Should recreational marijuana be legalized?
How will legalizing recreational marijuana effect the MMJ industry? Most people are on the fence about legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes. Some believe it will draw the attention away from the medical side of things. I think that marijuana is meant for the people. You can’t make such a beneficial plant illegal to the people, just like you can’t make eggplant illegal because it contains nicotine. If someone would rather sit back and smoke a joint, then drink alcohol which is proven to be harmful. Then who has the right to stop them? After all, it’s a plant that is shown to help improve your health!
In California prop 64 which would legalize recreational use of marijuana has made it to the ballot this November. Some of the growers are staying neutral, mostly because they are worried that if Prop 64 is passed some large enterprises may try to push them out of business. This is a hard one to decide on it could affect a lot of people if it is passed. Some good and some very bad. If the big companies do try to move in the small grows that have been fueling California’s medical industry could be pushed out of business, and that would be bad for everyone because the ones that have taken decades to perfect their strains and techniques would no longer be around. Meaning the big guys come in prices drop but so does quality.
So what do the big guys think? Actually, most big pharma companies are against medical and recreational marijuana. A recent study done by Bradford and Bradford, Health Affairs shows that states that have legalized any form of marijuana have fewer people prescribed to powerful pain meds, so profits went down in those states! Would they rather have you on powerful opiates then a harmless plant? Below is a chart showing how many prescription meds have been prescribed in states with MMJ or recreational marijuana.
So what do you think? I believe we should do more research on marijuana as a medicine, and find all the benefits then help the people that need whether or not it’s legalized for recreational use. I still don’t think anyone (accept for children) should not be allowed to use this plant in whatever way they chose. Leave a comment and let me know what you think they should do in California. MMJ or recreational?