Good. I hope this passes. One of the worst disservices we perform upon our young people is to be so passive about giving them the opportunity to take up smoking. There are few choices in their lives that will have such a long-lasting and negative impact on their health and finances as an addiction to cigarettes.

We spend an abhorrent amount of money preaching the evils of marijuana and locking people up for even possessing small amounts of it while you can’t walk five feet in the city without seeing some sort of cigarette advertisement.

There is absolutely zero scientific evidence that marijuana has any negative health impact and a virtual mountain of evidence showing the negative health impacts of smoking. Including the fact that it’s the number one cause of premature deaths in the United States.

We should legalize marijuana and up the smoking age to 45. If you get to be 45 years old and you can reflect on a lifetime of relationships and accomplishments and still want to take up smoking then feel free.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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