The Sobering Effect of Legalization

“Marijuana, illegal, but Newports will make you die…” – OG Maco – “Get Down”

January 1, 2018, will forever live in infamy. Not only did it mark the beginning of a new year, but also the genesis of a new era. As the beautiful state of California counted down the last 10 seconds of 2017, thousands of people reached into their pockets to grab a lighter. 3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Celebratory joints, blunts, bowls, bongs and whatever other tools you can consume cannabis with were all set ablaze (to the people who consume edibles, I didn’t forget about you either ;-). Sounds like any other New Year’s celebration, right?
Well, this one was different because the inception of 2018 welcomed the broad legalization of marijuana in the state of California via Proposition 64, making it the largest state in the nation to have legal and regulated recreational marijuana!
Anyone 21 and older can grow up to SIX plants and possess as much as an ounce (yes, a WHOLE ounce)…LEGALLY!

Jan 1, 2018, 1:05 am– This is where my excitement ended. The sobering effect of legalization set in. Not even 2 hours into the New Year and all my years of taking the red pill (shout-out to all my Matrix buffs) start to kick in…again.

I begin to question the world we live in: Why hasn’t cannabis always been widely accepted as cigarettes and alcohol?
For decades, weed smokers have been demonized, stigmatized and criminalized by a society that turns a blind eye to cigarette smokers and alcohol drinkers.

Cigarettes, the super cool product with the