Linda — San Francisco
I am for marijuana legalization. I think locking people up has been really counterproductive. And unfortunately they federal law still stays in effect so many people are still gonna be imprisoned. I am also concerned that the medical marijuana users don’t get hit by high taxes. So called “sin” taxes. I could see them interested in revenue, but I think those folks need their medicine and not to be taxed to death. I also think that the marijuana industry should be safe for people who have been displaced from other industries, due to mechanization and sending jobs over to other countries. I think those jobs should be kept for those folks who have been disenfranchised and to keep the big corporations out of the industry. They’ll want to take over and make maximum profits, and I don’t want to see that. So I guess my answer is that I’m glad about legalization but I want it to be more equitable in how it’s rolled out.
Janell — Oakland
As a California community college professor my students used to ask me, “What if we legalize marijuana?” And I used to tell them that it’s the same thing as many other substances that people use to make themselves feel different. It is either going to help you because you need help, or it is going to have a negative effect. So for marijuana it’s sort of, not laziness, but less energy. And it’s just another way of separating the wheat from the chaff. My students could let alcohol keep them from class, they could let illegal use of marijuana keep them from class. Most of them don’t, some of them do. I let my students know that I’m not worried about the legalization of marijuana because it’s going to work for some people, and make them more productive. The other people who abuse are not going to become more productive and that just leaves more room for people who are willing to thrive.
Susan — San Francisco
I feel really sad about what’s happened with medical cannabis. Because despite what’s happened with everything we’re not going to have much medical cannabis because the state and counties are charging such enormous fees it’s basically just turning into agribusiness. Like Colorado we’re going to lose ninety-percent of our real medical for really seriously ill people, and it just makes me really really sad.
Moe — Oakland
My comment is: It’s about damn time.
Sophia — Oakland
I am very happy that marijuana and cannabis products are being legalized in California. I know many people who use it medicinally, and have had their lives changed, and saved, and have access to more medical products. The stigma is being released from it so more people will now feel the comfort in seeking out those sort of medicinal remedies. As well as how important it’s going to be in reducing the criminality in the cannabis products and how much that has affected our communities, particularly here in the Bay Area. It has destroyed lives [of] people [who] have been criminalized for the use of marijuana, which in my mind is no different that the use of alcohol — and if anything, [in] the use of alcohol I see more destruction and more abuse. Marijuana for me is a healing aspect of my life. So I am very grateful for these changes that are coming about.
Randolph — San Francisco
My opinion is: it’s about time. I have two felonies on my record, marijuana-related felonies. Damn, I wish this had happened sooner. I live with it and I enjoy it and I’m glad this has finally turned around. Since 1981 I’ve been a huge supporter of legalizing marijuana not only here in California but in the United States nationwide. It’s about time, it’s about time.
Tom Dominy — San Jose
I am elated that finally people will have the right to purchase what they want to purchase as far as marijuana. Unfortunately the law doesn’t go far enough, and it should extend to all drugs, because it is a personal choice by legal adults. Governments shouldn’t be telling people what they can put in their bodies. It’s their own business so long as they leave others alone.
Sally — San Francisco
I’m not happy about it. It concerns me greatly to have more people smoking marijuana freely, to have them driving, to have them make decisions. I guess I’m of the school that smoking pot leads to other things, and I don’t think it’s great to bring kids up around it. I’m just not for it. I am worried about it. Thanks for asking.
Carlo — South San Francisco
I feel at this point that the state attorney needs to be prosecuted for 2011, when medical marijuana was legal, saying they were going to confiscate everything someone has and charge them criminally if they’re participating in an industry that does nothing but help the health and wellbeing of individuals. I think that’s where we are at this point.
Michael — Berkeley
I feel very positive about it. I see it as an experiment in additional legalization of drugs. We already have things like tobacco and alcohol and marijuana. I think I’m inclined toward the libertarian position, and think all drugs should be legal, and a lot of the money we spend on the so called “War on Drugs” could be spent on helping people who have problems with the drugs that they may use. So I’m very hopeful about this experiment. I think it might greatly reduce the jail population of people who are prosecuted and put in jail for something that should not be illegal.
Gotta — Bolinas
I gotta lotta pot. I’m in Bolinas California. The people I’ve been around for forty years drive stoned. They cannot stop at stop signs. They seem to drive fine otherwise. They’re going to get stopped when this becomes legal and there will be more people put in jails. Because the police will know they can target individuals with pot smells coming from their cars. And people don’t think it’s a serious offense to have a DUI, but it’s extremely serious and it can ruin peoples lives.
Phil — San Francisco
I think we’re headed for bigger difficulties, because already I smell fumes of marijuana wafting out of moving motor vehicles, and I think this is just inviting greater hazards. And two, second-hand smoke, it’s not funny to realize we’re just going to wind up with a greater hazard.