole out.  Hookers, you're next!

I think legalizing marijuana

I think legalizing marijuana will help with some of the debt we have and drop some of the crime rate in America people are saying it won't help if its made legal because people will grow it themselves I disagree with that it's sad to say but majority of Americans are lazy and spoiled theres no way in hell we are going to spend time and effort growing something we can go and purchase easily lol some might majority of us won't lol and look at prohibition when alcohol was made legal again what happened to all the "bootleggers" they were all eventually put out of business even with running numbers once the lottery was formed majority of the number holes closed up point is if marijuana is legalized yea you will have a few illegal sellers and some growers but majority of pot smokers will purchase it legally and since we all know it will be taxed it would put a dent in our debt I believe hell it may even stop violent crimes majority of us will be too hi to get upset about anything lol (j/k)

California Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

duh if the state can't afford to keep it illegal wouldn't it make more since to rise the fines from $100 to say $1000 the pot heads can afford it, they buy the dope don't they. 

Or is the state paying for there legal counsel, if so stop it, by the way an once just seems like a lot of weed.

That's more than the tobacco in two packs of cigarettes.

that my rant take it or leave it

nothing wrong

there is nothing wrong with weed... its safer than alcohol.  California should pass 19 the whole rest of the US would follow. so many people smoke weed now and days its insane. i know more people who smoke than who don't.  many of them being very smart and successful. nothing wrong with it at all and i am all about this weed movement! GO GREEN

land of the free

we need freedom not safety i think to tourism market will increase if prop 19 passese but many i feel that we the people will get our freedom from wrongful prosecution and not have to live in fear i also dont think it sould be arestable for smoking in sight of a minor i know plenty of people that do not smoke becuase there parents did/do

gurilla growers

if prop 19 passes, I feel the area I live,  the gurrilla growers, mostly mexican mafia, will increase greatly.

Who has to deal with there garbage?  What kind of impact does the firtilizers and pesticides have in that local water shed?  Can I still hike in my own back yard without fear of stumbing across a plantation and getting shot?

With the laws as they are,  CAMP and the local law enforcement are looking for these large, cash croping, enviromentaly unfreindly,  gurilla growers.

I say no on 19 for that reason alone.

seems you don't know what guerrilla even means...

since you're illiterate I don't care how you vote. I don't think anyone does.

Wether he knows what that

Wether he knows what that means or not, read what he wrote.

He doesn't want to be living in an area corrupted by what is going on

Instead of thinking of yourself and all out insulting someone why don't you try to grasp the bigger picture, and see that SOME people are going to be negatively effected by this.
 

Wether he knows what that

Wether he knows what that means or not, read what he wrote.

He doesn't want to be living in an area corrupted by what is going on

Instead of thinking of yourself and all out insulting someone why don't you try to grasp the bigger picture, and see that SOME people are going to be negatively effected by this.
 

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Wether he knows what that means or not, read what he wrote.

He doesn't want to be living in an area corrupted by what is going on

Instead of thinking of yourself and all out insulting someone why don't you try to grasp the bigger picture, and see that SOME people are going to be negatively effected by this.
 

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I agree on what your saying, you shouldn't have to deal with the crap going on around with all this.

Some people just have to see that this can be a negative impact on people, NOT just on the standards of health and economics..

Can people do REAL research?

Can you idiots do some Real research before you post all this anti-marijuana nonsense? They're some really bad posts here about marijuana causing problems or that legalization would cause people to lose their jobs if they tested positive. How about you get some hard evidence to back up your claims? Name one person who has died from ONLY smoking marijuana. I have smoked weed everyday for 5 years and still manage to not move on to harder drugs, or kill children while driving, and I can perform 2 jobs well without fucking those up either. So I ask that anyone who has no idea what they're talking about to mind their own business and not post negative things about weed that are untrue and just let it get legalized. How would weed affect your life negatively if you don't smoke it? Also would you disown your own children if they decided to smoke weed when they were old enough if it was legal?

Think Think

I don't like where this progression is going.'

Many people waste their money on cigarettes and alcohol as it is. Including many low income families who could be putting their money towards a better cause like buying things for themselves that they NEED.

If this continues and someday marijuana is eventually legalized, you put another huge Problem into the midst and people are going to ignorantly spend more and more money on marijuana because of their mental attachment to it. Sure marijuana doesn't seem to hurt you or kill you by using it, but it is still a hallucinogen and can cause problems with perception, thinking, driving and many other  things.

This could make a company really rich by selling it

But it can also further put poor addicts into the dumps by spending money on this.

(Don't attack me because this is strictly theoretical speaking if it were to progress into legalization)

If it never gets legalized then.. i guess under the table crap will be happening illegally all around just as much as before... and since its illegal now, people should smarten up and it Should be stopped.

Think Think

I don't like where this progression is going.'

Many people waste their money on cigarettes and alcohol as it is. Including many low income families who could be putting their money towards a better cause like buying things for themselves that they NEED.

If this continues and someday marijuana is eventually legalized, you put another huge Problem into the midst and people are going to ignorantly spend more and more money on marijuana because of their mental attachment to it. Sure marijuana doesn't seem to hurt you or kill you by using it, but it is still a hallucinogen and can cause problems with perception, thinking, driving and many other  things.

This could make a company really rich by selling it

But it can also further put poor addicts into the dumps by spending money on this.

(Don't attack me because this is strictly theoretical speaking if it were to progress into legalization)

If it never gets legalized then.. i guess under the table crap will be happening illegally all around just as much as before... and since its illegal now, people should smarten up and it Should be stopped.

Prophets

Tupac Shakur & Bob Marley, two of our prophets of the human race smoked weed. 

Funny

I just want to point out that every hillbilly who has opposed prop 19 in this comment section is illiterate and uneducated, all of your posts look like you're Dick Cheneys inbred son in law. 
Where's the spam buttons when you need 'em. 

Funny

I just want to point out that every hillbilly who has opposed prop 19 in this comment section is illiterate and uneducated, all of your posts look like you're Dick Cheneys inbred son in law. 
Where's the spam buttons when you need 'em. 

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