BY RONI DOHRMAN
After the 2016 election, prop 64 was passed, which legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes for those 21 and over in California.
Students at College of the Desert were asked, “how do you feel about marijuana being legalized in this state? Does the legalization for recreational use present more pros or cons?”
Jen Guerrero responded, “Marijuana is a perfect medicine for healing our pain. Just by getting high, many of our aches can disappear and we feel much more relaxed under the influence. Also, marijuana is good for expressing our creativity and makes us more open minded. There are a lot of benefits to marijuana, and I am happy that it has finally become legal for recreational use in addition to medicinal use. Many people fail to see that it can actually be used as a medicine, and it is not a harmful drug.”
Pierce Amaro commented, “It depends on how you look at it. Personally, I think that it’s good because it will stop petty marijuana charges from being filed which can potentially ruin a person’s career having that on their record. Another pro is the amount of money it would bring in would be a very high number. With two added taxes on it (cultivation and sales), the money is supposed to go towards drug research and youth programs which would be very helpful. The one con is that the drug affects everybody differently, so there is no telling how some people will handle it. For example we may see a rise in DUI’s. All in all, I think it is time to end the negative perspective on weed; if you don’t like it no one is making you smoke it.”
Luisa Gamboa remarked, “I think that there are more positives to it than negatives. The positives are you can tax it and it will boost the economy being government controlled and all. It’ll free up space in prisons from all of those that were charged with possession of marijuana. It can also be used for medicinal reasons such as helping kids who have seizures and helping cancer patients recover.”