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Governor Signs Bill Reducing Possession of an Ounce or Less of Pot to an Infraction

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, October 1, 2010

Getting caught with an ounce or less of marijuana used to mean possible jail time in California. Starting in January, it'll be more like getting a speeding ticket.

The governor's spokesman, Aaron McLear says it's still illegal to possess marijuana without a medical license. But he says having such a minor offense as a misdemeanor costs the state too much.

"What this will do is make sure the money that we have in the Court system is steered toward more serious crimes than a small amount of pot."

A group that supports the legalization of recreational pot use, the Drug Policy Alliance, says the bill removes the stamp of criminality for low level possession. 

But the group Save California dot com criticized the move. They say removing the misdemeanor label makes it easier for kids to get addicted to pot.
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