August 20, 2013
The more recent movements towards decriminalization are positive steps. Further, the addition of a proposed compassionate use law is also a great step. The true problem with the current set up is that the decriminalization creates an entrapment like situation for otherwise unweary users. For example, most understand the MM to mean that it's only a fine, but it also comes with a loss of your license for 6 months. It is my position that the fines and license costs combine to disproportionately disenfranchise working class individuals. As a practical matter, the cost of fighting marijuana is too expense considering the revenues that could be made and funneled into programs that will treat addition for all drugs, probably most importantly Cocaine, Heroin, Meth and the like.
Yes, I believe with addition of the recreational use in Colorado and Washington, that we are close to the precipice. Provided that there are no substantial set backs, I feel that these states and the Medical States will be a model and most will soon follow suit.
I am a former police officer and now a Criminal Defense Attorney In Dayton. I have lived all over the world, enjoy culture, traveling and anything outdoors. I truly have a passion for involvement in community and politics.