Lee is organizing a petition drive to place a marijuana legalization measure on the ballot in 2010, and he thinks the measure stands a good chance of being approved by voters. A recent California Field Poll showed that more than half the people in the state, where marijuana for medical use was approved more than a decade ago, would approve of decriminalizing pot. A substantial number of Californians seem to believe that no amount of enforcement is going to make pot go away -- and that it's time for the state to begin taking a cut of the action. The state's faltering economy is one reason why. If legalized, marijuana could become California's No. 1 cash crop. It could bring in an estimated $1 billion a year in state taxes.
Democratic State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is spearheading a cannabis legalization bill in the California Assembly. He believes the state's need to increase tax revenues will work in his bill's favor. But Ammiano says selling a legalized marijuana bill to his fellow legislators remains a delicate matter. "If we held the vote in the hallway, we'd have it done," Ammiano says. "But people are necessarily cautious. They are up for re-election." And that is why Lee believes voters will approve a marijuana initiative long before the state Assembly acts.
TPJ: Politicians are such cowards--they all know it should be legal but sacrifice our personal liberties to continue their power trip. Go California!! It would be fitting for California to break the green ceiling and become the first state to legalize marijuana in America. You have long been on the cutting edge of progressive politics and we need you to lead once again. You might not personally like smoking pot but this is America and if we have the right to drink then we sure as shit deserve the right to smoke pot, which has never directly caused any deaths. That can't be said of alcohol. This is America after all--the land of the free!!! One more think to think about, prohibition didn't work for alcohol and it sure as shit isn't working with pot. Legalize and tax it--It's the American way.
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