I have to admit that I have been an advocate of legalizing marijuana since the beginning, not because I am a closet user but because it seemed that we were spending more money to fight it rather than using it to our economic advantage. While I can understand the sediment of those who think this to be a bad idea, I can not agree with them. I think that this proposition may be the catalyst that other states will use to bring this journey to an end.
“Billionaire financier George Soros has thrown his weight behind California’s marijuana legalization measure with a $1 million donation a week before the vote.” “The contribution reported Tuesday by The Sacramento Bee is the single biggest donation from an individual other than Proposition 19’s main sponsor, Oakland medical marijuana entrepreneur Richard Lee.” “Soros, a high-profile liberal and philanthropist, has long backed drug law reform.” “He was one of the top financial backers of California’s first-in-the-nation measure that legalized medical marijuana in the state in 1996.” “Soros has long supported medical marijuana and decriminalizing the drug for personal use but has in fact been ambivalent about broader legalization, Nadelmann said.” “The 80-year-old investor finally decided to support Proposition 19 after seeing how the ballot measure had “elevated the discourse” around drug law reform, he said.” “For him, it’s not been about legalization per se, but about rolling back the drug war,” said Nadelmann.” (Wohlsen, Marcus, 10/26/2010, Associated Press, Soros gives $1M to Calif. pot legalization measure, Retrieved from email@example.com).
The main argument that I have heard about not making marijuana legal is that its use will lead to the use of other hazardous drugs like heroin or cocaine but I find that hard to believe considering that these same drugs are rampant in our society now. Another was the inability of regulations because marijuana could be grown anywhere. This is one of the best arguments because it has an honest ring to it and at this time, I really do not have an answer for it. I can only assume that it would probably be about the same as tobacco and not be taken up by others who would risk their freedom just to grow it.