Portland, Maine can now officially assume its previously resident-dubbed pseudo name Potland due to the passing of Question 1, which is a law that will decriminalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults 21 years of age and older within city limits.
That’s right, Potland now dons the privilege as being the first city on the entire East coast to bring some sort of intelligence to the futility that is marijuana prohibition.
“Most Portlanders, like most Americans, are fed up with our nation’s failed marijuana prohibition laws. We applaud Portland voters for adopting a smarter marijuana policy, and we look forward to working with city officials to ensure it is implemented,” David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project avowed.
Proponents of marijuana legalization in Maine are hopeful that yesterday’s victory can be parlayed into a statewide effort that would bring an end to prohibition in the state by regulating the substance similar to alcohol.
“Now that marijuana is legal for adults in Maine’s largest city, there is an even greater need for comprehensive reform at the state level. By regulating marijuana like alcohol, we could take sales out of the hands of drug cartels in the underground market and put them behind the counters of licensed, tax-paying businesses. It’s time to move beyond prohibition and adopt a more sensible approach,” MPP’s political director affirmed.
Truthfully, with the inflated projected prices per gram for marijuana in states that have legalized it for recreational purposes, the black market will continue to thrive, if not even more now that citizens can legally possess the substance. No one is going to ask where you purchased your pot as long as you’re within the legal possession amounts.
Regulating marijuana similar to alcohol? Really? I don’t think that’s the proper approach. Take Washington’s Initiative 502 for example, do you really want an entity that is custom to dealing with liquor to be responsible for regulating the marijuana industry? Legal American citizens that grow their own marijuana supply aren’t going to stop just because it’s now legally offered at Wal-Pot. Home cultivators will continue to produce their own supply without a doubt. The ending of alcohol prohibition wasn’t hinged on regulating it similar to something else.
It’s not necessary to sell marijuana in retail outlets in order to give the black market a black eye in respect to crippling its operations. Simply redirect efforts and reallocate funds that are being wildly misused by the entity known as the Drug Enforcement Administration. That would necessitate changing their title to something a little more apropos, such as Team America or the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.