California Decriminalizes Marijuana
The Governator just signed a bill decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana down to the level of a parking ticket.
Those caught with less than an ounce of marijuana will still receive a maximum penalty of $100. However, Senate Bill 1449 reduces the legal categorization of marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. This means that those caught will not have to appear in court, pay court fees or receive a criminal record. Schwarzenegger opposes Proposition 19, a pending referendum that will provide a legal framework for the sale, cultivation and taxation of marijuana. However, despite this opposition, Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law.Schwarzenegger says the state simply cannot afford the expense of prosecuting those found with less than an ounce of weed.