The Legalization of Pot

There have always been two schools of thought when it comes to marijuana:  many consider it an illegal, gateway drug to other more serious drugs and others believe it is a harmless, helpful medication, suitable to alleviate pain from other ailments. Then there are those who just smoke it because they like it; the recreational users. Touted as the America’s third most popular drug behind tobacco and alcohol, marijuana’s popularity took on new life in the 1960’s and has been a bone of contention ever since.

 

Many recreational users equate the use of marijuana to that of having a few alcoholic drinks; something that relaxes them and provides a feeling of euphoria. Not everyone experiences the same reaction to the drug; there are people, particularly those who suffer from anxiety, for whom marijuana takes them to a paranoid, apprehensive state. Nonetheless, marijuana has enjoyed a steady acceptance over the past few years, with several states even legalizing the drug for recreational use. So far, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts are the states that give the bye to getting high, as does our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.

There are rules, of course, that accompany the legalization of recreational marijuana in each state. While Alaska was the third state to legalize the use of cannabis for fun, private use of marijuana in the state was declared a right back in 1975 that small amounts of pot possession was protected under a person’s right to privacy. Nowadays, adults over 21 can carry an ounce of marijuana and own six plants; however, smoking pot in public in Alaska will cost you a $100.00 fine.Colorado has deemed marijuana legal for recreational sale only by state licensed stores and that individuals cannot sell it for a profit. Adults over 21 can possess marijuana, up to an ounce and can grow a small number of plants. Just don’t try to smoke pot in public in Colorado; it is still illegal. Oregon has adopted similar laws; Oregonians can possess an ounce of marijuana in public, grow up to four plants in their homes and keep up to eight ounces at home. If you are at least 21 years old and live in the state of Washington, you may now legally have up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use. Don’t expect to smoke it in public and don’t grow it at home; neither is legal in Washington state. California’s recreational pot laws mirror that of other states; one ounce for persons over 21 and the ability to grow up to six plants at home. But don’t be caught blowing smoke in public; it will set you back at least $100.00 and even more if you are in a non-smoking establishment. Nevada, home of Sin City, will now be home of Stink Weed City since the passing of the recreational marijuana law making recreational marijuana throughout the state legal for adults 21 and up. You can again, possess an ounce and grow up to six plants legally. Tiny Maine allows adults to carry up to two and a half ounces of the green stuff, and to grow six plants at home. The state of Massachusetts allows you to have that ounce of pot on you and you can grow six plants, as well as have ten ounces at home for your personal consumption. However, our capital is the place to be if you are a recreational pot user; the District of Columbia allows adults to possess up to two ounces on your person and you can grow up to six plants at home. Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? If you’re in D.C., you can gift another adult up to an ounce of marijuana. Whichever of these states you purchase your recreational marijuana in, be prepared to pay a huge tax; the states want their piece of that pot pie.

There are now 29 states that allow medicinal use of boulder marijuana but there are differences between the medicinal use and the recreational use of marijuana. In addition to the reasons people smoke marijuana, there is also the marijuana itself. Medicinal marijuana contains cannabidiol or CBD as its main chemical for its therapeutic purposes; recreational marijuana has high concentrations of THC, the chemical that produces the “high”.  The CBD content in medicinal marijuana partially limits the high inducing effect of the THC and has also been shown to help reduce pain and inflammation.

The states that have legalized pot’s recreational use are the proving grounds for the other states. If the proponents for legal pot prove their point that Boulder Marijuana Seeds is not as harmful as many believe it is, more states may follow suit and let marijuana be legalized for recreational use. The recreational pot supporters have several legitimate reasons for their position, other than the drug’s euphoric effect. Most importantly, it is heavily taxed, which creates additional revenue for the states. Additionally, by decriminalizing marijuana, there will be fewer people in jail and fewer cases bogging down the legal system. Money is now diverted to the legal dispensaries and stores instead of illegal drug dealers. The marijuana itself can be regulated better so instead of potentially buying marijuana laced with another drug from a dealer, the overall product would be safer.

Recreational marijuana supporters also argue that pot is less dangerous than alcohol, tobacco and—some argue—even sugar. While the latter three are legal, they all have shown long term negative effects on the body, at times worse than anything associated with occasional pot smoking. Alcohol is not only shown to be addictive, but it is more apt to be associated with a violent crime than marijuana. Tobacco is also addictive, and known to cause various cancers, as well as other serious health issues. Even sugar has addictive qualities and is linked to obesity and diabetes. Clinical studies have shown that marijuana is less addictive than the accepted drugs that are already an accepted part of society.

Only time will tell is recreational marijuana dispensary in boulder is going to be legalized in more states and even federally legalized. In the meantime, there are studies to prove that the legalization of pot will outweigh the drawbacks. The seven states that have recently legalized its use will be under the watchful eye of the other states to determine the fate of the legalization of recreational use elsewhere.