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Terminator Signs Marijuana Bill…

OK, here’s a piece of news that just came to my attention.  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) signed into law a Marijuana Decriminalization Bill (SB-1449) last Thursday, September 30th.  Well, sort of…

Possession heretofore of up to an ounce of reefer in California was a $100 fine, plus an arrest record, court appearance, etc.  As of January 1st, it’ll still be a $100 fine, but like a traffic offense, no arrest record.

Interestingly, in a few weeks—November 2nd—California has another pot bill coming up, Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act.  If passed by a simple majority, it becomes effective the day after the election.  The latest polls show it passing (48% in favor, 11% undecided).

In terms of the American Tribune prison experience connection, more than 500,000 people in California have been criminalized for reefer over the past 10 years.  Last year alone witnessed over 60,000 busted in the land of sun & fun. more…