Post # 1
*Before I start, I realize the things discussed in this thread are considered illegal therefore if anyone feels the need to remove this thread, I totally understand*
I’ve been wanting to post about this for a while because it is something that I feel strongly about though the issue is taboo to some. Since we currently have a thread about abortions I thought that maybe this would be the time to bring up the legalization of marijuana.
So anyways, I’m interested to see what other bees feel about prop 19. I personally was a supporter 100% and I think it should be legalized. People are going to do it whether its legal or not, so I think our government should legalize it and make a few bucks. Its estimated that CA made roughly 3 billion in revenue from the sale of medical marijuana. Making it legal and taxing it would solve ALOT of economic issues for this country.
So, what are your thoughts?
Post # 3
I agree with you, I just can’t get behind alcohol being legal and marijuana not being. And the people who do want it, they will get it anyway.
Post # 4
@IlsaLund: Couldn’t agree more. If you ask me, alcohol is must more debilitating than marijuana is.
Post # 5
Totally behind it! I’ve never met someone that smoked marijuana and then got i a fight, mugged someone, drove around in thier car all crazy or any of the other stuff people that drink alcohol end up doing. Not to mention, with studies deeming marijuana NOT a gateway drug, a lot of that concern is gone. It would be interesting to see the amount of monetary gain they would get….
Post # 6
I think there are a lot of misinformed people out there, or the proposition would’ve passed. It’s already been reduced to an infraction, so there’s no real incentive not to smoke it for legal reasons. So it’s been de-criminalized, but not legalized. Ridiculous. Way to stare at someone holding money in your face and say “hm, no thanks, I don’t want those big stacks of money” and walk away, even though you don’t have next month’s rent.
The marijuana/alcohol hypocrisy KILLS me.
Post # 7
I also would have voted yes, if I lived in CA.
I feel like legalizing marijuana would definitely make it a safer substance. Dealers and growers lace thir stuff with god knows what other drugs and chemicals and legalizing it would also mean some sort of quality control.
Post # 9
The only reason that I say no is that there is no real time test for it. You can give someone a breathalizor for alcohol but you can’t for pot. I could care less if someone uses it at home, but too many people use it at work and deadly mistakes can happen when they are not focused 100%. My FH works one of those jobs, and people have been kill when someone has been partaking at work.
Post # 10
My FH and I voted Yes for it.
I also think a reason that it didn’t pass it that it’s pretty easy to get a Medical Marijuana license, so people who already have that license don’t want to pay taxes on the pot that they’re already getting legally.
Post # 11
I support it 100%! I agree with lezlers I think there are a lot of misinformed people.
Post # 12
@tksjewelry: people are arrested for marijuana DUI’s every day, though. I think that’s enough of a deterrent to enough people that the number of DUI’s wouldn’t rise substantially. I think if you’re the kind of person who would drive high, you probably already do, you know?
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I totally support the legalization of marijuana. If alcohol is legal, pot should be, too. Legalize it, tax the hell out of it, and use the tax money for drug rehabilitation programs.
Post # 14
It’s true if you look at alcohol, cigarettes and pot, it makes no sense whatsoever that two are legal and one isn’t, considering the real-time and long-term effects they all have. It’s quite backwards. And hey, CA is in a total budget crisis which would be solved if this passed. AND once you legalize something, you can better regulate it, so it actually becomes safer a lot of times (true in a lot of countries with commercial sex workers – you have to get tested for STIs every month to keep your license, etc.. but I’m a public health nerd so I find that one particularly interesting, as controversial as it is here!). Anyway yeah I support it.
Post # 15
I’m not a pot-smoker, nor do I think it’s a great habit to pick up, but I completely agree with MissBoston. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me that drinking and smoking cigarettes are legal, but smoking pot is not. They may as well tax pot like they do cigarettes and alcohol because people are going to continue to use it whether it’s legal or not.
Post # 16
I would be interested to hear from some more of the people who voted “no”.