I hope this doesn't get passed. I've lived in California for a good portion of my life and where I live, it's considered the weed capital of the world and I hate it. We already have enough idiots in this world and region, we don't need to make it worse by legalizing it. I understand the state has a huge debt and deficit, but legalizing it, taxing it like you do with alcohol and cigarettes aren't going to do it. I think weed is gross, it smells horrible, I doubt teachers are going to want to smell it on kids during class (you know they are going to get a hold of it and abuse the hell out of it), I think it will cause more traffic violations and accidents (will they go to jail like they do in alcohol related accidents?), accidents on the job, employers aren't going to put up with it and if I was a customer, I don't want to be around or smell it. Plus I have friends in local law enforcement and they are not looking forward to this if it does get passed. I'm sure there will be a rise if birth defects from women smoking and I have many other reasons, but that's all I want to post for now.
Intrade odds are now at 70% for the California marijuana legalization ballot initiative to pass in November.
Full story and h/t/ Carpe Diem
Also read this article about the various side effects of marijuana use here. I also left a comment on Carpe Diem so read that too.