United Stoners of America: Is Weed About To Be Legal In California?
In case you’ve been under a rock for the past several weeks, there’s a very intense debate going on across America about the age-old issue of legalizing marijuana.
America’s been gearing up for this issue for years, with various celebrities from Montell Williams to Willie Nelson (and plenty of rappers in between) making the case for the legalization of cannabis.
Here’s one of the most humorous and memorable arguments for the legalization of marijuana, courtesy of Katt Williams.
All jokes aside, many of the points he made in that clip are made by those who seriously seek to persuade legislature to unleash Mary Jane.
- It’s a naturally-grown product
- It doesn’t cause (immediate) death
- Other legal drugs/meds can be lethal if taken in higher doses than prescribed or recommended.
Along with these arguments is the big one: Some believe the legalizing and taxing of weed will alleviate the criminal element associated with it and cause quite an increase in government revenue while helping the economy.
Arguments against are as follows:
- Marijuana is a gateway drug, therefore legalizing it could lead to an increase in the use of illegal drugs with more harmful and addictive effects
- Marijuana causes hallucination, slows reaction time, impairs judgment and causes memory loss
- Marijuana smokers probably run a higher risk of cancer (as marijuana must be rolled by hand, meaning no filtration)
The big question here is this: How many of us would like for people we depend upon to do their jobs while baked? Picture your barber, babysitter, professor, cab driver, or heart surgeon after puffin’ the oohwee. It’s safe to say, this is not a good look.
At the center of this particular debate is California (surprise, surprise) where the issue is up for a vote. Depending on the results of this vote, other states may follow in Cali’s footsteps.
Regardless, the U.S. Dept. of Justice has announced it will continue to enforce federal laws against marijuana even if bud becomes legal in California.
“We will vigorously enforce the CSA against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law.” –Attorney General Eric Holder
It seems the nation will be watching Californians go to vote on November 2 for Proposition 19. However, the question remains: If they vote to legalize reefer, how will they ever remember to vote again?
Just for kicks, here’s Chris Rock on drugs in America.