Politicians Are Finally Making Sense About Marijuana Prohibition

Donald Pennington By Donald Pennington, 22nd Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/cdibkfag/
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I called it, way back in the day of April 30, 2013, on a site came to be known as the bubble-ooze. I'm moving it here:

Who knew I'd ever say there were any politicians with a lick of sense? Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) are pushing for legislation to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana and instead of banning it, legalize it, tax it and regulate it.

My only sources

First, there's more here:

While these two hold a lofty aim of hoping the tax revenue generated might smoke down the deficit (and heck, why not?) I'm all for legalization for a different reason altogether: Keeping it out of the hands of kids.

See, I started smoking marijuana way back when I was about 9-years-old. And it screwed my life up. At a time when the energy of my youth should have driven me to learn and study and grow and establish the foundation of a good, happy, productive life, I chose the euphoria of pot as an escape from a crappy childhood (Sorry mom.).

And, there's personal experience

And later in life, when I wanted to quit smoking the stuff (and don't let anyone kid you, anything pleasurable can be addictive) I was scared to ask for help. I was scared of the judgment. I was scared of going to jail. This reluctance to ask for help with quitting marijuana contributed to my continued use.

I hope I don't seem to be giving an excuse to why I didn't quit. I was just stupid and for so long, marijuana was my only friend. I needed to escape its hold and I was afraid to even ask anyone else for advice – and there was plenty of advice and support available. But I didn't ask for it because I was scared of ending up on some ham-fisted bureaucrat's list.

Look at Portugal's success rate with helping people quit drugs after they decriminalized in 2001 Our current ridiculous “war on drugs” is a waste of money and resources and actually discourages those who need help from seeking it.

So, now that Clorado and Washington are a huge success, let's talk, the rest of us

It's about time we're seeing a rational, adult conversation on the topic of legalization of marijuana. I'd hate to think we, as a society, would want to keep millions of people in the same boat I was in for so long

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