Legalizaing Marijuana

by sgrup2 on February 17, 2014 - 11:43pm

“Legally Green” by Suzanne Weiss discusses the laws of both Colorado and Washington adopted for legalizing marijuana and how each state was successful in bringing forth this new law. Weiss also describes how legalizing marijuana will become a more common thing in the future. Colorado and Washington are the first states to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Since they are the first states to implicate this new law there was a lot of thought into how this was going to work. One of the biggest provisions of this new law was getting the legislature to propose an excise tax to the voters. This revolutionary law also prompted major changes to Amendment 64: that use of marijuana is illegal in all senses. Some of these changes include, amending the current laws of marijuana, and clarifying the impact of marijuana in the workplace. Washington approved Initiative 502, which demanded for the removal of criminal sanctions who are 21 years or older and processed 1 oz. or less of pot. It also says that you cannot home grow or sell marijuana. The new Washington law says 40% goes to state general fund and local budgets but the rest goes to education, health care, and substance abuse programs. Colorado enforces Amendment 64 which states you can buy marijuana of 1 oz. if you are 21 years or older. Unlike Initiative 502, you can home grow 6 or less pot plants. With the first $40 million in revenue raised it is going directly into the public school system fund. Weiss predicts that the trend for legalizing marijuana will increase as younger voters start to immerse. Already, 58% of voters favor the legalization of pot.
The main point Weiss is trying to imply is marijuana will become more common and will benefit the society. She made a point to say that much of the earnings from the legalization will benefit the society. For example she stated much of the fund would go to education in the state. She also implied that for specifically the Washington law, 60% of the earnings would go to education, health care, and substance abuse programs. (Weiss, 2013) She also implies how the excise taxes will increase profit for the state. Legalization of marijuana will also bring tourists wanting to smoke, which will also lead to a higher profit for restaurants and hotels in the cities of Washington and Colorado. Weiss mainly wants you to see how the new laws in Colorado and Washington have positively affected the states. By increasing the revenue in each state from legalization of this drug, many other opportunities are opened for the public. It can also help the community because there is no longer a black market for the plant, instead the state can regulate it and also tax it. This can help decrease violence of drug dealing and can keep the communities safer.(Weiss, S. (2013, Feburary). Legally green. State Legislatures, 39(2), 14-18)

Comments

I agree with Miss Weiss that marijuana will be come more common in the future. I also strongly agree that it will be very beneficial to our society as well. I feel that the money marijuana will draw in is a also a very good thing as long as it goes to good use. I feel that people should not be able make a ton of money by it but; I agree it should go to education, towns, churches, charity etc.

I agree with Miss Weiss that marijuana will be come more common in the future. I also strongly agree that it will be very beneficial to our society as well. I feel that the money marijuana will draw in is a also a very good thing as long as it goes to good use. I feel that people should not be able make a ton of money by it but; I agree it should go to education, towns, churches, charity etc.

I don’t really have any personal experiences with this topic but this is something we are currently covering in another class and I feel as though it will apply to our community at some point in the future.
I found it interesting that the benefits seem to revolve more around the financial stability of a state and less around how an individual is affected by legalizing marijuana. Don’t get me wrong, with the way our economy stands right now every little bit helps but there’s a huge drawback with exposing this product to the general public. Research has shown that marijuana is considered the “gateway drug”, increasing the likelihood of other substance abuse or misuse. Do we really want to go down this path? We can’t even control abuse with pain killers and that requires an actual prescription.
Also, the fact that a portion of Washington’s revenue is going towards substance abuse programs is borderline hypocritical. They’re practically saying “we’ll make it easier for you to hit rock bottom but well invest money in a program to help you get back on your feet when you do”. For that why bother, invest the funding in something else.

I thought your post was particularly relevant; especially in my community. I think it’s about time we took the taboo off marijuana. As a black male living in an urban community; the burden seems to fall heaviest in my neck of the woods. Weather its contributing to the unfair prosecution of minorities or removing black and Hispanics males from their household. Minorities are always the sacrificial lamb, for example never a political press conference goes without code language such as my favorite “we ‘ll be tough on crime and drugs “in other words we will incarcerate more minorities for simple nonviolent drug crimes. Your post shines a bright light on a dark subject, that most which would go away.

