Head Shops Sell Pot Legally
Colorado and Washington became the first two states to decriminalize the purchase, possession and use of THC. This year voters in both states decided that the positive benefits of legalizing marijuana outweigh the negative ones. The Huffington Post covers this story, highlighting some of the financial benefits and reasons why both states passed these laws. I wonder how far behind other states are from doing the same? It makes me think that the creation of jobs gives “Pot Farming” a whole new meaning and it is not just a game for Facebook.
I was thinking that I can see the positive benefits of the decriminalization of marijuana, but there needs to be a few more laws to go along with this. For example, maybe your driver’s license should indicate that you are a marijuana user and you would have driving restrictions. The Huffington Post does not indicate if this has been addressed. The laws probably will not be in full effect for about one year and still face a conflict with federal laws, where marijuana is still a controlled substance. State officials have plenty of time to iron out the logistics.
Another concern may be that marijuana has been a gateway drug for many addicts and the increasing availability of this drug may have negative implications for underage users. We see this with alcohol. You must be 21 to buy and drink alcohol, but it is readily available and believe me, you can find convenience stores that sells to underage customers. The same approach would hold true for kids who want to try marijuana; you no longer have to ask your older brother to get it for you.
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