I’m fascinated by the evolution of former pot smoking baby boomers into opponents of marijuana legalization. Monday morning on AirTalk, I asked listeners to talk about that change of heart and the reasons behind it.
We had at least two listeners who said they had suffered a loss of direction in their lives from earlier marijuana smoking. They also claimed marijuana served as an entry point for later abuse of harder drugs.
One caller argued that the marijuana of today is far stronger than what young people of the ‘60s and ‘70s lit up. Another cited fears of Mexican drug cartels gaining an increased footing in California. We also heard the argument that more drivers will be under the influence.
Following the calls from those former pot smokers opposed to 19, we heard from other listeners who thought the prior callers were hypocritical. They took on each of the arguments presented against legalization, and expressed frustration over the proposition's lack of support.
Given the most recent polling on Prop 19, it looks like supporters are having a tough time convincing Californians to go their own way on marijuana. I wonder how much of the increased opposition, if any, is related to Attorney General Eric Holder’s much-publicized announcement that the federal government will vigorously enforce laws against marijuana, even if 19 passes. For those sitting on the fence, that might tip them against. For supporters, they clearly see this as another opportunity for California to set the pace for the nation.