If you live in California and voted last year (or pay any level of attention to the news), you’re probably aware that California voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Before you either lament or celebrate that knowledge, know that like any drug, there are regulations that come with this passing.
EXPECTATION – Thank goodness. Work is so boring. Gonna light up on the lunch break!
REALITY – Marijuana is still a drug and it is not only illegal to show up under the influence, but your employer will have every right to fire you for it.
EXPECTATION – “I’m gonna hit the dispensary for my 18th birthday!”
REALITY – Like alcohol, marijuana use is illegal until you are 21 years of age.
EXPECTATION – “We’ve defeated the black market and drug cartel industry!”
REALITY – If Colorado is any indication, organized crime will skyrocket.
EXPECTATION – “Kids aren’t in danger. There are regulations in place”
REALITY – Prop 64 will not only allow marijuana ads on prime time television where even tobacco campaigns are banned, but indoor cultivation of marijuana is now legal next to schools and playgrounds.
EXPECTATION – This new business will be good for poor neighborhoods.
REALITY – With no limit on the number of pot shops that can be opened in any neighborhood, community members like Ron Allen of the International Faith Based Coalition representing 5,000 inner-city churches, calls Proposition 64 an “attack on minorities” and asks “Why are there no limits on the number of pot shops that can be opened in poor neighborhoods? We will now have a string of pot shops to go with the two liquor stores on every block, but we still can’t get a grocery store. Proposition 64 will make every parent’s job tougher.”
EXPECTATION – “Nothing like laying out in an open field, taking a hit and watchi-”
REALITY – NO. You can’t get high in public. Stop that.