FB, with all due respect, I think you're misinformed. Do you even know any normal people who smoke or grow weed? Do you even realize that crack can literally KILL you and pot couldn't in a million years? Did you read my link?
Please don't believe all that crap. Seriously. Whew.
and I wasn't hardly being serious about legalizing meth... I thought I put it on thick enough to make that clear. I was trying to illustrate just how silly it sounds to say that legalizing makes us free in some magical way. This isn't a pot issue. This is a drug issue. Do you live near pot sellers..... as in, people who make their income selling drugs? I do live near people like that and I know that while a decent amount of thier business is in pot, about 2 seconds after it was legalized they'd move toward nasty drugs like meth in order to keep profits up and support their own habits. I know a few people who are highly functioning "normal" people who smoke pot... but, it's not them I'm worried about.
Do you even get how hugely legalization would effect some communities?!?! On tuesday, we returned home after a couple days at the lake and dd was still pretty full of energy so I decided to walk down to the park with dd and ds until dh returned home from fishing. It was 7pm and lots of kids were enjoying the playground in the cooler evening air. The lawn in green and lush, the grounds are tidy, and the equiptment is new and well kept... but, across the street (DIRECTLY across the 2 laned city street, not 300 feet from the playground) 8-12, 16-26 year olds entered then soon exited a home that sell drugs... many of them probably buying pot- all in the span of time while we were at the park playing. Selling pot alone does not afford those sellers their own habbits and lifestyles. More customers for them and bit less hounding from the police would mean more motivation to up sales of illegal, higher priced drugs. There is a DIRECT link between pot sales and sales of other drugs. Functioning pot smokers aren't my concern.... the crackheads down the street are. Give me $220,000 and I'll move somewhere where I have at least 4 or 5 blocks between crack dealers and my house... then maybe I can ignore the lesser fortunate population like others seem to so easily be able to do.