As the state of California prepares to vote on the legalization of Marijuana I sit here wondering what this means in terms of future drug use. I have heard all of the arguments for and against the legalization discussion and I am not sure which side of the fence I am on with the issue. It brings up one question in my mind:
Would the legalization of Marijuana cause a decline in the use of other drugs such as Cocaine, Heroin and Ecstasy? Would getting high cultivate a continued effort to get a bigger high? They say, and I am not so sure I agree, that pot is safer than tobacco, not habit forming like Heroin and less damaging to the lungs. But what does it do to your ability to drive a car, operate heavy machines or take care of your kids? Do we think Americans are capable of self regulation in a time where self regulation is a joke? Don’t make me point to McDonalds and the amount of severely obese people in the US….which reminds me, pot makes you hungry and gives you the munchies.
It is naive to think that if legalized that people would smoke pot at home, when they were not a danger to others or it affected their work. Are we mature enough as a society to be able to handle this responsibility? I am not convinced, and I think that the answer has to be negative. Even with 1.4 billion dollars in tax revenue I think that readily available legal pot would just cause more grief in the long run, simply because Americans have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are not mature enough to do it safely.