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Getting Pot On The Ballot

Folks are getting really serious about putting marijuana on the ballot in California this fall:
On Wednesday, Los Angeles County elections officials must turn in their count of valid signatures collected in the county on a statewide legalization initiative. The number is virtually certain to be enough to qualify the initiative for the November ballot, according to a tally kept by state election officials.

That will once again make California the focal point of the long-stewing argument over marijuana legalization, a debate likely to be a high-dollar brawl between adversaries who believe it could launch or stifle another national trend.
So, what is really at stake?
The 10-page California initiative would allow anyone 21 or older to possess, share and transport up to an ounce for personal use and to grow up to 25 square feet per residence or parcel. It would allow local governments, but not the state, to authorize the cultivation, transportation and sale of marijuana and to impose taxes to raise revenues.
For it or against it (I'm for it), nobody can deny that California could use the money that would be generated in taxes... hell, I would argue that the all-around legalization and taxation of marijuana could would help to re-invigorate our nation's economy.

I'm just sayin'...