California Arrested Nearly Half a Million People for Pot Over the Past Decade

California residents will decide whether to fully legalize the recreational use of marijuana this November in a vote that’s likely to have a major influence on marijuana policy in other states regardless of which way it goes.

One of the more nuanced arguments against legalization in California is that for all intents and purposes, marijuana is already legal there for people who want to get it. The state’s medical marijuana law, Prop. 215 enacted in 1996, is written broadly enough that patients can receive physician recommendations to take marijuana for just about any ailment.

The state furthermore decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2011, making possession of up to an ounce of the drug a minor infraction akin to a parking ticket.

– Read the entire article at The Washington Post.