California Action Alert: Schwarzenegger Must Decide Marijuana Infraction Measure Next Week!

Outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Thursday, September 30, to decide the fate of Senate Bill 1449which would reduce adult marijuana possession charges from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil infraction. That gives reformers one final week to lobby for this sensible reform. If you have not yet contacted the Governor in support of this historic legislation, please do so today.

Senate Bill 1449 amends the California Health and Safety Code so that the adult possession of up to 28.5 grams of marijuana is classified as an infraction, punishable by no more than a $100 fine — no court appearance, no court costs, and no criminal record.

Passage of bill would save the state millions of dollars in court costs by keeping minor marijuana offenders out of court. The number of misdemeanor pot prosecutions has surged in recent years, reaching 61,388 in 2008. Adults who consume marijuana responsibly are not part of the crime problem, and the state should stop treating them like criminals.

Governor Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has vetoed several different marijuana law reform bills in the past. Therefore, if you live in California, it is vital that you please e-mail or call Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office and urge him to sign SB 1449 into law. For your convenience, a pre-written letter will be e-mailed to the Governor when you visit NORML’s ‘Take Action’ Center here.

40 thoughts

  1. If Gov. Schwarzenegger, after having smoked many times himself in the past, does not sign SB 1449 into law he will lose every tiny bit of respect from me. Not that he would care about that, but I think he will be committing political suicide for himself and his party.

  2. Please Governor Scwarzenegger! Don’t veto this bill! SIGN IT AND HELP YOUR STATE RECOVER FROM ITS DEBT!! Get to the Choppa, and sign it already :D!!!!

  3. This is awesome! If Schwarznegger vetoes, more people will vote on prop. 19. This is something he surely will consider, and therefore consider to pass the bill. Double check! Bigger chance for victory and liberation!

    However, I encourage everyone to vote on prop. 19 in any case 🙂

    My faith is strong, even though I live across the globe. The movement in US politics these couple of years will influence the world greatly, and you/the people deserve all the credit for seeing and speaking truth, and being oriented towards justice! Keep up!

    Greetings from Norway

  4. actually, i think it may be a good thing if he didn’t pass this bill. it could liven the legalization moment up quite a bit for november, wheras, if he passed it, it may pacify a substantial percentage of the legalization movement – thus they could become less interested in even voting this november.

  5. He’s not going to sign it because it looks ike the voters are going to say yes to prop 19 anyway, so why get involved?

  6. Do IT Aronld!!! Sign IT!! What if he was arrested, years ago? His political career would have never happened. Sort of like most of us. If we get arrested, our career’s won’t happen.

  7. Oh ye of little faith . I already told you in advance that he will not sign it .

    http://www.arnoldwatch.org/special_interests/index.html

    I also told you in advance or from day one that D.A.T. & recently i told you Corporations were the force behind prohibition but ye still choose not to believeth me .Does thou art needeth to see things in writing before tho hast believeth me ?

    http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/marijuana/beer-lobby-gives-10000-to-no-o/

    I also told you that we are fighting Satan & many of ye laugh & not believeth me . Those that are responsible for ( murders ) genocide , lies & deception surely have taken the Front seat with the mighty Satan himself and Satan the Devil
    is ; Spirit that dwells over the Earth .

    ” I know him ( God ) and does not keep his commandments is a liar & the truth is not in him ”
    1 John 2:4

    Marijuana a plant that will save the World & is a gift of God because God loves us …. ” then God saw everything that he made and indeed it was very good ”
    Genesis 1;26-31

    Regarding the prohibitionists ;

    ” For the hearts of this people have grown dull . Their ears are hard of hearing and their eyes have closed “.
    Matthew 13;15

    ” Then i saw an angel coming down from heaven , having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand . He laid hold of the dragon , that serpent of old , who is the Devil and Satan and bound him for a thousand years ; and he cast him into the bottomless pit and shut him up and set a seal on him so that he should decieve the Nations no more ” .
    Revelation 20; 1-3

  8. Thou maketh a mistake The last paragraph is right but , Revelation 20; 1-3 is wrong .
    I ask thou forgiveness for putting in the wrong chapter just as God would forgiveth you .( i tooketh that chapter ( Revelation 20 ; 1-3 )from a Christian magazine who made the original mistake )

  9. The Good News Magazine Sept. – Oct. 2010 putteth in some of the wrong Chapters & slightly altered some words . My words endeth after ” Spirit that dwells over the Earth ” . Most all else was taken from this Magazine , but you get the point don’t you ?