I very much agree with this article. I think it was very beneficial to add in numbers and statistics so people can have somewhat of a visual to understand what they are reading more fully.
I use to lived in Colorado last year and over my winter break this year. While it has been legalized,there are strict rules that go along with. At first I thought it would be almost a free for all with joints being smoked at every corner but in actually that is not the case. You must be 21 much like our more dangerous drug that is legal all over the world... Alcohol... you must also remain in your house while smoking and driving under the influence of marijuana is also subject to arrest.

While I do also agree with a majority of jrive7's comment, I am glad the argument of marijuana being a gateway drug argument was brought up. There comes a time (usually always) when we need to take responsibility for our own actions. The marijuana does not tell you "go shoot up with heroine I know you want a different high" Taking responsibility for ones actions is a key factor in this debate on the legalization of marijuana.

I very much enjoyed reading this article the response and comments. The initial post was well written and generated a good amount of comments and conversation. Well done!

I like that Weiss discusses all of the rules and regulations done by states who have legalized marijuana and are trying to keep a safe society, such as the age limit and the workplace, however although there are ways that legalizing marijuana may help our economy, I still feel that it is unnecessary and may do more harm to society than good. I feel that medical marijuana is necessary because it can be prescribed to treat things like muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, nausea from people who have undergone cancer chemotherapy, seizure disorders, chron's disease, etc. If medical marijuana helps people and is prescribed specifically by doctors in a sufficient way, it should be allowed. I do not think marijuana should be legalized in general though for recreational purposes. Marijuana could be laced with other drugs, and is considered a gateway drug. If we legalize that, who's to say that people won't want to legalize cocaine? I don't think that it is necessary to legalize marijuana. Social factors that have led to my decision are the driving regulations, decision making, and gateway drugs. I think it is important for it to be used for medicinal purposes when prescribed, but legalizing it for recreational use would serve no purpose other than contributing to addiction.

This post really drew me in because I'm completely against legalizing marijuana. First off let me start out by saying how does it even come close to making sense with the fact that the money made from people smoking pot is going to go towards helping people quit smoking pot. You said that the money from legalizing marijuana will go toward substance abuse programs. It seems kind of ironic and doesn't make much sense. Next I want to talk about how it says the money made from legalizing marijuana will also go towards the public school system fund. I grew up in Rochester and smoking weed is huge where I went to school. I am confident in saying that 90 percent of the people that were big smokers did terrible in school. It definitely effects your schooling and lowers your motivation to succeed because all your focused on is getting high. So the fact that the money marijuana brings in is going towards education completely cancels itself out. Having marijuana legal will obviously result in more smokers, the already smokers smoking more, more students skipping classes and more people doing terrible in school. In the end no one will care if there's some extra money in the school because if anything it will only be benefiting the students who don't smoke. I'm not saying everybody, but I am confident in stating that there is a direct correlation between people who smoke and the amount that they care to succeed in life. Lastly I want to talk about how smoking marijuana changes people. I have a lot of friends who smoke weed. I have studied them when they are high and when they aren't. All I can tell you from my point of view is that all of my friends do things that they wouldn't do if they weren't high. Many of them get into fights when they are high. These are the people that I would never expect to be violent. I also completely agree that marijuana is a gateway drug, but I'm not going to get into that. So maybe legalizing marijuana has some positive economic impacts, but from my point of view, their are many more important negative impacts that we need to look at before making a legalizing decision.

I can agree to what Weiss is trying to convey. If all those figures are true, then why not go ahead and legalize it elsewhere? Times are changing, and people are seeming to open their minds and eyes to the possibility of countrywide legalization of Marijuana. I think we give it a few years and depending on the success, or failure in both states, we may finally see it become a possibility. The only real thing that I think will be made irrelevant by all the states legalizing it would be tourists. If you can smoke legally in your own state, then why go out West other than for normal vacations? Other than that, Weiss has a point, and I think it's time people stop being so closed minded.

