Blake Dowling: Make marijuana illegal everywhere Blake Dowling 01/12/2019 Latest Opinion, Opinions I have a radical idea. Make marijuana illegal everywhere. For those who will see no ill effects, plenty more will see adverse consequences if recreational marijuana is made legal in Florida one day. Ten-year minimums (and things of that nature) need to go away for weed crimes, but an inconvenient truth to all this hippie “legalize it” nonsense in our country: pot is a gateway drug. Three people close to me died in 2018 from situations caused by former (or current) drug habits. And guess what was the first drug they did when they were younger? (Hint: It wasn’t crack.) As for most young Floridians back in the day, I saw they were not heading to the beach with a case of Milwaukee’s Best and a big fat rock of crack. (Well, unless you’re Charlie Sheen … beach days with Charlie were not included.) For the aforementioned young people, it usually was beer and weed. Some moved on; others advanced to worse behavior. A few became stoned vegetables their entire lives. Either way, neuroscience says chronic exposure to “the chronic” impairs the ability to see value or importance in life. In other words — it makes you stupid. This website agrees. I remember our family talking to kids at a local high school about the subject of legal weed; they rambled on about how it was right and “cool, bro.” I asked if they would want their doctor operating on them while stoned? ERRRRR. Silence. Nope. Kids today, I tell ya. I also recall youngsters arguing that marijuana is legal other places, so it must not be all that bad. So we have blue and red for a political party, and we have green and blue for weed states Florida needs to “Just Say No” to talk of recreational weed. We need to say something more profound like “I did not inhale” when accused of getting caught doing such things. Drugs are bad. This is what I was taught when I was young. So to be clear, laws around this type of crime should be less harsh, but in my opinion illegal (with medical marijuana being OK). Let’s bust out some science. Also, an old Washington Post article claims that heavy dope smokers are 60 percent less likely to graduate high school. You might counter with an argument that someone has to be 21 years old to buy it. Really? Have you heard of the car full of teenagers that slip a 20 to some random person at the SING store to pick up a 12-pack of Keystone Light? This year, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York became the first leader of either party to support decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level. President Donald Trump made a loose promise to a Republican Senator from Colorado that he would not intervene with states that have legalized weed, this according to The Washington Post. So, I might be going against the grain here, but getting on the weed train is neither good business or government. That is unless you are selling it or lobbying for it to be sold. Cheech and Chong doing what they do. What happens in 20 years, when half our workforce is stoned, and we can’t compete on the worldwide economic stage? These are people who might not have ever tried weed, but if it’s legal, bring it on. Did you see the lines at the stores in Canada recently when they started selling the “devil’s grass?” Those hosers haven’t been this excited since Slapshot was in theaters. (What a movie. Paul Newman was really talented.) There is also the fact that if we continue toward widespread legalization in Florida, neighboring states will have to build a “weed wall” to stop the threat of it spilling into their borders. That’s just what we need, Alabama Law Enforcement getting tough on weed. Wow. Unless Clemson is there to stop ‘em, people are going to get whooped on for even thinking about weed. Just look at what’s going on in Nebraska since Colorado legalized weed. Long lines up North in Canada. There is a thought-provoking study from the Netherlands found when students were cut off from weed (due changes in local law) grades went up. Hmmmm. So, to add to my gross simplification — weed makes you dumb — it is really bad for kids, especially as their brains are not fully developed. And, of course, the gateway drug reason. Those are my intentions. Get angry, even disagree; more power to you. It seems very popular to be a weeder these days, so I will most likely be on the losing side here. To clarify once again, I am all for decimalization and for anyone that might need medical marijuana. I am all for the ease of suffering. However, in my opinion, I think legalized recreational pot is a bad idea. Who knows where Florida is going to take the conversation in the coming years? With have a new Sheriff in town (Governor actually), we can start watching the situation unfold sooner rather than later. Speaking of which, congrats to all involved in what looked like a spectacular evening at the Inaugural Ball. Looking good on stage, Nick! Excellent. Happy New Year everyone. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.