CTV News Nov 7
CTV News with Lisa Laflamme
“Planting the Seeds” – Washington and Colorado legalize marijuana.
This story is timely because it happened on Wednesday November 7. The importance of this is this is evidence that the prohibition on marijuana might be ending. Proximity is this is happening in the next country, these laws may prompt Canada into rethinking marijuana laws. This story involves high level government officials who are prominent people. The unnecessary and expensive war on marijuana could be ending, that’s what is odd about this.
So two states have legalized marijuana as of Wednesday. This is a good start! Pot is definitely not worth spending a trillion dollars on. For 40 years the war on drugs has been filling our prisons with people who don’t need to be there. Not to mention that the trillion dollars spent putting potheads in prison was coming out of your tax dollars.
In Washington and Colorado the recreational use of marijuana is now legal, which means smoking it to get high. It’s legal in those states but it’s still illegal on a federal level. Many people believe that the federal government will intervene. It appears this law was passed as a protest which is challenging the feds to intervene and encouraging other states to rethink their drug laws as well. This is also making Canadian activists pressure our government even more. Although a statement from a Canadian government official said that this government will not be legalizing pot. That doesn’t change the push they’ll be feeling in the wake of this.
One quote from this newscast was particularly powerful.
“It’s a strange day when Canada looks to the United States as a picture of liberalism”.
It is quite strange considering the U.S. has always been Canada’s uptight, conservative neighbour. We legalized gay marriage over 7 years ago while the U.S has still barely made headway on the issue. The roles have been reversed.
Putting these laws into effect will make marijuana purchasable like alcohol. It can be sold in state-licensed stores. It will be taxed like alcohol bringing in a lot more money for the government. Under this law a person is allowed to have up to an ounce (28.5 grams) of pot for personal use as long as they are 21 years of age or older.
Hearing and reading about this has made me wonder if these states are going to re-examine cases of people being put in jail for possession. I wonder if they’ll let them out of jail and give them some sort of compensation. That seems like a just thing to do because they were put in jail for such a stupid reason. This law will stoke the fire of activism all over North America.
This article was also a good source of information and a lot more detailed if you want to learn more.