Is it really necessary that we go overboard with regulation of recreational use of marijuana?
The subject article discusses different proposals and other ideas regarding the probable legalization of marijuana for recreational use. My concern with this whole topic is the people responsible for making the rules act like they are unfamiliar with marijuana usage. WTF, how can anybody that grew up in the 60’s or 70’s claim not to have an intimate knowledge with marijuana. At least 4 out of 5 people had to have at least tried it without inhaling from that age group. We have law makers making laws like they don’t know anything and it is horseshit.
Nothing becomes law until somebody determines how to profit from it. That is a fact! Regulation of marijuana should be no more difficult than regulation of alcohol, or tobacco. Use of marijuana should not be considered as serious as alcohol. Alcohol is far more dangerous, addicting, and prone to violence. The most difficult challenge for legalization of marijuana is how to test if a person is in an intoxicated state when driving or in the workplace. Marijuana traces can still be detected in the human body long after the intoxication stage has passed. Marijuana usage can be detected by standard drug testing for approximately 30 days following it’s usage. Today there are testing methods which can make such detection long after the aforementioned 30 days. The problem we have is how to tell if a person is in the intoxicated stage of marijuana usage. Simply put, how do we tell if the person is still “high” when they use marijuana?
Nothing else should be a big deal as far as regulation goes except the people that are trying to decide whom may grow marijuana for the processors to sell. In today’s economy making the growing of marijuana legal only for major growers is ridiculous. Marijuana had more ability to save the economy than any other product in the past 25 years. A small grower with less than an acre of land can easily support a family on his marijuana crop alone. Why prevent the small grower from being able to profit and survive the current economy? Restricting growing only to large commercial growers limits the monetary benefits to only the invested politician if you ask me. I do favor regulation that prevents growers from growing in residential neighborhoods using homes as their green house/growing building. Growing should be either outside or at least restricted to commercial buildings and there is no inner city location that is non-commercial that could be considered acceptable. As much as we would like to restrict marijuana growing to rural farms and large growers, we allow small vegetable growers to sell their crops without significant restriction, why not allow them to sell weeds? Remember marijuana is still nothing more than a weed. The wide variety of use of marijuana to make all sorts of products provides the growers a much broader market for sales than just the recreational use market and a lot of people can profit from growing marijuana.
There are two immediate benefits to legalization of marijuana. 1.) Law Enforcement can be diverted to more serious crimes instead of wasting the significant amount of time and resources they currently do. 2.) Legalization removes the Criminal Element from marijuana. Regulation preventing the purchase of marijuana from Mexico and other countries will remove the Cartels from profiting from marijuana legalization and a legal distribution of marijuana inside the US will eliminate the need for purchase from domestic criminals. I suggest the reader read the Colorado’s Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding to see how Colorado has met these concerns. These two benefits alone should be reason enough to legalize marijuana for recreational use, but there is one more benefit to legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Taxation.
I researched document after document to ascertain the amounts of tax revenue received by States in which marijuana has been legalized for recreational use and from my research I have reached the conclusion that a whole bunch of money is going to these States, and the amount grows significantly as time passes The most recent calculation that demonstrates Colorado’s taxation can be found here: Colorado July 2015 for June 2015 sales In other words, there’s a whole bunch of tax revenue to be made by marijuana sales. The aforementioned document demonstrates both medical and recreational sales for Colorado. The biggest realization to taxation is the amount of tax saved from not prohibiting marijuana usage. The amounts of expense to State and Local Authority’s is staggering. From arrest through to incarceration or diversion the costs vary by jurisdiction with all sorts of numbers that reflect exorbitant expense. But, I believe this document provides a better look at the expenses for marijuana usage: Drug War Statistics
By reading the subject story one would be lead to believe that legalization of marijuana for recreational use would be a very difficult task, when it really does not need to be. In my opinion the question goes back to how and in this case who gets to profit from it. BTW, have I told you that I am a member of (LEAP) Law Enforcement Against Prohibition ?
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is an international 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization of criminal justice professionals who bear personal witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies.