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State Governors (Correctly) Are Not Thrilled With Making Marijuana Legal

February 23, 2014

There is no doubt that the hype over some great desire to legalize marijuana is far more a pro-driven PR campaign from the cannabis crowd than a genuine political movement.  There is more smoke than substance to the idea that one should be able to smoke a reefer anytime the mood strikes.  There is a difference between polling questions, real politics, and the crafting of thoughtful policy.

And this blogger is very pleased with this news.

The words from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper stated it quite clearly, and correctly.  “Marijuana doesn’t make people smarter, doesn’t make people healthier,” and puts young people especially at risk.

It may seem corny and old-fashioned but there is no doubt that marijuana is a gate-way drug.  If one is open to the idea of this drug, and finds avenues to secure its use then it is only a matter of time before other drugs are tried, and used.  As a society we need to have clear-headed people in leadership who can say no to ideas that will only damage our nation.  The current crop of governors seem to understand their role when it comes to this matter.

I am very pleased that Hickenlooper has even went so far as to tell other governors to not follow at this time Colorado’s law as the consequences are not known.  In other words the results of young people using more marijuana will likely prove to be not something that other states should emulate.    Make no mistake about it, marijuana use in Colorado among the young will increase, and that is not something that other state need to encourage.

New Hampshire Governor Hassan agrees and says her state already has too high of a rate of youth substance abuse, and does not need to add to the problem.

“I don’t support the legalization of marijuana, and that’s been my position for a long time and will continue to be,” Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican, said on CNN’s “State of the Union”.

Several governors did not see any follow-the-leader effect on the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, as Washington and Colorado have done.

Connecticut, for example, does allow pot use for medical reasons and has lessened the punishment for possessing small amounts of the drug, but has not made it legal.  “I think that’s about as far as we go,” the state’s Democratic governor, Dannel Malloy, said on the CNN program.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon also left the door open to some marijuana use for medical purposes, but ruled out any action beyond that.  “I think that folks are beginning to see, if there are things which the medical community can help on … our legislature and our people might consider that,” Nixon, a Democrat, said.  “To move beyond that is, at this point, I would say a bridge too far, but that bridge has not yet been built.”

7 Comments
  1. Solly permalink
    February 23, 2014 11:21 PM

    ” their state already has too many cases where money and resources need to be allocated to fight addictions” Well, I guess “both sides of the aisle” need to recognize that the war on drugs is a failure. The U.S. has 730 people incarcerated per 100,000 population. In the totalitarian state of China it is 170. USA! USA! Many in the U.S., for non-violent drug “offenses.” How’s that for using up money and resources? And, people on BOTH sides of the aisle, including Ron and Rand Paul and Kurt Schmoke, have concerns about this new prohibition (since the first one worked out so well and gave us Organized Crime) and the effects it has had on the minority community, the devastation on young lives, separation from families, sent to Crime Universities (prison) and loss of voting rights.

  2. February 23, 2014 8:03 PM

    The point is that many people on both sides of the aisle have concerns about our youth as it relates to this issue, and also recognize that their state already has too many cases where money and resources need to be allocated to fight addictions. I think people can relate to my view on this matter, and find it common-sense. But as the post makes clear the politicians feel that the risk is too high to wade into this issue in their respective states. Where it counts it seems there is no doubt about how to proceed.

  3. Sollys si permalink
    February 23, 2014 7:50 PM

    “There is a difference between polling questions, real politics, and the crafting of thoughtful policy.” Yes, anecdotes and limited personal knowledge from a limited number of personal acquaintanceships (which I believe are sincere and true) result in the best thoughtful policy for a state of 5.5 million and a nation of 310,000,000.

  4. Tom permalink
    February 23, 2014 6:17 PM

    We are certainly lost without doubt. Why else would anyone read left leaning blogs? 🙂

  5. February 23, 2014 5:25 PM

    My conversations with those I know who have been/are drug counselors, along with my work with mentors and teens who were mentored all lead to my personal conclusion that there is no doubt about this matter. I understand studies show both sides of the matter, but my personal knowledge is not one that allows for doubt.

  6. Solly permalink
    February 23, 2014 3:15 PM

    I believe baby formula and mother’s milk is a gateway to substance abuse, obesity and red hair, since a certain percentage of people who start out on it go on to abuse drugs, get fat and have red hair. Studies will prove that fact, there is “no doubt.”

  7. Scott McCarrick permalink
    February 23, 2014 1:56 PM

    Actually there is a lot of doubt about it being a gateway.

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