According to a June 29 news report, a new state law in Colorado will require every city in the state to decide if they are going to allow marijuana retail sales or not by early October, since voters chose to approve the drug for recreational use late last year, per the Christian Science Monitor.
The Obama Administration has consistently reiterated its firm opposition to any form of drug legalization, according to the White House.gov website.
In fact, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has listed five key points showing why it is the position of the White House that marijuana use is dangerous and the consequences expected if marijuana legalization were ever achieved nationally.
First, marijuana use is harmful and should be discouraged because it is associated with dependence, as well as respiratory and mental illness, the White House.gov site states. It can cause distorted perceptions, too, and studies have shown associations between chronic use and depression. suicidal thoughts and schizophrenia.
Other research has shown it contains 50-70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke.
Second, legalization would lower price, thereby increasing use. That’s what happened with alcohol and tobacco. And the government believes the only way to keep misuse and abuse of drugs down is to keep them from being legalized or accepted by the majority.
Third, the alleged tax revenues some believe would be realized by legalizing the illicit and dangerous substance would be easily offset by the higher costs to society when those under the influence have to be treated medically for their addictions, be prosecuted for their criminal actions while under the influence, or adversely impact work productivity while on the job.
Fourth, when alcohol was legalized it did not reduce criminal justice expenses or arrests; it increased them due to intoxicated drivers getting behind the wheel of a car or becoming violent while under the influence. And it is believed that the same would hold true with marijuana use.
Lastly, legalizing marijuana would not curb drug cartels activity or violence, as they would continue to operate their businesses, even if they had to cut their price to below market value to retain market share.
usedview.com’s Roz Zurko says the Huffington Post reported that more Americans want the drug legalized than don’t, citing the Pew Research Center’s statistics, but the Christian Science Monitor reports that even in Colorado–where the drug use was legalized for recreational use last year–as many as 34 cities and counties in that state have banned the retail sale of the drug.
In addition, 25 more cities and counties in the state are refusing to decide about the retail sales issue at present, having put a hold on that decision temporarily as they review the matter more deeply.
Atlanta Top News Examiner Radell Smith has a degree in criminal justice and behavioral forensics. Her experience and knowledge of the law enforcement community and drug crime influences her writing on the topic.
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