Great article, Randy. I participated in the Star's comment section until they switched to Facebook. I valued a forum that allowed one to speak freely without "sharing" the thoughts with all the family members and others on Facebook. Some ideas and opinions are best not said to some family members and friends. Anonymity is a form of privacy that enables free expression that social circles tend to inhibit to keep the peace. Anonymous forums are not as peaceful, but you hear how and what people really, really think. The Star blew it!
The authors of this voter initiative must have felt that adulthood begins at the legal voting age. But why not model the amendment after successful legislation in Colorado and Washington that set the age limit at 21? Smith may be right about this.
The cost has always been the elephant in the room. Even $10/gram is a lot to pay, more than many could afford very often or at all. Anyone who's had the pleasure of growing their own outdoors for the small cost of watering and soil prep, would smile, possibly laugh, or maybe get angry. Alas, that simple freedom to garden is not recognized by Arizona legislators or the law as it stands. Growing legally is costly, confined and distant. Growing illegally in your yard is very inexpensive, but risky and subject to severe penalty. You'd think the stuff was radioactive.
I guess the lesson here, at least until the law is changed, is not to drive like an idiot if you use cannabis. Then the police will have no reason to stop you in the first place.
For goodness sake, you don't have to tell your mother at all if you don't want to. I feel no shame or guilt for enjoying a non-toxic plant but know how my mother thinks and see no reason to present her with that information. Similarly, I'm sure there are details of her life that I don't know and don't expect her to share with me. I don't understand why this is a problem.
I appreciate your passion, Catherine, but you are not very well informed about cannabis. It is not poison, it is a virtually non-toxic herb. Evidence of use does remain in the body fat for days or weeks, but those remnants are not producing any mood altering effect. Black tar heroin and pot do not go hand in hand...etc.
Your arguments are, ironically, paranoid. Geez, Catherine, do a little research.
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