Should personal use of marijuana be legal?
That is the question voters in California will be asked at the state’s general election on November 2, 2010. Enough valid signatures were filed with the Secretary of State to qualify for the ballot.
Under current California law, possession of an ounce of marijuana or less is a misdemeanor punishable by a $100 fine. If the ballot measure passes in November, possession of an ounce would be legal for anyone at least 21 years old. It would also be legal to grow limited amounts in your home for personal use.
Opponents of the measure argue that legalizing recreational use of the drug will increase impaired driving, crashes, injuries and fatalities. Activists in support of the change counter that taxing marijuana sales will help the state with it’s budget problems.
What are your thoughts about this? Do you consider marijuana as a safe recreational drug, with little risk of addiction? Or do you think it is a “gateway” drug to more addictive substances such as cocaine or heroin? If you were a parent, would you like to see this proposal in California pass? Why or why not?
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