Sailing into the Uncharted Waters of Legalized Marijuana

Just a few thoughts on the legalization of marijuana.

  • Up until now the debate has been largely hypothetical.  At least now, we might actually be able to find out who was right and who was wrong about legalizing pot.
  • It does seem to contradict everything that the government has told us so far.  It makes all the money and effort that spent on enforcing marijuana laws, and “educating” people about the dangers of marijuana seem a waste.
  • I do like the idea of all the people involved in the illegal marijuana trade. losing their source of income, and I like the idea of not spending money to enforce marijuana laws and prosecute people who have broken those laws.
  • What about all the people who were convicted for breaking marijuana laws in the past?  It’s almost like saying that they were wrongly convicted.
  • Never say never.  I never thought I’d see the day when you could legally smoke pot, but could not smoke cigarettes outside, in public places.  Something seems wrong with this to me.
  • Wasn’t half the fun of smoking pot, the fact that it was illegal?  I think somehow, some of the mystique will be lost.
  • How is this going to affect drug testing in the workplace?
  • If in the near future, someone accidentally causes the deaths of several or more people, and it can be proven that he was intoxicated by pot at the time of the accident, there’s going to be an uproar.
  • I got a bad feeling about this, like there must have been some reason that marijuana was illegal, and everyone forgot what it was.  I don’t know what it was, but I have a feeling that we are going to find out, all over again.
  • I wonder, in a few years when we’re all looking back at this with 20/20 hindsight, how many things will seem so obvious, that we are not fully able to appreciate now?

6 comments:

  1. There are a lot of non-issues here. This idea that the jails are just crammed with harmless pot heads is a red herring. Our jails are crammed to the rafters with violent, broken men who - in better times - were put to the sword or hung from a gibbet as a warning to their peers. We no longer incarcerate pot heads.

    My feeling is much like yours - this is just another way for stupid people to get into trouble. To be honest my rights are not infringed one iota because some idiot can't smoke pot. If our kids are spending money on it - then they have way too much money.

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    1. The good thing about legalizing marijuana to me is this. Let's find out once and for all, if it's a good idea or not. The bad thing is, my fear that something very bad is going to come out of it. Either something we never even thought of, or something we thought of, but turns out to be much worse than we anticipated.

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  2. Hey Neil,
    Here is the Libertarian part of me...decriminalize it...Not legalize it. There is a difference. Make it not a felony, but not available in the convenience stores....

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    1. I almost wrote an entire post about this. Maybe I will, who knows? It's mostly liberals that are in favor of legalizing pot. This should be a perfect example for them as to why giving the states and individuals more power and restraining the power of the federal government is a good idea. There is NO WAY pot was ever going to be legalized nationally, at least not now, but it happened in individual states. This way we can let single state experiment, without putting the whole country at risk if it's a bad idea. If it turns out to be a good idea, then other states can follow suit. You see how much more sense this makes than trying to make changes on a national level? Liberals can't. It's not limited to marijuana laws either, virtually everything should be left to the states, local government, and individuals. The federal government can run the military and deliver the mail. Let's get rid of the EPA, DOE, and all those other alphabet soup organizations.

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  3. I know I'll catch some flak for this but: the comparison is ALWAYS that it's no worse than alcohol. Well I do have a problem with that, yes alcohol use is (sorta) legal - but the pro-pot folks either try to minimize the harmful effects of misuse and abuse of alcohol, but pot is no worse. We as a society spend literally millions on treating the damage (personal and property) those harmful effects but alcohol is 'legal'. Alcohol at least has a measurable threshold, pot doesn't, how 'high' can a person be on it and not be a threat to his fellows.
    Sorry, there are enough impaired folks out there now, do we really need toad add to that number?

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    1. You're right. Anyone who wants to smoke pot right now can do it in any state, as long as they don't get too extreme. The cops aren't hassling anybody who have very small amounts for their own use. I think we should leave well enough alone. I think having marijuana illegal, helps keep people from going overboard with possession and use.

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