People are so negative nowadays, how draining it must be.
I am from Tucson, but currently living in Denver for awhile now (before the full legalization of pot here). Not a huge user of legalization BUT Colorado's system of regulation of this new industry here is the best in the nation and on the cutting edge of social change. Marijuana can be fully regulated and taxed responsibly to help city and state's tax revenues. Denver has some of the highest, no pun intended, property living values and with the growth of growers here there is a shortage of industrial/ manufacturing facilities making existing and future economic growth solid. Economics of legalization is smart and with great regulations its safe.
Arizona as a whole is ass backwards on futuristic social change or any social change really; but legalization can also help with the state's image as a whole. I had to move from the state to realize how sad and lost it is. Long live Tucson though! I'd like to move back one day, to Tucson, but after experiencing the fun and open nature legalization can bring; It would be really hard to move to any state that doesn't provide such freedoms to it's citizens. It will only happen If Phoenix and it's suburbs can evolve their tiny minds just in the slightest and paired with a well written law that mirrors Co's law. With a provision written in Az's that would make it crystal clear; any illegal transport over into state lines to or from Mexico and also prohibiting any non-lawful visitor or non-lawful resident person or group from growing or manufacturing within state lines with Harsh penalties.
Law enforcement must have tools to ensure Mexican cartel or any cartel/illegal organization cannot operate. A] yes, illegal drugs from anywhere are bad B] it will subdue the extreme right wing raciest crowd roosting in the state who will undoubtedly make the point that Mexico=drugs/crime and if legalization happens they are going to claim its going to benefit the dealers and smugglers. If the backers of the law can produce a massive pr campaign and a system of advocates to quell the nasty GOP slime merchants, I think legalization has a chance in Arizona... maybe.
As a native Tucsonan who no longer lives there, I just laugh at people who complain non stop about the old stereo types that will follow Tucson even as it transitions into the 21st century. The native Tucsonans who complain about the traffic and things along those lines really need to try and live somewhere else for awhile. Compared to similar and larger cities, the 520's traffic is nothing. As a twenty something that has spent time in Phoenix, I found it incredibly lame with zero charm or culture... the suburbs there are even worse WITH some of the meanest people I've ever came across in my life which made sad for Az as a whole. I now find myself in Denver, Co; I have family from here so I'd thought I'd give it a whirl. The chance for opportunity in economic growth here seems endless and the state is becoming much more progressive compared to the days when I would visit 10+ years ago. All that being said; I'm moving back to Tucson. I miss the charm and culture flat out. Tucson could be on the verge of a boom that can propel my sleepy, dusty town into a thriving, top notch mecca for smart, art inspired people, businesses and corporations that want to be apart of the community appose to the ones who are just using the city for cheap tax incentives, lonely local politicians of past, Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce like every other American city/town. Tucson has to break bad habits of the past and believe the community is worth the world, which it is, and fight for it; it could be the crem de la crem of the southwest and the west as a whole if we dream big.
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