Jail Isn’t the Answer, But Does That Make Being Stoned Okay?
Colorado’s first annual report on marijuana shows the state sold 4.8 million edible marijuana products—some for medical use, and some for recreation. Nearly enough for one for every person in the state. Oh, wait, more than 2.25 million of Colorado’s 5+ million people are under 21 and can’t legally buy the stuff. So, that means there were enough edible marijuana products for everyone to have two!
And when you consider that only 67 of Colorado’s 321 jurisdictions opted in to allowing retail or medical sales of marijuana, that decreases the number even further. So … let’s just say that quite a few people in Colorado got stoned last year.
And the state made a lot of money on it, as did at least some of the 322 retail outlets that were issued licenses last year, along with 505 medical dispensaries.
It’s too bad Colorado’s such a nice place. I was even considering living there. But I’m one of those people who really wouldn’t want my kids exposed to marijuana all the time. Nor would I want them taught by someone who got stoned last night. And I wouldn’t want to be represented by politicians who smoked all weekend either. Sooner or later, that’s going to be happening. If it isn’t already.
Back to the edibles: they’re still trying to regulate the edibles in Colorado. There are so many different items – candy, soda pop, cookies – that they just can’t figure out what to do. Hopefully, they’re not imbibing while they try to figure that out. It could take a long time.
Government officials are especially worried about the things that look exactly like candies kids eat – like gummy bears.
Despite kids showing up in hospital ERs last year because of eating that kind of stuff, it’s doubtful anything will be done about it—there’s money to be made there.
The existence of edibles—despite the kids in the ERs—is being justified by saying that if legal products aren’t available, people will get what they want off the black market. And that would curtail revenue. No, no. That’s not what they said. They said that if people got stuff off the black market, the concentration of THC wouldn’t be regulated.
Right. So many people have died because of the THC content in the past—like 0. Nevertheless, that’s apparently the argument that got the bill voted in.
The other objection was that there wouldn’t be any childproof packaging for black market stuff. So … if the legal products have childproof packaging, how did the children wind up in the ER?
Have you ever met anyone you can’t tell is stoned, even though they are? Not likely. Oh, you might not have known they were stoned, but you knew something wasn’t quite right, right? And if you’d ever heard of marijuana and knew ANYTHING about it, you would suspect that might be what that ‘something’ was, right?
And, sure, they seem kinda nice, and mellow when they’re stoned. Not much seems to matter to them. They don’t get serious about anything. Very laid back. And they can be kind of funny—doing things like laughing uncontrollably, literally, at things that aren’t even actually funny. Like a spot on the wall.
And they might move a little slower than usual.
And if they smoke a lot, they might have a little trouble understanding a concept you’re trying to get across. Or maybe they’ll just think it’s hilarious.
And they might hallucinate occasionally.
But, hey, what’s the big deal?
The big deal is that life does matter. And it’s worth taking seriously. And it’s hard to get things done, to accomplish something in life—even finishing a conversation—if you’re laughing uncontrollably at your finger.
And reaction times shouldn’t be slow. What if there’s an emergency?
And understanding each other and being able to communicate IS important. That’s how we get to know each other. That’s how we learn to understand life. That’s how we resolve problems. That’s how we make decisions about important issues—things that may affect you and your family for the rest of your lives.
The number of times going to prison did someone on drugs any good could probably be counted on one hand. So … that’s not the answer.
But, c’mon, being stoned isn’t either.
If you want to be looking at life with a clear head, contact us. We can help you get addiction help.