Marijuana possession in California now like speeding ticket

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October 2, 2010 05:50

 
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SAN FRANCISCO – A new law makes possessing up to an ounce of marijuana in California no more serious than getting a speeding ticket  — a development both sides battling over a marijuana legalization ballot measure hope to exploit with the vote just a month away.

The law signed late Thursday by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reduces possession of an ounce or less of pot from a misdemeanor to an infraction with a maximum punishment of a $100 fine.

Even as a misdemeanor, possession of up to an ounce was still punishable only by a $100 fine and no jail time. But offenders also faced arrest, a possible court appearance and a criminal record.

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