“If California’s Prop 64 passes, no one will ever be incarcerated for marijuana again.” ~ Pusha T.
While optimistic and hopeful, that seems seriously unlikely.
Preaching to an already medicated choir, Pusha T has just released a public service announcement supporting California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act, A.K.A. Proposition 64. In the hopes of reducing recidivism and incarceration, Pusha is spreading the good word about legalization:
“Marijuana arrests are the engine that is driving the war on drugs and it’s one of the number one reasons people trying to reenter their communities are sent back to prison.” Concluding that, “I’m not a California voter, but I know when good legislation passes in the biggest state, other states will follow. And that’s an important step in ending mass incarceration around the country.”
The passage of Prop 64 would allow those of legal drinking age to personally have, transport, purchase, consume and share up to 1 ounce of marijuana and 8 grams of marijuana extracts – a.k.a. concentrates. The state anticipates saving approximately $100 million annually, thanks to its projected reduction in legal and incarceration expenditures. Prop 64 will set California up for a mountain of new marijuana-related revenue.
No doubt, a progressive piece of legislation that would ultimately reduce our overcrowded prisons, California’s Proposition 64 is not a panacea for eliminating all marijuana-related incarcerations in the Golden State. There are still several ways to screw the pooch and run afoul of the AUMA and end up facing serious incarceration … but you’ll have to work at it.