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GOP Governor Promotes Recreational Marijuana Debate

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (via sfgate.com):


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday the time is right to debate legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California.

The governor's comments were made as support grows nationwide for relaxing pot laws and only days after a poll found that for the first time a majority of California voters back legal marijuana. Also, a San Francisco legislator has proposed regulating and taxing marijuana to bring the state as much as $1.3 billion a year in extra revenue.

Schwarzenegger was cautious when answering a reporter's question Tuesday about whether the state should regulate and tax the substance, saying it was not time to go that far.

But, he said: "I think it's time for debate. I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues - I'm always for an open debate on it."

The governor said that California should look to the experiences of other nations around the world in relaxing laws on marijuana.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, has introduced a bill to regulate marijuana like alcohol, with people over 21 years old allowed to grow, buy, sell and possess cannabis - all of which are barred by federal law.

He wants the tax revenue.

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Comments (9)

Doubting Thomas:

The way things are going in CA, they're going to have to legalize everything down to crack and then tax the hell out of it in order to stay solvent.

Of course, they COULD just cut spending... nah - that'd be ridiculous!

Lee Ward:

All of these years with a republican in the governor's office has really screwed california.

Absolutely no question a Democrat will be elected next time around.


lee, given the political landscape in cali, i'd say that all the years of democrats in power in the state house were more to blame than the years of republicans in the governor's mansion. but, there is enough blame to go around for cali's current fiscal problems.

i also don't doubt that a democrat can, and indeed may, win the next election. but i also don't doubt that such an outcome will cause even more of an exodus of business out of the state given how unfriendly the state is to business.

Doubting Thomas:

Sure, drive the stake in even deeper. Remind me - which party controls the State House and Senate? And has, for quite some time?

You're seeing a major problem in people moving OUT of California at this point - and it's not the folks dependent on government handouts that are going elsewhere. I don't think getting a Democrat in, raising taxes and raising benefits is going to change their minds and make 'em stay.

More are moving out of California than in - Los Angeles Times

For a fourth year in a row, residents moving to other states outnumber arrivals from other states, a trend that underscores the sour economy.


During the last fiscal year, 135,173 more people moved out of California than moved in from other states. Though just a drop in the bucket for a state of 38 million people, the trend remains significant because such declines usually occur when working Californians decide better opportunities lie elsewhere.
Looks to me like they're voting with their feet. A wall keeping people from escaping to Arizona, Nevada and Oregon may be in order soon.

On preview - what Ke said...


Umm, Arnold S is a Republican? Based on your definition of "Republican", I guess. Ha.

Legalizing weed and a lot more will be Obama's permanent marks on America (unless he is a hypocrite). And his only positive legacy.

His other smudges wil be her downfall. Our sovereignty is waining. Mark my words.


Lee Ward:

If Schwarzenegger succeeds in legalizing pot in California it's a reflection on President Obama?

Is that black man making you lose any sense you used to have prior to the 2008 elections, Reagan?


There already is a Democrat in the Governor's mansion. The governator's wife.


and trust lee to bring race into the discussion.


If President Obama fails to decriminalize marijuana (at the very least, and other drugs as well), especially IF a "conservative" politician beats him to the punch and blazes a trail for him to easily follow, then, yes, it would reflect poorly on him.

If pot and coke are so horrible, how can I argue that case to a young adult when confronted with President Obama's choice to use them both as a young man? He turned out okay, didn't he? He shouldn't apologize for his drug use. He should wrap his mind around the problem. The financial toll. The foreign threat consequences via gangs and crime syndicates. The lost tax revenue. The untold millions squandered fighting it. The untold psychological damage done to people who fear drugs rather than establish control over them. The cruel and inhumane punishment people suffer when convicted of bullshit pot or even coke possesion/sales/distribution. I mean really, Rape? I bet any one of them would pay big money to transfer to Gitmo. There are a lot of things to discuss re: the legalization of drugs.

One war I do protest is the failed war on drugs. There are just too many reasons to legalize a lot of drugs. There are a number of facets to put on paper and weigh out. But when it's all ciphered out, legalization is a step in the right direction.

Obama being Mulatto has nothing to do with it, bud. It's about fucking time our Country elected someone other than a white man to Office of the President of the United States of America.

And yes, I used "blazes" and "bud" intentionally.


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