Arnold must decide next week on Marijuana Infraction

September 24th, 2010 by Author4 Leave a reply »

I don’t think Arnold is saying, “I’ll be back” on his way out.  He does however have to decide on the fate of Senate Bill 1449; which would reduce adult marijuana possession charges from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil infraction.  I suggest if you haven’t contacted him in making sure he gets this done then you should start doing so immediately.

The bill amends the California Health and Safety Code so that the adult possession of up to 28.5 or almost 1 ½ ounces of marijuana would be classified as an infraction, punishable by no more than $100 fine.  The person wouldn’t need a court appearance, wouldn’t endure a criminal record, and wouldn’t have to dish out for court fees.

Arnold is all about trying to find money for the state so this one to me is a no brainer.  The passage of the bill would save the state millions of dollars in court costs by keeping people with minor offenses out of the court.  61,388 prosecution was the number in 2008, who knows what that number is really today.  The state should stop treating non violent adults like criminals and its about time the bill passes.

Arnold is known to veto marijuana bills from the past so if you’re a Californian I suggest you email, call, fax, do what you need to do an get him to sign the bill into law.

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