Governor Schwarzenegger Says He Welcomes Debate Over Legalizing Marijuana

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Governor Schwarzenegger says he welcomes debate over a proposal to legalize marijuana…or any other plan that would create revenue for the state… 
“I think that we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs. What affect did it have on those countries and are they happy with that decision…”
Schwarzenegger says he’s been talking with officials in European countries where pot is legal.  He says they have mixed reviews. 
Meantime, state lawmakers are considering a bill that would decriminalize marijuana for personal use in California. 
A bill by assemblymember Tom Ammiano (ah-me-AH-no) of San Francisco would allow an individual to possess up to ten plants and a “pot tax” would be paid to the state.
That bill gets its first review in a legislative committee this fall.