Arizona’s Legalization of Marijuana Debate
There is a definite sense that the tide is turning in the move to legalize marijuana in the United States, as it appears that a growing number of people are beginning to embrace the idea. While much of the supports is on the medical marijuana side of things, there are still plenty of folks who are open to the idea of legalization for recreational use. It is a battle that is not going to be easily won, though, as there are politicians and anti-marijuana groups who are doing all they can to swing the debate in their favor. If they hope to stop the use of dry herb vaporizer and marijuana in the US, they are going to have to be a whole lot more organized than they currently are in Arizona.
A debate set for early January in Sedona, AZ has the strange distinction of featuring a pair of people on the same side of the argument. On one side, you have Sheila Polk, a marijuana prohibitionist, while the other side features Seth Leibsohn, an AM Talk Radio host who also is in favor of marijuana remaining illegal. How can you possibly have any sort of logical debate when you have two people on the same side taking part? The event organizers have said that Leibsohn would be taking a pro-marijuana stance for the debate, but he has come out and said that there is no truth to that statement.
This begs the question as to whether this was a simple misunderstanding, or of there is something a little more nefarious afoot. People on the side of marijuana legalization in the state of Arizona believe that it is the latter that is the case. This is an event that is open to the general public, and the feeling as that it is being used as an opportunity to spread misinformation about marijuana, dry herb vape pens, and the positive trends that are currently happening in Colorado since the legalization of marijuana in that state.
You need only look back to April, which was when Leibsohn took part in a similar event, arguing on the side of prohibition in that one. He has certainly not changed his stance, which is why marijuana advocates are demanding that the status of the event be updated to show that this is indeed not a debate in any way, shape, or form. People going in on the fence are certainly liked to be swayed in the favor of the prohibition side if both members of the debate are essentially “arguing” the same point.
The headlines that this event has created have actually helped the pro-marijuana crowd, as the perception is that there is something a little underhanded going on. It will be interesting to see how the event organizers handle this in the days leading up to the January 7 debate date.