Should Oregon residents start planning for an influx or convention of new residents same as Colorado was when it became the first State to legalize marijuana?
The Chicago Tribune article titled: Heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone: Oregon becomes the first state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs, reported the new laws went into effect this week.
Another article reported the plans in the making for Chicago hopes of reopening its Convention Centers this year for tourists.
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate an ancient proverb and idiom to the news reports and what Colorado experienced when it became the first State to legalize marijuana.
King Solomon Blog’
Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. (Proverb 3:6)
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. (Proverb 16:31)
23The fool delights in shameful conduct, but a man of understanding has wisdom. 24What the wicked man dreads will overtake him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted. 25When the whirlwind passes, the wicked are no more, but the righteous are secure forever.… 23The fool delights in shameful conduct, but a man of understanding has wisdom. 24What the wicked man dreads will overtake him (Proverb 10:23-25)
Feed them and they will come
Birds of a feather flock together
What’s my Point?
When Colorado became the first State to legalize marijuana, a lot of residents complained about the tourists and unexpected problems they brought with them into their communities.
For example, emergency rooms became busier, vagrants became more apparent, etc. etc.
My point is not to accuse well-meaning Oregon residents to be fools or wicked as the proverb suggests. Only to be aware of what occurred in Colorado when they chose to be first.
As for politicians legalizing drugs and lauding over the tax revenues in the short term, I question if legalizing drugs to obtain tax revenues will ever be sufficient to fund the additional number of drug addicts that will result from making drugs more available to the public
Some people say let people do whatever they want, it’s their lives. Problem is in a socialized Nation; everyone must pay to treat drug addicts. While most won’t live long enough to obtain Social Security benefits, when you consider the cost of emergency room fees, anyone who pays taxes will pay to subsidize the costs to treat people who chooses to make foolish decisions during their relatively short lifetimes while visiting our planet.
In My Opinion
At my age of 80 plus years, I well remember how smoking cigarettes was being advertised to youth to convince me to smoke.
One advertisement was, “More doctors smoke Camels than any other brand.”
And for some reason, everyone I can remember in my youth trying to convince me that either cigarettes or marijuana won’t affect my health have long passed away to meet their Maker if they did not quit the addictive habit at an early age as I did.
Read the Source Links below
Is it wise or foolish to smoke or ingest cigarettes, marijuana or any drugs for recreational purposes if you want to live a long life?
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Chicago Tribune February 2, 2021
NBC News February 24, 2016
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