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YES to Marijuana Legalization, But NO to Prop 19
Posted By Yoela Palkin On November 4, 2010 @ 5:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
Oh California, how could you fail to pass an initiative legalizing marijuana? Only every third person in our beautiful state calls himself a “stoner”. What happened? Did Californians finally realize that caring about our surroundings might actually be important?
Living in a very “pro-marijuana” county, I was certain that Proposition 19 would pass. Every morning I would see tons of YES on Prop 19 signs which would make me screech at the thought of California, on top of our leftist agenda, allowing people to walk around “high” without any form of regulation.
There have been many debates in the past few months where individuals from opposing sides have exhibited their opinions on marijuana legalization, however the larger question remains if Proposition 19 was the right initiative for this act.
Proposition 19 is called the “legalization of marijuana act” by most Americans, but what many people do not realize is that the actual law does not implement any form of regulation or control. The proposition was written very poorly and leaves Americans worried about many issues.
A year ago, I was opposed to marijuana legalization in general because my belief was that we have enough problems in our society without weed. However, after doing further research and thinking about the idea, the thought of the government not allowing its people to live life how they choose really started to bother me. Our founding fathers would be rolling around in their graves if they found out that the government was trying to impose morals on the people.
Libertarians have the right approach of believing that every individual has the right to control himself by seeing what is right and what is wrong without the government getting involved. Every time the government gets in our way, one of our rights, as citizens, is taken away. The overall libertarian perspective I can agree with, however, with Proposition 19 there are many flaws within the law that have made me side with the conservatives, who have been against this initiative for the past few months.
The biggest worry for most Americans is whether the legalization of marijuana would lead to society accepting drugs and poor behavior without having a punishment such as jail or probation behind the idea. The problem is that California is known as having the highest percentage of marijuana smokers in the nation but Proposition 19 was not written with enough control to ensure safety.
If Proposition 19 passed it would:
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