Some interesting reactions to this story: Va. lawmaker wants to legalize marijuana to sell in ABC stores
For those who aren’t aware, ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) stores are state-run stores to sell alcohol, a system that exists in certain states as opposed to licensing private alcohol stores.
Radley Balko tweets: “I genuinely don’t know how I feel about this.”
I understand. As a libertarian, he can’t be thrilled with turning it all over to the government, while at the same time he’d be happy to get it out of criminal prohibition.
I would prefer that marijuana not be restricted to government distribution only, but have no problem with almost any half-way measure (including this one) if it actually moves us away from prohibition.
The most ridiculously self-serving comment goes to:
Wayne Frith, of Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE), is opposed to the idea. He said marijuana comes with dangerous health ramifications.
â€œThe simple truth is the health implications and public safety implications are horrible with this drug. Somehow weâ€™ve created this myth that marijuana is a harmless play drug and itâ€™s not. It needs to be controlled. To equate it with alcohol and put it o the general public, I mean whatâ€™s next? Selling it at Wal-Mart and having young people steal it? Thatâ€™s the wrong track to go down,â€ said Frith.
Beyond his Reefer Madness hysteria, I found it ironic that Frith wants marijuana “to be controlled” and thus opposes putting it the ABC system (yes, the C stands for “Control”). Instead, he prefers that it be sold completely without control by criminals.
Most ignorant response comes from pttownnative in the comments to the article:
Anyone who smokes marijuana is a criminal and your comments does not matter anyways. This politican who states that members of society use marijuana should be placed under oath and made to release those names. If your life sucks so bad that you have to get high just to make through your miserable existance, no one cares about thier comments either. We need to stop or regulate the government handouts to bring our economy up not wasting time with this stupid topic.
More anecdotal evidence of the link between prohibition and brain dysfunction.