Skip to comments.Why Obama Really Might Decriminalize Marijuana
Posted on 12/23/2008 10:20:03 AM PST by kennedy
Famously, Franklin Delano Roosevelt saved the United States banking system during the first seven days of his first term.
And what did he do on the eighth day? "I think this would be a good time for beer," he said.
Congress had already repealed Prohibition, pending ratification from the states. But the people needed a lift, and legalizing beer would create a million jobs. And lo, booze was back. Two days after the bill passed, Milwaukee brewers hired six hundred people and paid their first $10 million in taxes. Soon the auto industry was tooling up the first $12 million worth of delivery trucks, and brewers were pouring tens of millions into new plants.
"Roosevelt's move to legalize beer had the effect he intended," says Adam Cohen, author of Nothing To Fear, a thrilling new history of FDR's first hundred days. "It was, one journalist observed, 'like a stick of dynamite into a log jam.'"
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It was WWII that finally ended the Great Depression, not The New Deal, the Second New Deal or beer.
Yes but beer made it easier to swallow!
Because he's a stoner?
“Maaaaaaan. Dude on TV was sayin’ th’economy gonna get worse. Man, that’s a bummer. I mean — wha? Did you say sumthin’? Oh! Check it out, dude! This tune is unreal!! Anyway. I don’t see why peoples is all panicky. And stuff.”
If anything, look for the War on Pot to become even more intrusive than it already is.
That would be the best thing that could happen. If he does that, I'll put up a full sized Obama poster on my wall in the garage. I still wont smoke, but finally someone would make sense.
He has to get some of it right.
The Obamessiah is going to be needing a steady supply and what better way for the new “Chancellor” to get it than through siezure via Federal Agency (or, more accurately, Ministry).
...I don’t see it happening.
...so that we can all stomach his economic plans?
Decriminalize marijuana is never going to happen. There is too many people that make their living fighting the drug war.
I agree. Maybe then I could quit drinking. ;^)
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”
Out of curiosity, were it to be decriminalized, which companies would be “ready to roll” immediately and capture the market?
Broken clock....and all that jazz. As the coolest POTUS ever he really should legalize the devil weed. I really thought Clinton would do it. What a phony he turned out to be.
0bama can’t decriminalize anything. Congress can, and The 0ne can sign it, but acting on his own is something he can’t do.
Decriminalizing all drugs is a Soros goal
and zerO is a Soros puppet
Follow the money to see who will get rich(er) during zerO’s regime.
Dead drug users and lives lost to addiction are “acceptable collateral damage” to these people. It is horrible.
I would like to see it decriminalized, too...PLUS, perhaps they can begin using hemp as a fossil fuel.
I don’t have back-up for this, but I’ve heard that the oil/gas companies were behind making hemp illegal since it can be used as a fossil fuel...and at a much cheaper rate.
“decriminalize” does not mean “make it legal”. It means civil penalties and rehab as opposed to decades in Terminal Island.
Massachusetts “decriminalized” last election; fine of $100 for posession of less than one oz and rehab for minors caught with pot.
He should have at least made it legal to puff but not inhale.
I think there'll be a push to legalize it. Under that circumstance, any ideas?
Pot is like buying a soda in Hawaii. While driving around Hana years ago, I saw guys were selling pot publicly on the streets, really pathetic.
Ummmmm. The Dali Obama can’t legalize dope. We aren’t a monarchy yet. I know that’s what the libs want, but not yet.
However I would love to see the stupid drug war ended. It’s already lost completely. Only a handful of profiteers and Pharisees support it any more.
Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds probably already have the blueprints drawn and marketing developed.
Is that a Monica quote?
decriminalize it so that government can tax it for more revenue
“Weed will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no weed”
.....The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers
There would need to be lots of new laws about DUI, testing, employment, lawsuits for employers who still test for pot use, and so on. Plus taxes taxes taxes.
Worst part is, instead of DEA busting you for possession, now BATFE goes after “bootleggers” who dare to posess or sell homegrown or other out-of-federal-control weeds.
This might seem harsh but there is such a thing as self cleansing of the gene pool.
Drugs, mind altering substances, have been around for as long as there have been humans.
You will not stop people that want to use them from using them.
Those that are too weak willed to resist addiction normally know they are too weak willed to resist. They should never use them. If they do, and become addicted, it is their fault, not the drugs fault.
As I said, this may seem harsh but it's also a fact of life.
That’s what I want to deal with. Some idiot who is lethargic and doesn’t care or know what he is talking about. What a conversation that would be.
The bureaucracy of the war on drugs is a monster that Obama might not want to mess with. The number of people who depend on it for their livelihood might be more than the number of people who could be employed by legalization. Every local law enforcement branch has some kind of paramilitary, SWAT like team, with dogs, machine guns, armored vehicles and so on. How many cops are kept employed just to break into houses and terrorized dope dealers, not that they always get the right house? There are county, city and State policemen to think of in practically every town in the US, and an economy of Billions. Then there are the various federal, law enforcement agencies to worry about, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of officers that are there for the drug war could be displaced, not to mention all of the paramilitary teams and equipment they have. Then we have the prisons that are filled with drug dealers and users. How many corrections officers are employed by them? We are talking billions of state and federal dollars here, and the good part is that it will never go away. There will always be plenty of drugs to keep users happy while providing millions of drug war related jobs. Once marijuana is decriminalized, the rest will follow, and a lot of people with no job skills outside of law enforcement will be unemployed during a prolonged, economic downturn.
Sorry, I’m at work on lunch and only see a red X.
Heck...the Fed’s will just corner/control the market on pot...and tax, tax, tax, tax, it..!!
and then there was the NFA of 1934...
Paper companies were behind the “Reefer Madness”
Alaska has decrimilized THe Green. UP to 4 oz for personal use is no pro blamus.
More than 4 and off to jail you go - big time.
Hemp was made illegal due to tireless efforts of a gentleman named Harry J. Anslinger. Mr Anslinger had witnessed how J. Edgar Hoover had managed to create the FBI and leverage himself into running it and wanted to do the same because he had been a prohibition commissioner and prohibition had been repealed and he needed some job security.
So Anslinger propagated horror stories (e.g. Reefer Madness) about Marijuana abuse and got the white folk terrified that all their women were going to be raped by Mexican farm laborers and negro jazz musicians who were high on hemp. He lied under oath to Congress and it all paid off when he got Marijuana taxed (remember the first step to outlawing something it to get a special tax on it (watch out for this with guns and ammo under The One) and got himself appointed as Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN - notice the similarity to FBI) which, like J. Edgar, he made a career of and stayed in the job for 32 years.
Obviously we don’t need any legal drugs on the streets judging by how many stoners voted for Obama.
There is no other way to explain how so many people don’t havea clue.
Put that idea into your pipe and smoke it.
Yeah. They could get a lot of taxes and put police back to preventing violent crime........WOW MAAANN!
I know no pot smokers who speak like your caricature of a pot smoker.
My child died of a drug overdose.
You have just told me his death cleansed the gene pool? And that when he was 13 he should have been strong enough to not experiment with the marijuana that led him through the gateway of hell to bigger and better thrills?
I believe in karma to people who give such hurt, but am trying to overcome it. May God protect you from your stupidity and never suffer loss like mine. On the other hand, if you or someone you ove is reborn as an Amsterdam junkie, it might be poetic
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