Marijuana moves to an infraction

catherinejanem's picture

Check out this article :

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/10/01/state/n12154...

 

 

Does this have repercussions for public safety in San Francisco?  Or is it a long overdue move?

Ben Shore's picture

Long overdue

I think in the decade and a half since the "war on drugs" was launched, we now have a fairly clear idea about it's success or failure. And it has been an utter, utter failure. There are hard drugs out there that hurt individuals, families and communities and there needs to be preventative measures put in place to deal with those. But marijuana simply does not fit that category. In a time when our neighbor across the Bay is forced to fire 80 police officers, shouldn't we re-prioritize a bit? The amount of money it takes to fight and prosecute marijuana "crime" could so easily be spent elsewhere, like retaining police and finding real criminals. Bottom line, it's a plant. It comes from the ground. We're not prosecuting people who sell or buy roses. Look at Amsterdam where they often have to CLOSE DOWN prisons because they don't have enough inmates. Decriminalizing is smart, efficient, cost-saving and good for the overall public safety.

Bernadette's picture

I think that this has the

I think that this has the ability to incite positive changes in the state and nationwide if handled properly.  For example, if marijuana were made legal, it could then be taxed just like alcohol and cigarettes.  That would provide a lot of much-needed revenue!  Furthermore, if marijuana use was legal, there could be a more open sphere of communication about the positive and negative effects of the drug and, more importantly, information on responsible use!  We have so much information about blood-alcohol levels and ways to drink responsibly, but with marijuana being illegal, information on use, much less responsible use, is not widely available!  As with all aspects of life that require decisions, information and education are probably the most important!

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