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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:23 AM

Marijuana, Not Yet Legal for Californians, Might as Well Be

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/us/politics/stigma-fading-marijuana-common-in-california.html?_r=0

LOS ANGELES — ...No matter that its recreational use remains technically against the law. Marijuana has, in many parts of this state, become the equivalent of a beer in a paper bag on the streets of Greenwich Village. It is losing whatever stigma it ever had and still has in many parts of the country, including New York City, where the kind of open marijuana use that is common here would attract the attention of any passing law officer.

“It’s shocking, from my perspective, the number of people that we all know who are recreational marijuana users,” said Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor. “These are incredibly upstanding citizens: Leaders in our community, and exceptional people. Increasingly, people are willing to share how they use it and not be ashamed of it.”

... “In a Republican year, the legalization came within two points,” said Chris Lehane, a Democratic consultant who worked on the campaign in favor of the initiative. He said that was evidence of the “fact that the public has evolved on the issue and is ahead of the pols."

Still, there are limits. No matter how much attitudes in California may have changed, it remains illegal in most of the country — as Californians have been reminded by a series of crackdowns by the Justice Department on medical marijuana here. People who use the drug recreationally, who said they would think nothing of offering a visitor a joint upon walking through the door, declined to be quoted by name, citing the risks to career and professional concerns.


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RainDog Dec 2012 OP
pscot Dec 2012 #1
RainDog Dec 2012 #2
pipoman Dec 2012 #3
Le Taz Hot Dec 2012 #4
Jamaal510 Dec 2012 #5

Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:28 AM

1. Happy holidays Raindog

Better Tomorrows!

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Response to pscot (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:09 AM

2. thank you!

it's pretty heated around here... this is one topic with which most of us can find some sort agreement, maybe. okay, this is DU, we're never going to all agree on anything.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:11 AM

3. Except you can't find

yr bud on the Craigs List like you can in Denver now..

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:51 AM

4. Yeah, I know.

It's great, ain't it?

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:08 AM

5. For such a liberal state,

it's amazing that we have yet to get 420 or same-sex marriage passed.

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