Welcome to another Free Debate Friday! We couldn’t end this week without having a election-themed Free Debate Friday, but since we’ve already asked you who you voted for (and imagine you’re a little tired of all the presidential news stories) we’re taking on another election related issue. On Tuesday, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use, with voters approving the use of cannabis for more than medicinal purposes. For supporters, legalizing marijuana makes sense, as it is widely used, is not considered addictive by some and can help create a revenue stream for states. For opponents, legalizing marijuana puts young people at risk, as the drug is considered a gateway drug. By legalizing, opponents state, marijuana becomes more accessible to young people.
While some argue that the victories could be short-lived, no one can argue that these victories are historic in the long war on drugs.
So today we ask you to weigh in on the legalization of marijuana use. Do you agree with the legalization of marijuana? Why or why not? Vote and sound off in the comments section below!