Remember that Crazy Pothead who Beat up your Friend and Embarked on a Five State Crime Spree?
Yeah, neither do we. As a general rule people smoking marijuana are not prone to violence. They don’t pose a threat to public safety and are generally rather sedate. They may pose a threat to that bag of Doritos you left on the counter, but that’s about it. There’s no such thing as Mothers Against Reefer Madness (MARM) not because there’s some sinister liberal conspiracy but because people smoking marijuana don’t kill thousands each year on our roads and highways like drunk drivers do. From Domestic Violence to Homicide, scads of research document the undeniable role of alcohol but barely register pot as a driver. Yet, the lingering myth of the deranged pothead stalking alleyways and raping women and shooting up neighborhoods persists. We have based our War in Drugs, with regard to marijuana at any rate, upon a pernicious stupidity, not fact.
A Ballot Measure in the State of California Could Inject a Measure of Common Sense
While nearly half the States in the USA have enacted legislation which allows the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes only 4 States and the District of Colombia allow its use for recreational purposes; Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado. California may soon become the fifth State depending on the outcome of a ballot initiative up for a vote this fall. Despite copious research refuting assertions that marijuana presents a grave threat to society we continue to fight against legalization.
The Continuing Struggle Against Reason and the Fight for Sensible Drug Policy
For decades our nation has arrested and incarcerated countless individuals for possession and use of marijuana. Many arguments have been dragged out in support of such policies, ranging from medical studies of dubious value to theatrical political grand-standing grounded in hysteria rather than objectivity. Most of the arguments against legalization have assumed the air of the barely tenable over the years and it seems we may finally be landing on the door-step of common sense. Sensible drug policy and reform is long overdue in the United States and perhaps the upcoming vote in California will present a definitive step in the right direction.
California To Vote On Marijuana Legalization Initiative
by Carimah Townes Jun 29, 2016 11:23 am
Come November, California could become the fifth state to legalize recreational pot. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Alex Padilla declared that a game-changing marijuana initiative will be on the ballot this fall.
Padilla’s office received 600,000 signatures to get the Adult Use of Marijuana Act on the ballot. If passed, anyone aged 21 and up and can have an ounce of cannabis on their person, without being arrested or fined. State residents would also be able to grow six plants in their own homes, and purchase weed from licensed retailers. Recreational use would be permitted except in enclosed public places that currently ban tobacco use, such as bars and restaurants.
Sean Parker, the former president of Facebook, led a large campaign to get the number of signatures required for the initiative to be added to the ballot. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is among the list of supporters, as well as the California Democratic Party, California chapter of the NAACP, and the California Medical Association. People in favor of legalization argue it would add $1 billion to the state’s annual revenue and reduce the high arrest and incarceration rates of minorities.