I live in WA state, which voted in last night to legalize the production and sale of marijuana. While I understand the logistics behind the debate - the amount of revenue that the state will gain in both taxes and prosecution savings, better control, etc. - I still am having a hard time with it. I grew up in the whole "Say No to Drugs" era, I've never done them myself but know plenty of people here that have smoked it. We do have medical marijuana, which in theory I'm okay with, except that it so abused that it's a joke. My hope is that with the legalization, people will no longer be able to grow it at home and it will be heavily taxed. We have neighborhoods here that smell like dead skunks because of all the marijuana growing in neighbor's backyards for their "medical" issue.
I'm just not sure how I tell my boys that while marijuana is legal, IMHO, it's still not a smart choice. Even though they might know friends or adults that openly are users, that's not how I want them to live their lives. The legal age will be 21, but we all know how that goes when it comes to alcohol. I really could care less what others choose to do in their own home, I just care when it is around me or my kids. Smoking is illegal period when it comes to inside bars and restaurants as it is, and we have a lot of smoke free zones in parks, etc. but I still wouldn't be suprised to walk by someone smoking pot out in the open. I realize that I have no control over it as they become adults, but that doesn't mean I don't want to do my best to deter it!
Any suggestions on how to approach this issue?