While it is tempting to draw the conclusion that legalizing cannabis under Prop. 64 will lead to decreased arrests, this is not necessarily true in the unique case of California. As it is today, Californians already can possess the one ounce that Prop. 64 would legalize without getting arrested, without going to jail, without getting a criminal record and without being excluded from federal student aid and other government programs. And in 2011, possession up to one ounce was downgraded further still, from a misdemeanor to a mere infraction, sharing the same status as a parking ticket, punishable by at most a $100 fine.
(2) Persons 18 years of age or over shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for a period of not more than 6 months or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or by both such fine and imprisonment. A person 18 years of age or over may be punished by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code for a period two, three, or four years if:
(A) the person has one or more prior convictions for (certain) offense(s).
Prop. 64's entire campaign is built upon deception. Don't be fooled when Prop. 64 proponents claim California needs some unwieldy, 62-page initiative to keep our citizens out of jail. This is California, not Kentucky; we already don't arrest people for carrying an ounce.