An interesting debate has arisen in Oregan where the cannabis legalisation debate is front and centre with a vote on legalisation occuring shortly.
One group of mothers is for legalisation, but not so that they can buy it or smoke…for another reason entirely.
To clarify, the Yes on 91 moms don’t want to legally buy marijuana. Nor do they want their kids to have access to it. In fact, that’s their argument.
“With no regulation, marijuana is sold everywhere,” says Leah Maurer, a stay-at-home mom of three who’s been volunteering for the campaign. “It’s sold on the streets, in parks, outside schools, under the bleachers at baseball and basketball games.”
She holds up a photo, for the benefit of the four television cameras that have crammed into the makeshift press conference room, showing edible THC lollipops with smiley faces painted on them. “This is what’s out there right now. This is what this looks like to our children,” Maurer says. Then she holds up a second image â€” a sterile white vial with a label on it. “This is what it will look like,” she says, “under Measure 91.”
Broadly speaking, this is the campaign’s particular mom-proof, skeptic-co-opting logic: Measure 91 is less pro-pot than pro-rules-on-pot. The people who want to smoke have likely already decided to vote for the law, and the people who think marijuana’s evil are probably set against it. What’s in between are all the Oregonians not particularly interested in their own personal access to marijuana who might be swayed that the state can better manage this market â€” and, say, a child’s access to it â€” than drug dealers can.
This is a good point…with legalisation comes restrictions, just like on tobacco and with alcohol. Â Read more »