Attempt to Legalize Marijuana in California Fails
Posted on Nov 3, 2010 in Drugs, Legislation, National Issues
The Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act, also called Proposition 19, was the latest and possibly most successful attempt to legalize marijuana. With national support for the legalization of cannabis at 46 percent, the initiative stood a fighting chance to pass.
Proposition 19 would have made it legal for adults over 21 years of age to carry at most an ounce of the drug, to consume it in nonpublic places if no children were present, and to grow it in small pots. They would have also been able to buy and consume it at licensed establishments similar to Amsterdam’s coffee houses. However, under opposition from local politicians and law enforcement officials, the initiative did not pass.
Every major newspaper, both political parties, and most leading politicians’ stance against the proposition stymied its passage, but there was some support. The state branches of both the NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens, feeling marijuana arrests unfairly targeted minorities, supported its passage along with several retired police chiefs. Younger voters were also much more open to the proposition than older generations. Majority support for the legalization of marijuana is expected within the next few years.
Until then the possession of marijuana is against the law and in New Orleans will land you in jail. If you or anyone you know has been charged with the possession of an illegal substance, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997. We can help reduce sentencing and clear your name.