Should we allow marijuana use in public?
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Should we allow marijuana use in public?

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Despite the fact that recreational marijuana has been legalized in nine states, using marijuana in public is still largely forbidden. Pot advocates say this is a ridiculous provision—if it's legal to buy, sell and use marijuana, why can't you smoke it in public? But others argue smoking weed in public would normalize it for children, and potheads should stick to lighting up in private. What do you think? 🌿 🚭

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Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in nine states and Washingon D.C., and it's been decriminalized entirely in an additional 13 states. Marijuana advocates say it's high time weed users be allowed to come out of the shadows and smoke in public.

Not allowing individuals to use pot in public—while still allowing them to smoke cigarettes and consume alcohol—adds to the stigma that marijuana is somehow worse for you. If marijuana is legal, it should be treated the same as other legal substances and its users should be allowed to smoke it wherever they please.

But others argue smoking in public of any kind, especially marijuana, is bad for communities. Smoking outdoors can be a health risk to others, and some believe the normalization of marijuana use in public will mean more children will want to smoke it.

Marijuana advocates should focus on pushing for legalization and decriminalization, but pushing for smoking in public, on top of that, is a bridge too far for many. Smoke your weed in private and respect the wishes of others who may not approve of your habit.

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