NORML Action Alert: Schwarzenegger Signs Marijuana Infraction Measure!

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director October 1, 2010

    Yesterday, outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1449which reduces adult marijuana possession charges from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil infraction. NORML would like to thank the 2,500+ of you who took the time to write the Governor over the past week via NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’, and the many more who called the Governor’s office directly in support of this historic measure.

    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 this bill will save the state millions of dollars in court costs by keeping minor marijuana offenders out of court. The number of misdemeanor pot arrests has surged in recent years, reaching 61,388 in 2008.

    The new law, which takes effect on Jan 1, 2011, will have an effect even if Californians vote to legalize marijuana by passing Prop 19. Proposition 19 leaves misdemeanor possession penalties in place for public use and smoking in the presence of children; under SB 1449, these offenses would be simple infractions.

    “Gov. Schwarzenegger deserves credit for sparing the state’s taxpayers the cost of prosecuting minor pot offenders,” said California NORML director Dale Gieringer, “Californians increasingly recognize that the war on marijuana is a waste of law enforcement resources.”

    162 Responses to “NORML Action Alert: Schwarzenegger Signs Marijuana Infraction Measure!”

    1. AZmom says:

      I hope this paves the road for the rest of the country.

    2. PAmetalhead says:

      i agree ^ but with every change there is always opposition, obviously our stride has not slowed, congrats everyone this is only the beginning!

    3. Anthony says:

      Thank you MR. Schwarzenegger! I hope others follow your example.

    4. D says:

      Let’s hope this is just setting the stage for the big vote in one month now!!!!

    5. Chris says:

      AZmom, agreed! Thank you Governor Schwarzenegger for doing the right thing.

    6. Scizzle says:

      I love you Arnold!!
      “The Chopper!”

    7. Tom says:

      I really thought that Arnold was going to shoot this bill down! Thank you Governor Schwarzenegger for taking the step for saner Marijuana laws.

    8. ldis says:

      And so it begins my friends.

    9. Hemp Network says:

      Thank you for finally signing this into law! Looking forward to Jan 1!!! Join the Hemp Network Today and help spread the word!!!

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