CNN has just finished airing an interesting piece on a proposal to de- criminalize the sale and use of marijuana in California; under the proposal, it’d be taxed and regulated like tobacco.The timing might be perfect for this. There’s already broad support for decriminalizationin California; this is the state where you can tell your doctor that you have athlete’s foot and walk out with a dispensary prescription for pot. (“It’s the sort of occasional itching that can only be relieved by getting stoned in epic fashion, doc.” Uh-huh. I bet this guy stole a handicapped spot from a cancer patient at the dispensary, too.) And California’s titanic fiscal crisis both creates a desire to get stoned and an open mind regarding a move that woyld bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue. Reactions from both the Governator and dispensaries were interesting. I’ve heard enough politicians speak to know that Arnold’s “Let’s look at this carefully” statement is a signal that he’s ok with this and would sign the bill. A fellow who runs a dispensary welcomed taxation because “that’s something that legitimate mainstream businesses do.” That is, it could go a long way towards changing public perception of a marijuana seller, possibly bumping it up a few notches above “this guy with a van parked just outside the high school.” All in all, a nice piece. But I’m posting about the ending. As usual, the piece ended with a pitch to discuss this story using CNN’s online presences. “Every time we do a story on marijuana,” the anchor said, “Twitter lights up.” Then he paused, a pained expression of “I should have thought that one through first” flashed across his face, and then he moved smoothly to the next story.