Legalize It? California to Vote on Marijuana

By David Schoetz

Mar 24, 2010 9:31pm

The state of California is already known for lax medical marijuana laws that in many ways have decriminalized the drug and made it easy for just about anyone to buy with a prescription. Well, soon the prescription may no longer be needed. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen confirmed late today that the people in the budget-poor Golden State will vote on legalizing, regulating and taxing the sale of marijuana when they go to the polls in November. The marijuana initiative, which proponents say would generate revenue at a time when the state is drowning in red ink, far surpassed the 433,971 valid petitions signatures needed to get on the ballot. Here is the official title and a portion of the initiative language from the Attorney General: CHANGES CALIFORNIA LAW TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND ALLOW IT TO BE REGULATED AND TAXED. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older. Prohibits people from possessing marijuana on school grounds, using it in public, smoking it while minors are present, or providing it to anyone under 21 years old. Maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired. So, is it a half-baked proposal? Or a heady way to cut the deficit? Embedded below is the profile "One-Stop 'Pot' Shopping," featuring what is described as "Home Depot meets IKEA" for the at-home California horticulturalist.

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