Do you think marijuana should be legal in California?
Asked by Jane Belanger
August 25, 2010
From Del Cerro (Retired)
I think medical marijuana is fine, but it should be administered like any other medication — at a pharmacy, not dispensed at one of these marijuana dispensaries. It’s getting too loose that way.
From Encanto (Barrista)
Yes, absolutely. I don’t think it does anybody any harm, really. I mean, you don’t see serial killers smoking pot. There aren’t any angry pot smokers around. That’s my experience, anyway. Of course, they’re going to tax it, but we’re in the hole, and I know education could use some money. I know that personally because I’m, like, number 25 on the wait list for all the classes that I have, so I think it would be good.
From Golden Hill (Kitchen Prep)
It seems pretty attainable either way. I guess the biggest thing it would affect is maybe the drug cartels. They wouldn’t have the power that they have now. It’d be given to the government. I’ve heard stories about how Mexican drug cartels are taking over farms in Northern California. It might help with that. I’d vote for it.
From Linda Vista (Computer Engineer)
Yes! It should be legalized everywhere. I don’t believe alcohol should be legal and not marijuana. What separates marijuana from other drugs is that it’s the only drug you can plant with a seed, naturally, go out, and pick it, and you don’t have to transform it. With any other drug — with alcohol, cocaine, crack, meth, heroin, speed — you have to transform it in some way to get it to work. With marijuana you just plant a seed and, months later, you can just pick it off the tree and use it. Every other drug you have to process; it’s man-made in some way.
From Lemon Grove (Iron Worker)
Absolutely. Even though I don’t smoke it, I think it should be legal. People are less violent, less apt to be a thief, things like that...for health needs. I don’t think it’s addicting. I smoked it for 45 years. I, myself, don’t do anything anymore because that’s what I choose. But if I was going to do something, I would rather smoke pot than drink.
From Serra Mesa (Wilflife Biologist)
Yes, I do. I’ll be voting for it in November. I just think it’s a natural thing. It’s not manufactured from chemicals and it’s better for you in some ways than alcohol; it’s better for your liver. It’s another alternative.