Yesterday, California state election officials announced that enough valid signatures were submitted to warrant placing the legal marijuana initiative on the November ballot.
While we hate to generalize, we know of the stereotype that goes along with ganja and skiers and (perhaps more) snowboarders. It’s not a secret that many winter sports enthusiasts like to toke up before hitting the slopes. Well, for all of you unnamed bong worshippers out there who frequent California ski slopes—and you certainly have your pick of those—November brings you a chance to vote on whether or not the herb should be legal.
Richard Lee is a self-proclaimed marijuana entrepreneur from Oakland, CA. He sees this as a major step toward weed reform: “We’re one step closer to ending cannabis prohibition and the unjust laws that lock people up for cannabis while alcohol is not only sold openly but advertised on television to kids every day,” he said. He then added that “there’s all kinds of big professional politicos who are coming on board now to take it to the next level.”
If passed, this would make it legal for adults 21 years and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use. It would also make it legal for adults to grow up to 25 square feet of marijuana per residence or parcel.
Opposition to the initiative argues it would lead to more weed smoking, cause the same “social ills” as tobacco and alcohol, and put more demands on law enforcement.
The counter argument is that passing the bill would actually put less demands on law enforcement, as they would be able to focus on more serious crimes. The pro argument also claims Mexican drug cartels would be undercut, and teenagers would have a more difficult time buying the drug.
Whether you’re for or against legalizing the sticky, everyone can agree that it will be fascinating to see how this plays out.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. We welcome responses from everyone, you don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder. Will this initiative pass?