California Prop 19: legalized pot coming to the California ballot in November

From the California’s Secretary of State’s web site:

Proposition 19 Changes California Law to Legalize Marijuana and Allow It to Be Regulated and Taxed.

Qualified: 03/24/10 Proponents: Richard Seib Lee and Jeffrey Wayne Jones (510) 208-4554

Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older. Prohibits people from possessing marijuana on school grounds, using it in public, smoking it while minors are present, or providing it to anyone under 21 years old. Maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Savings of up to several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Unknown but potentially major tax, fee, and benefit assessment revenues to state and local government related to the production and sale of marijuana products.


Two different polls, in April and a year ago, show support at 56%….if they get out and vote.

While no fan of the taxing part of the measure, with California in such a deep deep financial crisis, that may persuade some voters to support legalizing pot, that might not otherwise do so.

It’s sure a nice feeling when the Libertarian Party is on the right side of an issue, while also being on the popular side. And with the R’s and D’s on the unpopular side and the wrong side.

Sweet………….Mark Hinkle, LNC Chair