The call of the late 1960’s and 1970’s by this writer’s generation was “Give Peace a Chance”; based on the song written by John Lennon, the idea was that those conducting the so called peace talks of the Vietnam war were more focused on war than peace. Our feeling was that leaders needed to give the talks a real chance and make peace happen.
Of course, peace in Vietnam ultimately happened making Vietnam today one of the leading growing business and industrial nations in Southeast Asia but only after 58,303 United States Military deaths.
Just like the call for peace back in the day, it is “high time” (pun intended) that those of us who advocate legalization begin haling the words, “Give legalization a chance”.
With just over a year completed for Legal Marijuana in the state of Colorado, several attempts by rogue reporters have tried to promote themselves and their media sources by utilizing spewed data to paint a dismal picture of Colorado’s first year of legalization.
The reporting by these individuals is unconscionable and the television networks and news services which picked up these unsubstantiated negative claims against Colorado’s first year of legalization is simply prejudicial without any regard for the facts concerning the long term use and legalization of marijuana.
In essence these negative reports are simply reports and opinion pieces by “hit and run” or shock journalist trying to make something out of nothing.
It’s time these negative journalist got on board and became part of the solution and not the problem.
The reality is that Colorado as well as Washington State, Oregon and Alaska are all having success in their legalization programs.
Yes, they’re having growing pains just as any new business or law has start up pains but given time these much needed laws will be highly successful.
Everything from legal state lotteries, civil rights, equal employment rights and gay rights all have had start-up problems and continue to do so but those laws would never be thrown out.
Some of the recent reports on Colorado’s first year of legal cannabis have implied that things are so bad that Coloradans should consider resending their law.
It’s simply ludicrous.
Everyone from government to churches need to give Legal Cannabis a chance and one year of prejudicial observation, misinformation and disinformation about Colorado’s legal pot law is simply not enough time.
It’s true that allot of the vision by those who worked diligently to get Colorado’s law passed as well as their projections have not materialized but as the saying goes, “Anything worth having is worth waiting for” and the benefits from legal Cannabis are certainly worth the wait.
The prisons have not emptied as fast as had been predicted but allot of that has to do with the thousands prosecuted with associated crimes, plea bargains and simply the time it takes for the State Attorney General’s office to review each and every case; being fair to all.
It’s also true that the predicted revenue from taxation associated with the regulation of legal marijuana has not occurred but the reality is that the State of Colorado has made $184 millions dollars in the first eighteen months of legalization it had not previously made.
Certainly as time progresses, the revenue factor will increase; as unfortunate as that might seem.
Reports have also pointed out that teen age use and resulting crime has increased; that is certainly not true.
First of all, prior to legalization there was no way of knowing accurately how many teens were using pot nor how safe the product was they were using.
Even though the black market continues in Colorado, when teens attempt to purchase legally they must submit a valid ID just like they would for Alcohol or Tobacco.
Yes, they could submit a fake ID but just like the clerks selling Alcohol and Tobacco the clerks selling pot are trained to recognize the fake ID which eliminates allot of teen pot use.
The first year of Colorado’s Legal Marijuana law has not been perfect but it has certainly not been a failure either.
Given enough time Legal Marijuana will probably become at least as profitable to State revenues as State Lotteries have been with far more revenue and even greater humanitarian benefits.
The bottom line is Americans must give Legalized Marijuana a chance, a real chance.
All the media naysayers simply looking for self-promotion, readers and ratings need to get a conscious.
Legalized marijuana is a good thing and it can improve and save lives and bring new industry to America.
Most Americans want legal marijuana so come on America, give legalization a chance.
© 2015 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III