States that have legalized marijuana (and other drugs) are not solving a problem, but rather using low income and minority citizens as an excuse to raise revenue and in the process creating more harm than good.
As you can see below, the claim is social, racial and economic justice. Exactly what does that mean? What’s being said is that black Americans are disproportionately jailed for using marijuana. Presumably lower income Americans are also unfairly targeted.
One has to ask the governor; does that mean no social or racial justice for anyone under age 21 caught using marijuana?
But the truth is economic. Gov Cuomo of NY expressed the need for more income via legalizing marijuana as recently as November 6, 2020. Just as with lotteries, legalizing drugs create revenue and in the process also does the most economic harm to lower income citizens.
If the real goal of progressive politicians was social and racial justice, the penalty for marijuana use could be a low level misdemeanor with minor fines or community service the result.
To obtain justice does not require encouraging drug use by placing retail stores on our streets thereby simplifying access and giving legitimacy to use. And about it being available only to those age 21+, just like cigarettes, right? Give me a break.
Politicians who decry ignoring science when it comes to climate change and COVID apparently have no problem when it comes to drugs.
Marijuana significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination, and reaction time, and studies have found a direct relationship between blood THC concentration and impaired driving ability.7–9https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/does-marijuana-use-affect-driving
Marijuana also affects brain development. When marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce attention, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions.https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/health-effects.html
The claim is often made that alcohol and smoking are not illegal, so why is marijuana, they are harmful too. Even if you believe the analogy, is that any reason to add another detrimental drug to the list?