On November 2, 2010, voters in California will vote on Proposition 19. A yes vote means that the use and possession of certain amounts of marijuana by people 21 years old or older will no longer be against state law.
People who want a yes vote claim that decriminalizing pot will free up room in jails, free millions of dollars in futile efforts to enforce anti-marijana laws and will bring in millions of dollars in taxes through the regulation of marijuana.
Those who support a no vote claim that traffic deaths will increase and that the legal use of pot will lead to the use of harder drugs.
The use of marijuana for medical purposes is already legal in 14 states and the District of Columbia.
Even if California legalizes marijuana for general use, its general use is still against federal law…
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