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1.10.10

Arnold Schwarzenegger signs bill reducing offense for marijuana possession

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger 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. 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.

California NORML director Dale Gieringer said that “Governor Schwarzenegger deserves credit for sparing the state’s taxpayers the cost of prosecuting minor pot offenders,”

The New Law will take effect from 1st January 2011.

17 comments:

  1. Hopefully things will start to change

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  2. Haha he would be great in new york, anywhere really!

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  3. Interesting new law, curious to see how it affects rest of the country.

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  4. Man I hope the federal government will get the idea eventually..

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  5. Its heading the right direction :)

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  6. gotta make all the hippys happy

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  7. I'll be back, after I roll this blunt.

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  8. The governator is gonna save us all.

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  9. it's about time. next step, full legalization.

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  10. Goddammit I love the Terminator. I can't wait to move back to Cali, son.

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  11. Decent.
    Never thought he would do that.

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  12. hooray weed. best drug on the planet.

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