Up in Smoke? California Voters Consider Legalizing Marijuana

Californians will vote on whether they want to legalize and tax marijuana sales this fall. The measure gained more than the required votes to be put on the ballot. If passed, the new law would allow adults over 21 to posses up to an ounce for personal use. It would also allow individuals to grow up to 25 square feet of marijuana per residence/parcel. Currently, possessing one ounce or less in California is only considered a misdemeanor crime with a $100 fine.

Proponents of the plan believe taxing marijuana is a great way to increase revenue, and to reduce the influence of foreign drug cartels in the state. They also note that misdemeanor arrests have dramatically risen in the past 20 years, and argue this is a waste of taxpayer money.

Measure to legalize marijuana will be on California’s November ballot | Los Angeles Times

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