Monday, October 4, 2010

70% Are For Legalization Of Weed In California - I'm One Of The 30% Who Doesn't

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.

4 comments:

Megan said...

You would think, with all that's gone on with my family in recent years (I told you about that, right?), that I would be against this, but I am actually for it. (I don't live in CA anymore, but regardless..) Punishment for drug crimes often solves little to nothing, and I would venture to say that ANYONE who enters the criminal justice system is in much more need to rehabilitation than anything else anyway, especially drug users. And if there's one thing I have learned, its that regardless of laws, those who are going to use are going to use, and those who aren't going, won't. Users don't care about the laws, they care about their fix. At the point someone is an addict, nothing else matters, and laws become irrelevant. And then there is someone like me or you who, even if the laws didn't exist, doesn't have the desire, and wouldn't even if it was legal. People argue that lifting criminal punishments and bans is all of a sudden going to make more people use. But at the end of the day, its a personal/moral choice (based on an infinite number of things), and the laws are mostly, if not completely, irrelevant. So I say, decriminalize it, do a better job rehabilitating users, save a HUGE amount of federal money that's going to the "war on drugs" which isn't working anyway (drug rates are climbing at alarming rates in spite of it), and make some money by taxing it. Makes sense to me.

As for car crashes and other harmful, wreckless behaviors, I am sure there are already a LOT of people who drive stoned. Like I said, the laws are irrelevant. We see this with alcohol. Those who are going to abuse it then drive drunk are like a loaded lethal weapon. Which is frightening, and I certainly don't want them on the street, but there again, they do it in spite of the law. The law probably has *some* influence, but my opinion is, those who drive drunk obviously don't give a rat's patoot anyway - and that has to do with morals more than anything. And so, yeah, there will be those who abuse it then get behind the wheel. I certainly do NOT condone that! But knowing what I know through first-hand observation of how addicts/alcoholics work, its not going to change their minds, and therefore those who will be wreckless will be wreckless, and those who won't, won't, and it has nothing to do with the laws or lack thereof.

One tangent, but as far as young people getting hooked, I think it has something to do with the "wet paint theory," meaning that because its taboo and "playing with fire" (sorry for all the metaphors), its lucrative to teens who are looking to be badasses. And then there's the fact that EVERYWHERE they look in the media - TV, movies, etc. - it is being glorified as "cool" to get drunk or high. Maybe if we made it less taboo, and less glorified - as is the case in European countries, which have a MUCH lower level of drug/alcohol abusers of every age - then it would send the opposite message; that its not cool and not acceptable to abuse substances.

I'm not trying to argue with you by any means, just trying to offer my opinion, based largely on my own experiences and observations.

I will say I agree with you on one thing though....that stuff is NASTY on so many levels!

Megan said...

You would think, with all that's gone on with my family in recent years (I told you about that, right?), that I would be against this, but I am actually for it. (I don't live in CA anymore, but regardless..) Punishment for drug crimes often solves little to nothing, and I would venture to say that ANYONE who enters the criminal justice system is in much more need to rehabilitation than anything else anyway, especially drug users. And if there's one thing I have learned, its that regardless of laws, those who are going to use are going to use, and those who aren't going, won't. Users don't care about the laws, they care about their fix. At the point someone is an addict, nothing else matters, and laws become irrelevant. And then there is someone like me or you who, even if the laws didn't exist, doesn't have the desire, and wouldn't even if it was legal. People argue that lifting criminal punishments and bans is all of a sudden going to make more people use. But at the end of the day, its a personal/moral choice (based on an infinite number of things), and the laws are mostly, if not completely, irrelevant. So I say, decriminalize it, do a better job rehabilitating users, save a HUGE amount of federal money that's going to the "war on drugs" which isn't working anyway (drug rates are climbing at alarming rates in spite of it), and make some money by taxing it. Makes sense to me.

As for car crashes and other harmful, wreckless behaviors, I am sure there are already a LOT of people who drive stoned. Like I said, the laws are irrelevant. We see this with alcohol. Those who are going to abuse it then drive drunk are like a loaded lethal weapon. Which is frightening, and I certainly don't want them on the street, but there again, they do it in spite of the law. The law probably has *some* influence, but my opinion is, those who drive drunk obviously don't give a rat's patoot anyway - and that has to do with morals more than anything. And so, yeah, there will be those who abuse it then get behind the wheel. I certainly do NOT condone that! But knowing what I know through first-hand observation of how addicts/alcoholics work, its not going to change their minds, and therefore those who will be wreckless will be wreckless, and those who won't, won't, and it has nothing to do with laws or lack thereof.

As far as young people getting hooked, I think it has something to do with the "wet paint theory," meaning that because its taboo and "playing with fire" (sorry for all the metaphors), its lucrative to teens who are looking to be badasses. And then there's the fact that EVERYWHERE they look in the media - TV, movies, etc. - it is being glorified as "cool" to get drunk or high. Maybe if we made it less taboo, and less glorified - as is the case in European countries, which have a MUCH lower level of drug/alcohol abusers of every age - then it would send the opposite message; that its not cool and not acceptable to abuse substances.

I'm not trying to argue with you by any means, just trying to offer my opinion, based largely on my own experiences and observations.

I will say I agree with you on one thing though....that stuff is NASTY on so many levels!

Anonymous said...

I'm 18 years old, graduating next december with an AA in General business, and hopefully starting my own medical marijuana dispensary. (i live in CALI) For one, i don't want anything else to change in the marijuana laws, i don't know what i would do if my business was taxed the hell out of just like other small businesses here (car shops, boutiques, etc.) I'm interested in becoming part of my community, giving people jobs, educating people on the medical uses of marijuana, and especially abiding and learning about new research and government laws. Personally, i'm entering this business because i love to garden and bake. I also only medicate in the evenings to balance out my depression, which was actually determined by a Kaiser psychiatric doctor when i had never tried marijuana before. This medicine, like with many other things in life, needs to be balanced when in a patients life. I go to school, and work, and have my life on track. However, in the evening after my driving is finished for the day, and no minors are home, i medicate to keep myself from being bitter about small things that shouldnt be affecting my happiness (snappy girl at work, rude person driving, being too busy to have friends most of the time)

Anonymous said...

My family is also very small, due to death from heroine and alcoholism. I'm very educated on narcotics, and understand how some people have been affected by marijuana. However, i encourage marijuana users to be conscious of how much they are indulging and how this is affecting you (are you smoking instead of doing something else you should be doing?) There are so many benefits of marijuana (i was 8 and my 12 year old sister had cancer, of course no one knew, but she smoked marijuana to help with her pain) and so if an adult (not a child-minded) person decides to use marijuana to have an all around less painful life-style, i think they shouldn't be scrutinized for it. I don't believe pot-smokers try to advertise that they do so.

I hope this helps y'all understand a little bit better about why this topic is being brought up, and why it's such a big issue.. i continue to do my research everyday, and encourage you to do the same!! Education brings us together, whether we agree or not :]