What do you think about the legalization of marijuana?

Jake Dimmock, co-owner of the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, works on balancing the pH level of the soil used to grow new medical marijuana plants, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Seattle. After voters weighed in on election day, Colorado and Washington became the first states to allow legal pot for recreational use, but they are likely to face resistance from federal regulations. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Last week I did a story on the possible legalization of marijuana in Pennsylvania. I checked in with local law enforcement about how they feel if such a policy change comes to this state, as it did in Colorado and Washington during the election.

The story had a ton of comments during the weekend.

If the law isn’t blocked, Colorado is expected to start commercial sales by 2014. Adults would then be able to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and six marijuana plants, though public use of the drug and driving while intoxicated are prohibited.

In Washington state, marijuana possession of an ounce or less would become legal on Dec. 6 if the measure is not blocked, according to the Associated Press.

Many police chiefs in York County said they were concerned about the possible legality of the drug because of crimes that usually involve the use of it.

But some in the community think it’s good that things are changing.

Adam Jones, a Hanover native now living in California, had previously organized Hemp Fest in Spring Grove.

“Anytime we can see less fear regarding marijuana and more knowledge, that’s a good thing,” Jones said.

What do you think about the use of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes?

About Rebecca Hanlon

Rebecca Hanlon is the health reporter with a religion sub beat at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow her on Twitter @mrsbeccahanlon or on Facebook at facebook.com/byrebeccahanlon.
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