Monday, February 23, 2009

Legalize It?

Marijuana is such an interesting topic of discussion in the United States. The dichotomy between the vastly opposing viewpoints is dramatic: gateway drug or just a good time?

A few months ago, I read a lengthy New Yorker article about the use of medical marijuana in California. The struggle between the state government's stance and the federal government's view was intriguing. You could grow, sell, and buy, with a doctor's written permission, under the state law, but you were still subject to the federal government's legal intervention. A profitable, dangerous, potentially helpful, easily exploited industry.

Recently, Husband and I started watching the Weeds television series through the Netflix streaming queue. Who could be against the lovable suburban mom, Nancy (Mary Louise Parker), trying to maintain her children's privileged lifestyle after their father dies by becoming the local yuppie dealer? Plus, Kevin Nealon. 'Nuff said. I would highly recommend Weeds for entertainment value, but probably not as a how-to guide for breaking into the pot business.

Still, the debate rages on. Click here for a very (short) interesting article about the waves this issue continues to generate in California; is pot the answer to their economic woes?


Diosthocles said...

I think of weed as alcohol - Won't do either but they are fine in my book... In moderation. I'm sure a lot of people would be able to mellow out a little if it became legal. I just hope that everything doesn't start smelling like patchouli if it ever is legalized.

KittyMarie said...

We'll get you good and sloshed at least once ;-)

Ewwww patchouli...