I just read an article that I saw on Google News about the health effects of marijuana. The article stated that the legalization of marijuana will be on the ballots in November in California. And it makes me wonder, could this actually be a good thing? I know, you are thinking that I am a stoner writing this article, but no I am not. I cannot say that I have never tried marijuana, since I was once a college student. But, I am all grown up now and have a job that randomly drug tests. So, I have been drug free (except for the occasional prescription drug as necessary) for a very long time now.
The article I read goes into some of the health effects of marijuana. Of course, there is the whole issue of , you do stupid stuff when you are high. I am pretty sure that driving while high cannot be good, but according to the article I read, it is not as bad as drinking and driving. There is a factor as to the toxicity factor of marijuana, but I am guessing it cannot be too much worse than cigarettes and some food additives. The biggest factor may be the whole lack of motivation that comes with being high. Of course stoners do not have the option of not working because they have to have money to buy the marijuana and snacks.
I am thinking that if California legalizes marijuana, I will have to invest in some pizza and snack companies. I am guessing that junk food consumption would go up dramatically. This may be the answer to the obesity problem in this country also. Thinking back to my stoner friends in college, most of them where rock star thin. No obesity problems there, even though they were out eating everyone else. Hmmm. Also, having a teen myself, I would feel a whole lot better knowing that he could go down to the local pot shop and buy regulated marijuana (not laced with anything) if he decided to dabble in it. And no, I am not promoting teens getting high, but we all know that some teens rebel and if they are going to do it, let them be safe about it and buy it from a legal shop rather than from some questionable character in a shady location. I could probably invest in the pot shop chain too ($).
The biggest positive that I see is that legalizing marijuana brings it to a point where it can be taxed (good for the economy) and it takes away power from drug lords. And if you don't think drug lords are a problem, go interview anybody from Arizona and they will tell you what is really going on at our borders. Oh, I forgot the advantage that if marijuana is easy to get, then maybe crack and meth will go away. I am sick of hearing about houses being destroyed by meth labs. At least grow houses can be environmentally friendly.
Feel free to leave comments, I am sure you have something to say about the topic.