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Recreational Marijuana legalized in Colorado

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Denton, TX
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    Gov. Hickenlooper signed a bill that legalizes and commercially regulates marijuana use for adults making Colorado the first state to do so. Of course, like alcohol, marijuana is restricted just to adult use and the market is heavily regulated. How long will it take for other states to follow or is it more likely that Colorado will reverse this decision in the next few years?
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    The floodgates are open. It don't matter if DC cracks down or local politicos change their minds. Does anyone think reinstituting alcohol prohibition would work? Or lead to riots?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    GemsWoven Wrote: The floodgates are open. It don't matter if DC cracks down or local politicos change their minds. Does anyone think reinstituting alcohol prohibition would work? Or lead to riots?
    I definitely agree, Gems. I just don't see there being a big drive to reverse Colorado and Washington's legalization efforts. The people in those two states voted and that's what they want. The Federal Government would be playing with fire if they go after them. Over half of Americans polled want marijuana to be legalized and I'm confident that number is actually quite higher. It's only a matter of time before it's legalized and taxed nation wide. At this time of budget cuts and belt-tightening at the federal level, I just don't understand why our government doesn't legalize and tax it. It just doesn't make much sense to me.
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    A little trip back in history tells us that the end of the Volstead Act and the repeal of the 18th Amend, came about as states decriminalized the alcohol prohibition laws they had and failed to pursue or enforce Federal Laws. I believe New York was the leader in that movement. I've been told that history repeats its' self.
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    I will feel marijuana is where it should be when it is level with the tomato. I.E. I can get tomatoes at the grocery store but the best come from the gardens. MJ is about at that point now with field grown pot being skank compared to "sea of green" being grown in basements all over the country.