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California Action Alert: Schwarzenegger Must Decide Marijuana Infraction Measure Next Week!

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 23, 2010

    Outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Thursday, September 30, to decide the fate of Senate Bill 1449which would reduce adult marijuana possession charges from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil infraction. That gives reformers one final week to lobby for this sensible reform. If you have not yet contacted the Governor in support of this historic legislation, please do so today.

    Senate Bill 1449 amends the California Health and Safety Code so that the adult possession of up to 28.5 grams of marijuana is classified as an infraction, punishable by no more than a $100 fine — no court appearance, no court costs, and no criminal record.

    Passage of bill would save the state millions of dollars in court costs by keeping minor marijuana offenders out of court. The number of misdemeanor pot prosecutions has surged in recent years, reaching 61,388 in 2008. Adults who consume marijuana responsibly are not part of the crime problem, and the state should stop treating them like criminals.

    Governor Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has vetoed several different marijuana law reform bills in the past. Therefore, if you live in California, it is vital that you please e-mail or call Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office and urge him to sign SB 1449 into law. For your convenience, a pre-written letter will be e-mailed to the Governor when you visit NORML’s ‘Take Action’ Center here.

    40 Responses to “California Action Alert: Schwarzenegger Must Decide Marijuana Infraction Measure Next Week!”

    1. Don M says:

      If Gov. Schwarzenegger, after having smoked many times himself in the past, does not sign SB 1449 into law he will lose every tiny bit of respect from me. Not that he would care about that, but I think he will be committing political suicide for himself and his party.

    2. Philip says:

      Norml, what happens if he does nothing, does it still become law?

      [Yes.]

    3. LARRY says:

      if cal,gets it pass maybe michigan will do it.detroit has one coming up in nov,2 oz’s in your home. it all comes down to $

    4. Sean Nelson says:

      Please Governor Scwarzenegger! Don’t veto this bill! SIGN IT AND HELP YOUR STATE RECOVER FROM ITS DEBT!! Get to the Choppa, and sign it already :D!!!!

    5. Hans Jæger says:

      This is awesome! If Schwarznegger vetoes, more people will vote on prop. 19. This is something he surely will consider, and therefore consider to pass the bill. Double check! Bigger chance for victory and liberation!

      However, I encourage everyone to vote on prop. 19 in any case :)

      My faith is strong, even though I live across the globe. The movement in US politics these couple of years will influence the world greatly, and you/the people deserve all the credit for seeing and speaking truth, and being oriented towards justice! Keep up!

      Greetings from Norway

    6. Josh says:

      Maybe Arnold will not sign it nor veto it and it will pass on its own natural ways.

    7. Anonymous says:

      Get those emails out there! If he says that we all want I think he will let it go!

    8. jason says:

      actually, i think it may be a good thing if he didn’t pass this bill. it could liven the legalization moment up quite a bit for november, wheras, if he passed it, it may pacify a substantial percentage of the legalization movement – thus they could become less interested in even voting this november.

    9. Corey says:

      Instead of signing this, he should endorse Prop. 19.

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