To legalize or not

opinion

By Joseph Horne:

Legalized marijuana is a subject that many continue to opine. Here comes another opinion.

Allow individuals the freedom to choose what one puts in their body to a great extent and hold individuals responsible for their behavior. Like alcoholic beverages, there should be some restrictions on when, where and who can consume marijuana.

Incarcerating a large number of citizens for what are often nonviolent crimes seems unfair and costly.

From my experience, there seem to be more violent incidents from people using alcohol than marijuana. It would be interesting to see data on how many vehicle accidents, domestic violence cases and assault charges caused by people using strictly alcohol versus people using strictly marijuana recreationally.

In many instances, people who use only marijuana seem to be in a more mellow state of mind than those who use alcohol recreationally.  This is in no way scientific proof, but what has been your experience?

Lastly, marijuana tax revenue may be used to fix the potholes and other things in your city. Instead of prohibiting responsible users from partaking in a behavior that will never stop, let towns, cities and states tax legalize marijuana for revenue. States need to manage the use of marijuana with minimal federal overreach whether it be used for medical reasons, recreational or both. Reasonable checks can be implemented to hold people responsible and help manage legal marijuana use.

2 Comments

  1. Our state representatives do not want to decriminalize nor legalize cannabis. Especially in a conservative state and conservative area. If memory serves me correct Kel Seliger has shot down the idea of voting for medical marijuana let alone recreational (He’s very uniformed on the subject). Until we vote out conservatives or at least threaten for them to be voted out for not supporting marijuana, then this will just be a continued debate. As for the meantime, Colorado will still reap the reward of taxes from traveling Texans. *Looking at you Trinidad!*

  2. Let not forget the racist tones surrounding marijuana. Harry Anslinger, the bureaucrat who led the prohibition effort, is credited as saying back then: “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.” This and Jim Crow are a huge reason we have a mass incarceration rate among the poor black and brown community. Reefer madness spread quick and the war on drugs was another fight against the poor.

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