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This November, California voters will decide whether the state will legalize the general sale and use of up to an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older. Currently, it's only legal for medical purposes there and in 13 other states, including my own New Jersey. On the federal level, marijuana sales and usage is still illegal, however, despite the Justice Department's decision to go easier on marijuana suppliers and users as long as they stick to state laws.
The proposed California law's opponents include law enforcement groups and California's chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which says the law will lead to more impaired-driving accidents and fatalities. Supporters of legalization say it'll cut down on crime and increase revenue for the cash-strapped state.
So what do you think about legalization? Forget California, should the U.S. legalize marijuana? What effect, if any, would legalization have? Do you oppose legalization? Why?
Let the debate begin!
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