Starting this month, the new law, SB1449 takes effect along with numerous other legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. If caught with 1 ounce or less of marijuana the law has changed from a misdemeanor to an infraction. That means offenders will no longer face arrest, a criminal record and having to appear in court. The maximum penalty of a $100 fine and no jail time remains the same as before.

We may not have won with Prop 19 in California, but we are chipping away at the harsh laws on the books which seek to arrest and fine recreational users of marijuana.