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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. mike says:

      FREE THE WEED, save the planet

    2. Nic says:

      Six Days, what passes through the mind and soul of Governor Schwarzenegger ?

      36 million people gather to testify, with a vote

      Proposition 19 Declares Human Emancipation

    3. freedom says:

      …I must get to da waaa mart to get some pens, I must sign dis queckly! Ill be bock!

      Eh humor.

    4. Lady Blue says:

      Today I heard Rush Limbaugh say on the air that prop 19 will win and legalizing pot is inevitable; its just going to happen when we get some politicians with balls.

    5. darkcycle says:

      He’ll sign it. But we’ve been down this road before…1979, decrim. They LIKE decrim, because it’s easy to increase penalties on something that’s already (or still) illegal, and quite another thing to take something legalized by popular demand and make it illegal. When Popppy Bush got into office and threatened to lift federal highway funds from states with decrim laws, the decrim laws dissolved like tiolet paper in the rain.
      I don’t support decrim, I don’t support this measure, it’s a cheap ploy to take the wind out of prop 19’s sails. Vote prop 19, and we don’t have to wait for the muscle-bound hypocrite to sign ANYTHING. As for this….been there, done that, and we already know how that movie ends, thanks.

    6. Nic says:

      Imagine

      When prop 19 wins

      That National slap will be felt throught The Kingdom

      Like blood I smell Victory

    7. Nic says:

      Gather and Be Strong

      The End of Cannabis prohibition is the beginning

      The Man who sits on your shoulder

      Will quickly jump off

      May I offer a prayer and some thoughts

      Eternity is Forever

    8. Buc says:

      Schwarzeneggar, regardless of what he does here, is an active proponent and agent of the drug war and is of the most particularly heinous and backstabbing kind since he advocates the criminalization of activities he participated in that he never had to face criminal sanctions for.

      I don’t care what he does with this bill, it doesn’t make him any more respectable until he apologizes to all of the families that he has helped ruin.

      I am thankful, however, that he never had to experience that horror. Even though it may change him, I will never wish upon others the same horrors that I and many others have experienced.

    9. Anonymous says:

      ………Just a recap folks ;
      Those out in California are not to vote for , Meg Whitman . She said she’ll repeal the will of the voters if Prop. 19 passes .( then she should repeal the will of the voters if she gets elected )Jerry Brown’s camp said they would endorse or back the will of the people when it passes .
      ……………and don’t forget to get up your boycott of ” Kellogs ” products . Last time i went shopping i saw one row of Kellogs corn flakes not bought & two rows of General Mills – half empty ( so. Cali. ) .

    10. Igor says:

      I emailed the Guv even though I do not live in Cali, sad for me to say. I hope that he does the right thing this time and does not play the hypocrite, because he smoked it too. Pot is non-toxic, cannot cause physical addiction, and is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. What more needs to be said? Legalize it already! Stop sending people to prison for something that is better than booze! This is the United States of America we are talking about!

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