As I said in a prior post, “daunting dilemmas face concerned state voters this year—ranging from abolishing the death penalty to banning plastic bags at grocery stores.”
I explained that California’s constitution provides for citizen-initiated ballot proposals and this year’s 17 propositions include several hot-button social issues, with moral implications.
Having written about Propositions 62 and 66 and the death penalty/capital punishment, I will now continue to share my viewpoints on several of these initiatives, in this and, perhaps, future blogs. Today, I speak to California’s “stinky” Proposition 64, the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act.”
This libertarian-based initiative will legalize marijuana for use by adults while collecting taxes on its sales and cultivation, both at the state and local levels. While “pot” was previously grown in urban areas in “pot houses” by “pot-heads,” this proposal would legitimatize the recreational use of the smelly weed and establish standards for its various derivative products.
The new tax revenues would be allocated for specific purposes. Though the users are supposed to be adults, 21 years of age or older, 60% of the tax revenues would be allocated for “youth programs—including substance use disorder education, prevention, and treatment.” This acknowledges the toll this supposed benign bud actually takes on the yet developing brains and lungs of teens and young adults, especially since today’s stuff is way more potent than it used to be.
Twenty percent of the “sin tax” would go to “clean up and prevent environmental damage resulting from the illegal growing of marijuana. And, the final 20% would be granted for (1) programs designed to reduce driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs and (2) a grant program designed to reduce any potential negative impacts on public health or safety resulting from the measure.”
Those who argue against Proposition 64 (www.NoOn64.net ), in California’s Official Voter Information Guide, explain “five huge flaws” which could directly affect you and those about whom you care:
- Flaw #1: Doubling of highway fatalities on our streets and highways
- Flaw #2: Allows marijuana growing near schools and parks
- Flaw #3: Will increase, not decrease black market and drug cartel activity
- Flaw #4: Could roll back the total prohibition of smoking ads on TV
- Flaw #5: Proposition 64 is an all out assault on underprivileged neighborhoods already reeling from alcohol and drug addiction problems.
California is not alone in this social debate over the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada are considering the same issue. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington have already approved this social experiment, while the District of Columbia restricts the possession and cultivation to the user’s home.
As one peers through the haze of legalized “weed,” it seems clear that this new marijuana culture will forever change our society. Randy Thomasson of MarijuanaHarmsFamilies.com warns that if California becomes the next “Stoner State,” the next generation will think it is “normal” to “get high.” His organization has posted video details and documentation of their warnings, including these:
- Studies show marijuana is a gateway drug to cocaine and meth.
- Teens and young adults are especially at risk from today’s potent, mind-altering marijuana, which can permanently damage their developing brains and young lungs.
- If pot is legalized, your health and auto insurance will likely cost more because increased addictions, accidents, and drug rehab will burden all Californians.
- “Drugged driving” will become commonplace.
- It will be a new “right” to get high on marijuana at work, even in transportation jobs.
- Marijuana legalization means cities and counties can OK selling pot in grocery stores and permit marijuana operatives to buy thousands of acres of farmland.
The Los Angeles Times has reported that, according to government filings, pro-Proposition 64 interests have contributed $6.5 million to passing the measure; opponents have only raised $185,870. So, it’s up to you and me to actively oppose Proposition 64!
Start by sharing this gripping 86-second video. It will show your friends why legalizing full-blown, highly-potent marijuana in California is a bad idea, especially for our kids.
The Apostle Paul told the converts, in the corrupt city of Corinth, that believers’ bodies are temples, where the Holy Spirit lives. He reminded them (and us!) of the resurrection truth that “God paid a great price for you, so use your body to honor God.”