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United Stoners of America: Is Weed About To Be Legal In California?

Submitted by on October 20, 2010 – 12:56 pm10 Comments
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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.

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10 Comments »

  • theTRUTH says:

    Why is Alcohol legal???

  • theTRUTH says:

    Why are cigarettes legal???

  • Ryan says:

    “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.”

    Whether or not it is illegal, most of these professionals that smoke are probably under that influence already, However alcohol is legal and I do not go to the doctor with the concern that he his drunk. People are responsible, and with responsible use there should be no concerns over the personal use of any substance. The gov. should trust the citizens to make their own decisions in a responsible fashion in their own lives.

  • me says:

    To Chris J The Genius,

    I have been on this blog for years and man! You truly are a LAME Chris J The Genius! Yes a LAME! You opinion and stupid questions annoy me the crap out of me. Please disappear!

  • @ Ryan,

    Really good point. That’s the same argument many made in my Poli Sci class two weeks ago when we discussed this topic. Along those lines, a lot of people spoke about the regulation of marijuana (as in potency). Would you advocate that, and wouldn’t that take the fun out of the high? I’ve never smoked it before (and I’m not implicating you), but I’d like your opinion.

    @ me,

    Feel free to call me names (which you wouldn’t do in person) as long as you realize that they are not substitutes for valid arguments.

  • Kwaping says:

    Hey CJ, your next article should be on this:

    http://www.lctjournal.washington.edu/vol5/a16Ringland.html

    Regarding the topic at hand, I have nothing to add that hasn’t already been said.

  • idwit says:

    Regardless if legal or not…people will still find ways to use it anyway.

  • WANNA B BONES - DWIFT says:

    @ idwit: I agree with ya on that…

  • Mltd Coupons says:

    Yeah like some people mentioned, Either way people are going to find ways to use it!

  • It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic however you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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