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 December 21, 2013

yoda og marijuana strainPretty soon, people will be able to buy recreational marijuana at outlets in Colorado and Washington State. But not all people. If you are under 21, you will have to wait until you’re older to buy marijuana. I know this rubbed some people the wrong way during the election, and there seems to be more people voicing their opposition to this rule as implementation of marijuana legalization continues in Colorado and Washington.

Is 21 a fair age restriction for purchasing recreational marijuana? Should it be 18? I think a strong argument to lower the legal age to 18 is that if you are old enough to vote for marijuana legalization, you should be able to use legal marijuana after an election day victory. You can buy cigarettes when you are 18, you can go to ‘adult only’ stores when you are 18, etc. So why make the legal age 21?

The biggest reason that the age of 21 was selected was because the slogan ‘marijuana is safer than alcohol’ resonates with so many voters, and ‘regulate marijuana like alcohol’ was the approach Colorado and Washington took. So if voters want to regulate marijuana like alcohol, then the legal age limit will be the same as it is for alcohol. Regulate marijuana like cigarettes doesn’t poll nearly as well, and regulate marijuana like caffeine will probably never get enough votes to actually win on election day.

I’m curious though, as we move towards another election that will likely see states following Colorado and Washington and legalizing marijuana, will any of those states have a legal age of 18? Or what about 19 or 20? I know some people feel like all prohibition’s should be removed, but I don’t think that approach will garner enough outside approach to be viable. So what do you feel should be the legal age limit for purchasing recreational marijuana?

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Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
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  • Rob

    Alcohol or marijuana should be at 18. If you are old enough to be drafted and die for your country then you should be old enough to use intoxicants.

  • Sarah Boyd

    i think the age to buy recreational ganja should be 18 not 21 but i respect Colorado and Washington’s decision but in my opinion as long as you are over 17 buying it shouldn’t be a problem if Connecticut was to decide the age it would be to buy recreational ganja Dan would make it 18 years old maybe this is wishful thinking but its just a guess.

  • Andre V. Buttry

    Why do i need the gov’t to decide when I should smoke weed?

  • Nol van Schaik

    16. I remember when it was legal to buy from 16 and up in the coffeeshops, until 1996. Now, all these youngsters not allowed in, buy all kinds of drugs on the black market. By the time they are allowed into a coffeeshop, they have already used all kinds of other shit…. Was not a smart move, they will get what they want anyway….

    and…at what age did you start smoking cannabis????

    • Willy

      I started at 12 years old. I did not use heavily until I was 16-17. I grew my own too.

  • mama

    I believe the drinking age was set at 21 because a young person’s liver, which acts as a filter, is not fully developed until they are at least 19, so it was set at 21 to help avoid alcohol poisoning… am wondering if there is any concern for cannabis. I know smoking it is not good for your lungs(can be ingested though)
    But does your liver help in processing out any of the different chemical components?

    • JJ

      Actually, this is incorrect. It was because of drunk driving crashes and alcohol-related fatalities when they lowered it to 18, so they raised it back to 21.

  • foxie

    pot is not a drug it is herb
    and god is the one that gave us the pot plaint
    and also said that he put all things on this earth for our use
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  • Luke

    18 for everything, across the board.

  • Pothead

    Whenever TF they want to like dam it’s there life god didn’t put it here to stare at it mine as we’ll enjoy it like dam

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