As a citizen of Washington State, one of two states with legal marijuana, I'm curious where everyone else is on this issue. In my humble opinion, I think it's time to stop needlessly locking up non violent "criminals" and end this war on drugs. Legalizing marijuana would also likely end the use of the dangerous synthetic marijuana and take some of the power away from the violent drug cartels in Mexico. Thoughts?
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I do not know, and if you do, please tell me, how you measure the short and long term of all three items. I know two. I will wait for an answer about the other.
I was also a teen in the 60s. I worked in a drug store and saw people addicted to uppers, downers, narcotic cough syrup. Back then, drug stores had a license to sell marijuana. It required an official stamp on the package. The law was cleaned up.
That's a very good point on binge eating. With heart disease being the largest cause of death in the US you could make a pretty good case that fast food like McDonald's is worse for someone than Marijuana.
Another problem is dosage. Is all marijuana created equal. How will it be tested. Will driving under the influence include pot, if so, at what THC level are you impaired.
I agree with regulation. My son is 14. He is smart enough not to do drugs. He tells me the hardest things for his classmates to get hold of are cigarettes and alcohol. No one cards for marijuana or LSD.
Portugal decriminalized all drugs around 2000 and has become a pretty good case study for this idea. I haven't read enough about it to make a judgement but I think I lean toward regulation like you say.
No one cards for stolen money. If the drug is illegal, the assumption is made that no one is going to admit to it..Carding prevents children from buying liquor and cigarettes. There us no need to card if you do not sell the product.
I think most people expect regulations and rules against impaired driving. As far as growth substances, age limits and quality control go legalization would be a massive improvement. You think illegal growers are concerned about these things?
No, I think they are totally ignoring the issues. If marijuana is ever legalized it at best will be treated as an over-the-counter meds, just like those used to make meth. No tax dollars will be saved prosecuting users. There will be regulations.