I just got an email from the folks defending California's landmark clean air legislation, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, AB32. They are pulling out all the stops to get young people to turn out tomorrow to VOTE NO to PROP 23. Young voters who have been polled have not shown much energy around fighting Prop 23, even though their future is at stake.
But a recent story in the New York Times indicated that young people are turning up in droves to support the legalization of marijuana, PROP 19, coming in from all over the country to work at phone banks and drive voters to the booths.
So let me get this straight: citizens are arguing over the right to pollute--their air, and their minds. We're in a fine muddle. The fact is, marijuana today is not benign, especially to young brains that are still growing--into a person's early twenties. Marijuana's THC concentrations are far higher and far more dangerous than they were twenty or thirty years ago.
What's driving this initiative is big money; marijuana is a big, lucrative cash crop--and will be taxed. Ironically, many of the same people who don't mind polluting their brains (and lungs) will go to great lengths to avoid Bisphenol-A, (BPA) for instance, in their plastic containers, and will shop for organic produce at farmers' markets. Meantime, marijuana has been wildly genetically altered to boost potency, speed growing cycles, and keep plants small and easy to harvest.
Big money is also what's driving the initiative against clean air. Big, dirty fossil fuel money. And you know what? If we go backwards on clean air legislation, we won't be able to say we didn't inhale. If this dirty air proposition goes through, we'll all be breathing dirtier air.
I'm just saying. Do we really know what we are doing here? Are we setting in motion legislation that could compromise future generations? Is this one big smoke-screen? Do we really want to turn on, tune out--and let the world go to pot?