Patients needing marijuana treatment has been facing all-sorts of issues every day about their medication, as if what they are going through is not enough to give them a hard time. But once in a while some good news come their way.
One of the good news is having a bill signed in reducing offence for marijuana possession by none other than the famous Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gov. S strongly opposes Proposition 19, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, however, the good Governor made a compromise in spite of his opposition of the said proposition and that is by offering to sign a bill that would downgrade the possession of an ounce or less from misdemeanour to infraction.
Sen. Leno who wrote SB 1449, stated that it will keep marijuana related cases from going to court clogging jury trials, nevertheless, the penalty would remain a fine of up to one hundred dollars but no jail time.
Governor Arnold said that notwithstanding his opposition to Proposition 19, but he is signing this measure because possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name. In this moment where massive drastic cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket.
A lot of medical marijuana users are somewhat glad with the compromise because this would somehow give them a safe leeway on their medication. There are cases where even qualified users of medical marijuana are busted by the authorities because of these conflicting laws. The bargain made by the Governor does not solve the real problems facing medical marijuana patients, growers and collectives but at least there is a compromise.
However, not everybody agrees with the governor’s decision, it was denounced by Randy Thomasson, president of Save California.
But despite of the opposition many still believes that the governor deserves credit for sparing the state’s taxpayers the cost of minor pot offenders.
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