California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed late Thursday a new law, Senate Bill 1449 that makes possessing up to an ounce of marijuana in California by an adult no more serious than getting a speeding ticket and a one hundred dollars penalty and no jail time.

“I am signing this measure because possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name,” said Schwarzenegger. “The only difference is that because it is a misdemeanor, a criminal defendant is entitled to a jury trial and a defense attorney. 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.”

This California decriminalization bill would save substantial taxpayer money that goes out in court costs. More than sixty thousand Californians were arrested, given a court date, and then fined a hundred bucks last year for illegal marijuana possession. The governor stated that this is simply too costly for the state.

“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,” Schwarzenegger added.

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