ELECTION '10: Calif. voters to decide marijuana legalization
The battle for Congress may be in the political spotlight, but California is competing for attention with a ballot initiative that would make the state the first in the nation to legalize the growth, sale and recreational use of marijuana.
Although California, 13 other states and the District of Columbia already allow marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes, the California initiative -- known as Prop 19 -- would go much further, allowing people 21 and older to possess and use up to one ounce of marijuana for any reason. Businesses would be able to sell marijuana, and individuals would be allowed to grow their own marijuana in an area not larger than 25 square feet....
"a ballot initiative that would make the state the first in the nation to legalize the growth, sale and recreational use of marijuana."
This could be really depressing for some people!!
"For the new study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers used data collected from more than 50,000 adults in 17 countries taking part in a World Health Organization mental-health study. Overall, the researchers found a modest association between marijuana smoking before the age of 17 and the odds of suffering depression later on. Across the countries, early marijuana use was linked to a 50 percent increase in the risk of developing a depression "spell" after age 17." (Reuters)