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Legalizing marijuana: Baby boomers should admit they ‘want to get high’

Proponents of an effort to legalize and tax marijuana in Maryland will end a failed war on drugs and the criminalization of portions of the state’s population.

weedmoneyAnd money, of course. One bill that will be sponsored by Del. Curt Anderson, D-Baltimore City, and Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin, D-Montgomery, projects that the money raised from the taxing of pot sales could generate $100 million for the state. [subscriber access]

Not everyone is buying into the arguments.

“That’s all just a smoke screen,” said Mike Gimbel, a former director for the Baltimore County Bureau of Substance abuse.

For Gimbel, the reasons behind the legalization effort are much more simple.

“Baby boomers should just be honest,” Gimbel said. “Just say ‘We want to legalize pot because we want to get high and if there are consequences: more kids getting high, people stoned at work, more car accidents then so be it.”

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2 comments

  1. Yes, Mr. Gimball is right people who want it legal want to get high without the biggest risk of marijuana, persecution by the state. Compared to alcohol, excepting that risk, marijuana is far safer for users and their fellow citizens. I quote an anonymous former elected official who I would ask for permission before citing, “I would rather my neighbor be a marijuana user than alcoholic.”. Me too.

  2. Legalizing Marijuana will not create an influx of impaired drivers on the road. It will not create an influx of professionals (doctors, pilots, bus drivers, etc..) impaired on the job either. This is a prohibitionist propaganda scare tactic.

    Truth: Responsible drivers don’t drive while intoxicated on any substance period! Irresponsible drivers are already on our roads, and they will drive while intoxicated regardless of their drug of choice’s legality. Therefore Legalizing Marijuana will have little to zero impact on the amount of impaired drivers on our roads.

    The same thing applies to people being impaired on the job. Responsible people do not go to work intoxicated, period. Regardless of their drug of choice’s legality.

    Truth: What message are we sending our children when it is easier for them to obtain marijuana now with it being illegal than it is for them to buy alcohol?

    It doesn’t take the intellect of a genius to understand that stores card kids for I.D.. Thugs and gang members do not. They also push the real hard drugs on children. Stores do not.

    Marijuana legalization will make it harder for children to obtain it.

    What message does it send our children when the President of The United States himself alongside a long list of successful people openly admit regular pot use at one time or another in their lives while we tell our kids how it will ruin their futures, and then ensure so by allowing our government to send our kids to jail and give them permanent criminal records when they get caught with a little marijuana? Especially if they are the wrong skin color or from the “wrong neighborhood”. Which in turn, ruins their chances of employment for life.

    The Prohibition of Marijuana is the wrong message to send our children while we advertise and promote the much more dangerous use of alcohol like it’s an all American pastime.

    The worst thing about marijuana and our children is what happens to them when they get caught up in the criminal justice system due to it’s prohibition.

    The government should not attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less “crimes” because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!