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Ball Rolling & other stories

Denver, Colorado.

Tyler Alstrup, 23, paid $100 for an eighth, two joints and an edible at LoDo Wellness.

Probably not a threat.

Overall, the day went as marijuana activists had hoped it would: In the most extraordinary way possible, it was ordinary.

“I’ve been waiting 34 years for this moment,” enthused Chrissy Robinson, who arrived at one store, Evergreen Apothecary in Denver, at 2 a.m. to be among the first in line. “I’ve been smoking since I was 14. No more sneaking around.” […]

The first customer was 32-year-old Sean Azzariti, an Iraq war veteran who campaigned for marijuana legalization and said he uses cannabis to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Under a canopy of cameras, Azzariti bought an eighth of an ounce of the marijuana strain Bubba Kush and a package of marijuana-infused candy truffles.
                — Denver Post, 01/01/2014 07:24:53 AM MST

And yet, mysteriously, civilisations have failed to come crashing down. There are no mobs of marauding layabouts forcing people to smoke pot in the streets (thank you, Ayn Rand): there has been no observable breakdown in law and order, people are still going to work, the state has not run out of pizza and no-one is trying to sell weed to children. The big news of yesterday was of course that the 2012 ballot legalization of cannabis in the US state of Colorado went into full effect as of 8am, 2014. This is the first time cannabis has been legal in an industrial state since 1961 (that’s anywhere in the world, although drug laws in a lot of sensible places are not, shall we say, rigorously enforced) and to the surprise of absolutely no-one who has been paying attention, there is a marked absence of any evidence of insanity, criminality and death. Anslinger’s lies may finally get staked at the cross-roads.

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Per Argument Ad Astra

Politics, history, economics and rampant speculation from a victim of the Great Recession, currently at large in the West Midlands.

"When the regulation, therefore, is in favour of the workmen, it is always just and equitable; but it is sometimes otherwise when in favour of the masters."
                -- Adam Smith