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Well, there goes the neighborhood. Legalized recreational marijuana in California

There goes the neighborhood.

Another state in the United States of America has made it legal to buy and use recreational, not just medical, Mary Jane, Pot, Wacky Tabacky, Weed, THC aka Tetrahydrocannabinol. This is not good news. I hate it. They think they can cut down in drug cartels by doing this?

Get real . The only thing this will do is add to the number of people getting stoned. Nothing more.

Still, it can get bad for the user if they cross state lines and carry it with them from point A to Point X. -X- being a state where marijuana use is still against the law. It is legal in only certain states.


I was never a fan of drugs, especially street drugs, and then again, the people who want them will get them any way they can so if they get them for less by getting them legally in the state of California, well, they will do that, so at least they won't be buying from Joe Blow Drug Dealer, right?

WRONG! Just wait and see. The results of passing this new marijuana drug law for recreational use will have many repercussions.

The addition will become widespread in numbers of users

And those who still have drug connections and are willing to bypass the tax on this drug, will do so anyway, most likely and the numbers of frequent marijuana users will escalate and that will lead to more and more offers by drug dealers to give users a choice of buying it TAX FREE and at a lower price and perhaps even in larger amounts. Think about it. Drug dealers will find ways around this law to keep their pockets lined with the money they get from their faithful users.

Stoned again, unnaturally.

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Kasman wrote on January 2, 2018, 3:05 PM

Curiously, there is an argument that ALL drugs should be legalised thereby removing entirely the whole illegal drugs market. This (or so the argument goes) will save an absolute fortune in drug enforcement measures and spell the end of the drugs trade. I'm not an advocate of this view because if we extend it further and carry it to its logical conclusion it would mean that there would be no such thing as crime - nothing would be illegal - but that, of course, will lead to anarchy and the breakdown of society. The legalisation of marijuana could be viewed as a step down that slippery slope. Marijuana is nowhere near as harmful as alcohol or tobacco taken in excess and they are legal. Why? Because (apart from a brief spell of prohibition) they have never been illegal and big business got its talons into those two long before their dangers were recognised. Banning alcohol or tobacco today would be politically impossible and yet taken together they probably cause more damage than all illegal drugs combined.

VinceSummers wrote on January 2, 2018, 7:18 PM

Imagine a drunk, stoned, text-er is right behind *your* car.

MegL wrote on January 3, 2018, 3:58 AM

I am of the opinion that it should be legalised and taxed, so the tax goes to government. That is what happens with alcohol and tobacco as you have pointed out. There is a small trade in bootlegged liquor, poteen, here in Ireland but I don't see them on street corners.

Last Edited: January 3, 2018, 3:59 AM

Angeles wrote on January 3, 2018, 4:24 PM

I guess this new law will just make it easier... I mean, it will be much easier to buy it. So, the price will be lower and it would stop having "middlemen" selling it. So, before this law, people buying it illegally would pay a higher price, and, with no money, they would need to get that money with violence... And maybe, the marijuana quality could not be good... I find so many pros and cons... But something clear is "taxes", that will be the positive point for any government allowing this type of laws.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 5, 2018, 1:58 PM

I can imagine it. It would be a disaster.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 5, 2018, 2:00 PM

I see things going the other direction as to prices going upward and taxation on the rise and limited amounts sold to individuals so they can not buy and re-sell to others in other states that remain against this new law as the United States of America is not exactly United in this area.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 5, 2018, 2:03 PM

As it stands, the government has it's hands in just about everything we buy and sell and this would indeed never change. But there is a difference between legalizing marijuana and destroying the drug networking cartels altogether and banning the substance 100 percent to everyone. That kind of control might only work under a dictatorship with severe penalties to those who break the law and continue to make, sell and distribute.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 5, 2018, 2:04 PM

Yes, of course.