Legalization: A Domino Effect?

Aside from having built-in amusement at drawn out family functions, having a twin growing up as also useful when it came to trying out new things, whether it was an unrecognizable vegetable being forced upon us, or later in life, when it was time to give marriage a try.

I’ll just let her do it first and see how it works out.  Then I’ll decide how I feel about doing it.

Colorado is drawing some attention as Amendment 64 gives it a fighting chance to become the first state, or one of the first to actually legalize cannabis use, and not just for medicinal purposes.  According to the Denver Post 48 percent plan to vote for the initiative while 43 percent plan to vote against it.  This would allow adults over the age of 21 to purchase up to one ounce of cannabis, which has been estimated at up to 60 joints or eight pans of pot brownies.  Cannabis would be sold at retail stores throughout the state.

Like any controversial change, it has its opponents, most vocally a No On 64 group.  They believe if the amendment passes, it would be an addictive threat to children living in the state, it would conflict with federal law; it would promote increased cannabis use and increased impaired driving on Colorado roads.

But as the amendment is still ahead in surveys these opponents may find out first hand if their complaints are valid as the state shifts towards this new way of life.

Will stereotypes be lifted?  Will cannabis users refrain from driving impaired?  Will the age of consumption remain the same or change in Colorado’s youth?  People living in the state are about to find out first hand, rather than depending on predictions.

And similar to how my sister would watch the first time I gave a new vegetable a try, the rest of the states will be watching too.  And this could make or break a domino-effect change that could happen throughout the rest of the United States, once we find out first hand whether prohibition has been helping or harming us for all these years.