One of the things we always try to emphasize on here is that you can (and should) be for legalizing cannabis whether or not you approve of people using cannabis. Most people think it a bad idea to smoke cigarettes and yet most people believe cigarettes should be legal. Most people think it a bad idea to drink too much alcohol or eat too much ice cream, and yet both are legal and most people are quite fine with that. Ignore for a minute your own personal opinion on using cannabis and just address whether it makes sense from a policy perspective for our country.
That is what the person did who left the following simple and clear comment on this blog the other day. This comment came from a former Texas District Attorney who starkly tells us how wasteful and damaging it was for law enforcement even to have to deal with cannabis offenders:
I’ve served as an elected District Attorney in Conservative Texas. Every DA is on a limited budget. We have to make choices. I believe in strict punishment for violent offenders and burglars. I rarely gave probation. Unfortunately we had to deal with all these annoying pot cases. Even when pot users got probation the understaffed probation officers had to make sure they were in by 10PM –- I’d rather they checked on sex offenders.
Revenues are another reason to legalize. The Washington Post reports for 2015 Colorado gained 18,000 pot-related jobs
and $2.4 billion in revenue. 2016 will be much better.
Use among teens has not increased both according to surveys from the Denver Post and Federal Government.
It is best to vote “Yes.”
It sure is.
Let’s stop wasting our limited time and money and resources on cannabis prohibition. Let’s get sensible. Let’s vote yes on legalization today.
Vote like it matters because it does.