Official Title and Summary
Legalizes Marijuana Under California but not Federal Law. Permits Local Governments to Regulate and Tax Commercial Production, Distribution and Sale of Marijuana.
- 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.
- Maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired.
- Limits employers' ability to address marijuana use to situations where job performance is actually impaired.
Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact:
- The fiscal effects of this measure could vary substantially depending on: (1) the extent to which the federal government continues to enforce federal marijuana laws and (2) whether the state and local governments choose to authorize, regulate, and tax various marijuana-related activities.
- Savings of potentially several tens of millions of dollars annually to the state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders.
- Increase in state and local government tax and fee revenues, potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Peace and Freedom Party Position
Legalize marijuana ... because there is no good reason for it to be illegal. It is rarely addictive, is less harmful than tobacco and alcohol, and has well-documented medical benefits. Prohibition wastes billions of dollars and jails hundreds of thousands of non-violent people every year. The illegal drug trade breeds criminality and corruption. The "War on Drugs" damages society worse than cannabis ever could.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 October 2010 16:26