Complete Legalization of Marijuana in California?
As a libertarian, I want maximum liberty for individuals in all circumstances except where public safety is involved. While there are other arguments against legalization of marijuana, the only argument which matters to me is this: right now we have a major intoxicant, legally available, the consumption of which results in many otherwise needless deaths, mainly on the highways of our nation. Do we really want to add one more? I do not. The loss of one single life outweighs all the arguments for legalization, and there will surely be many lives lost if this thing passes.
In California we have what seems to me a perfect law which makes medical marijuana under a doctor’s guidance perfectly legal under state law. I see many people experience great benefit with this arrangement. We do not need to push this into dangerous territory to satify an adolescent urge to rebel against “the man”. What we can do, and believe should do, is support other states to adopt a similar medical marijuana law.
While the following points do not move me against the full legalization of marijuana, they are important to other people, so I will outline them:
- Marcos Breton of the Sacramento Bee says that when the California Supreme Court ruled in People v. Kelly in January 2010 that the legislature’s 2003 restrictions on the amount of marijuana a medical user can grow or possess are an invalid infringement on Proposition 215 from 1996, that gives a reason for voting against the 2010 ballot proposition to legalize marijuana, since it establishes that if there are any negative downstream consequences from legalizing pot through a ballot initiative, the state legislature will be unable to do anything to mitigate those negative consequences.
- Skip Miller, a partner in the Los Angeles law firm Miller Barondess and chairman of D.A.R.E. America, a drug-abuse prevention program, says, “Two beliefs drive this push to make pot legal: that new tax revenue will stave off deeper budget cuts and that marijuana is a relatively benign drug. Neither is true. Legalization almost certainly would bring with it additional substance abuse in the state, and the long-term public costs associated with that would vastly exceed the relatively modest amount of new revenue legal weed might bring in.” I believe he is right, although for me that argument would not outweigh my libertarian approach to such an issue.
Whatever your point of view, it is critically important that you vote. This is an important issue so let us make the results reflect accurately the will of the people.
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