This seems positive:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday that the discussion over whether to legalize and tax marijuana for recreational use in California would benefit from a large-scale study, including international case comparisons, to show the possible impact of such a change.
Pressure to mend the state’s fractured budget along with growing public support of marijuana legalization moved him to support such a study, Mr. Schwarzenegger said.
“I think it’s time for a debate,” he said. “I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues; I’m always for an open debate on it. And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs. What effect did it have on those countries?”
I was watching Real Time With Bill Maher on the DVR last night, and Barney Frank and Fareed Zakaria were the guests. Apparently, Frank is introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana, which shocked me, but according to the google, this is in fact the case. This strikes me as particularly good news.
One other thing- Zakaria, someone I genuinely think is interesting and who has a great show, really, really pissed me off during that show. While Maher and Frank were discussing marijuana, Zakaria kept snickering and rolling his eyes and acting like it was a joke, and basically giving the ‘Oh you crazy dopers’ looks at the audience, and it was infuriating. It was also when I realized how wrong I was in March when President Obama dismissed the marijuana question that was freeped to the top of his online town hall. I still think it was a stupid thing to do (freeping the poll), but I understand now why so many of you were pissed at Obama. We’re never going to get anywhere if everyone keeps treating this as a joke, and millions of people locked up for nothing just isn’t funny.
I get it now.