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Although I agree in concept with the idea that keeping it illegal causes legal problems, it is incorrect to think it is not addictive in some manner - having known and lived with chronic pot smokers, when they do not have it for some time they do become very irritable and show the other signs associated with anyone trying to quit any addiction. In addition, it is never a good idea to breathe smoke of any kind into your lungs. Seems obvious to me, but apparently not to anyone else!More importantly to me and to the health of myself and others, is that I cannot be around the smoke - I develop asthmatic symptoms and get nauseated. In addition, those who do not wish to be high should not have to be around it - so if people want to make it legal, make it legal to ingest, not smoke - that way it does not affect others as much. How many times I have walked around in certain areas of San Diego and caught the whiffs from houses or apartments and then felt ill, I cannot tell you. And it is not fair for parents to have to try to figure out where to walk with their children in order to keep them from getting high or having an asthmatic attack.And let us not forget employers. There are many jobs that, if anyone is the least bit intoxicated from anything, become much mroe dangerous. There need to be checks in place that allow employers to NOT hire people who smoke pot, or to be able to test and fire those who have a level in their system that is considered too high to safely work - just as there are for alcohol levels in the blood.And let us also think about driving while under the influence. The effects of pot last a long time - much longer than a glass of wine at dinner. If too much has been smoked the prior night, those people should not be driving the next day. So ALL the societal problems need to be considered, not just the economic and legal issues mentioned above. People are not educated on the length of time pot can affect their motor skills and reflexes. In addition, there is only one reason to smoke pot - and that is to get high (excluding medical use of course). There are other reasons to have a glass of wine or a beer. To treat getting high any differently from getting drunk will cause more on-the-job and on-the-road accidents and fatalities. If this law were to also provide for education of employers and education of users to ensure these things do not increase, and if the law had very strict restrictions on where it can be smoked (versus ingested) so that others just walking down the street are not adversely affected, I would vote yes. But I have to think about my health too - and I would like to be able to walk down the street without having difficulty breathing. It has been so nice to see a decrease in smoking - to have it replaced with another health hazard is not something I want to see.
October 6, 2010 at 8:13 a.m.
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