California: Historic Vote On Cannabis Regulation To Take Place On Tuesday, January 12

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director January 5, 2010

    On Tuesday, January 12, members of the California Assembly will hold a historic vote on statewide marijuana policy. Members of the Public Safety Committee will decide on Assembly Bill 390, the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act, which seeks to regulate and control the production, distribution, and personal use of marijuana for adults age 21 and older.

    [UPDATE from Russ Belville: NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano and MPP’s California director Aaron Smith join me this afternoon’s NORML SHOW LIVE, airing at 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern, to discuss this historic vote in California.  Call in with your questions to 347-994-1810]

    Tuesday’s vote will mark the first time since 1913, when California became one of the first states in the nation to enact cannabis prohibition, that lawmakers have reassessed this failed policy.

    If a majority of the Public Safety Committee votes ‘yes’ on AB 390, the bill will immediately face a separate vote in the California State Assembly Committee on Health. (I have been tentatively invited to testify before this committee; you can read my prepared testimony here.) In short, members of both committees will likely be voting on this historic measure next week. That is why we need your support in contacting the members of these legislative committees today!

    To date, over 8,000 of you have contacted your California Assemblymembers via NORML’s Capwiz ‘Take Action’ Center. This is a tremendous outpouring of public support, but we need to ramp up our advocacy before next week’s vote.

    If you reside in California please click here to find a list of Assembly members who sit on the key committees overseeing AB 390. Constituents in their districts are urged to phone or fax support their for AB 390 today. Lawmakers’ district phone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail contact information appears here.

    If your member of the Assembly does not appear on this list, please take a moment this week to call and leave a polite, concise phone message voicing your support for AB 390 with the Assembly Committees of Public Safety and Health. You can find the direct line for these committees, as well as for their Chair and Vice-Chairs, here and here.

    Finally, Californians can also send a letter of support directly to their individual member of the Assembly by using NORML’s pre-written letter service here.

    Let’s begin 2010 by letting California’s politicians know that the time to end the state’s nearly 100-year failed experiment with marijuana prohibition is now!

    75 responses to “California: Historic Vote On Cannabis Regulation To Take Place On Tuesday, January 12”

    1. bob brochee says:

      wow, this judge is my new hero. good for him!

    2. James Crosby says:

      I have a couple things to say. The first is to support the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act of 2010! You can find the website here: http://www.cannabistaxact.org

      The other thing I am wondering, is where can we find the link to the live feed so that we can watch this on January 12th? I’d love to be kept up to date on this important event!

      Thanks for your time.

    3. Bradson says:

      Your presentation, if allowed, will be a voice of reason and rationality, Paul. It seems to me that some mention of the benefits of a legal hemp industry would also be appropriate. The positive economic impact from California-based industrial and nutritional hemp products could end up being far greater than tax income from medical and recreational marijuana alone.

      Is there any consideration or awareness among the legislators of the enormous economic potential that can come from legalization of all forms of cannabis? If California voters approve this legislation, will the hemp industry be automatically legalized as well?

      [Paul Armentano responds: Keep in mind that my remarks are tailored to the individual Committee, which in this case is Health. Your arguments are economic in nature, and would be appropriate before Appropriations — if we get there. Thanks for the feedback.]

    4. Ozlanthos says:

      These guys need to quit buying their own rhetoric. Marijuana is not any stronger today than it has ever been. When people talk about the potency of marijuana today, they are starting the straw-man argument about cocaine and crack. If they knew jack about $hit, they’d know that hashish, kief, and honey oil are much more pure refinements of thc than the bud can ever be on it’s own. That being said, they need to strip any provision regulating the amount of THC (and other active cannabinoids) in bud out of any bill under consideration. If the limit to paying attention to the efficacy of a strain is to classify it like the difference between beer and liquor fine. But, if it is meant to limit THC levels then I say it has no place in this legislation.


    5. i agree with judge grey. however incresed state revunue would be to put user fee on state issued 50 dollars a year per i d per year with this fee you would be able to purchase one once of marijuana per week with this restiction it further keeps marijuana off the streets and out of the hands of our youth

    6. kc says:

      this is absolutely fantastic news!!!!!!!

      what is the time line until it would actually be legalized after the vote?

      thank you


    7. CHICAGO says:

      Way to go California! BUT HEY! there is a relatively good 2-3 page read on Marijuana in the January 2010 issue of GQ magazine that starts on page 44. It’s a small blurb about what really is going on at your mothers book reading nights and your neighborhood dinner parties. It is a funny and good read, check it out!

    8. Jon says:

      good luck… not much I can do from GA but I will cross my fingers for you guys
      We are watching our generation’s version of the civil rights movement… and you guys are leading the way…can’t thank you enough

    9. Mix says:

      I think this is great. The more professionals and law enforcement officials that testify about the absolute absurdity of Marijuana prohibition the more our actual law makers will be swayed to end this nearly century old prohibition. If you have not taken the time to call or at least send an email then you are not doing your part. Visiting the website and watching the videos is not enough. This is a huge opportunity for the movement if California passes then it may send a domino effect through the nation. These people need to hear all our voices, because they serve the public and that means they work for us.

    10. samson says:

      yea,…..I saw this video like, what?; 5 months ago??

      Still, nice to see a Judge that is actually willing to see reason.