To Weed Or Not To Weed?

To Weed Or Not To WeedTo weed or not to weed? That is the million-dollar-question for this decade.


In the United States, the status of marijuana has been debated over so many times. Should it be legalized nationwide or not? Is it a threat to public safety? Will it affect tax revenue greatly? On an on, the weed discussion goes on.

Lately, a lot of people have been changing their perspective on the use of marijuana. Before, most viewed marijuana as just another drug that should be outlawed. Now, more and more people are seeing the positive side of medical marijuana. Moreover, more and more people are supporting the legalization of marijuana.

‘Black and white’

Maybe the increased awareness about medical marijuana has opened the eyes of other people to its positive uses and removed some of the stigma associated with this drug. Or maybe Washington and Colorado’s move to legalize it for recreational use has pushed other states to try to do the same, too. And now, the laws are more lenient toward possession and usage of the popular weed.

Before, there was only black and white in the view about marijuana. People saw it only as either good or evil. Now, we are already exploring the “why” and the “how much” of that view. And now, we are looking at a picture of pot potentially moving to the spot that alcohol now occupies. Do you think that’s possible?

To weed or not to weed — that is still the question that up until now, we still do not have clear answers to.

What is your opinion regarding the legalization of marijuana? Are you in favor of the use of medical marijuana?

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NFL: Players Still Can’t Smoke Pot In Washington And Colorado

NFL Players Still Can't Smoke Pot In Washington And ColoradoIf you’re into loco weed, you happen to play for a team in Colorado or Washington state, and you think that the bills passed on Tuesday that allow the possession and use of marijuana apply to you … well, you might want to check on that. According to the NFL, there’s state law and the league’s collective bargaining agreement, and players should expect to heed the latter if there’s a dispute.

‘Marijuana remains prohibited’

“The NFL’s policy is collectively bargained and will continue to apply in the same manner it has for decades,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA Today’s Lindsay Jones on Wednesday morning. “Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program.”

In Colorado, Proposition 64 allows state residents over the age of 21 to possess an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes. Washington’s I-502 allows similar possession limits. There will be legal limits established to judge impaired driving per I-502, and pot will be taxed. It’s estimated that taxation and legalization could raise as much as $2 billion in revenue for Washington state over the next five years. That revenue will be earmarked for education, health care, substance abuse prevention and government services.

‘Complications arising’

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was less than pleased with the results. “Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos too quickly,” he said.

Hickenlooper does have a point, and there may be complications arising from the differences in state and federal law. It’s entirely possible that the federal government could sue to repeal state legalization, and federal law does take precedence. Clearly, the NFL feels that its laws do, as well.

Should recreational use of marijuana be legalized in all states? Feel free to share your opinions with us regarding this issue!

Source: Yahoo Sports

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