I bring you all today this article out of Da Patch that cites a recent poll stating that the overwhelming majority of Marylanders would like to see small amounts of marijuana decriminalized. In fact, a majority would like to see pot totally decriminalized and regulated like alcohol.
Back up the revenue collection trucks. And with this state's penchant for rolling up fees and taxes, this is crazy enough to happen.
But should it happen? As an individual, I don't care much what other people do-- live and let live, I say. But as an involved citizen, while I acknowledge the fact that there are fewer drugs less addictive and less damaging to body, family and society than the one which is very widespread and legal-- that being alcohol-- I'm not sure that making pot legal in Maryland is a wise decision.
Because, once pot is legal, I have a concern that addicts will use marijuana as a "crutch" to mask stronger addictions. And legalizing marijuana runs contrary to the state's efforts, through enforcement, to get addicts into recovery. In the recovery community, being "sober" means abstinence from all mind-altering substances, not just alcohol. You can't not drink, still smoke, and be sober. Regardless of whether or not it's legal.
I can think of many other reservations I have about this, and while I can see some benefits-- most notably in terms of tax revenue-- I see the drawbacks as much more serious, society-changing-- and honestly, not worth the revenue benefit. We're not the Netherlands and we don't have to be.
So regardless of the ACLU's very nice poll, and the pupils of this state's eyes turning into dollar signs, I think a line has to be drawn at this one. Legalizing marijuana in Maryland is not a good idea.
Happy National Pierogy Day! Let's be careful out there.