This weekend I had the pleasure of enjoying an amazing weekend full of steamboat springs. On Saturday we were out to the ranch with my mom, brother, and sister. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited. It was a first for us to see each other again in almost 3 months. Before we left we got to munch on some of our favorite foods since the last time we were out together. I was really looking forward to it.
I had been wanting to grab a pot joint since I was an adult so it was a big deal for me to go out with my mom and see the pot I grew up loving. The problem was that it is illegal in Colorado and that it is in fact illegal to ingest marijuana. It is the kind of thing you would feel guilty about because you know you are doing something wrong, and you just don’t do it.
It is. And even if you don’t feel that way, that doesn’t change the fact that you live in a state that doesn’t allow for the consumption of it. This is a very important distinction because it is the distinction that makes the legal/illegal distinction moot.
Steamboat Springs does not allow for the consumption of marijuana, so this is how the legalillegal distinction is meaningless. By contrast, Colorado does allow for the consumption of marijuana, and this actually is a big difference. The legalisillegal distinction tells us that you cant consume marijuana when you are in Colorado because it is illegal to do so, but you can consume it in other states.
Steamboat Springs is a small town with the potential to be a big marijuana market, so the legalization of marijuana in the state does have a big effect on the marijuana culture. This is especially true if you look at states where marijuana is legal or not. In a way, Colorado’s marijuana legalization has made the legalisillegal distinction even more tenuous.
Some people argue that because marijuana is illegal under federal law, it shouldnt be legal in Colorado, and Colorado has made its legalization official as of last year. I disagree. Colorado was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, and since then the state has become known as the “Gateway to the West” for marijuana tourism.
The legalisillegal argument is based on the assumption that marijuana is illegal federally, which it isn’t, however, it’s based on the idea that because Colorado is one of the first states to legalize it, it doesn’t need to be legalized federally because it’s already been legalized. I say that’s ridiculous, because Colorado did not legalize marijuana, they legalized marijuana.
The legalisillegal argument is that marijuana is not currently illegal federally, however, it has been since the federal government decided to not want it anywhere on their border. Therefore, marijuana is probably not illegal federally, but its also not illegal in the States.
Since Congress has never legalized marijuana, I say that the argument is not true. I also say that the drug is illegal in Colorado, and that it should be. The Federal government is in a position of power to restrict what can be done with this drug, and if they decided to do that with marijuana, it would be an unconstitutional (and hence illegal) action.
What is more likely, is that marijuana will take some time to really take off on Steamboat Springs. There’s a reason that Steamboat Springs has a large population of people who want to smoke weed. And that’s because of a couple of things: first, the population of Colorado is quite large, which means that it has a lot of people who want to get high. Second, there is a lot of demand, so the price of weed is relatively cheap.