Marijuana Laws in California – Gateway Drug State?
Ever since California took the initiative to remove the prohibition of Alcohol they seemed to stay on top of their “lets move the nation” stance. The upcoming November elections will actually bring a proposal to the California table called Prop 19. This proposition would allow recreational Marijuana use throughout the state, though federally the substance would still be illegal.
This Proposition comes shortly after California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed in to office another relative bill. This bill was for those who illegally posses marijuana. What this bill entitles police officials to do is give out a fine of up to $100.00 for anyone who posses less than 1 ounce. These infractions will not go on to court unless the ticket is unpaid for.
A nationwide rise has been associated with the legalization of all use of marijuana. Voters are showing a 46% vote on wanting to legalize the currently illegal substance, while California voters are currently polled at 49% support. California seems as though they have taken their stance in the matter, but as a nation this comes off as an uncomfortable issue for those who just want nothing to do with it. Approximately 30% of the world consists of much higher penalty’s for marijuana possession that could lead from life in jail all the way to the death penalty.
If California does legalize the controversial subject, there is going to be many questions left unanswered. These include taxing, zoning, and many more unpredictable outcomes of this years elections and proposition votes. Until November 2nd you won’t hear the end to the marijuana controversy that seems to be either very close to people or very far away.
If Proposition 19 passes or does not it still won’t truly matter. The substance will still be illegal federally but optimistic parties call it a “step in the right direction.” Not only for recreational use, but for personal freedoms as well. If the government is telling you what you can’t put in your body, can they tell you what you can put in it?