I can agree to what Weiss is trying to convey. If all those figures are true, then why not go ahead and legalize it elsewhere? Times are changing, and people are seeming to open their minds and eyes to the possibility of countrywide legalization of Marijuana. I think we give it a few years and depending on the success, or failure in both states, we may finally see it become a possibility. The only real thing that I think will be made irrelevant by all the states legalizing it would be tourists. If you can smoke legally in your own state, then why go out West other than for normal vacations? Other than that, Weiss has a point, and I think it's time people stop being so closed minded.

This summary is well written, I had an easy time reading it and you left out redundant details allowing for a smooth flow. This particular subject is widely debated and while I myself see the legalization of pot as something that could be beneficial to our society, it also gives way to some negative consequences. Check out this article to learn about one of those problems, it highlights a negative trend that is going hand in hand with the legalization of marijuana in certain states. http://www.policeone.com/drug-interdiction-narcotics/articles/6899473-Le...

I really liked the way you wrote this summary and brought forth the main arguments of the article without all the less useful information. Personally, I agree with Weiss because if we look at a substance already legalized, like alcohol, I think if we wrote an article about it's dangers and changed the name of the substance, people would be calling for it to be outlawed. I also think that studies that show that Marijuana is a gateway drug do not necessarily apply to a situation where it would be legal. If it were made legal, wouldn't the appeal of it lessen because there is less danger associated with it? Furthermore, Weiss points out that legalizing marijuana also allows it to be regulated an taxed. The extra advantage to that is that police will spend less time busting pot dealers because they will gradually disappear. In my hometown, there is a news article every week about illegal pot plants being seized, whereas missing children reports only increase. Surely our resources could go towards a more safer society instead of hunting down pot growers.

I am on the fence with this subject. Yes revenue and profit will go in education and other disciplines, but the only thing that worries me is that young people will abuse of it being legal. I saw in your post that you mentioned a 21 year old age limit, but is that the age limit to buy some marijuana or for something else. The new trend nowadays is to go out with friends and smoke weed. I read that marijuana relaxes you and eases your stress, but I think it could lead to future consequences. I think that if people smoke marijuana it could lead to failed opportunities in the work force. Will a business owner take a chance on a pot smoke to work for him? It’s always going to be a heated debate when deciding to legalizing marijuana. However, the biggest con for me on this matter is the sports side of the matter. You see in sports players take a drug test to see if they are clean, and for those tests, marijuana is a banned substance. Seeing that it is now legal in Colorado and Washington, but still banned by the NCAA athletes could be mislead in to taking weed with friends thinking that it is legal and that they could still play , but when they do a drug test for the NCAA or other sports federation they are suspended or banned from competition, and lose a scholarship, an education, and more. I just hope that teens in these states where marijuana is legal are provided with the right information, so they can make adequate and intelligent decisions!

I am on the fence with this subject. Yes revenue and profit will go in education and other disciplines, but the only thing that worries me is that young people will abuse of it being legal. I saw in your post that you mentioned a 21 year old age limit, but is that the age limit to buy some marijuana or for something else. The new trend nowadays is to go out with friends and smoke weed. I read that marijuana relaxes you and eases your stress, but I think it could lead to future consequences. I think that if people smoke marijuana it could lead to failed opportunities in the work force. Will a business owner take a chance on a pot smoke to work for him? It’s always going to be a heated debate when deciding to legalizing marijuana. However, the biggest con for me on this matter is the sports side of the matter. You see in sports players take a drug test to see if they are clean, and for those tests, marijuana is a banned substance. Seeing that it is now legal in Colorado and Washington, but still banned by the NCAA athletes could be mislead in to taking weed with friends thinking that it is legal and that they could still play , but when they do a drug test for the NCAA or other sports federation they are suspended or banned from competition, and lose a scholarship, an education, and more. I just hope that teens in these states where marijuana is legal are provided with the right information, so they can make adequate and intelligent decisions!

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