Mothers and Marijuana in Colorado
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Mothers and Marijuana in Colorado
Posted by CN Staff on May 13, 2012 at 06:00:48 PT
By Kirtley Ceballos, Guest Commentary
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- With the birth of my first child 10 months ago, this is a very special Mother's Day for me. It is a time for me to pause and think about the mother I want to be to my little boy as he continues to grow. I plan to take some quiet time to imagine both the joys and challenges that lie ahead.Looking down the road, I know, like every other parent, that one of the greatest challenges my husband and I will face is the possibility of teen drug, tobacco and alcohol use. Fortunately, as a parent, I have more than a decade before that really becomes an issue. But as a Colorado citizen, I have the opportunity this year to address the subject on a societal level.
In November, the voters in our state will consider Amendment 64, an initiative that would regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. It would allow adults 21 years of age or older to use and possess a limited amount of marijuana. And it would direct the legislature to impose on excise tax on marijuana, with the proceeds going toward public school construction.Most importantly, from my perspective as a future parent, the initiative would establish a regulated system for the cultivation and sale of marijuana. This means that marijuana would be sold in stores in which employees would be required to check IDs before conducting any transaction.Taking the sale of marijuana out of the criminal market and putting it in the hands of state-regulated stores would be a dramatic improvement over the existing system. In fact, if your concern is the health and well-being of teens, it can be argued that we currently have the worst possible marijuana policies.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Kirtley Ceballos, Guest CommentaryPublished: May 13, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis  Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on May 13, 2012 at 09:20:57 PT
Jobs, jobs, jobs!!!
Peter Tosh - Bush Doctor"Legalize marijuana Down here in Jamaica It can build up your failing economy Eliminate the slavish mentality" 
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Comment #1 posted by Ryannn29 on May 13, 2012 at 08:23:01 PT
too true
Any teenager knows how much easier it is to get some bud than it is to get any other substance, including alcohol and tobacco.
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