The Push For Pot

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:11pm

Will California's Proposition 19 legalize marijuana?

The debate over marijuana has "sparked-up" again in California.

Voters will decide next Tuesday if California should allow recreational users 21 and older to smoke pot legally.

An unlikely support group, Moms For Prop 19, says making it legal could actually "weed out" problems in schools.

"We have an opportunity to have safer communities and, in fact, control cannabis away from our kids, if we simply choose to regulate and tax cannabis," says spokesperson Dale Jones.

It would generate revenue that cash-strapped California desperately needs right now.

Backers say passing the bill would allow police to focus on more serious crimes, ease tensions along the Mexican border and even provide more jobs.

Still, an overwhelming majority of law officers and government officials say those supporting the measure are just "blowing smoke".

Police argue they don't go after those already smoking in their homes.

"If you want to do a marijuana joint in your house, there isn't anyway in the world we in law enforcement care," says Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.

State leaders point out a strong letter from Attorney General Eric Holder indicates if the measure passes the federal government won't look the other way like it has with the state's approved use of medical marijuana, which means even if Prop 19 passes next Tuesday the debate over marijuana use is likely to "roll on."
 

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