Listen up, stoners!
There may be some HIGH times in the near future - and there's nothing the cops can do about it!
Marijuana advocates are expected to get as many as three pot-legalization measures voted upon in California in 2010.
And the feds are not happy!
Several polls show support for lifting the ban on marijuana, but many wonder the consequences of a measure that conflicts with federal drug laws.
California already has a thriving pot trade thanks to a 1997 measure allocating medical use of the substance, yet full legalization would mean that joints could be sold on various liquor store counters and medical dispensaries could become full service pot stores.
The most likely ballot measure to pass is also the most conservative. It would legalize one ounce of marijuana for personal use by those 21 or older. In California, if you are busted with that amount in present day, it would result in a $100 fine at most.
Although, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that federal law enforcement officials have the right to prosecute users that comply with California's medical marijuana law.
"Even though that federal ban is still in place and the federal government can enforce it, it doesn't mean the states have to follow suit," said Robert Mikos, a Vanderbilt University law professor who is well versed in the issue.
And since local and state police will not be able to legally assist the feds, who's to say they'll have time to seek out small-time users.
"It's only something the feds are going to be concerned about if you're growing tons of pot," said Rosalie Pacula, director of drug policy research at the Rand Corp. For anything less, "they don't have the resources to waste on it."
Would U vote to legalize?!