I remember sitting in a circle in a dark room during my freshman year of college. People were passing around a spit soaked blunt and I could feel myself becoming overwhelmed with nausea as it reached me. Was I really supposed to smoke something that about 10 other lips touched and that was licked before someone managed to manipulate it into a tight roll? Gross. I wanted no parts of it. Once it reached me, it was smoked down to nothing. When I touched it, I felt wetness and decided that I was good, and passed it to the next person. My germaphobe issues did not allow me to smoke for the first time my freshman year, but I did manage to catch contact after being engulfed in smoke.

I would be lying if I said I’ve never tried smoking after that. I can count on one hand the number of times I have. Honestly, I didn’t see what the big deal was. Why did I need anything to give me the “munchies” or make me sleepy afterwards? But there are people who love it, and I don’t look down on them for it either.

A few years ago, my somewhat unorthodox Rheumatologist told me that I could possibly benefit from smoking. He said that it could loosen the stiffness I was experiencing in my joints and help me sleep better. I already knew about the sleeping part. I will say, that he was correct. It did help with the pain and stiffness I was experiencing, but afterwards, I couldn’t function to do anything else but sleep. But I couldn’t see myself using it long-term. Especially since there are no medicinal laws in Maryland.

Many advocates of legalizing marijuana compare it to the prohibition era and have referred to the failure of keeping it illegal as “pot prohibition”. This November, Colorado, Washington and Oregon all have ballot measures that, if passed, Amendment 64 would end marijuana prohibition in their state and make it legal for adults over the age of 21 to purchase it. In a recent poll conducted by Rasmussen,showed that 61 percent Colorado voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana if it is regulated the way that alcohol and cigarettes are currently regulated.

If Amendment 64 is passed it could boost the state’s economy. It could possibly $60 million in revenue for Colorado. Recently the NAACP also backed the legalization of marijuana, but not because of it’s revenue producing aspects, but because of current marijuana laws lead to a disproportionately higher number of people of color being affected.

Who knows if marijuana will ever be legalized in these states or others, I guess we’ll have to keep an eye on the results come November. If Amendment 64 is passed, there will be a lot of happy, high people in those states.

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