-- Question 7 would allow adults to legally possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana. It would also increase penalties for driving under the influence of drugs and impose taxes and licensing regulations on marijuana retailers and wholesalers. Money raised by the taxes would fund state drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Opponents argue passionately that the initiative sends the wrong message to children. But arguing that in order to protect kids we must limit the rights of adults to make their own personal choices is to advocate the creation of an infantocracy and a return to alcohol Prohibition. In fact, many of this nation's drug policies have long been expensive failures. Let's try something new and allow law enforcement to redirect resources to more pressing priorities. Vote yes on Question 7.
For a little historical perspective:
Drug Abuse Message to the Congress.
August 2nd, 1977
Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use. We can, and should, continue to discourage the use of marijuana, but this can be done without defining the smoker as a criminal. States which have already removed criminal penalties for marijuana use, like Oregon and California, have not noted any significant increase in marijuana smoking. The National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse concluded five years ago that marijuana use should be decriminalized, and I believe it is time to implement those basic recommendations.
btw, that title of mine is as boring as soap up there. I was thinking more along the lines of,
Big paper says toke up Johnny!