In a statement released this afternoon, Ammiano's office said the San Francisco Democrat hopes the new legislation will build on support garnered by AB 390, his first pot-legalization measure
, which passed out of committee in Sacramento but overran its deadline for consideration by the rest of the Legislature.
The bill's expiration last month appeared more or less in line with the grand strategy of Ammiano
, who said he wanted to take plenty of time to build consensus on the issue. Now AB 2254, the latest incarnation of the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act, will get a second shot.
"We're even more optimistic about the fate of this bill than we were about AB 390," Aaron Smith, California director for the Marijuana Policy Project, told SF Weekly.
"Our prisons are overflowing and it's easier now for teenagers to get
Marijuana than alcohol," Ammiano said in his statement."We simply
cannot afford to continue keeping our heads in the sand and pretend
that everything is fine."
Okay. But wouldn't it be sorta cool to stick your head in the sand and pretend everything is fine ... while you're HIGH?