Decades of debate in politics have taken place, and finally, the use of marijuana was legalized in Colorado on November last year, with the sales opening at January 1. Citizens are now looking closely at what will turn out in the said state, and if it turns out positively, then the legalization might just spread to the other states.
Is this really the first step to a marijuana-legalized USA?
The exchange between the pro-cannabis and anti-cannabis in the arena of politics has been a very interesting one to say the least. Tracking the debate might just give anyone the idea on how the pros won in Colorado.
The leading opposition came from the healthcare institutes, especially the American Medical Association. Their primary argument against recreational marijuana is the medical implication. They state that pot usage can lead to lower memory capacity and impairment of the mind. Such implications would lead to an unproductive individual, which is why we should still ban pot.
Pro-cannabis groups would argue however, that tobacco and alcohol can lead to worse medical implications such as lung cancer and liver complication. Smoking claims several million deaths each year and many are using vaporizers such as these in an attempt to lower this number.
If so, why are they still legal? In addition, there is a lack of substantive medical research on the negative and even the positive effects of marijuana in the human body. For all we know, pot can be the cure for cancer!
Other aspects tackled by the debate include the welfare of the youth, the black market purge, and and problems on regulatory politics.
Skimming Over the Law
Though legalized, the marijuana transactions and usage are still heavily guided by the law. The taxation would also rend an ounce of cannabis highly expensive. Other regulations include:
- Only persons aged 21 and over can buy marijuana.
- Stores will have to undergo a lot of tests before they can sell marijuana.
- Growing your own pot in your backyard is limited to six plants.
- Lighting a joint is allowed only in private premises.
- Sanctions on whoever breaks any of these rules are heavy and will apply.
These provisions put up a high guard against abuse, of which the anti-marijuana movement strongly highlights.
The next question is, if legalizing recreational marijuana turns out to be a not much of a bad idea, will the other states legalize it too? As of now, the politics of other states are not too concerned with legalizing pot. The president himself thought that he had “bigger fish to fry.” Somehow, all that can be predicted is that there will be an increase of tourists, maybe even migrants in Colorado.