And The Circle Goes Round and Round

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a piece relative to the good citizens of Portland, Maine passing by a large margin, the right for anyone over 21 to legally carry up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.  Over 70% of the voters were in favor.  The advertising from the pro camp had  been considerable and a lot of money spent.  The underlying theme of the ads was that smoking pot is no worse then drinking alcohol.  It was simply a recreational drug that did not endanger the user in moderate amounts.

I have trouble with that philosophy in that my personal opinion is that the only reason people use marijuana is to get high to some degree.  Never having used any drug (I do like my beer though) I could be wrong, but have not seen evidence of it. Further, my forecast was that by the next election cycle, the minions would again take to the streets attempting to further their cause to legalize the sale of the stuff.

Fast forward two weeks.  In the paper this morning was an article relating how a State Representative, for the third time, is attempting to introduce a bill in the state congress calling for the legalization and taxation of marijuana.  Further, she has submitted it as an “emergency bill” which would require immediate review.  But that is not the part that I found most interesting.    In support of justifying the bill, it states that a part of the revenue gained from the sale and taxes on this “safe drug” would go toward—wait for it—are you ready—“addiction treatment.”

Is this a great country of what???

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I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at poormanspoet.wordpress.com to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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8 Responses to And The Circle Goes Round and Round

  1. snoogiefisk says:

    Logic is a wonderful thing. Too bad some folks can’t see it.

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  2. splitspeak says:

    …..

    ^^ I have no words

    Love, Mehak

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  3. laurie27wsmith says:

    An interesting aside here Bob, marijuana or cannabis sativa / Indian hemp used to be legal in the US, until a certain wealthy industrialist convinced congress at the turn of the 19th century that growing of hemp should be outlawed. Naturally his holdings in the cotton industry boomed. Hemp itself was the backbone of the clothing industry/rope making etc. Cannabis Sativa is the one you get high on, the ordinary hemp doesn’t have the THC in it. Having spent time as a copper back in the 80’s I can say with some authority that pot smokers were the least obnoxious people to deal with. Those who drank spirits and smoked pot, well they were choice. The thing with pot today is it is far different to what was grown then. Now it’s not the leaf that’s desired, it’s the heads where all the oil is. Growers have developed super pot and dealers enrich it with traces of heroin, amphetamines and other choice chemicals to hook their buyers.
    One could write a thesis on this subject, my observations are that about 75% of property crime is committed by drug addicts. That’s housebreaking, shoplifting, car theft etc. The smoking of marijuana leaf isn’t going to send anyone down a long road to hell, unless they’re doing more than a couple of cones a day. Anymore than yourself enjoying a couple of beers. There are people who are prone to addiction and will drink, inject, smoke anything they can get their hands on. Here in Queensland back in the 80’s there was a huge shortage of heroin and many addicts were catching cane toads and boiling them up. Then they would drink the Bufotoxin extracted from the toads glands and gain a high. Now that’s an addict.
    In some states of Australia you can grow three plants for personal use, you can’t sell or distribute it though. This is a subject that will be long debated. While the ABUSE of alcohol, a legal, taxed, commodity used by billions of people and which causes so much grief in the world is tolerated. Then the PERSONAL use of marijuana by adults shouldn’t be a criminal offence.
    Cheers
    Laurie.

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  4. oldmainer says:

    Welcome to cannabis 101. A very interesting response and a learning process for me. I appreciate the benefit of your experience. I doubt however, I will ever change my opinion, but rather tolerate the result, similar to same sex marriage. It is not the particular product that concerns me, but rather the fact that there will be those that abuse it, as with alcohol, and making it legal doesn’t seem to me to be a step in the right direction. But, that’s just me. Thank you for being straight up.
    Regards
    Bob

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    • laurie27wsmith says:

      You’re welcome Bob. I never set out to change opinions only educate by the benefit of my experience and observations. When it comes to mind altering substances and their use there will always be a schism in society. Sadly there will always be those who need certain substances to get through their lives.
      Cheers
      Laurie.

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  5. Theresa says:

    Laurie – my blogging friend – makes some valid points. However, as a licensed mental health professional, and someone who has worked extensively in addiction and addictive personalities, marijuana is a gateway drug – period. Although I have seen some marijuana users never graduate to other drugs other than alcohol, I have never seen a heroin or crack addict who has never started their journey of addiction with marijuana.

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