Well, it has been worse.......possession of a marijuana roach in past decades got you serious
prison time (just ask Tim Leary).........well, finally governor Schwarzennegger signed S B 1449,
which just changed California cannabis punishment. It is NO LONGER A MISDEMEANOR TO
POSSESS LESS THAN ONE OUNCE OF marijuana! I did see a few blue monkeys flying
yesterday, come to think of it.
However, the bad news is, it (possession of a plant material as described above) is still sort
of a crime---if noted by a police officer, you can be given a $100 fine and an "infraction." The
least bad part of this is that you will not have to have a trial, deal with attorneys, DA's who
want a conviction (any conviction on as many charges as can be piled on) or end up with any
Yet, from my "less than ecstatic attitude" so far, you can guess I am nonplussed. I was told
apparently erroneously, when I MOVED to California in 1991, that this was ALREADY the law
(infraction + $100 fine)--obviously someone lied to me. I am glad there is now less penalty, but
am DAMN ANGRY that it took seventy-four years (74 goddamn years of civil persecution,
jailing, ruining of lives/families/reputations, and intense suffering!! Goddamn, goddamn!) to
remedy this horrific miscarriage of "justice!" Fuck!