California says no to Mary Jane
Could California be the first state to legalize recreational use of marijuana? If so what would it mean for the rest of the world?
Will California open Mary Jane up for the rest of the nation?
California voters turned out and voted no to the legalization of recreational marijuana. 43% said yes but 57% said no. The referendum would have allowed Californians over the age of twenty one to legally own one ounce of marijuana and to be able to cultivate and grow cannabis in a twenty five foot square area.
Marijuana has been legal for medical use in CA since 1996 but it now looks doubtful that it will be legal for recreational use anytime soon. Only Multnomah County voted in favor of this bold measure. It was reported that even people from other countries were interested in the outcome of this referendum. It was feared by many that if passed in California many more doors would soon be opening.
Marijuana does have many medical uses such as treatment for glaucoma, AIDS, symptoms of cancer, pain, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and several others. There are currently 14 states here in the U.S. that allow the use of medical marijuana and eight more with legislation still pending.
While doctors across the board do not agree on medical marijuana being a good thing, many believe that it is. Many of those that are against it are so because they want more tests to be done with it. As a pain reliever alone it is far less expensive than most everything else on the market today.