Yesterday the state of Colorado became the first state in the union to allow the legal sale of marijuana for purely recreational purposes. In other words, people in Colorado, who want to smoke pot, now no longer have to claim they have some sort of physical, mental, or spiritual ailment that only cannabis can properly treat.
Or something like that.
I don’t understand how Colorado can pass legislation that would make marijuana legal. The last time I checked, marijuana is still a Schedule I drug according to federal law. A state law can’t supersede a federal law. That’s not the way it works. Just like Arizona can’t pass laws that govern immigration, Colorado can’t pass laws that govern recreational marijuana use. I’m no lawyer, but I have watched a lot of Judge Judy.
Personally I think the whole thing is stupid. I don’t see the advantages in legalizing recreational pot use is to Colorado. Anyone buying marijuana in Colorado would have most likely been spending that money in Colorado anyway, on Payton Manning, Valtrex, or whatever else people in Colorado spend their money on, so I don’t see how this is an economic advantage to the state. I guess they could begin a marketing campaign to people in the rest of the country on the advantages of coming to Colorado for marijuana themed vacations. In theory, that would bring people and more importantly, their money, into the state.
Couldn’t anyone in Colorado who really wanted to get high, already get high under the prior medical marijuana laws? How does this affect the people who truly need and use marijuana for medical reasons, for instance, cancer patients using cannabis to counter the side effects of chemotherapy? It would seem this law is going to increase demand, resulting in the prices for marijuana to go up.
I guess we’ll wait and see how this whole thing pans out. I’ve got to admit that a part of me would think it quite funny if President Obama swooped in with an army of DEA agents and started arresting anyone and everyone using marijuana for recreational use. Mostly that’s because I’ve never smoked pot, and I usually don’t like people from Colorado. I definitely don’t like Denver Broncos fans and I’ve never met anyone from Colorado who didn’t worship the Broncos.