Arnold Wants to ‘Debate’ Legalization

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wed, May 06, 2009 11:43 am

During a press conference on Tuesday, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said it’s “time for a debate” on the legalization of marijuana, particularly as a way to raise revenue in the cash-strapped Golden State.

“I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues, I’m always for an open debate on it.” Schwarzenegger said. “And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect did it have on those countries?”

It’s well known that the governor of the nation’s premiere marijuana growing state is no stranger to Mary Jane. He famously puffed a joint after winning the Mr. Olympia competition, a scene captured forever in the film Pumping Iron.

Schwarzenegger’s comments lend additional momentum to a bill introduced in February by California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, of San Francisco, which would legalize marijuana for adults and reportedly raise at least $1.5 billion in tax revenue in its first year.

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