J. Krishna Moorthi:
The arrival of the new year in California brought with it broad legalization of marijuana, a much-anticipated change that comes two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical use.The nation’s most populous. State joins a growing list of other States, and the nation’s capital, where so called recreational marijuana is permitted even though the federal government continues to classify pot as a controlled substance.
Pot is now legal in California for adults 21 and older, and individuals can grow up to six plants and possess as much as an ounce of the drug. About 90 businesses received state licenses to open on New Year’s Day.
Just after midnight, some Californians were raising blunts instead of champagne glasses. In 1996, over the objections of law enforcement,President Bill Clinton’s drug czar and three former presidents, California voters approved marijuana for medical purposes.
Twenty years later, voters approved legal recreational use and gave the State a year to write regulations for a legal market that would open in 2018.Today,
Twenty-nine states have adopted medical marijuana laws. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first States to legalize recreational marijuana. Since then, five more states have passed recreational marijuana laws, including Massachusetts, where retail sales are scheduled to begin in July.
It is unfortunate without knowing the marijuana’s effect, that many states legalized this item. It is broader subject the use of marijuana and its effect, which should be debated before making any changes in the law.
If the real facts about marijuana known, then the legalization is an action nothing but other than glorifying drug lords as business and earning revenue but nothing else.