So, what were you doing the day Washington set the wheels in motion by legalizing recreational cannabis usage? I know what I was doing. I was mentally envisaging a day when stoners led our modern economy to the next phase! How appealing!
Okay, I won’t complain so much about legalization. After all, who doesn’t like the occasional “self-exploration”. The problem is that the government doesn’t seem to have considered the full ramifications of this legal act. Americans cannot be really trusted with addictive substances, as has been proven on numerous occasions.
Legalize weed, but for heaven’s sake set some boundaries in place. Do you recall that more than 13,500 people died through drink-driving accidents in 2006? And that people had to massively adopt technology to limit this issue. The breathalyzer was used increasingly, and a decade later drink driving deaths fell by 25%!
Today, we are more educated, wiser and more cautious. We managed to bring down the death toll of drink driving, but may have created another monster – stoner driving. Frankly, I don’t know which is worse, driving under the impact of alcohol or a hallucinogen. Whatever progress we have made in reducing 100% man-made accidents is at serious risk.
Put some controls in place. Colorado has seen a 48% rise in weed-influenced deaths in a matter of six years! 48%! With the legalization, the number of businesses selling weed in the common market has shot up. We have much more supply and prices are more favorable for consumers.
I like my share of fun, but just like every other American I like safety and security. I appreciate the Obama Government’s proactiveness in appeasing American consumers, but the Government should prioritize safety over consumer desires. Let’s hope they act soon.