As of right now Colorado and Washington have ratified laws that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, and Massachusetts has just approved of medicinal marijuana use. So what do you think of the legalization of marijuana, do you think a trend is starting in the United States? Are you worried about tobacco companies taking control of and ruining weed?
@splashartist, well that all depends on how strictly the officers try and enforce things. If your car has any scent of marijuana, or your eyes blood shot, or you just acting weird, the officer will now have the right to conduct the Breathalyzer or whatever they do to measure the thc in your system. That means that any traffic stop, even if your completely sober, the cop could just say your look odd and give you the test(based on your clothes, or look, or maybe he just thinks you look like a stoner). And boom, DUI even if you smoked 2 days ago.
Also think of all the Alcohol DUI stops that are made, where the person blows under .08. The cop could administer the marijuana test on every single one of these people, and chances are good they will catch a few who have thc in their system still.
Like I said, it all depends if cops are going to be assholes, or understand that we need this to move forward in a sane way.
@splashartist, yea man, most of us who smoke everyday drive pretty perfectly. This is one of those things where we get to find out how douchebag our police force is willing to be. Im assuming they still need to make their quotas on arrests, and this would be a way they can get it. We’ll see I guess, I foresee a lot of lawsuits by citizens who get DUI’s even though they werent high when they did.
@yoinkie, The cops can be assholes all they want but you dont have to get out of your vehicle unless you are under arrest. Your eyes could be red as fuck and he could call you out for it but he couldn’t give you a DUI for having red eyes.
Colorado and the federal government are going to have a fucking showdown over 64. It’s great and all that we’ve finally legalized it here, but it’s not as simple as people make it out to be.
While I agree that there will be “conflict” I disagree that it will ever evolve into a fight. Politicians, at their core, spend their entire lives building their careers, going aganist the majority as a politician is political suicide. Government wont be the problem in my eyes, more so the pharmaceutical companies that profit from the failure we call the “war on drugs”.. 1.6T spent since we started the war on drugs, and the addiction rates have stayed the same. To put that another way.. How do you “win” the war on drugs? It’s not possible. We are funding a civil war in Mexico with the Bush era crack down we placed on them, and they are begging us not to crack down harder, but to legalize. Alcohol prohibition didn’t work, neither will this.
Colorado’s Gov. Hickenlooper was quoted saying “”My sense is that it is unlikely the federal government is going to allow states one by one to unilaterally decriminalize marijuana,” the governor said, adding, though, “You can’t argue with the will of the voters.”
What would the message be, if we repealed this Amendment? That States rights don’t matter? That the Government shouldn’t listen to the majority?
Gallop polls have the nations approval rating for Marijuana at 51% in favor and 49% opposed and I only see those numbers increasing as the younger generation grows into power.