Washington State and Colorado have openly legalized Marijuana!

posted 1 year ago in Legal
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Helper bee

@Diamond84:  My first thought was that I should move to Colorado. Heh. I’ve loved the state for years… it would be nice to be surrounded by people of similar political beliefs. 

But in all seriousness, I’m very pleased. Marijuana is even less dangerous than alcohol, and it’s nobody’s business at all if someone chooses to light up in their own home. The fact that it’s taken this long quite frankly infuriates me, and I have yet to hear a good argument against the legalization of marijuana. It really is not worse than alcohol, and yet it’s demonized to an absurd extent, 

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Busy bee

@Diamond84:  

I think it’s great. I personally don’t understand why it’s illegal in the first place. I hope that this will cause the federal government to back down from it’s pissing contest with states over the issue but who knows how they will actually react.
Oregon also had a legalization measure on the ballot. Did that not pass? I’m curious because I’ll be moving there in January.

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Helper bee

@VAwife:  +1 to the feds backing down! I’ve always thought issues like this should be in the hands of the state. 

I think the medical marijuana act is about to fail here in Arkansas, which makes me quite sad. I thought it had a really good chance to pass… I wish that every person who voted no had to experience the pain or illness that medical marijuana users suffer through before they are prescribed. 

I bet they’d change their stance fast. 

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Busy Beekeeper

I think its great. Imo, alcohol has a lot worse effects than pot.

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Honey bee

@autumnmountainbride:  Oh the irony that at least the county my dad grew up in Ark was one of the highest pot producing places IN THE COUNTRY. And FIL is a park ranger there and it isn’t unheard of to stumble upon pot patches…

That is actually why I’m not anti-legalizing and regulating. I think it is stupid as all get out (but I think that about alcohol and cigs) but people are going to do it so when you regulate it, tax it and have some control over it it keeps it from happening illegally and dangerously. FIL has heard tales of people accidently wandering into booby trapped fields of weed in the mostly wild parts of the national forests. If legalizing and regulating helps control that then it will be a good thing. 

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Helper bee

@chasesgirl:  Right?? I’m not going to lie… it’s pretty widespread here. I’m actually surprised it’s not passing. Funnily enough, I checked the results from my county and we’re in favor by a large margin. Same for Pulaski county (where Little Rock is). It’s all the smaller counties that are bringing us down. 

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Helper bee

It hasn’t officially passed here (In WA) yet. I really really hope it does! A few years ago I was in Tennessee going to a concert and we got busted with only marijuana in the car. I ended up taking the blame – one of us had to – and got a misdemeanor because the county we got pulled over in either gave you a misdemeanor or felony depending on the amount you had.

Now, I am a smart, intelligent person. My undergraduate degree was in Biomedical Sciences and my Master’s degree is in Health Administration. I am not some dead beat druggie although the whole situation that happened made me feel that way.

The misdemeanor has truly ruined my life. It was the worst mistake I ever made. Mind you, I got it dismissed off my record, but I still cannot enter Canada and am super paranoid about applying for jobs.

I am so happy that America is finally coming around and realising that pot isn’t such a bad thing afterall. Things need to change and I am excited to be a part of it!

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Helper bee

I have never smoked, but I still think it should be decriminalized. Way too many people in prison for something so silly, plus it contributes to the drug cartels that destroy Central America. Never should have been a crime!

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Blushing bee

@Diamond84:  I am from Colorado and voted YES on 64. To add to this, I do not smoke weed. I think this is the right move for Colorado and hopefully in the future the country will also follow. In case anyone didnt know here is part of the law, “requiring that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by such tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund”.

People are going to smoke regardless, espeically in a state that you can EASILLY get a medical card. We might as well have some of the revenue go towards the schools.

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Busy bee

@Diamond84:   Thanks for the update, but that’s really too bad.

@Jamergurl921:  Wow, I had no idea that a misdemeanor would have so much impact. I’m sorry you had to go through that.

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Bee Keeper

@Diamond84:  I am so, so against maijuana for no other reason that it repulses me – smoke it, whatever, just please don’t suffocate me with it! That being said, I SO want them to legalize it just so people will be more likely to smoke at home and so they can put limitations like they do on cigarettes around hospitals and stuff.

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