Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Just Decriminalized Marijuana in California
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Thursday signed into law a bill that decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The bill reduces simple possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction.
Currently, small-time pot possession is â€œsemi-decriminalizedâ€ in California. There is no possible jail sentence and a maximum $100 fine. But because possession is a misdemeanor, people caught with pot are â€œarrested,â€ even if that means only they are served a notice to appear, and they must appear before a court.
That has happened to more than a half million Californians in the last decade, and more than 60,000 last year alone. Every one of them required a court appearance, complete with judge and prosecutor. That costs the cash-strapped state money it desperately needs.
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