Marijuana Bill Advances

The Judiciary committee approved a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana yesterday, though the bill was amended several times before it finally passed. House Minority Leader Larry Cafero spoke to the committee, however, and made this argument:

“What is the message we as legislators will send to them when we decriminalize marijuana?” Cafero asked. By reducing the penalty for carrying marijuana to what amounts to a speeding ticket, he said the legislature is sending the wrong message.
 
“It’s not a matter of efficiency or money. It’s a matter of lives,” Cafero told the committee. (Stuart)

And yet this is a road I believe we’ll eventually have to travel down. Our current drug policies don’t actually work, we need to try a different approach. Is this bill part of a better solution?

The question is likely academic. The governor vetoed a medical marijuana bill last year, and there’s no reason to think she won’t veto this one, as well, should it pass.

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10 responses to “Marijuana Bill Advances

  1. famillionaire

    I am really getting sick and tired of legislators of any party talking about the “message we are sending” on any piece of legislation. Stick to the policies because no one cares about what “message you are sending” at all. It is a policy with real world ramifications or it isn’t. But here’s a news flash for these narcissists who think every citizen is hanging on their every word and decision at the Capitol – THEY AREN’T!

    You can’t ‘send a message’ if almost no one is listening and when the few who are listening recognize that it’s all ‘just business’ and not just some grand body high on mount.

  2. CrankyYankee71

    Speeding is probably more dangerous to others that smoking a joint.

    (I have no statistics on that assumption, and reserve the right to be proved wrong.)

  3. its about time they just made pot legal. i never heard of no one getting into a car accident from smoking a joint. give me a break.

  4. Bruce Rubenstein

    famillionaire…no one knows those people except perhaps a few hundred involved in the process..its laughable that Pompous Cafero would say what he said

  5. Genghis wrote:

    The governor vetoed a medical marijuana bill last year, and there’s no reason to think she won’t veto this one, as well, should it pass.

    Which simply means that we need a new governor…

  6. and a new chief of staff, too.

  7. I am really getting sick and tired of legislators of any party talking about the “message we are sending” on any piece of legislation. Stick to the policies because no one cares about what “message you are sending” at all. It is a policy with real world ramifications or it isn’t. But here’s a news flash for these narcissists who think every citizen is hanging on their every word and decision at the Capitol – THEY AREN’T!

    Won’t somebody please think of the children?

  8. scanman1722

    its about time they just made pot legal. i never heard of no one getting into a car accident from smoking a joint. give me a break.

    This bill doesn’t “make pot legal” – it decriminalizes possession of small quantities of it intended for personal consumption. Big difference.

  9. This bill doesn’t “make pot legal” – it decriminalizes possession of small quantities of it intended for personal consumption. Big difference.

    yeah, hay thanks. i know what it does. im just saying that its time they decriminalized pot altogether. this is a good first step. we also need to keep pushing for medical marijuana and demonstrate health benefits because thats another way to open the door and get people to understand that its dumb to make pot illegal.

    i mean, this bill is cool cause i can keep a little bag on me and keep refilling the little bag from my stash at home. hell, i only need a lot when i go to concerts and parties.

    my friends and i can each carry a little, and when we get where we’re going we can roll a super fatty if there’s enough of us.

  10. its about time they just made pot legal. i never heard of no one getting into a car accident from smoking a joint. give me a break.

    Interesting screen name there fella.

    Are you the character Mark Wahlberg played in ‘Boogie Nights’?

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