Great example. The positives and negatives oflegalization are both long lists of very valid points.
I'm in California as I stated, and the damage to our national parks by illegal growing was deplorable. Not that legalization for medical use stopped the problem of outdoor guerrilla growers, but the market is now flooded by higher quality indoor grown pot. If you ask me, a 28 year old Californian, medical legalization in our state in the last 11 years has made each and every small time pot dealer go out of business, because prices are the cheapest of my lifetime and quality and selection at clubs are unbeatable. The availability of most street drugs like mushrooms(for example) is also at an all time low. These were the fringe items small dealers sold to pot customers. Basic retail theory when you have a business degree (I do, and own my
own tiny but successful business)
The nearly 100% cuts by Schwarzenegger to the funding of our national parks has instead fueled massive homeless populations in the parks.
My town is called Santa Cruz, a mid size town sandwiched between coastline and mountain ranges of old growth redwoods. We had our local police do a "flush" of parks to displace the new masses of homeless encampments out mid-winter as some campfires had recently escalated to home-destroying wildfires.
Well I am a professional dog walker/trainer by day and walking around downtown is now like being in the San Francisco tenderloin district. Not sure where the scariest part of NYC is but I feel pretty sure I'm the most sober and sane adult for miles.
As a pet sitter, to try to remain on topic, I occasionally care for rabbits or pet rodents. Hasn't happened to me yet, but how could I refuse to care for a hedgehog or ferret? Both pets my cousins have(Chicago and New York) and I love to handle. My insurance wouldn't cover any vet care or bodily damage to me or my staff, at least I would be wary of reporting a claim should the family's pet be confiscated.
I also care for aquariums and plan to grow this part of my business in 2013. if this legislation passed it could affect my business plan and bottom line. I am glad I heard about it.