In 1996, California became the first state to legalize the medical use of marijuana. I wasn’t surprised since the state is known for things like drugs, liberals, homosexuals, more liberals, nuts, more liberals and more nuts. At first the regulation of the medical marijuana was a nightmare but state officials eventually worked it out.
In November’s election, California voters decided to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21-years of age and older. The vote margin was 56% to 44% in favor of the measure, making the most populous state the fifth in the nation; behind Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington to pass a measure for the recreational use of marijuana. Voters in Massachusetts and Nevada also passed a similar pot embracing measure.
The ironic thing about California’s passage of legalized recreational marijuana is that there was nothing set in place to allow citizens to take advantage of the new law. There were no recreational pot shops. The shops were those that sold for medical use only and even after the new law, those shops required a patient card.
However, the new California law does allow one to grow their own marijuana at home but it is strictly for their own private use. They are not allowed to sell or distribute it to others.
It may be hard to believe but there are still some people in California that have a functioning brain and are concerned about the many problems associated with marijuana use. Some are concerned about the sudden increase in the mysterious disease plaguing emergency rooms in Colorado and elsewhere. The mysterious disease is called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) and is becoming more prevalent with frequent and prolonged use of marijuana and marijuana products.
Others in California are concerned about the safety factors like those seen in Colorado where first time users overdo and end up hurt, dead or hurting others. One man ran over the edge of his balcony and was killed. Another man not used to using pot, ate some marijuana laced candy and went crazy. His wife called 9-1-1 saying her husband was going crazy and wanting her to shoot him. While still on the phone with 9-1-1, the husband ended up shooting and killing wife, all while under the effects of marijuana.
Some are also concerned about the increase in traffic accidents, injuries and deaths from driving under the influence of marijuana. In late 2015, the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area released their annual report which revealed the impact of legal marijuana use. Among the alarming report, marijuana related traffic deaths have increased by 32%. Not all of those that lost their lives were the users of marijuana. They were the innocent victims of someone else who was driving while under the effects of marijuana.
They also reported significant increases in emergency room and hospital visits linked to marijuana use. Additionally, they reported that school expulsions have increased by 40% with the majority of them being related to marijuana.
That brings another concern being looked at by some Californians and that is how to keep the pot out of the hands of kids. One reporter from the Golden State wrote:
“Happy New Year and pass the pot. But now that weed is legal for adults in California, we need somehow to keep more teens from toking.”
“Regular use can stunt their mental growth.”
“There’s plenty of research that shows youthful brain impairment caused by continual marijuana intake.”
“Proof of cannabis damage to brain cells can be found in social media comments by potheads whenever anyone raises a red flag about dope’s dangers. ‘Reefer Madness rubbish’ is a common retort, as if that constitutes a dissertation.”
Many already question the mental capabilities of many Californians, but that question may well become a fact in another 10 years or so as thousands of young teens get their hands on marijuana and begin using at an early age. Since pot use by minors has long been a problem, just think of how many more will be using now that it will be easier to obtain and even legal to grow for personal use. If you don’t think that a real concern, just listen to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and realize that she is from California and that many more younger people could grow up just like her.