Should Florida Raise The Smoking Age To 21?

Six traditional blue states, including California, have raised the age to buy tobacco products to 21. As a result, many counties around the country, all left-leaning including now Alachua, have done the same. While personally, I hope no one takes to smoking cigarettes, I’m not troubled with this trend on a personal level. But here’s the thing, simultaneously these states have taken action to enable marijuana smoking when it’s federally illegal. 

That’s the thing. Intellectually where’s the rationale in further restricting smoking tobacco use while simultaneously taking extraordinary action to enable smoking marijuana? That’s all I really want to know. I do find myself scratching my head an awful lot of what the heck society does seem to be smoking. 

What I would like to do is propose a companion bill federally. Here’s my offer, first decriminalize marijuana in all forms federally then raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 and lastly, raise the age to be able to vote to 21 excluding any service members.

Do we have a deal? After all, if you’re not old enough to buy smokes are you really old enough to vote on the people who make those decisions? 

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