The process of legalizing marijuana in Colorado wasn’t as smooth as a lot of people would have wanted.
There were too many hands in the pot for the legislation to be completely clean, so the laws that have been put in place have a few holes, and a few enforcement problems.
This is to be expected when there’s such a socially institutionalized message of destruction that has to be overcome. In time, laws will resolve themselves into statues that can be understood, enforced and lived with by the population of Colorado at large.
For the time being, the process toward legalization of weed in Colorado is one for the history books. The opportunity for tax revenues to be increased during the end of the international financial crisis was something that politicians and liberal social politicos couldn’t turn away. The chance for what many considered social justice in the pot use community was something they couldn’t stay away from.
And the overall climate of political distrust and disgust in the country at large led to favor from the population, even when they weren’t users of the drugs.
The way the United States processes civil and social change relies heavily on legislation, either from the elected legislators or from the bench, and the chance for people to independently participate in the process of law making is a great benefit to life in the United States.
For the benefit of people who don’t want to have marijuana legalized, there are options for fighting the law, and that’s a great privilege as well.