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Gov. Schwarzenegger Must Decide Marijuana Infraction Measure Next Week

Daily Dose 2010-09-22 0 comments

The Governor partaking in what he calls "a plant, not a drug".

Outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Thursday, September 30, to decide the fate of Senate Bill 1449 — which would reduce adult marijuana possession charges from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil infraction. If you have not yet contacted the Governor in support of this historic legislation, please do so today.

Senate Bill 1449 amends the California Health and Safety Code so that the adult possession of up to 28.5 grams of marijuana is classified as an infraction, punishable by no more than a $100 fine — no court appearance, no court costs, and no criminal record.

Passage of bill would save the state millions of dollars in court costs by keeping minor marijuana offenders out of court. The number of misdemeanor pot arrests has surged in recent years, reaching 61,388 in 2008. Adults who consume marijuana responsibly are not part of the crime problem, and the state should stop treating them like criminals.

Please write or call Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and urge him to sign SB 1449 into law. For your convenience, a pre-written letter will be e-mailed to the Governor when you enter your contact information on NORML’s website.

Thank you for supporting NORML’s marijuana law reform efforts in California.