California Could “Spark” Nationwide Pot Push

March 30, 2010 – A voter initiative that would legalize the possession and sale of marijuana has qualified for the November ballot in California, a move that could “spark” a nationwide push to legalize the recreational drug.

Recent polls show that a majority of Californians support legalizing and taxing pot.

“This is a watershed moment in the decades-long struggle to end marijuana prohibition in this country,” said the leader of the Drug Policy Alliance (the group that’s supporting the initiative). “Banning marijuana outright has been a disaster, fueling a massive, increasingly brutal underground economy, wasting billions in scarce law enforcement resources and making criminals out of countless law-abiding citizens.”

Amen to that.

As we’ve noted on many previous occasions, America’s “War on Drugs” is a joke, people, unless of course you enjoy watching your money being poured down the toilet.

Nationally, we’re spending more than $50 billion a year to arrest and incarcerate more than 1.8 million people – again, each year.  Of those arrests, 900,000 are marijuana-related charges – and nearly ninety percent of those are “simple possession” charges.

It’s ludicrous.

Anyway, the initiative easily cleared the 433,971 valid signatures required to make the ballot – clocking in just shy of the 700,000 mark according to a random sampling conducted by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

California previously decriminalized the medical use of marijuana via the passage of a state law in 1996.  Seven years later, a ballot measure permitted the drug to be cultivated and sold to patients with prescriptions.

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