How would the proliferation of advertising, marketing and access for “responsible” adults be controlled? What about unlimited access to kids and teens? We’d eventually have a gargantuan marijuana business like alcohol and tobacco industries, federally and locally regulated. “Follow the money.”
Since Federal law prohibits marijuana selling, sellers cannot open accounts in banks. Hence they have to store and transport thousands and thousands of cash dollars in vehicles. Criminals are salivating! There have been robberies in Colorado, both at dispensaries and while transporting cash. So will vehicles have armed personnel while riding? Are we so naive to assume there will be no shootouts?
How would costs be monitored so illegal selling would not be profitable? Given there are percentage strengths for THC (like alcohol), would higher grades be more costly, like beer vs. wine vs. liquor? If legal prices exceed illegal prices, follow the logical conclusion. In Colorado taxes are being raised because politicians and others in power smell profit. Are we gullible to imagine “black markets” shall cease?
THC has a much longer half-life than alcohol; it is absorbed in fat tissue and remains in the body and brain. Smoking Marijuana some weeks ago could be detectable in a urine drug screen. This causes such quandaries as, what level of THC would be considered impairing? (Watch the court cases explode over this one!) Moreover, how would law enforcement detect countless more individuals smoking it and then driving? What about employer’s pre-employment and random drug tests with this now legal substance? Should not zero-tolerance (zero THC %) be the norm?
Let’s be honest. Smoke is toxic gas, whether from burning leaves, wood, tobacco, or marijuana. Look at roaches: they are stained with THC and other gunk from joints. How will that affect lungs over the years?
Let’s be really honest. THC is psychoactive and potentially addicting. Smokers’ tolerance builds and both frequency and duration increases. As a route of administration, inhaling smoke causes the THC to reach the brain between 5 to 10 seconds. The faster the high, the more potential for increased use.