An attempt to amend the constitution of California to legalize marijuana is on.
It will provide "for the lawful growth, sale, and possession
of marijuana. Marijuana will be taxed through a system of stamps and
licenses--a $5 stamp will be required for the sale of an eighth ounce
of marijuana and a $50 annual license will be required for the growth of one
marijuana plant. To protect participants and encourage participation in the
system, such licenses and stamps will be available anonymously in
stores where marijuana is sold. "
Aside from allowing all willing adults to be able to buy
weed easily, this initiative will start to generate revenue for California, and
stimulate our struggling economy. More weed stores means more jobs for
Californians, more taxes to be collected, and more people enjoying better weed,
its proponents say.
As a smoking substance, marijuana is far less
addictive or harmful to the health of the people than tobacco, they argue.
Also, as with alcohol prohibition, the prohibition
of marijuana has only increased the harms associated with the use of marijuana: criminals control a multi-billion dollar market, crime and violence have
increased greatly, and poverty, unemployment, and corruption flourish, while
otherwise law-abiding marijuana smokers are treated as "criminals"
subject to detention, arrest, and incarceration, even though they have not
harmed the rights of anyone-That the history of marijuana prohibition is a
history of repeated injuries and infringements upon the inalienable rights,
powers, and best interests of the people.
Despite the harms of marijuana prohibition, politicians
persist in imposing and upholding marijuana prohibition, because these
politicians are not working for the people--they are working for the corporate executives
who financed their campaigns, corporates who stand to profit by such
bans, marijuana activists claim.
The harm from marijuana prohibition is ongoing and the need
for relief is urgent, they stress.
They need 694,354 signatures by September, 5, 2008 for the
idea to be put before the people in a referendum.