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nia Marijuana Initiative. Amorphia became the for the right of all adults to use marijuana.
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Why California NORML Supports Marijuana Reform
Costs of Marijuana Prohibition in California
Californians consume about $3 - $6 billion of
Marijuana accounted for 13,548 felony and marijuana per year. It is estimated that a legally
51,838 misdemeanor arrests in California in 2006, taxed and regulated market could generate
California NORML, a state chapter of the at a cost to the state of over $160 million. some $1 - $2 billion in revenues.
National Organization for the Reform of There were 1,419 marijuana prisoners in state The war on marijuana has disrupted the
Marijuana Laws, is a non-proﬁt organization prison as of June, 2007, - an increase of over peace of our wilderness with CAMP helicopters
dedicated to reforming California’s marijuana 1300% since 1980. Many more oﬀenders are in and driven the market into the hands of street
laws. Our mission is to establish the right of county jails and federal prisons. dealers and foreign smugglers.
adults to use cannabis legally. We are the The CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana The war on marijuana has deprived us of an
only state organization devoted specifically Planting) helicopter program eradicated a re- economically valuable crop, cannabis hemp,
to marijuana reform. We publish a newsletter, cord 2.9 million plants in 2007. The estimated a productive source of oil, ﬁber, protein and
lobby lawmakers, sponsor events, oﬀer legal, value of the destroyed crop was $11.6 billion biomass.
educational, and consumer health advice, and — enough to qualify as an economic disaster.
sponsor scientiﬁc research. Cal NORML maintains
a separate membership and ﬁnancial base from California’s Failed War on Pot In its 1990 annual report, the California Re-
national NORML. search Advisory Panel recommended that per-
California ﬁrst outlawed cannabis or “In- sonal possession and cultivation of marijuana
CALIFORNIA NORML’S GOALS dian hemp” in 1913. Since then, the number be made legal. The panel stated:
of users has increased from a mere handful
to some 3 million Californians, and over 2 “An objective consideration of mari-
million marijuana arrests have been recorded juana shows that it is responsible for less
• Hold hearings on AB390 (Ammiano), the ﬁrst- in the state. damage to society and the individual than
ever legalization bill in California Marijuana arrests soared in the 1960s, are alcohol and cigarettes.”
• Decriminalize cultivation for personal use, as leading the legislature to partly decriminal-
recommended by the State Research Advisory ize possession by the Moscone Act in 1976. California became the ﬁrst state to re-legal-
Panel in 1990. The number of felony arrests promptly plum- ize medical marijuana when voters approved
• Implement Prop. 215’s goal of establishing a meted, saving the state an estimated $100 Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of
“safe and affordable” distribution system for million per year in enforcement costs. 1996. Contrary to the predictions of opponents
medical marijuana. In 1983 the state launched the CAMP that Prop. 215 would encourage teen drug abuse
• Legalize distribution/sales to adults in clubs and (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting ) he- and “eﬀectively legalize” marijuana, youth mari-
shops by local option, as in the Netherlands. licopter eradication program to stop outdoor juana use stabilized in California after passage of
• Stop marijuana urine tests which have no bear- cultivation. The price of marijuana doubled, 215 - but arrests have continued unabated.
ing on job performance. leading to the disastrous crack epidemic.