Legalizing Marijuana in Colorado  

Monday, November 07, 2005

Colorado voters have passed a measure legalizing the posession of marijuana by citizens over 21 years of age.

While my position on the matter is evolving, largely through the influence of one Old Sage, I still am unsure as to whether this was a wise decision by the Colorado electorate. However, there are three things I would say about this here and now:

First, while I am not sure about the wisdom of the decision the voters of Colorado made, I am sure that they had the full authority to make that decision, and that if the voters of Colorado want weed to be legal, they should have it. Never mind the "up to one ounce" limit their law calls for. If they want it legal, it should be so.

Second, Colorado businesses, particularly restaurants and bars, would be wise to segregate those who smoke this substance in their establishments, as it is a serious health hazard even to those who are exposed to it "second hand". I am NOT advocating that any government require them to do this, but rather that these businesses make good decisions so as to not alienate those who do not want to be exposed to these dangers.

Third, the new law, though completely legitimate, has already been usurped by the US Supreme Court. No big surprise there.

The measure would not affect the medical marijuana law voters approved in 2000. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that medical marijuana laws in Colorado and nine other states would not protect licensed users from federal prosecution. - 11/2/2005

As to this third point ...

Colorado, you go! Don't let those assholes in Washington tell you what to do. There's nothing in the Constitution that overrides your Tenth Amendment right to make and have this law. I don't give a rat's ass what the Supreme Court says. They are as beholden to the Constitution as you and I. Fight them tooth and nail if you must, and win. This is a States' Rights issue at its base, and you have and deserve the right to determine your own destiny. No one in Washington has the right to take that away from you.