California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Somewhere in Southern Cali, Snoop Dogg must be lighting up a celebratory blunt.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Thursday, a bill that downgrades the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

Schwarzenegger still opposes Proposition 19 , which would allow Californians to smoke weed until their eyes bleed, as long as it’s being used for recreation.

Notwithstanding my opposition to Proposition 19, however, I am signing this measure because possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name,” Schwarzenegger wrote in a signing message.

Proposition 19 goes to the ballot box November 2. If it passes, and polls show it has a great chance to. It could have a ripple effect on the rest of the country.

“The decades-long war on drugs has failed,” a proponent of Prop 19 tells the Christian Science Monitor. “It’s still easier for a kid to get his hands on a joint than to get a beer or a cigarette. Sixty percent of drug cartels’ money comes from marijuana sales. We need to take that away.”

Those on the opposite side of the fence feel like legalizing weed is just a horrible idea.

This is just what we don’t need,” says Livina Hedgerow. “Another legal drug for kids to get messed up on. It will lead them to worse drugs. It’s just wrong.”

What do you guys think? Should America legalize marijuana across the board?


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