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Legalizing Pot: The Outcome

By November 7, 2012

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Colorado and Washington have become the first states to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use. In Oregon,  the measure did not pass.

What exactly does this mean?

The measure states that it is now be legal for anyone over the age of 21, to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana. Also, it can now be legally sold and taxed at state licensed stores.

Cultivation is limited to 6 plants per person in Colorado, but still banned in Washington. What do you think? Thanks for sharing your thoughts as always.

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Comments

November 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm
(1) Jennifer says:

It doesn’t help to legalize it if it is illegal federally. The new laws do not adequately account for taxation or procurement/transport/sale of the substance as alcohol is. Therefore, before these problems are resolved, I do not believe we should be legalizing it at the state level. I live in Colorado.

November 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm
(2) Jenn says:

I strongly believe that the possible state revenue available from legalizing pot makes it almost criminal to NOT do so.

Our state (WA) has been doing cutbacks after cutbacks, our schools are suffering from monetary shortfalls even though the amounts are mandated by the state constitution, and some cities and counties are even having to cut services like police and fire.

I realize that this will generate lots of lawsuits with the federal government, but that’s how prohibition was ended too – by states standing up to the federal government and saying that we feel the federal law is hurting our state.

I disagree with Jennifer that the new WA law (I can’t speak for CO, don’t live there) doesn’t account for taxation, procurement, transport, sale, etc. Yes, the initiative didn’t spell these out in minute detail, but the first step is for our state to say “yes, we want to make money off pot, not let drug dealers keep all the money.” But everything that she mentioned was addressed in some form in the WA law.

I voted yes on 502, and I voted yes in this poll. :-)

November 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm
(3) Leonard says:

While I might laud the states for taking the initiative in trying to cope with a situation that is prevalent within society and find a “good” within it. It is a bad move as it now opens the federal govt to come in with federal drug laws superseding the state’s right. Which will open up a supreme court case. However, if the federal then would win the case it would set a precedent that the feds could come in from that point forward and countermand any duly certified state regulation that the feds didn’t like. Sometimes you have to think like the snake to beat the snake. Unless the Federal Government would repeal its opposition to this drug then the states have no legal standing to counter them and in the long run put other liberties at danger from a far reaching bureaucracy.

November 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm
(4) Franny says:

While Leonard makes a good point, I would rather see the decriminalization of marijuana, along with giving the State the income rather than the drug dealers.

My only wish is that the State would put part of that money toward drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for those people who are unable to quit on their own. While a drink or two once or twice a week or a toke now and then may be relaxing, regular, increasing abuse of those substances are dangerous, and even deadly to people who are already mentally ill.

And marijuana is well-known for being a stepping-stone to cocaine, heroin, and the even more murderous drug, methamphetamine.

November 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm
(5) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

It’s a step in the right direction. Regulation rather criminalization would help prevent it being a gateway ‘stepping stone’ to other drugs. Keeping money in the state makes more sense than allowing it to go to drug cartels and wasting it on criminal court procedures which cost taxpayers money. There ought to be a legal limit for driving same as for alcohol. I believe there could and should be much more medical research done that could be a huge health benefit for many people who could be treated with medicinal properties of Medical Marijuana.

November 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm
(6) Terri says:

My husband was a drug addict for 25 years. Pot was his drug of choice. It controlled his life and made our marriage unbearable. It affected his concentration. He was emotionally and verbally abusive. He also developed COPD. While it may have medical merit, the affect it has on peoples lives cannot be minimized. It is still a powerful drug and as someone that has lived with it’s effects I will not be convinced otherwise. My husband was able to quit smoking pot 20 years ago and it made a total change in his personality and we now enjoy a healthy loving marriage. COPD, however, is irreversable.

November 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm
(7) Cheryl says:

Yes marijuana can be abused, but so are a lot of other things that are not illegal. As far as that goes food can be abused and be very dangerous for you. Marijuana is not as habit forming as cigarettes and it’s not as harmful if you grow it yourself and know it’s clean. It also has medicinal purposes. Does alcohol or cigarettes? They are legal and killing people every day. Has anyone looked up the nutritional value of eating marijuana? Putting it in a capsule and taking it that way could really calm peoples nerves and relax them, especially after something tragic has happened in there life.

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