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Legal marijuana: Mistake in the making?Posted Monday, November 12, 2012, at 11:52 AM
Maybe overlooked to some extent in last week's election was voters' legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington.
I'm against it because I've seen too many people arrested who were high on marijuana who were impaired in roughly the same way as someone drunk or high on drugs.
But some experts -- including the National Institute on Drug Abuse - say it's uncertain if marijuana causes permanent effects, although short-term effects are clearly documented.
Another aspect: States' rights. The Justice Department says it may step in and block those new initiatives from taking effect, saying federal laws override state laws. Those of you who are supportive of states' rights, should states be in control in this case?
And yet another aspect: Republicans constantly used "creating jobs" as a talking point this year when protesting higher taxes on the rich. A union president told The Denver Post, according to wire services and several bloggers, that legal marijuana will "create living-wage jobs" in state-licensed pot stores. Should marijuana be supported as a job-creator?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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