Wesleyan student thinks that marijuana should be legalized in Texas

For decades government officials have told the people of the United States that marijuana is a dangerous drug.

They have treated weed the same thing as cocaine and heroin for years, but it’s not the same.

President Richard Nixon preached about the dangers of marijuana.

“The Nixon White House tapes from 1971-1972 prove that the foundation of the modern war on marijuana was Nixon’s prejudice, culture war and misinformation,” said csdp.org.

President Ronald Regan also talked about the danger of marijuana when his wife Nancy Regan put forward the “Just Say No” campaign.

“By 1988 more than 12,000 “Just say no” clubs were formed around the country and the world. The results were encouraging: cocaine use by high school seniors had dropped by a third” said reaganfoundation.org

However this foundation never mentions any drop in marijuana users or any discernible difference with use of any other drug.

But now President Barack Obama, has allowed 15 states and Washington D.C. to legalize marijuana for either medical uses. Also as of 2014 two states have opened business on recreation marijuana.

A statement from the Federal Enforcement Policy De-Prioritizing Medical Marijuana: Statements from Pres. Obama, his official, and the Justice Department

“Although federal criminal law does not have an exception for the medical use of marijuana, several statements made by Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and their spokespeople in 2008, 2009, and 2010 reflected that the enforcement of federal criminal laws against those complying with state medical marijuana laws would not be an enforcement priority” said a report entitled “Marijuana policy project“ said mpp.org.

This memo went from the White House and into the hands of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

This is happening because we as a nation are waking up and doing our homework on this topic. The younger generation is not staying ignorant. We are realizing that weed is not a harmful, addictive drug, but a medicine that can be taxed and controlled on the legal market.

Colorado is now one of only two states that have legalized marijuana for recreational uses.

I took a trip to Colorado at the beginning of this year and discovered a thriving, safe community that is living happy and without fear.

I first stopped in Colorado Springs and realized very quickly that the medical marijuana dispensaries are not selling to recreational smokers.

In fact, almost no other city in Colorado is selling to recreational smokers except Denver.

So I went to Denver and found out that there are 14 different dispensaries selling to recreational users.

Since I am over 21 and have a Texas Driver’s license to prove it, I was happily welcomed into my first dispensary.

As I walked into Denver Kush Club, I felt like a kid on christmas. The shop smelled of good marijuana buds, and everywhere I looked were smiling faces from the other customers.

After checking my Identification, I was escorted to the back of the shop where the recreational sales men was happily waiting to great me. The area was separated from the area where the medical patients receive their marijuana. The attendant told me that it was separate because of the restrictions that came with the new law.

While speaking with the bud-tender, he asked me what kind of smoke I liked. After telling him my personal preferences, he recommended Amnesia Caviar and OG4.

The bud-tender informed me that each customer is only allowed to buy up to an eighth of an ounce or 3.5 grams per visit. Luckily, I had a friend with me, so together we purchased an eight of each type.

The look, smell, and taste were amazing. The buds glistened in the light from the tetrahydrocannabinol crystals, and the OG4 smelled fruity and tasted sweet.

I only smoked because I felt safe in a state that was not going to prosecute me for consuming marijuana.

I do not and would not recommend anyone else in Texas to smoke marijuana because; the laws that are now in place might land you in jail or a rehab clinic.

I always felt safe while in Denver. There were police patrolling the streets constantly. Sometime they would be flying down the street with their sirens blasting and their lights flashing. I knew that they were off to bust a real criminal, not someone trying to relax after a hard-days’ work.

I had an incredible time in Denver and the rest of my trip to Colorado. I visited five other dispensaries on that trip, and I will never forget how good it felt to buy pot legally. Every dispensary was clean, like a doctor’s office, and made me feel comfortable.

I hope to one day be able to have a similar experience in Texas. I also hope that our new governor and state legislator will want to legalize marijuana for medical uses.

If they do, I will be the first one lined up to get my medical marijuana license.

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      Nick March 01, 2014

      That is so true
      People that drink need rehab sometimes weed has relaxing effects

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    Drew March 05, 2014

    This is great! If any students are interested in getting involved in the movement, check out Students for Sensible Drug Policy! We are working to end drug prohibition – http://ssdp.org/chapters/start/

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    Robyn March 06, 2014

    Yes, legalization of maryjuana would promote bussnesses and the economy. If it was legal people who get frustrated on their job would feel comfortable to light up a joint and reduce their stress, fruststration, and blood pressure. This is the cure that the world needs. The Indians smoked so they wouldn’t get bad emotions after the bad experiences they gone through. So just legalize maryjuana to help the economy and if it does not show progress then you may do away with it but more then likely it will improve the economy and promote business. Go for it. Give it a chance.. Look at Colorado.

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    Robyn March 06, 2014

    In the constitution it states: ” WE THE PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT” if it is not successful and doing its duties. With this said if we have to, we will get maryjuana legalized someday… It will rise and become our new, natural, resource and cure.. It has many things that it helps and cures… What’s the risk of legalizing weed? PEOPLE overdosing..? (no) PEOPLE turning into zombies…? (no). There really isn’t anything bad to say about MARYJAUNA, it has been on this earth for centries and has been used by people for many of years and still hasn’t cause a death. the haters in this country are ripping apart the unitity and halting evolution. So just stop and legalize maryjuana so that this country can grow and evolve into a better economy. This will change the world in a very good, calm, relaxed place to where everyone is happy and not as stressed. Y’all have a nice day and let’s pray that the country comes to a truths and legalize maryjuana. Thank you for your time.

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    Robyn March 06, 2014

    O and police informants and chiefs that do not want maryjuana legalized, good luck.. Your guna need it because ether way, if they don’t legalize it the people will still smoke weed, in their bedrooms, and on their property. So if the officials really wanted a safer place then they would make it to where the kids can’t buy weed, like selling it in regulated stores. You offcials will never stop the pot smokers, so you should really just make it safer then it is. Achahol is way more harmful then maryjuana, maryjuana isn’t even harmful… These officials know the facts, and history, they just are ignorant and don’t want to legalize it.

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      theramblertwu March 07, 2014

      thank you Robyn for you opinions and thoughts.

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