So, is Mary Jane no longer a problem? I wonder. Pot dealers still pester people in the neighborhoods. Pot is still a depressant, still addictive, and still presents a threat to the cognitive development of children. California's burgeoning Pot Industry, based upon the fallacy that non-pharmaceutical pot is "medicine," makes millions while tap dancing around the line between decriminalization and legalization. The fact that Marijuana has become a Grey Business with uncontrolled income means that while it can escape enforcement, it still breeds other crimes. Street crime may have fallen, but there are other tertiary crimes rising around the nebulous legal status of the Pot Industry. Marijuana has become an Industry, run by narrow groups with vested interests, dedicated to furthering them even at the cost of others, just like any other Industry.
Meanwhile marijuana use has become a cultural marker. People get snorted at for smoking tobacco outdoors, but one routinely smells stinky pot on Market Street. The editor of a local newspaper has, in chiding others for differing political views, urged them to take up smoking pot in order to "change their perspectives." It reminds one or the Body Snatchers movies. If one voices unpopular views too loudly in the office, they might find a "pod of buds" under their desk, waiting to assimilate them.
So what happens from here? Thoughts?