by Jack Lee
It’s going to be very interesting to see how these states handle legalizing marijuana. In Butte County apparently you can only grow $500,000 worth (99 plants) for your own medicinal purposes. That dollar amount is for full grown, high grade marijuana plants sold off by the cigarette. It’s probably really worth about $50k, but still that’s a lot of cash and a lot of people are tempted to become growers because of the money.
How will pot effect job performance, sick-time, health insurance costs, vehicle accidents or home accidents? Won’t take much for a person to get really loaded with a drink and a joint. Will that lead to more arrests for DUI? What about the long term effects, such as birth defects, lung cancer and serious addictions? We can speculate, but nobody knows for sure and finally we’re about to find out. The bad part is once something is made legal it’s almost impossible to make it illegal. They tried that with booz remember? Didn’t work too well. Of course it’s not working out too well with the status quo on pot laws either.
And what about under age users? The law states that only people over 21 will be able to purchase and use marijuana legally, but even before the legislation has take effect, teenagers are already “finding ways to get their hands on” the drug.
According to one high school senior, “9 out of 10″ of his classmates have smoked marijuana in the past. Another said, “Most of my friends use it” because “it’s not typically classified as, like, a harmful drug, like as meth or whatever.” A third added, “There’s a bunch of people who come to this school high.”
Cabrera reported that marijuana is now the number one thing getting Colorado teens kicked out school, which she said made it “a bigger problem than alcohol, disobedience or weapons violations.” She spoke with one 18-year-old “recovering addict” who has been in and out of jail 10 times in the past four years for marijuana-related offenses including possession of “paraphernalia.” CNN
We’ll keep you posted on this, should be very interesting. Meanwhile if I see you driving a new Porsche, we’ll know what you’ve been doing in your spare time.