December 28th, 2009
November ballot had enough votes backing marijuana legalization in California. Even people who do not smoke are pro legalization; for example, retired Orange County Judge Jim Gray is also “saying Yes to pot.” As a legislative worker, judge Gray sees no point in spending so many resources, including money, on dealing with marijuana-related crimes, but rather concentrating on putting all the force into other areas.
According to a recent poll, 56% of California residents are pro marijuana legalization. It is actually just about legal already – just consider the number of doctors that recommend marijuana use for various medical purposes! So, like dealing with alcohol, all that’s needed – a regulated control. This will not only lower the crime rate, but also will increase state’s revenue obtained through taxes.
Judge Gray is not a smoker, but has advocated for a long period of time a better use of the resources that are being “wasted” on investigation, prosecution and incarceration. Gray has been asked to be a spokesman for the initiative, and he will be debating L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley on various marijuana matters January 19 at the California Club.
Cities and counties could permit the gardening and retail of marijuana and tax it under the initiative, which would also make it legal for anyone over 21 to possess an ounce and grow pot for private use. It is estimated that about $1.3 billion in tax revenue could be raised each year within the state.
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