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?
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have any of you watched the season finale of weeds? this is exactly what happens. it becomes legal, tobacco companies come in to take some of the profit. they sell cartons in the gas stations just like cigarette cartons but instead of marlboro or camel they have names like puff dragon and blueberry lol. i remember thinking aww man that will be the day when america finally legalizes it for recreational use. that will be the day.
im sure potheads in colorado and washington are celebrating right now! smoking blunts and bongs and their vaporizers out in the streets (in small quantities of course) and baking some mighty delicious brownies.
hopefully mass or r.i. is next. and hopefully the fed doesnt ruin it although once you open the floodgates its kind of hard to close it back up. cmon over 64% of America smokes or has smoked marijuana. this isnt a drug like cocain or heroine and meth. its just a herb, which we use for many other things to our benefits like tea for example. it causes 0 death unlike alcohol or nicotine the two most addictive and destructive legal substances. it helps with certain diseases and depression and latest research shows that it actually gets rid or transmutates/regresses? i forget the official word, of cancer cells if you ingest large amounts of marijuana oil. its much more durable than cotton or polyester and every part from the seed to the leaves to the stem of this beautiful God made plant can be used in some productive manner.
This is mother natures gift to us and TPTB and govts want to keep it from us because they know it makes us think. it makes us question authority and not care about whats in/mainstream culture and you focus on the important things in life. ive heard it helps open your third eye if your into that stuff and also instead of killing brain cells it actually helps the reconnection of neurons etc. yes it may make some lazy is the outlook of others but hey if your lazy your lazy wether you drink alcohol or smoke a blunt while your doing it, thats up to the individual. i myself smoke, I’m in the army national guard (shhh!), im fit, i own my own business and run my own site as well and all weed does is help me relax and stimulates my creative side/expands my perspective. look up the real reasons why weed was made illegal (it affected profits of major companies/farmers etc.) and why all that propaganda since the 1930′s has been trying to brainwash the public that it is bad for the individual (which theres no scientific backing for) and bad for society.
@lytning91, The amount of money we spend into the war on drugs immensely outweighs the pennies and dollars the privatization you are talking about. And it costs even more to process and detain these criminals.
The washington legalization isnt all candy and nuts. Their DUI law and what they use to measure marijuana in your body will basically say; you cant smoke weed for 5 days before driving, because it can still be detected to their measurements and you can get a DUI 4 days after you smoked it. Also, it will be controlled by the liqor board, not Tabbaco. They will tax it 25% at every level from producers to distributors. I am completely happy with that, they are predicting 5 billion in revenues over the first 5 years, which is a low estimate.
The feds are threatening to move Washington to the bottom of the list when they hand out federal funding projects, if they continue with legalization. They might even shoot it down. But none of that matters. What does matter is, the 55-45% lead legalization has among voters. And the largest group of people in favor are people aged 18-34 with a college education, so its not just some bums voting for it, its the educated.
You can not silence the wish of the people in a democracy. This is a HUGE first step, a domino has been put in motion to make marijuana legal in the entirety of the United States once and for all.
@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.
Can’t grow plants in Washington. And it’s pretty cool but it also is zero tolerance for people under 21, and you can also get a DUI for impairment, and it’s only legal if it’s bought at a state-licensed store–heavily taxed.
I mean, baby steps I guess, still some very exciting election outcomes! Along with marijuana, Washington also approved gay rights/same-sex marriage. :)