2. No: Legalization will increase use and health, social, and economic costs.
3. A middle path: Find ways to access medical benefits without legalization
Pro-dope liberals waiving the white flag on the WOD to show up in 5, 4, 3...
Tell me, which section do you personally believe delegates authority to fedgov to overrule the states on medical marijuana?
There will never be significant taxes to collect.
Growing pot is easy, and fun, and there is no complicated processes needed to light it up and inhale for getting high.
Making a Marlboro, or a bottle of Scotch, or even a decent beer is totally different.
Pot cannot be regulated like Alcohol and Tobacco.
Pot isn’t a complicated substance, it is just a weed, treat it like a tomato plant and the sturdy plant becomes a source for high quality weed, except that it is a neater, tidier plant than a tomato plant, so it is easier to grow in your closet, or spare bedroom.
Since the weed stays useful for years, you can grow your own occasionally maybe 10 pounds at once, and then use the excess for parties and casual sales, gifts to little brothers and sisters, and for in between growing seasons.
The party that has much to HIDE welcomes this.
I favor #1.
I am exceptionally tire of the militarized LEO and their WOD and the negative effects on our civil liberties is too high a cost, IMO, to pay for the supposed benefits of interdiction and suppression of marijuana use.
First, we should settle the question of whether they can.
This is an issue that tears me. One the one hand the fedgov has no responsibility to protect people from themselves. I don’t see any reason to ban pot.
On the other hand I tend to detest pot heads. They usually have no motivation and contribute nothing to society.
I could be convinced to support legalization IF any crime involving the drug (say selling to minors) was dealt with extremely harshly, AND any health damage resulting from it’s use was not covered by any form of government aid or even private insurance (in other words, you smoke it and it kills you - tough noogies!) Of course I feel the same way towards alcohol, tobacco, not using seat belts, and riding motorcycles without helmets. It’s not my job to pay for someone else’s stupidity.
I did hear a report this morning that pot greatly increases the incidence in testicular cancer. Again, if you smoke it and your balls fall off don’t come crying to me.
The Mexican Drug cartels have followed the “medical mj” business to Colorado.
They are NOT giving up their cash cow and have increased in state mj farms, in public forests.
The ignorance and denials surrounding this issue will continue to be fatal, with the increase in all aspects of crime that follow the drug trade.