First came marijuana as medicine. Now comes legal pot for the people.
Those who have argued for decades that legalizing and taxing weed would be better than a costly, failed U.S. drug war have their chance to prove it, as Colorado and Washington became the first states to allow pot for recreational use.
While the measures earned support from broad swaths of the electorate in both states Tuesday, they are likely to face resistance from federal drug warriors. As of Wednesday, authorities did not say whether they would challenge the new laws.
Pot advocates say a fight is exactly what they want.
"I think we are at a tipping point on marijuana policy," said Brian Vicente, co-author of Colorado's marijuana measure. "We are going to see whether marijuana prohibition survives, or whether we should try a new and more sensible approach."
Soon after the measures passed, cheering people poured out of bars in Denver, the tangy scent of pot filling the air, and others in Seattle...
A state owned database for people's prescription history?
What's to prevent that data from being mined and given to the companies who make the drugs? That data would be amazing for economic and marketing purposes. You would know exactly which demographic uses your drug the most and where to focus your advertising budget.
Also, do you want the government knowing you're an oxycontin addict? All government databases cross-connect in today's world because of homeland security.
Maybe I'm paranoid but I'd rather only my doctor have this info about me.
Of all the places you'd take a joint, fucking criminal court...And on top of that having it just rolling round his pocket willy nilly. Guys obviously a dumbass or just really didn not give a fuck.
Can't imagine someone doing that over here, never mind in 'merica where a bag of buds can get you like 20 years or some bullshit..