    For THE TRUTH DOCTOR does not speaketh of lies .

  10. He won’t sign. He’ll let it just quietly pass without any affirmative endorsement from himself. Less political ramifications that way.

  11. Six Days, what passes through the mind and soul of Governor Schwarzenegger ?

    36 million people gather to testify, with a vote

    Proposition 19 Declares Human Emancipation

  12. Today I heard Rush Limbaugh say on the air that prop 19 will win and legalizing pot is inevitable; its just going to happen when we get some politicians with balls.

  13. He’ll sign it. But we’ve been down this road before…1979, decrim. They LIKE decrim, because it’s easy to increase penalties on something that’s already (or still) illegal, and quite another thing to take something legalized by popular demand and make it illegal. When Popppy Bush got into office and threatened to lift federal highway funds from states with decrim laws, the decrim laws dissolved like tiolet paper in the rain.
    I don’t support decrim, I don’t support this measure, it’s a cheap ploy to take the wind out of prop 19’s sails. Vote prop 19, and we don’t have to wait for the muscle-bound hypocrite to sign ANYTHING. As for this….been there, done that, and we already know how that movie ends, thanks.

  14. Gather and Be Strong

    The End of Cannabis prohibition is the beginning

    The Man who sits on your shoulder

    Will quickly jump off

    May I offer a prayer and some thoughts

    Eternity is Forever

  15. Schwarzeneggar, regardless of what he does here, is an active proponent and agent of the drug war and is of the most particularly heinous and backstabbing kind since he advocates the criminalization of activities he participated in that he never had to face criminal sanctions for.

    I don’t care what he does with this bill, it doesn’t make him any more respectable until he apologizes to all of the families that he has helped ruin.

    I am thankful, however, that he never had to experience that horror. Even though it may change him, I will never wish upon others the same horrors that I and many others have experienced.

  16. ………Just a recap folks ;
    Those out in California are not to vote for , Meg Whitman . She said she’ll repeal the will of the voters if Prop. 19 passes .( then she should repeal the will of the voters if she gets elected )Jerry Brown’s camp said they would endorse or back the will of the people when it passes .
    ……………and don’t forget to get up your boycott of ” Kellogs ” products . Last time i went shopping i saw one row of Kellogs corn flakes not bought & two rows of General Mills – half empty ( so. Cali. ) .

  17. I emailed the Guv even though I do not live in Cali, sad for me to say. I hope that he does the right thing this time and does not play the hypocrite, because he smoked it too. Pot is non-toxic, cannot cause physical addiction, and is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. What more needs to be said? Legalize it already! Stop sending people to prison for something that is better than booze! This is the United States of America we are talking about!

  18. I predict he will let it die and not sign.

    Political calculus says he has nothing to gain, saying the people will decide with Prop 19, and can only lose (and he has vetoed marijuana reform bills in the past).

    If he does sign, it is hard to predict whether it is a good thing or not…

  19. The prohibitionists have chosen to ride on the very front seat with the mighty Satan driving himself with their many lies , causing genocide , bearing false witness while decieving the Nations & anyone that they can snare .

    We who taketh the side of GOD with

    truth beware for i have told you…

    ” Your enemy the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour . Resist him , standing firm in your faith . Because you know that your brothers throughout the World are undergoing the same kind of sufferings ” . Peter 1- 5 ; 8

    Ye shall be persecuted & some of you shall be put into chains and Cast into Prison for merely possessing this medicine , a gift of GOD rather then worship the Beast and Satan called the Devil & what he has made . And some of ye will be killed because we are of righteousness & truth and that of GOD .

    Genesis 1 – 31
    And there was evening and there was morning – the sixth day .

    Genesis 1 – 29
    Then God said ,” i give you every seed – bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that fruit with seed in it “.

  20. Not looking likely that the governor will pass the bill. Will he veto it? Not sure. Just did a google search on marijuana news and Arnold and it pops up showing that Arnold is angry at the unions for supporting Prop 19. I fear even if Prop 19 passes, the Federal government will move in and try to make things difficult as they always do…..but we all(not just California) need this prop to pass. The government knows we the people want marijuana decriminalized. Do they care?—that’s the question with the usual answer(no).

  21. Chis wrote: “I fear even if Prop 19 passes, the Federal government will move in and try to make things difficult as they always do…”

    Totally agree. If Prop 19 passes it will not be the end of marijuana prohibition in California or the US. But hopefully it will be the beginning of the end.

    “There comes a time when time itself is ready for a change.” I pray we are there.

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