I think so and this is why:
It's my hub which finalized the series I had been working on which explains Washington State's I-502 which passed in November.
Washington State is going to make a ton of money off this. Whether you're for or against it, you can't deny it's good for our state to be making money and getting out of debt. Some of the money raised due to it is going to go to anti-drug programs, the Washington State University and the University of Washington for research on marijuana.
Its medicinal properties are amazing. It can do so much for people, and the fact that one has to acquire an expensive card which has expensive annual fees is silly. It's like saying that I have to have a license to go to my GP so that I can pay for the appointment on top of it as well as paying for my medication.
Marijuana hasn't ever killed any one. Reefer Madness is a myth.
On a federal level, 6200 people are arrested and put in prison due to marijuana charges. If each one of those people applied to have a license in Washington State, just the first year alone, the state would make $1.55 million in a year, which is half the amount the state already spends on inmate care (about $345 million annually).
And as far as driving while under the influence, a study was done which showed alcohol to be far more dangerous to be driving under the influence of than driving stoned. In fact, it even went so far as to suggest that drivers are better all around while high.
"No one’s entirely sure how to explain these results. The dominant hypothesis is that people are more likely to be aware of—and, more importantly, compensate for—their intoxication when high than when drunk."
So if driving is the argument, then why is alcohol still legal?
Marijuana is far less damaging to the body than tobacco. Tobaccos has killed millions. It causes cancer, creates tar build-up in the lungs, damages seemingly unrelated organs such as the bladder, and can harm those in the near vicinity. Marijuana is used to TREAT cancer as well as a hundred other ailments. Smoking anything will do damage to the body. Fact. But somethings do more damage than others.
Marijuana also used to be given as gifts between politicians. Just sayin'