Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Aside from Donald and Hillary, legalizing marijuana was the big news on election day

I smoke two joints in the morning
I smoke two joint at night
I smoke two joint in the afternoon
It makes me feel alright

I smoke two joints in time of peace
And two in time of war
I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints
And then I smoke two more

“Smoke Two Joints”
Sublime

A very big deal took place on Tuesday, November 8 – voters in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved recreational marijuana ballot initiatives – joining up with Colorado and Washington, which legalized marijuana in 2012. A few other states passed medical marijuana provisions this year. Maine is expected to approve legalization, too, while Arizona didn’t gain enough votes to pass its legalization measure.

Years ago, I was very much opposed to legalizing marijuana. I’d had my own problems with it and didn’t see the point of making it a legitimate business. In the past couple of years, I’ve opened up to it, especially after talking to Colorado residents about the positive outcomes of legalizing it in that state.

So far, so good. Better than keeping it an illegal trade, where people might get murdered over it. Now, if you're a pot smoker living anything like the lyrics to the Sublime song, that's another story altogether. You might want to get some help for it.

I do have a few questions about legalizing marijuana:

• Will there be Stoned Driving tests like BAC drunk driving tests?
• Will pot smokers band together and form a volume purchase club for discounts on Cheetohs, gummy bears, candy bars, sunflower seeds, and other treats to satisfy the munchies?
• Is there a good way to handle a socially awkward scenario when a group of people sitting behind you at a movie or sporting event, who wreak of pot, start laughing hysterically at stupid jokes?
• Will Visine go out of business when pot smokers no longer need to get rid of red eye?
• Who will be threatened to go out of business once it’s legalized? Hydroponics stores? Your neighbor’s son and his buddies?
• What corporations will get into the new industry? Starbucks, Google, and Amazon? Will they form an association? Join the Hemp Industries Association and sponsor its annual convention?
• Will it take away a good talk show topic for rebels like Woody Harrelson, Seth Rogen, and Woody Nelson?

If you've got any good answers, please leave your comment below.

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