Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use on the first of January of this year. Ever since, we’ve been hearing other people in other states asking for (and sometimes demanding) legalization of it in their states.
Here’s a simple, and I think scientific, suggestion regarding legalizing it anywhere else: before you consider legalization elsewhere, let’s allow Colorado to be our open-air laboratory to see exactly what the effects are going to be. If, as we’re hearing from the pro-pot folks, it’s no more dangerous than alcohol, then I think a year’s worth of evidence ought to show that; on the other hand, if it turns out to be as bad (or worse) than the doomcriers have been predicting, then the evidence ought to show that, as well. Once the evidence is in, voters can then be given the opportunity to legalize it or not.
Although, considering some of the news already coming out of Colorado – some even before recreational marijuana hit the shelves – I don’t think the pro-pot folks would really want to do this; after all, it might not help their cause.
Just call it a hunch.