Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Potheads measure gets stoned. Cali says no to legal pot

Election day came in went all over the country, but marijuana is still illegal in California.  The measure, which would allow Californians to possess up to an ounce of pot legally, as well as grow their own, was defeated.

The supporters of the legalization of the drug claimed that it would end a hypocritical ban on a drug that the supporters believe is less harmful than alcohol.  The legalization would also, in theory, generate more tax revenue to a state that is struggling financially.  It would also free up law enforcement to stop busting pot smoking citizens, and go after more threatening criminals.

Michael Phelps hitting the Bong
Opponents of the legalization of pot say that it threatens the safety of citizens, and violates federal law, and drug-free workplaces.  Surprisingly, former pothead Arnold "the Govenator" Schwarzenegger.

From a personal standpoint I don't see the big deal about pot.  I myself, do not smoke weed, nor do I ever plan to.  However, I feel that people should be able to do as they please, as long as it doesn't effect the health or well-being of others.  According to www.drugwarfacts.org, 80,000 people die as a result of alcohol.  Many die in automobile accidents, as well as alcohol-related diseases such as cirrhosis.  I couldn't find the amount of deaths related to marijuana, but I would be confident in guessing that it's less that 80,000.

Medical marijuana is still legal in California, and medical cards are incredibly easy to obtain.  Perhaps this initiative failed because its supporters were too baked to vote, or there are more uptight Christian groups in California than I thought.  I think legal marijuana could have been a potential boon to our sagging economy.  Perhaps California can sell Meg Whitman into prostitution to generate revenue.  Nah, that won't work either. I suppose stoners are back to the drawing board.

1 comment:

  1. Random Excess (wayne hacker)November 3, 2010 at 4:11 AM

    What was the break down, how close to passing was it? We want details (and a blunt)