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    Default California possbily legalizing

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    A California legislator today proposed making the state the first to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

    The legislation, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a Democrat from San Francisco, would allow people 21 and older to grow, buy, sell and possess pot. It would be sold, regulated and taxed similar to alcohol. The state would collect $50 an ounce from sellers, and growers, too, would be taxed.

    He estimates that the cash-strapped state could reap more than $1 billion a year.

    "We could in fact have the political will to do something, and certainly in the meantime this is a public policy call and I think it's worth the discussion," Ammiano told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I think the outcome would be very healthy for California and California's economy."

    The bill (AB 390) would ban use near schools and prohibit growing cannabis in public view. Also illegal, as now: DWS driving while stoned.

    A Republican colleague isn't inhaling, according to The Sacramento Bee

    "I don't think we're particularly well served in our society to further accommodate or even encourage something that's going to be unproductive and damaging to the individual, especially not for the reason of generating revenue," said Assemblyman Roger Niello of Fair Oaks.

    A spokeswoman for the federal Drug Enforcement Agency would not comment.

    Since 1996, California doctors can prescribe so-called medical marijuana to their patients.
    Calif. lawmaker proposes legalizing marijuana - On Deadline -

    So whats everyone think, will it pass, what will be the consequences if it does.

    I personally think it will pass(come on its cali), and assuming the governor signs it, i think the federal government will step in and put a stop to it.

    If you live in California and support this you should probably think about contacting your representative(or if you want to voice objections)

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    The feddies are the problem, not the state. The DEA ignores state laws (rightly) and even today raids medical pot places up and down the west coast.

    Even if they do pass this, ether a citizen or the fedgov will sue, and win. Unless there is a major shift in drug policy in Washington, I don't see anything good comming of this.

    I do commend them for trying, though. Way to stick it to the Feds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Republican Dude
    "I don't think we're particularly well served in our society to further accommodate or even encourage something that's going to be unproductive and damaging to the individual, especially not for the reason of generating revenue."
    Like, uh... alcohol? =-=;
    I think it'll pass. Or at least put up a good fight.

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    Given that most of the California government seems to be smoking CRACK already, nevermind pot, I would not be surprised if it did.

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    It is a $50 tax PER OUNCE! How ever, this will definitely cut down on possession charges.

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    If it would be legal only under state law everyone will be using it more frequently I bet. If that is the case what happens when it doesn't give them that high anymore?

    Either way it doesn't matter since it's still banned under federal law.

    Also think again about it passing, Sure its California but we did pass Prop 8 last year. You know, that one where it bans gay marriage, for the 2nd time in the states history. Anyways this "law" is even more insane then gay marriage.

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    I totally approve, of course. I say vices should be legalized, REGULATED, taxed - including marijuana, sports betting, and prostitution. The ones that will take place anyway, and that are already quasi-legal, decriminalized, or considered misdemeanors already, in various bits of the world.

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    DWS? Aren't there better names they could call it, like, "Driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol"?

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    It amazes me how when things get bad, states turn to things that are illegal. Here in Ohio, there's a group trying to legalize gambling. It has failed like several times since the early 1990s. I even voted against it last year, because I found it would have only benefited one man, a casino operator out of Vegas.

    It always amazes me. Eh, I am not going to worry. I don't go to casinos myself and I don't do the wacky weed.


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