Shortly before the House of Representatives approved a federal ban on marijuana in 1937, the Republican minority leader, Bertrand Snell of New York, confessed, "I do not know anything about the bill." The Democratic majority leader, Sam Rayburn of Texas, educated him. "It has something to do with something that is called marihuana," Rayburn said. "I believe it is a narcotic of some kind." Seventy-five years, millions of arrests, and billions of dollars later, we are still living with the consequences of that ignorant, ill-considered decision, which nationalized a policy that punishes peaceful people and squanders taxpayer money in a
All drugs were made illegal or heavily controlled because of one reason only...the alcohol lobby. Ironically, alcohol is much worse than most of the other drugs. It certainly causes more deaths, violence, family break-ups and other such problems than marijuana, or even heroin!
What about the revenue stream? Could next mebbe save State of Cowabunga from underwater status? "Zowie! It´s Maui Wowie! We´re saved!" "It´s... like... Acapulco... GOLD... man... We´re... GOLDEN... staters... again... Dude!"
Or not. But at least as Cowabunga drifts off into the Pacific... they´d have a peaceful easy feeling about it.
A 21-year old student just died here in Butte County (Chico State) from alcohol poisoning after drinking 21 shots on his 21st birthday! Do you think 21 joints would have killed him? I dont. Alcohol is POISON!
the proposal to legalize, regulate and tax overlooks one important factor, its a weed! anyone can grow it!
Sure, there will be some "Hi End" brands that will command top dollar but once the illegality is removed the "price support" is also gone, what is $2,000/lb will drop to a fraction and so will any tax revenue
I dont like the stuff. I wont allow it in my house and I dont much care for the people who use it. Another thing I dont like is taxation. If people want to fry their brains and become worthless dead weight on their mother´s couch, thats between them and their mother. Like most human activities (good and bad) its none of the government´s business.
There´s the rub # 10. Pot is a dream crusher. Nothing bad happens, but then again nothing good happens either. No dates, no advancing in school, nothing. You just hang out in your comfy chair and the world slips by.
Prison and a felony record is a far worse dream-crusher than pot. I say keep the war on drugs focused on the hard stuff like meth and heroin. I agree, and I think any cop would agree, that a room full of stoned people is much easier to deal with than a room full of drunk people. We would still have an added problem with DUI though, heavily stoned drivers on the road are just as unsafe as drunk ones. So it is a mixed bag, but still seems unjust to me that if a 19 year old gets drunk on whiskey, no legal recourse happens but if he gets stoned on pot, he could see his whole life ruined due to mandatory minimum sentencing in some states.
#7 you can also make your own legal wine and beer. It hasn´t hurt the beer/wine producers, has it? I home brewed for several years myself. When (not if) it´s legal again, most people will just stop by the 7-11 ln the way home to buy a blunt or two. It´s easier to slip over to the store and buy some weed than to cultivate it and cure it.
Legalize it everywhere and tax the hell out of it. However, every employer should still maintain policies that require random drug/alcohol testing for their employees. Fail once and you´re out the door.
I am still torn about this question. One part of my brain says to legalize it, tax it and earmark the money for drug rehab facilities. Billions of dollars saved and no more gunfights over drug turf. It might even save some Mexican lives although the cartels would still bring in meth and the other hard stuff.
Then again I wouldn´t trust the politicians to keep their hands off the money and not start diverting it for vote-buying schemes.
And what if they keep raising the tax? Make the tax too high and people start growing their own and the homeboys in the hood go back in business and undercut the legal sales with lower prices.
I am not torn about this at all. Pot should be illegal as per the Fed law. It truly is like alcohol a gateway drug. It will not stop the Cartels. It will destroy lives.. Been Shot at by Potheads. The problem does not go away with legalization. It gets worse...
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In 1996, as California voters considered whether to make theirs the first state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, they were warned that they were on the verge of creating a grim wasteland from which they might never escape.(Snip) That was 17 years ago, and today, it´s clear that the critics were under the influence of some hallucinogenic substance. As a way of destroying the California way of life, Proposition 215 has been a bust. In one respect, the opponents were right: The program is so lenient that getting medical marijuana is easy for anyone claiming
BLETCHLEY, England — A founding father of the modern computer, Alan Turing devised a machine that unraveled the enigma of Nazi codes and aided the defeat of Adolf Hitler. Convicted of homosexuality after World War II and sentenced to chemical castration, Turing — an avid fan of the film “Snow White” — was found dead in 1954 from cyanide poisoning, a bitten apple by his bedside.(Snip) Responding to a campaign by laureates such as Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, the British Parliament is moving toward granting Turing a posthumous pardon.
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As Americans obsess over NSA spying, abuse by the IRS and other assaults on our freedom, I can´t get my mind off the thousand other ways politicians abuse us. In their arrogance, they assume that only they solve social problems. They will solve them by banning this and that, subsidizing groups they deem worthy and setting up massive bureaucracies with a mandate to cure, treat and rescue wayward souls.(Snip)It´s true that some Americans destroy their lives and their families´ lives by using drugs. Others struggle with addiction. But if illegal drugs are as horrible and addictive as we´ve been told,
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