Opinion: Could Prop 19 Possibly Be Okay?

The heated Prop 19 could actually be quite beneficial in consideration to its effects on the economy.

Written by Jason Wu / Published October 22, 2010

So we all know that marijuana is bad, correct? But is everything about it bad?

Prop 19 calls for the decriminalization of marijuana, meaning that it would be technically legal but rules would be enacted and heavily enforced to prevent abuse. Now, what good could possibly come from legalizing drugs? The marijuana smokers would be up in arms. Well, should marijuana be a legal and tradable substance, we can tax it and with the taxes on marijuana, we can generate more revenue. Everybody wins.

Not only that, well, marijuana is known to stimulate a sensation known as the “munchies”, where the person feels the incredible urge to eat. It does not make them hungry, however, but their appetite magnifies. What this could mean for our economy is some seriously good revenue for restaurants and supermarkets.

“In Eagle Rock where I live, none of the restaurants in the area where medical marijuana is accessible ever go out of business,” Temple City High School English teacher Wendy Van Thiel said. “It’s just because all the “stoners” are eating there.”

Now, I am not condoning the use of marijuana. I don’t support it in any way other than passing the proposition. I just see that the good outweighs the bad. We all know that cigarettes and alcohol are sinful indulgences, correct? Yet, people choose whether or not to do so. Same with marijuana—we cannot force people to smoke it or not. If they choose to, they will. If not, then they won’t.

In Portugal, they legalized all drugs and the rate of usage went down from 50 percent to 44 percent, showing us that maybe by passing this bill, marijuana usage will decrease because a large portion of doing drugs is soaking in the fact that you are doing something illegal and risk induces euphoric feelings.

Also, we need to realize that of all the drugs that could be legalized or at least decriminalized, marijuana is one of the least harmful and in reasonable amounts could possibly be beneficial. Keep in mind that they have medical marijuana and not medical methamphetamine at the hospitals.

Even better for the economy—people could sell their marijuana. I’ve heard stories of people selling home-grown marijuana to hospitals—fast and easy cash. Also, with regulations put in place, the pesticides people use to tend to the plants can be made sure that it conforms to laws to make sure that marijuana consumers are safe from health risks—that is, other health risks that are not associated with inhaling marijuana smoke.

So in the end, it’s not advocating everyone to smoke marijuana at all, it’s stimulating our economy!

Editor’s Note: The views of this author do not reflect the views of the Temple City Voice or its staff.


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