A Continuous Debate Between Baby Boomers and Millennials

Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?” -Bill Hicks

One of the many things that Patrick and Amanda have noticed when working together on The San Diego Lifestyle is that although they see a lot of things the same way, they have very different views on a number of topics. This can be challenging, especially as they work through the creation of a virtual guide to San Diego for visitors and locals. Some of these differences are a result of the fact that he is a man and she’s a woman, and that he has a lot more life and business experience than she has. But at a more fundamental level, some of their different views are a result of the fact that she’s a Millennial and he’s a Baby Boomer. Baby Boomers and Millennials have a lot in common, but tend to also disagree on, well, a LOT. They have decided to start a new segment on The San Diego Lifestyle where they will discuss some of their views on a variety of topics. Check out this week’s debate on legalizing marijuana.

As you may know, California will be voting on Prop 64 this coming November, and if there are enough yes votes, marijuana will become legal in this state. It is already prescribed for medical purposes, however it will now be more widely available. There are several other states that are voting on this as well. Currently 50% of Baby Boomers think this is a good idea, and there is a higher percentage of Millennials who would like to see this proposition pass. (68%)

Patrick was against marijuana until he watched a documentary by Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the medical benefits, which really started opening and changing his mind. He now believes in medical marijuana however, he’s unsure about how recreational use will benefit the state. He believes that people who are heavily polarized on this subject will show up to vote, and there will be a large group of people in this election who just will not show up to vote at all, which may hurt the success of Prop 64.

Overall, those who are against it believe heavily in the gateway theory. Most heroin users are using marijuana, however not many of the marijuana smokers use other substances. Another reason some disagree with the proposition is that they are nervous about regulation. There may be some issues at first with regulating correctly, keeping it out of the hands of teens and children, and redefining criminal records. Amanda has watched The Union, another documentary (you can find on YouTube now) that she believes shuts down almost every opposition to legalizing marijuana. About Prop 64, she says, “It looks like it’s going to pass!” Let us know your thoughts. If you’re in California, are you going to vote yes to Prop 64 or are you still unsure?