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Legalizing Marijuana for all of California? Schwarzenegger says it's 'Time for Debate'

Governor Schwarzenegger on marijuana legalization
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It looks like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken the debate over marijuana to whole a new level, the Sacramento Bee reports:

The governor was asked about a recent Field Poll [.pdf] showing that 56 percent of registered voters support legalizing and taxing marijuana to raise revenues for cash-strapped California. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, has proposed legislation that would legalize the drug for recreational use, rather than just medical purposes. "Well, I think it's not time for that, but I think it's time for a debate," Schwarzenegger said. "I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues, I'm always for an open debate on it. And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect did it have on those countries?"

It's funny how the need for government revenue can so easily change policy, or at least beget serious discussions.

Last summer, a petition floated around trying to get that very debate put on one of the state's ballots. So far, no news on that front, but this looks like it will cure that effort.