CHRONIC-les is a compilation of pot laws state-by-state, with a quickie function to send an email to the White House to advocate the legalization of marijuana. You can also use CHRONIC-les to pull up a map to find the whereabouts of your local NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) chapter.
Agree, or disagree, the legalization of marijuana has been a hot-button issue in recent years and many states are starting to relax their laws against the possession of small amounts of pot and to allow wider availability of medical marijuana. chronicles, which is more of a legal reference than a true app, seems aimed at riding the trend to relaxing attitudes toward the need for weed.
CHRONIC-les, which is the first effort from brother and sister developers David and Elizabeth Gregory, has three parts to it: The Joint, Why Legalize? and Regs.
“The Joint” section of CHRONIC-les is provides current legal news as it relates to pot possession. A bill in California introduced in February 2009 would tax marijuana and make it possible for pot farmers to obtain grow licenses, for example.
During the Presidential Election campaign, President Obama, advocated decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for nonviolent, first-time offenders. He said it did not make sense to send casual users to jail where they can earn “advanced degrees in criminality…which is counterproductive and doesn’t make sense.”
Tapping CHRONIC-les’ “HOPE” banner — you’ll find under the “The Joint” icon — will bring up a pre-written email that you can send the White House, which in part suggests legalizing and taxing weed and using the estimated $10 billion in annual revenues to help lessened the national debt.
The “Why Legalize” section, as is probably evident, argues the benefits of legalizing pot — such as reducing criminal activities associated with pot production and sales and the cost to arrest and prosecute offenders and so on. The argument in CHRONIC-les, of course, is all one sided, so you’ll need to do your own research if you download this app thinking you’re going to get a balanced view.
Finally, the meat and potatoes of CHRONIC-les is the regs section. In Massachusetts, for example, the sale of medical marijuana is not permitted, possession of less than 1 ounce is a civil offense and possession of more than 1 ounce is a misdemeanor.
Focusing on the merits of CHRONIC-les soley as an app, my advice is to donate your $1 to NORML or any other cause you believe in rather than spend it on CHRONIC-les. It’s just not all that useful and the interface and presentation are amateurish.