In California we practice popular democracy through Propositions on which we vote.
In November, Prop 19 will be decided by such a popular vote. If passed, Prop 19 will essentially legalize marijuana in California.
Preliminary polls show the "Yes" vote (to legalize) ahead 49% to 42%, and growing. At this point, it looks like California will legalize pot.
Politicians are against it, you can imagine the Fraternal Order of Police's opinion.
The people, however, are for it. I am for it, also, and will vote to legalize it.
The USA has more people in prison than any country. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04...prison.12253738.html
Many of our prisoners are in for drug, and specifically marijuana, convictions. This is madness.
Are we finally growing up?
Alabama has relatively harsh laws regarding grass. Poke around here to see: http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=4516
You can actually get life in prison in Alabama for dealing weed. Alabama does get credit for one thing, the penalty for 1 gram or 999 grams is the same.
Do you think your college-age citizens really deserve the punishments they can get in Alabama?
Look at the carnage in Mexico. A failing country has been ravaged by narcotrafficantes. All they do is supply America with drugs, mostly marijuana.
Legalize it, grow your own legally, tax retail sales of pot. Imagine pot plantations to the horizon. Put the narcotrafficantes out of business.
Keep people out of prison for weed.
It's time, don't you think?