All eyes are going to be on Colorado, as they have just done an amazing thing: they have just legalized marijuana for recreational use!
Now, not everyone supported it. Trust us, though, that there were even people who don't smoke weed that thought it was a good idea. Mainly because it is. We're willing to bet that crime is about to drop, just you wait.
If you're worried about how it's going to work, don't — think how Amsterdam handles it — and realize it will be several months, perhaps as long as a year, before Colorado adults 21-and-over can enjoy the legal sale of marijuana.
"Over the past eight years in Colorado, we have argued that it is irrational to punish adults for choosing to use a product that is far less harmful than alcohol. Today, the voters agreed. Colorado will no longer have laws that steer people toward using alcohol, and adults will be free to use marijuana instead if that is what they prefer. And we will be better off as a society because of it."
We say it's about time. Regardless if you smoke or not, the facts are there. It's just a shame that the city of LA has backtracked against what their citizens want — whatever crazy pills they're taking need to be flushed down the toilet.
Oh, and did we mention Washington? Washington state passed Initiative 502 which regulates and taxes sales of small amounts of marijuana for adults. It's not quite the size and scope of Colorado, but hey, they get a high-five too!
One of the directors continued:
"Today, the people of Colorado have rejected the failed policy of marijuana prohibition. Thanks to their votes, we will now reap the benefits of regulation. We will create new jobs, generation million of dollars in tax revenue, and allow law enforcement to focus on serious crimes. It would certainly be a travesty if the Obama administration used its power to impose marijuana prohibition upon a state whose people have declared, through the democratic process, that they want it to end."
Now we'll have to wait and see if the Feds are jerks about it, and continue living in the past. It's so frustrating to witness all the wasted money and manpower on such a fake problem.
Oh, and the industry could bring in as much as $22 million a year for the state in taxes. One report says upwards of $60 million. Just sayin'.
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