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California Attorney General: Marijuana Legalization Is Inevitable

California Kamala Harris
(via wikipedia)

Marijuana legalization in California is long overdue. California had the chance to legalize marijuana during the 2010 Election, however, the initiative failed. Since then, there have been many reasons that marijuana legalization efforts haven’t happened in California. The main ones I always point out is that California will be by far the most expensive state to run a successful campaign in, and there are too many competing efforts each election cycle. Unless everyone works together, marijuana legalization will be very hard to achieve in California.

But despite the reasons that California hasn’t legalized yet, many believe that legalization is inevitable. This is a view that is even shared by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Per Buzz Feed:

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a rising star in the Democratic Party, says she’s “not opposed” to her state legalizing marijuana.

“I am not opposed to the legalization of marijuana. I’m the top cop, and so I have to look at it from a law enforcement perspective and a public safety perspective,” Harris told BuzzFeed News in an interview in Washington, D.C. “I think we are fortunate to have Colorado and Washington be in front of us on this and figuring out the details of what it looks like when it’s legalized.”

“We’re watching it happen right before our eyes in Colorado and Washington. I don’t think it’s gonna take too long to figure this out,” Harris said. “I think there’s a certain inevitability about it.”

I really, really hope that California legalizes marijuana during the 2016 Election, or even better, during the next legislative session. If the California Legislature legalized marijuana, it would save a ton of money, time, and effort for the reform community, and would give California’s Legislature influence over the process. Until California legalizes marijuana, it will always be seen as a ‘top prize’ for marijuana activists.

  • mark_lee481 BSHA

    California paved the way, it deserves to be first. I was just happy to discover that a collection of Iowa city councilmembers are willing to join forces to use their ‘Home Rule” charters to begin the process of medical cards, preventative cards, and massive decriminalization. I am armed for the governor as his son used to do his cannabis business far out of town, with one of my collective members.
    He was continually drunk as well as stoned which is why we thought he was over 18. He would talk about the governor, but we thought he was telling tall ones. Until he avoided arrest in possession of a 1/4 lb. and Scotch whisky, when he believed he was on a 4 lane road and killed a family. All of a sudden, and without spending a night in jail, our governor created a citation charge (only used once in Iowa history) to keep him out of prison. A few weeks later, he was arrested driving with booze and cannabis again; highly impaired on the combination. The governor sent him to a Missouri military school for two weeks. Today he owns a bar in Des Moines. Then his big mouth about the governor’s office took on a whole new look as these things, against troubled farmers, came true. He was far more interested in industry than agriculture.
    I wish I could find the brain surgeon who decided to elect him again, 10 years later. He blabbed enough to us that when the council moves on the cannabis issue I will have them well prepared to fight him into the corner as he has not changed his view of one law for him and his family, and one for the rest of us.

    • Brendan Lounsbery

      Wait. What?

  • pkr8ch

    It’s good to hear the attorney general say this. One thing I really agree on is we need to unite in the effort to get it legalized here in California, last time around I think there were 3 different campaigns and a lot of wasted money.