Future Ballot Proposition for Marijuana to Be Regulated Like Alcohol: Yay or Nay?

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Despite some Arizona Republicans' continued opposition to the state's voter-approved medical-marijuana program, the voters still like it, according to recently released poll results.

While 59 percent of poll respondents said they support Arizona's 2010 Medical Marijuana Act, 59 percent of people said they would vote "yes" for a ballot initiative that proposes marijuana be regulated like alcohol.

See also:
-Most Arizona Voters Support Medical-Marijuana Act; 59 Percent Would Legalize Pot

The question asked, "If an initiative appeared on a future ballot in Arizona, proposing that marijuana be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol and sold to adults 21 years of age or older in state-licensed stores, would you vote 'yes' in favor of this initiative or 'no' against this initiative?"

Of the 59 percent who voted "yes" in the poll, 40 percent said they "feel strongly" about it, while the other 19 percent said they "don't feel strongly" about the possible ballot proposal.

Let's ask the same question of New Times readers: Would you vote "yes" on an Arizona ballot initiative proposing that marijuana be regulated like alcohol?

Cast your vote below:



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teknik
teknik

can we produce our own?  i guess we can make our own beer right?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Oh, this is not good. For the booze industry, that is.

PotSmoker
PotSmoker

Problem is, pot can stay in your system for up to 30 days and even longer depending on how much you intake.


So how are they going to prove you smoked some right then, earlier in the day, yesterday or last week.


MandyMountain
MandyMountain

Not only would I vote for that, I'd back up my mouth with money. Then we could discuss reparations for victims of the pot war and layoffs for narcs.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

i am neutral on it, but what i am waiting to see is how they will enforce or write the laws on driving while under the influence of it. there is no test to gauge impairity only tests to check for the presence of it (and that isnt a roadside test they can perform). there have already been arrests (according to the Az republic newspaper), so what will be the new laws and ways of testing for impairment, and will they carry the same legal repercussions as alcohol?

fireserphent
fireserphent

@eric.nelson745 I asked a guy who works for Budweiser if he thought he'd be out of a job if marijuana was legalized. He laughed at me. I don't think there is a threat. Also, haven't you heard of marijuana flavored beer? This will be great business for them.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@PotSmokerI suppose that if you can pass a field sobriety test, you're good. Now, if your employer could fire you for a failed drug test, you may have a problem.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@PotSmoker A person who is driving poorly (which can also be deemed recklesly) can also be charged under A.R.S. 28-693, even if the prosecutor can't prove impairment or the cause of the impairment.

28-693. Reckless driving; classification; license; surrender

A. A person who drives a vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.

squash
squash

 @MandyMountain And we could also discuss expunging the criminal records of all the individuals who have had their names and reputations tarnished because of this awful drug war...

teknik
teknik

@danzigsdaddy do some actual research on the subject.

There's a good reason why you don't ever read about tests done to see how people do drive while impaired by cannabis. that reason is that the tests don't produce the results the test makers want.


In Germany you can actually go to the office, if you are a medicinal user, took up with someone at their "dmv" equivalent and proceed to take a stoned driving test.

If the user passes the test they then literally get a license to drive impaired on cannabis.


Bottom line, new users would be scared to get behind the wheel, experienced users don't drive in a hazardous manner.

fireserphent
fireserphent

@danzigsdaddy Not that I am advocating driving under the influence, but marijuana doesn't impair you that badly when driving, at least if you are an experienced smoker. Alcohol affects your motor skills, whereas THC doesn't touch those areas of the brain. THC does affect reaction time, however, but most smokers just compensate by driving a little slower. It's not exactly safe, but it's not like swerving all over the road. Keeping marijuana illegal doesn't stop people from driving on it anyway, the jackasses. Anyway, the DUI issue isn't a big part of the picture when if comes to legalizing marijuana, IMO.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@fireserphent the alcohol industry will never lose its die-hard loyalists......like Gin Brewesky

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 i dont think it would matter if you passed a cop's test or not. your job could fire you for trace amounts of prescription drugs in any amount (if they are opiates or barbituates, and a few other chemicals) if they so chose. it would affect their insurance and safety is why. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@teknik like i said, I'm pretty neutral on it, so i never looked into it, but that germany info you are laying out is insane. do you have any good reference links i could check? (the strange ass ones like the germany thing are ones that i enjoy reading because they are so bizarre)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public the punishment is the same right? have they got any measures for testing impairment? i dont have too much info on it is why i am asking

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@danzigsdaddy No they can't!  They'd be REQUIRED to move you into a position in which those medications will NOT effect Safety.  But they CAN'T just Fire a guy who has a prescription for Pain pills...  That'd be a DIRECT violation of the ADA.  What kills me is they'll have a person performing these "Safety Sensitive" tasks on HEAVY OPIOIDS, if they've got a Prescription for them, but FIRE a Marijuana user who MAY NOT have even smoked in the past 30 days?  That in and of itself is just WRONG and we've got to change it.  What's bothering the Legislators right now is the fact that...  if THEY don't move to amend the marijuana laws in this country...  WE WILL as the citizens of this country! 


I will not only SUPPORT full scale legalization/regulation/taxation of marijuana...  But like Mandy below...  I WILL put my $$$ where my mouth is as well and help FUND the effort.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@danzigsdaddy You're welcome.  Thanks for overlooking my horrible typos this morning.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@danzigsdaddy Struggling to get Lyvefire to allow me to post the whole statute.  Anyway, the statute is A.R.S. 28-1381.  Since I can't post it here's a link: %s.  The gist is that the statute makes it illegal to driviwunder the influence of an intoxicating liquor, any drug, a vapor releasing substance containing a toxic substance or any comination  if the person is impaired the slightest degree. The same statute also establishes BAC of .08 as the legal limit and while the is a drug as defined in 13-3401 (includes cannabis) in the person's body.  The punishment is the same - a class 1 misdemeanor for a first offense.

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