It’s Wednesday morning and you’re up early in Colorado. You rush to one of 37 stores to purchase something legally that you’ve never had the opportunity to purchase legally. No more sneaking around. No more going over someone’s house to get this one thing. Now you can buy it legally in the state of Colorado. What is it? Marijuana.
People were in lines from outside many outlet stores beginning at 2a.m on this day. Police reported no problems as hundreds of people stood in line to purchase marijuana (legally). “The first official marijuana purchase in the state – a ‘ceremonial purchase’ organized by activists occurred right after 8a.m. at the 3D Cannabis Center in Denver. The cash buyer was Sean Azzariti, a former marine who served in the Iraq war and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.”
With Colorado legalizing marijuana, a few things you need to know. 1. No doctor’s note is required. 2. No unregulated production of the drug. And 3. Travelers can’t take marijuana home with them according to Denver International Airport.
As you can imagine, you have two sides: one happy and the other disappointed. Those who can purchase marijuana legally and parents who are concerned about their children being exposed to the drug.
Many are waiting to see what will happen because of this passed law. Will there be an increase in violence and car fatalities just to name a few. In addition, how will those who use marijuana for medicinal purposes be affected because of the cost. Remember, with the legalization comes a profit and maybe, the need for a profit will make it difficult for those who need it to obtain it.
Other states are watching Colorado to determine its effectiveness before bringing this matter up. Studies will tell if the legalization of marijuana was good or bad.
Source: ABC News and Gawker
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is an inspirational speaker, motivator, author, organizer and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for communal change. Email: [email protected]. Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey