And cigarettes have been banned in most public places for secondhand smoke. While you could make a claim that pot = alcohol, and alcohol is legal then pot should be ("if a=b and b=c then a=c") I differentiate. How many employers want high employees? How many of them have CDL's that specifically prohibit? I still believe pot is a gateway drug. Just like I think some alcohol is a gateway to some of the harder stuff (some people can handle it, and some people CANNOT). I'm pointing out that we are further opening Pandora's box. People keep citing "well, Europe did it" etc., etc., but they fail to mention the higher rates of heroin and other harder drug addictions that the countries are now saddled with. I don't WANT to be like Europe.
My Dad always said, "If you are doing what everybody else is doing, you are probably wrong too"....
People who smoke weed smoke it whether it's legal or not. You'de also be surprised if you actually knew just who did. CEO's, politicians, high ranking officials, and good ole decent, intelligent, regular folks.
If an employer drug tests for it, then you get fired if you fail one...legal or not.
If you have a cdl(I do), and you test positive for weed, or fail a breathalyzer, you get fired and lose your license. You obviously also go to jail if this happens while you are driving.
Weed is no worse than alcohol, and is much better in so many ways.
If you want to drink alcohol in a bar or restaurant, and act civilly and do not drive, that is fine.
Just as if you drink on or inside personal property.
You also need to possess alcohol if you are to buy it at the store to take home.
Who wants to be arrested for posession of alcohol while sober? No one.
Same goes for weed. If you want to smoke it in or on private property, or at a legal business, so be it.
No one should be arrested for possessing weed taking it to where you privately smoke it.
They are pulled over for a minor traffic violation, and sober, officer says "I smell weed", and off to jail you go. BS!
Considering weed a gateway drug is also total nonsense. "I think I'll try heroin because I tried weed, whether I liked weed or not". BS.
People will try whatever they like.
Raise your children well and as you see fit, but unfortunately it guarantees nothing as to what they will do/try in their lives.
A lot of people don't like you or me(or any of us)on our sportbikes, but not all of us drive recklessly in traffic on public roads either.
If someone wants to smoke weed without harming others, so be it. It is not the governments business to say otherwise.
There are countless idiots amped up or burned out on legal prescription drugs that are far more a danger driving and to society than the folks who just want to smoke weed...and hang out, be mellow, and bother no one. Nobody starts bar fights because they smoked too much weed, but drunks do it every day.
Prohibition of alcohol created the mafia, which is alive and well today, after prohibition is long gone; nearly a century later.
Weed was made illegal by deception and to help promote a politicians personal career. He made nieve America belive it cuased insanity and bred serial killers. His heroic actions made him a star politician.
Do you know the side effects of weed? They are; happy, hungry, and sleepy. They also ease pain and nausea of cancer patients and many other disease and illness.
Did you also know that if you do not burn marijuana that it does not have the euphoric effect/high? But what it does have are many amazing medical benefits. It is treating and curing many illnesses? Now knowing that, who in the world would want to make such a substance illegal?
Our government! Why? Because big drug companies wouldn't be rich and couldn't line politicians pockets if something natural was safe and worked better.
If YOU don't like weed, that is ok. That is your right and I'm not trying to change your mind.
But to stand in the way of it's legalization is to stand behind the government that wants to take YOUR rights and mine away(and likely eventually will).
It's also a true statement that if you've never tried something, you cannot speak truly about it, as you have know personal experience with it.
I couldn't tell you the first thing about jumping out of a plane, but I smoked my share of weed growing up; before family, job, and life responsibilities made it so I could not, as it would be careless in my position.
Kicking back on the couch drinking a beer(which I'de be willing to bet you've done at some point) is no different than kicking back on the couch smoking weed. One person likes one and dislikes the other, it's a personal preference. It should also be a legal choice.