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U.S. Congresswoman Considers Marijuana Legalization in Calif.

| by NORML

Politicians these days just can’t seem to stop talking about pot — and for the first time in decades, this is a good thing!

No longer are lawmakers’ marijuana-centric conversation based upon the notion of penalizing cannabis consumers. Today,
an unprecedented number of politicians are contemplating a society that
is no longer bound by the chains of marijuana prohibition.

Speaking live on CNN
this morning, California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez cited the west
coast’s majority support for regulating cannabis like alcohol — as
acknowledged by NORML’s recent Zogby poll — and called for a statewide “pilot program” to objectively assess the impact of cannabis legalization upon adult society.

“Well, certainly, I have seen in my own state of California, people
over and over voting … [on] the whole issue of marijuana,” Sanchez
said. “So maybe it would be a good pilot program to see how
that regulation of marijuana might happen in California since the …
majority of Californians believe maybe that should happen.”

Sanchez’s comments come two weeks after the introduction of proposed state legislation, AB 390: the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act, which seeks to tax and regulate the adult sales of cannabis in California. So far, thousands of members of the cannabis community, as well as several pundits from the mainstream press, have voiced their support for AB 390. Are lawmakers listening?

U.S. Representative Sanchez most certainly is — and she’s not alone.

If you are reading this blog, then you already know that cannabis prohibition is a fraud and a failure. You
know these facts, but today millions of your friends and neighbors —
and even many of your elected officials — are just now waking up to
these truths. And they, like Congresswoman Sanchez, are becoming more
and more outspoken in their criticisms of prohibition. Let’s encourage them to keep talking.

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