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New DC Pot Law's Affect on Arlington
  • ipitythefool March 6, 2014 - 10:29 am #100908 Reply

    As one of the closest Virginia localities to DC, how do you think the proposed new DC pot ordinances will affect our county? Do you think DUI instances will go up drastically? What about the possibility of reducing penalties or someday legalization in Virginia? Will that ever be possible? I’m not a free spirit or anything and with my job I never touch the stuff but I think it might be a good revenue source for the state if we legalize it and tax the hell out of it. Thoughts?

    Captain_Obvious March 6, 2014 - 10:33 am #100910 Reply

    I imagine we’re still at least a decade or 2 away before VA would seriously consider legalizing it.

    I’m conflicted on this topic.  I used to smoke it a lot in my younger days, but haven’t touched it in about 8 years or so.  I’m probably leaning towards legalize it and taxing it big time.

    ahum March 6, 2014 - 11:01 am #100923 Reply

    Taxing it will only ensure that the black market continues. It is however interesting to note how democrats basically want to make cigarette smoking illegal while pushing to legalize pot, ignoring that it’s tar, not nicotine, that causes lung cancer.

    Captain_Obvious March 6, 2014 - 11:10 am #100926 Reply

    It is however interesting to note how democrats basically want to make cigarette smoking illegal while pushing to legalize pot, ignoring that it’s tar, not nicotine, that causes lung cancer.

    Is it possible for you to ever stay on topic?

    No one take the bait from the elevator-farter.

    ahum March 6, 2014 - 11:16 am #100930 Reply

    Co: How is that not on topic? There are consequences of legalizing pot. You said taxing it. Then I brign up the reality, a consequence and you throw a tantrum like a spoiled little brat.

    Captain_Obvious March 6, 2014 - 11:18 am #100933 Reply

    I’m not throwing a tantrum at all.  This thread is about pot laws, not cigarettes.

    Just because the black market will continue, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t legalize and tax it.

    aldohexose March 6, 2014 - 11:27 am #100940 Reply

    If I smoked pot (I don’t) I would rather buy it from a regulated source (as a store) so the pot would have a much less likely chance of containing dangerous drugs that street dealers add to it. I would pay a premium (and a tax) for this assurance. Illeagal sales will decrease as people want to buy it and not fear arrest.

    aldohexose March 6, 2014 - 11:28 am #100941 Reply

    Taxing it will only ensure that the black market continues. It is however interesting to note how democrats basically want to make cigarette smoking illegal while pushing to legalize pot, ignoring that it’s tar, not nicotine, that causes lung cancer.

    Ten words on subject
    Thirty words off subject

    It’s easy to ignore the off subject comments.

    Captain_Obvious March 6, 2014 - 11:31 am #100944 Reply

    aldo, as someone who has smoked his fair share of pot, I’m about 99% certain I never came across other drugs in my pot.  Not saying it didn’t happen or doesn’t happen to other people, but I never noticed anything strange.  I would hear of people trying to pass off oregano as pot though.

    If I still smoked, I’d prefer to pay a little extra and buy it from a legal source and knew exactly what type of pot I was buying.

    aldohexose March 6, 2014 - 11:35 am #100946 Reply

    C_O: I guess you buy from more reliable sources than my dead-beat friends. :-) But, that was years ago, so my point may be a thing of the past also.

    ipitythefool March 6, 2014 - 11:41 am #100951 Reply

    I agree. I’d pay the premium for that if I was still into that type of thing. I did see an article recently that mentioned that new pot laws may increase the instances of DUI. Although I think that’s somewhat true (more people doing it = more people doing the wrong thing when influenced by it) I don’t really see that as being a significant increase. If anything, we might have a run on junk food and netflix would increase subscribers by about 1000%.

    Captain_Obvious March 6, 2014 - 11:41 am #100952 Reply

    We didn’t always get it from reliable sources.  When we didn’t, we were more concerned with getting crappy pot and being shorted on the bag.

     

    Captain_Obvious March 6, 2014 - 11:43 am #100954 Reply

    also, not proud of it, but I have driven while high on pot and after drinking.  And there is a HUGE difference while driving with each substance in your system.  I was kind of a functional pothead, I guess.  Wow, I sound like I was a degenerate.

    ahum March 6, 2014 - 11:55 am #100976 Reply

    Also when you have the choice of medical marijuana or legal recreational marijuana, the taxes are much less on medical marijuana, so people in CO are opting for that option bigtime. However that will deprive the state of revenues, so they will crack down on medical marijuana and when they start bigtime taxing recreational pot, the black market will easily return becaues it never really went away, for long that is.

    Chris Slatt March 6, 2014 - 11:58 am #100978 Reply

    Is there a black market for cigarettes that I don’t know about?  Why would legal pot be expected to be different?

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