posted on May, 18 2021 @ 09:48 AM
a reply to: LSU2018
Well, I'm certainly not going to claim it is perfect. There will be issues with this.
But the bottom line is that it has been shown to have medical benefits in some cases, and the recreational effects are no worse (some might say
better) than alcohol. Alcohol is legal (sort of... dry county here, but the nearest city is wet), so why the disparate treatment under the law? I
believe many of the problems associated are the result of two things: the illegality status, which forces people to deal with drug dealers and exposes
them to harder drugs; and the fear of prosecution that turns anyone who uses it into a criminal by definition. Legalization successfully counters both
I remember when Alabama decided to let cities vote on the wet/dry issue. That was the only time I ever saw the preachers and the bootleggers standing
side by side on an issue (now it will probably be the preachers and the drug dealers). Their concern was that DUIs and disorderly drunkenness would
skyrocket if the city went wet, as that would effectively if not legally make the county wet de facto
. Well, the city went wet (2 to 1 margin;
I remember because I won a bet) and DUIs skyrocketed... for about two weeks. Then they dropped, and six months later were actually down. It was also
harder for underage people to buy alcohol, since the bootleggers were put out of business.
Marijuana will be the same if ever completely legalized. This bill doesn't do that, but it's a step in the right direction. It also shows that
Alabamians are willing to consider legalization; our legislature is made up of the most conservative people in the state. If this can get past them,
the people are overall likely for full legalization.
P.S.: Nick Saban will never retire; he is now immortal.