Nationally, all eyes are on California, where an initiative is headed to the November 2010 ballot that would allow localities to control, tax and regulate marijuana cultivation, distribution and sales. Organizers have collected well over the required signatures, assuring them of a place on the ballot. The most recent Field poll puts voter support at 56 percent.
If the initiative passes, it will not legalize marijuana; rather, it will merely repeal the state prohibition laws, leaving marijuana illegal under federal law. Thus California voters will have deftly ceded sole responsibility and burden of suppressing marijuana to federal authorities.
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Police spokesman Lt. Michael Peraino said some marijuana users are not hiding the drug and are savvy enough to know they have less than an ounce.