Personally, I’m getting on in years, so I should probably be against legalization, but I’m still in favor of it. I don’t use the stuff myself much. But it is a tragedy and a waste that our for-profit prison system has locked up so many who have committed such minor offenses. Maybe we can rectify that someday in the not too distant future. Making active cannabinoid testing part of routine DUI stops doesn’t seem like it’s helping, but legislators just want to make it clear that cops still matter in this crazy, slippery slope world of ours.
But what will Washington look like in the future with I-502 on the books? The law lets us have, or “possess,” one ounce of cannabis, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused products, and 72 ounces of cannabis infused products in liquid form. Elementary economics tells us that purchasing habits will migrate towards the 16-ounce and 72-ounce options. We’re in uncharted territory on this one, but there will probably be a spike in popularity in the 72-ounce option, especially if Costco gets on board. At least until people realize it doesn’t get you as messed up as the good old-fashioned plain weed.
While we hem and haw as a state about legalizing marijuana, there’s all the other dangerous stuff out there: meth, ecstasy, what have you. All that cutting-edge stuff that should never be legalized, but I think maybe Ron Paul has a point that people probably won’t start taking heroin if it’s suddenly legalized. That’s about all I’ll give him credit for. Now if you’ll excuse me, time to re-watch season 4 of Breaking Bad.