Colorado- A Smokey Controversy

Colorado- A Smokey Controversy


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“At some point you have to realize there is MORE to life…Than just partying, drama, sex, drugs, smoking and drinking.” – Anonymous

This web article briefly covers the topic of marijuana laws in Colorado. Nebraska and Oklahoma are saying that the law to legalize marijuana are causing harm. The neighboring states are desperate for the supreme court to intervene. Interstate trafficking of growing, selling, and legally distribution of Colorado have become the main complaint. Oklahoma and Nebraska are requesting the court to use a special jurisdiction to calm the dispute between the tree sovereign states.

It is unclear whether the justices will agree to the controversy. The Obama administration’s position is extremely important because he has the potential to issue an executive order. States like Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska have sought to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana. Marijuana still continues to be listed as a Schedule 1 narcotic under the federal Controlled Substances Act, having the largest restrictions.

“Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff  States’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems,” the motion says.

The core democratic values demonstrated in this are the values of power, liberty, life, property and authority. The power that the Controlled Substances Act displays a sense of faithful enforcement for the narcotic. The lives of not only people in Colorado, but in the neighboring states are at risk because of the increase in interstate trafficking.  Some argue that if marijuana is a legal substance it can be more properly regulated however the abuse of the drug signifies power without authority.  In the end a regulation or law is only as good as its ultimate enforcement and states such as Colorado are not willing to enforce a marijuana policy.  Lastly, the authority that the legalization of all forms of marijuana displays over the lives of people can affect them severely.

Marijuana, if used properly, can positively and drastically transform the life of an individual suffering from a variety of medical conditions. However, I believe that in this current generation people are severely abusing this drug. Similar to alcohol, regular use of the drug can negatively alter the emotional and physical state of a human being. High dependency on the drug can cause addiction and mental instability. Personally, I believe that the United States is going downhill with it’s decision to legalize marijuana. Marijuana should strictly stay behind the counter and should not be used for recreational use. Granted, human beings are given the freedom and free will to do what their mind pleases but I believe that God created humanity for something deeper. A search for our existence. We were meant to branch out of the common flow and make a difference in this world. I believe that drugs just get in the way of that maturing, beautiful search for one’s purpose.

Do you believe that marijuana should be legalized? What benefits and what disadvantages are there to the legalization of recreational marijuana?

I had such a wonderful life before drugs and alcohol abuse. I’ve got that life back now and plan to keep it. Maybe I had to go through what I did to get to this point, to appreciate this life more.

-Harvey Martin