Those ganja-smoking advocates in California are ramping up signature gathering efforts to put no less then three pot-legalization measures on the ballot in 2010. Will they be successful in lifting the pot prohibition this time?

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Potheads in California have pushed for the legalization of weed for a long time. Under federal law, marijuana is illegal – period – but that has hardly stopped either the production or consumption as testified by the many pot discussions we have here at Right Pundits. (Yes, you know who you are.) This summer when a series of raids destroyed more than 300,000 marijuana plants in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills, Obama’s federal drug czar Gil Kerlikowske boldly proclaimed, “Legalization is not in the president’s vocabulary, and it’s not in mine.” Oh really? I don’t think advocates wanting to change California marijuana laws with three pot legalization measures in 2010, care much about that vocabulary.

Apparently, many Californians are no longer outraged by the idea of pot legalization. At least one poll shows voters would support lifting the pot prohibition, which would make the state of 40 million the first in the nation to legalize marijuana. But many are wondering what the consequences would be since legalizing pot in California would conflict with federal drug laws.

As you know, California already has significant pot distribution, legally, thanks to a 1997 measure allocating medical use of marijuana. Should pot become legal in the state for anyone, it would most likely mean that homeowners could grow limited amounts, and local governments would decide whether to allow pot sales. Think of the possibilities: joints and dime bags could possibly be sold at 7/11 stores and those medical marijuana dispensaries could become drive-through pot shops.

So are you excited yet stoners?!

Ok. According to this report, 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 today, you would most likely receive a $100 fine at most.

From a political standpoint, legalizing marijuana fits into both the Republican libertarians world as well as that of progressive Democrats. Many are saying the efforts to change California marijuana laws through three Pot Legalization Measures in 2010 may just work this time around. Frankly, there’s a lot of money that can be made by marijuana growers and the people who run municipalities who could tax the crop. For a bankrupt state like California, this is an attractive honey pot, so to speak. By the way, we have great photos and a video below so check them out!

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