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California Soon To Be Up in Smoke

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Last week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that downgraded the possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction. This means no jail time for an offense, just a fine of up to $100 -- a small price to pay for those who cannot live without the drug.

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Although he opposes Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana, Governor Schwarzenegger stated that California's budget constraints are stifling an already-strained legal system and an underfunded police force.

"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," said the Governor in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

Moms, what do you think about this change in the law? Do you think more kids will be willing to smoke pot if they know the punishment has beenlessened?

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mark October 12, 2010, 12:13 PM

We recently moved with out two boys, 6 and 8, from a state where firecrackers were illegal, and against mom and dad’s wishes, to a state where they are sold legally, but still against mom and dad’s wishes.
Last year we dealt with secret hoarding and use of illegal fireworks from mid-june up until the first day of school, where it ended. This year, there was only interest in the beginning of July, until july 5.

All I can say is that it worked for firecrackers.

Non user October 12, 2010, 12:52 PM

I don’t use drugs including pot. But I think I could deal easier with my son if he had a drug problem at home then through a glass plate during limited visiting hours at jail. Since the war on drugs started the jails have filled and drug use has gone way up not down. Obviously jailing drug users to the level of having the highest percentage of a population in jail over any other country hasn’t worked. Maybe a fine with parental notification will.

becky  October 12, 2010, 12:53 PM

I want the police to go after ppl who commit real crimes, not marijuana users. Kids will be smoking pot no matter what the legal standing is. It is up to parents to raise and keep an eye on there kids, not the police or state. I think parents should be responsable to supervise and let the police go after the ppl who are commiting robberies and violent offences.

Jennifer October 12, 2010, 2:24 PM

If this means they’ll catch more rapists and child molesters, then by all means, go for it!

Big Al October 12, 2010, 4:29 PM

I for one am very happy to see this development. So no matter what the November elections hold at least they have taken this step. I wish more states would make this step.

I still beleive that we need to legalize it and tax it just like Alcohol.

The Drug war in Mexico is not going well, we need to take away the funding and profit from these people, from what i read about 60% of Mexican Drug cartels money comes from pot.

Take their money away and give it to the police force to get real criminals and go after hard drugs.

Then you also do not make a “criminal” out of pot users. If pot is a gateway drug then it’s only because of the legal status of the drug.

People say, “oh you smoke pot, then your a druggie” sorry but a druggie is someone that steals, pawns and shoots up crank or coc or Heroin. That’s a druggie.

Aprilcot26 October 13, 2010, 11:40 AM

Personally, I think this is great. Instead of filling up the prisons with potheads, they can be filled with ACTUAL criminals. I agree that what we’ve been doing so far clearly isn’t working and I commend California for trying to fix it. We should just make it legal, tax it, and call it a day.

LoveMyMomTheMost October 13, 2010, 1:43 PM

If you want a mom’s perspective on this exact issue, check out this Op Ed by Hanna Dershowitz in the Orange County Register just yesterday:

She’s so right!!!

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