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I don't smoke pot, but I think that pot should be legal everywhere. The cost of keeping it illegal, and prosecution of pot "crimes" costs us hundreds of billions of dollars in tax dollars. Prohibition has never worked, and it will never work.
You want to keep it out of the hands of kids, legalize it. Ask any high schooler whether it's easier to get their hands on a case of beer or a bag of pot, it'll be pot 9 times out of 10, that's always been the great irony here.
In my humble opinion, it is past time to legalize all drugs and make them readily available everywhere. We are not winning the war on drugs. I think the state should sell drugs and profit from them and the profits go to certain designated programs. I also think once all drugs are legal, there should be "mandatory extremely stiff punishments" for driving while buzzed and for using a weapon in a crime or implying to have a weapon in a crime. Legalizing all drugs will also pretty much put an end to inner city murders by pistol by gangbangers since most of that is due to drug turf wars. It will also put an end to Mexican drugs cartels killing each other (although I am not 100% sure about that).
I think it's all and well that these ladies are salivating to become "entrepreneurs", but I hope they are not looking through rose colored glasses. Any State law should have provisions that prevent monopolies. Does anyone want this to progress where a few businesses -- see the woman who already owns a few pot stores and is lining up investors for another State which being successful already means that is probably quite easy -- consolidate to the Walmarts of pot sales? Some simple prohibitions on the size of stores and the number that one person or entity can own should be codified into State law. That would give these ladies, and those like them, a fighting chance.
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