Proposition 19, a move to legalize marijuana in California, will face the voters in November, and though he opposes the legislation, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is giving weed a head start. Last this week, he signed a bill downgrading possession of less than an ounce to an infraction. As in, not even a misdemeanor. But be careful for a minute, because the law takes effect January 1, 2011.
Via the LA Times:
“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.
“In this time of drastic budget cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket.”
Or as the New York Times puts it, having a tiny bit of weed is like “speeding on the freeway.” But it’s more like cruising.