I lived in San Francisco when the debate about medical marijuana was hot, and now California is paving the road again. Although, I think that decriminalization vs legalization would be a more viable start. Change is good, but it’s too much change for people to look at legalizing it and regulating/taxing it all in one shot. Just decriminalize the stuff first, see how it affects resources, then work on making money off of it.
CNN (11/2, Park) reports “medical use of marijuana is legal” in several states, but “on Tuesday, California voters will decide whether their state will be the first to legalize recreational marijuana use.” CNN says “the vote on Proposition 19 is being closely watched as the Golden State is often seen as a bellwether.” Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said that “one of the issues is that people believe how marijuana affects them is how it affects everyone.” He added, “They base it on their own experiences, and it is possible you can smoke and have no ill effects. … Whether you’re vulnerable to toxic effects of smoking or marijuana is dependent on unique genes.”
- Prop 19 Dissents (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- Prop 19 Results: Marijuana Ballot Initiative Falling Short In California (huffingtonpost.com)
- If Prop 19 Goes Down, Ctd (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)