Friday, November 9, 2012

What Should The Feds Do About Pot?

This week saw not only politicians elected but several states added new laws to the books. One of the more interesting developments was that Colorado became the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. In addition to Colorado, the state of Washington also legalized the recreational use of pot and Massachusetts became the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana.

Of course it remains to be seen how the Federal government will respond as marijuana is still illegal under federal law. The Denver Post quoted Colorado Governor John Hickenloper with this:
"My sense is that it is unlikely the federal government is going to allow states one by one to unilaterally decriminalize marijuana," the governor said, adding, though, "You can't argue with the will of the voters."
It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out. It's pretty obvious that many folks don't think marijuana is as bad as it was once portrayed. I'm also not sure the feds are going to roll over and play dead on this issue anytime soon.

While I am not advocating the recreational use of marijuana, the enforcement of marijuana laws do eat up quite a lot of law enforcement resources. In my mind, I'd rather use those resources for violent crimes or those that victimize others. When you have law enforcement agencies laying off cops, I'd rather see the remaining ones dealing with more important issues than some aging hippie smoking a joint in his own home.

How long do you think it will take before more states follow Colorado and Washington's lead?

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