Dear Abby Column Talks Legal Marijuana

    March 21, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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The seminal advice column Dear Abby waded into waters recently that it probably never would have in decades past. In an answer to a letter from a “Colorado Mom”, the household name took on the headline topic of legal marijuana.

The writer expressed concern that her son was getting mixed messages from media sources about marijuana. She said that her son believes that marijuana is illegal and bad for you, in fact, that it is “poison”.

In her response, the advice maven said:

“Marijuana isn’t poison, unless it was sprayed with a poisonous chemical before being harvested. The marijuana being sold to adults in the states where it is now legal has been carefully cultivated and harvested. Its use is not encouraged among teenagers, however, because research has shown it can impair brain development among young people.”

She then went on to compare marijuana to alcohol, which is legal, regulated, and advertised openly. But she pointed out that alcohol is not for minors, and that abuse of either can cause major health problems.

Dear Abby’s comments are becoming common conversation points today. In the past, you wouldn’t hear anything that “pot-friendly” outside of a NORML brochure. But lawmakers, physicians, and the general public are starting to discuss these and other ideas that used to be fringe.

Back in 2009, when a newly-elected President Obama hosted his first-ever online town hall, the notion of using marijuana as a cash crop, reaping the benefits of taxing it to help the economy, was a very popular question. Obama laughed the question off, despite its popularity, and dismissed it as silly.

“I don’t know what this says about our online audience,” joked the president. “The answer is No. I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow our economy.” Audience members present laughed along with Obama and applauded.

Cut to today, where state after state is considering legalizing marijuana for just such purposes: economics.

The AP reports that Colorado raked in about $2 Million in tax from legal pot sales in the very first month that sales became legal. As some have pointed out, the infrastructure and storefronts for pot sales in Colorado are just starting to pop up. Colorado has a $20 Billion annual budget.

Some point out that, if the tax revenue from pot never gets any higher, something that is highly unlikely, that projects to less than one percent of the state’s budget. But others say that is still money that Colorado was not seeing before at all, to say nothing of the savings from the restructuring of the marijuana culture that impacts law enforcement in the state. A penny saved is a penny earned, after all.

Dear Abby and other sources may have more to talk about in the future.

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  • Brian Kelly

    In the prohibitionist’s world, anybody who consumes the slightest amount of marijuana responsibly in the privacy of their own homes are “stoners” and “dopers” that need to be incarcerated to protect society.

    In their world, any marijuana use equates to marijuana abuse, and it is their God given duty to worry about “saving us all” from the evils of marijuana use.

    Who are they to tell us we can’t choose marijuana, the safer choice instead alcohol for relaxation, after a long, hard day, in the privacy of our own homes?

    People who use marijuana are smart, honest, hard working, educated, and successful people too, who “follow the law” also.(except for their marijuana consumption under it’s current prohibition of course) .

    Not the stereotypical live at home losers prohibitionists make us out to be. We are doctors, lawyers, professors, movie stars, and politicians too.

    Several Presidents of The United States themselves and Justin Trudeau, and Bill Gates, and Carl Sagan have all confessed to their marijuana use , as have a long and extensive list of successful people throughout history at one point or other in their lives.

    Although, that doesn’t mean a damned thing to people who will make comments like “dopers” and “stoners” about anybody who uses the slightest amount of Marijuana although it is way safer than alcohol.

    To these people any use equals abuse, and that is really ignorant and full of hypocrisy. While our society promotes, glorifies, and advertises alcohol consumption like it’s an All American pastime.

    There is nothing worse about relaxing with a little marijuana after a long, hard day, than having a drink or two of alcohol.

    So come off those high horses of yours. Who are you to dictate to the rest of society that we can’t enjoy Marijuana, the safer choice over alcohol, in the privacy of our own homes?

    We’ve worked real hard our whole lives to provide for our loved ones. We don’t appreciate prohibitionists trying to impose their will and morals upon us all.

    Has a marijuana user ever tried to force you to use it? Probably not. So nobody has the right to force us not to either.

    Don’t try to impose your morality and “clean living” upon all of us with Draconian Marijuana Laws, and we won’t think you’re such prohibitionist hypocrites.

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

    • Elaine

      I predict the “costs” of legalizing marijuana will far outweigh any tax revenue gains in the long run. Only time will tell…

      • Brian Kelly

        Then I suggest you return that nice, big and shiny crystal ball of yours, because it’s obviously defective.

        Not only will legalizing marijuana Billions of dollars in tax revenue, but will also eliminate all the police, judicial, and penal costs we currently have now due to marijuana prohibition.

      • https://www.facebook.com/groups/ManitouRMJ/ FrogFear

        Elaine, get back to me when “time” tells!

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/ManitouRMJ/ FrogFear

    Weird to me that the letter writer would come under attack for the desire to have truthful communication with her son. Prohibition brainwashing runs so deep.