One of the major arguments against medical marijuana is that it's the de facto legalization of recreational marijuana. While that may be true under some state's laws, California's for example, my biggest criticism of the amendment we will be voting on in November is that it's too restrictive. Regardless, that argument loses its punch as more and more states join the recreational marijuana club with no major issues. If polls are correct, California will be one of the next. 
In November, Californians will again consider whether to legalize pot, this time with Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Voters will have to ask themselves whether the time has come to treat marijuana less like heroin and more like alcohol — as a regulated but acceptable product for adult use. Do the risks of legalization outweigh the costs of prohibition? Does Proposition 64 strike the right balance between allowing adult Californians to make their own recreational choices and protecting their health and safety? Does the measure put cannabis-industry profits ahead of public health? What does it mean that marijuana will be legal under California law but still illegal under federal law?
On balance, the proposition deserves a “yes” vote. It is ultimately better for public health, for law and order and for society if marijuana is a legal, regulated and controlled product for adults. Proposition 64 — while not perfect — offers a logical, pragmatic approach to legalization that also would give lawmakers and regulators the flexibility to change the law to address the inevitable unintended consequences.
The reality is that California has already, essentially, legalized marijuana. Virtually any adult can get a medical marijuana recommendation and buy pot products legally at a dispensary. And those who can’t be bothered to fake a headache or back pain can buy it on the black market without fear of going to jail.


  1. Legalize, decriminalize, okay fine. So long as the train engineer, airplane pilot, ship captain, or the guy/gal in the oncoming lane is not high, who cares?

  2. Yes, 10:29, just like alcohol.

  3. Just fucking admit you are a lazy stoner and that is why you want it legal. Stop bullshitting about medical Marijuana. I want to legalize it and everything else because the war on drugs is a complete failure. At least I don't lie about it like godfucker.

  4. @12:25-- Well, now! Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed!

  5. @12:25

    Stoner? Guilty as charged. But I can start and stop with ease, because marijuana isn't chemically addictive, unlike its legal counterparts alcohol and tobacco.

    Lazy? You couldn't keep up with me on my worst day and your best, you tired old joke.

  6. Re 11:57 AM

    Yes, just like alcohol. Prohibition does not work. The unsuccessful War on Drugs has been running 45 years. The war failed. Let's end the stupid war already.


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