It looks like only a matter of time before California sees legalized marijuana.  The 2010 ballot will probably have a vote on the issue, and tomorrow there is going to be a formal hearing on a bill.

On Tuesday, January 12, the Public Safety Committee will conduct a formal hearing on Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s marijuana legalization bill, AB 390. Following the hearing the committee will vote and, if the bill is approved, there will then be a second hearing and vote in the Health Committee. Source:

Jim Gray, an ex-judge, is going to make an appearance at the hearing to push the agenda further.  Jim Gray is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), and has been advocating legalizing marijuana for a long time.  He admits that the war on drugs is a loosing war and that the best way to fix the drug problem is to legalize.

Judge Jim Gray, who retired last year from the California Superior Court in Orange County and is a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) said, “The mere fact that there will be votes in the Assembly to regulate and control the sale and distribution of marijuana would have been unthinkable even one year ago. And if the bill doesn’t pass this year, it will soon. Or, the bill will be irrelevant because the voters will have passed the measure to regulate and tax marijuana that will be on the ballot this November.”Source:

With so many states jumping on the Marijuana band wagon, it is time to legalize it.

Watch Retired Superior Court Judge James P. Gray testifies in favor of a marijuana legalization bill in the California Assembly on October 28, 2009.