Questions about legalizing “weed.”

How would the distribution of advertising, marketing, and access for ‘responsible’ adults be controlled? What about unlimited access for kids and teens? Eventually, we would have a big marijuana business federally and locally regulated like alcohol and tobacco. “Follow the money.”

Since federal law prohibits the sale of marijuana, sellers cannot open accounts with banks. Therefore, they have to store and transport thousands upon thousands of cash dollars in vehicles. Criminals are drooling! There have been robberies in Colorado, both at pharmacies and while transporting cash. So will vehicles have armed personnel while driving? Are we naive enough to assume there will be no shootouts?

Where Is Marijuana Legal?

How would costs be controlled so that illegal sales would not be profitable? If there are percentage strengths for THC (like alcohol), would higher grades be more expensive, such as beer vs. wine vs. spirits? If the legal prices exceed the illegal fees, follow the logical conclusion. In Colorado, taxes are raised because politicians and other rulers smell profit. Are we gullible to imagine that “black markets” will end?

THC has a much longer half-life than alcohol; it is absorbed into adipose tissue and remains in the body and brain. Smoking marijuana a few weeks ago could be detectable in a urine drug screen. Does this cause problem like what level of THC would be considered adverse? (Watch the lawsuits over this one explode!) Besides, how would law enforcement detect countless more individuals smoking it and driving it? What about employer pre-employment and random drug testing with this now legal substance? Shouldn’t zero tolerance (zero THC %) be the norm?

Let’s be honest. Smoke is poisonous gas-burning leaves, wood, tobacco, or marijuana. Look at cockroaches: they are stained with THC and other gunk from joints. How will that affect the lungs over the years?

The Public Health Concerns of Marijuana Legalization

Let’s be very honest. THC is psychoactive and potentially addictive—the tolerance increases, and both the frequency and duration increase. As a route of administration, smoke inhalation causes the THC to reach the brain within 5 to 10 seconds: the faster the high, the more potential for more use.

Finally, the “medical” marijuana fiasco allows non-medical personnel to sell untested and unverified marijuana. Again, smoke by definition has toxic by-products some are carcinogenic in marijuana, such as tobacco. What about absorbed pesticides? (OK, there are marijuana vaporizers that give off THC gases and not smoke. “Limitation of harm?”) Finally, how would the FDA regulate “medical” inhaled marijuana? Marinol and Ceasmet are RX THC products mainly for chemotherapy-induced nausea. There are therapeutic uses, to be sure. So why not do trials of smoking opium as a means of chronic numbing pain?