Tuesday, October 19, 2010
On Eve of Prop 19, Childhood Pot Addiction Higher Than Ever
Those voting yes on November 2 say that the law, or the overturning of the law, rather, is a long time coming. "It's not a question of abuse, it's a question of reassessing society's needs and wants," Stems Enseeds said on the footsteps of the mayor's office in San Francisco last week. "So many people have been cultivating and smoking marijuana in this state that it's time we recognize it for what it is; not as a problem, as many naysayers conceive it, but as an end to the persecution of those who use it regularly and still go about their regular lives as a functioning member of society like everybody else." Indeed many of the misconceptions about the substance seem absurd even compared to 5 years ago. The Reefer Madness stereotype long gone today, marijuana is as common place in California as economic inequality or racism. It's made the debate about the drug harder than ever to ignore, and with California being broker than a Toyota Camry, the scale may already be tipped in it's favor.
Though November 2 is still two weeks away, it's clear this debate has many unanswerable questions. And with Prop 19 only passing by 6% if the polls closed today, it seems like it will be a day-of decision for many Californians. Though the state sits on the brink of making history and thus affecting the policies of the rest of the nation in it's wake, we'll have to wait and see just how many stoners roll out of bed in time to vote.