Detrimental effects of cannabis use vary in a dose-related fashion, and are more pronounced with highly automatic driving functions than with more complex tasks that require conscious control, whereas alcohol produces an opposite pattern of impairment. Because of both this and an increased awareness that they are impaired, marijuana smokers tend to compensate effectively while driving by utilizing a variety of behavioral strategies.
Early in the summer, Kleiman projected that legal cannabis in Washington will initially sell for at least forty-two dollars for an eighth of an ounce. Outdoor growing will lower that figure, but probably not enough to undercut street dealers. [...]
At the city-council meeting in Seattle, Kleiman said that the tax scheme outlined in I-502 was rigid and shortsighted. Because of the state’s heavy surcharges, legal marijuana will likely be more expensive than the illicit equivalent; but, as production costs plunge, legal pot will become much cheaper. “We’re gonna have a tax that starts too high and winds up too low,” Kleiman said. He laid out a better approach: “The optimal tax system . . . if I were doing it on a blackboard, would have been somewhat homeostatic. You’re looking to maintain a price maybe a little bit below, or a little bit above, the current illicit price. And, therefore, you’d like to have the tax be low at the beginning . . . and rise as the cost in the industry falls.” The state didn’t reconsider its tax plan, however; the prospect of an immediate windfall was perhaps too tempting.
It could have something to do with it being earlier than 9 o'clock in the morning after New Year’s Eve, but the demographic skews surprisingly old; forty and fifty-somethings outnumber twenty and thirty-somethings by a ratio of nearly 2-to-1. A solid majority are men. Everyone is extremely friendly, if a bit bleary (due to the hour and, perhaps, you know...). The cherubic woman in front of us looks like a school librarian and the man behind us is a 57-year-old plumber. Employees from a Dunkin’ Donuts that serendipitously opened next door less than a week ago pass out donut samples and one of the store’s many exceedingly polite employee’s periodically pops outside and offers customers a marijuana fact sheet with a pot-themed puzzle and a maze on the back.
As I have said before, going into schools and telling kids that if they smoke pot they are going to kill their family or jump out of windows or become a bum is a great strategy if you believe in fear appeals. The problem is it takes exactly one joint and a few kids smoking said joint, experiencing a mild euphoric high and listening to Frampton Comes Alive while guzzling Jolt and playing D&D to figure out that everyone in authority is completely and totally full of shit.
showbiz_liz: “It's not like you get arrested if you don't show your receipt.”
"The Prison-Industrial Complex has those beds that need filling, so they're going to fill them one way or another... <SOMETHING HAPPENS HERE>.... PROFIT poor people of color get busted for black market weed while white folk wave their get-out-of-jail-free receipts".
Despite what my learned colleagues might tell you, there is nothing progressive about laws that will effectively deepen the chasm of inequities in the criminalization of marijuana. Even in the short-term, while we are still working out the kinks, the dispossessed black and brown masses will be lining courtrooms and serving time.
When they tell you this is about lessening the strain of law enforcement, don’t believe them. It’s about advancing—even if unintentionally– institutionalized profiling. It’s a license to descend upon every street corner and alleyway in search of illegal weed peddlers. Aside from tourism and real estate, the prison industrial complex is among the biggest employers in Colorado. That will not change. Those metal prison beds, run by private for-profit companies, must still be sold. And we know who will not be sleeping in them.
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