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(   Thirty-five legislators are co-sponsoring a marijuana legalization bill in Maine, pointing out that after a long day of dealing with vampires, aliens, rabid dogs, evil clowns, and the Devil, sometimes you just really need to light one up   ( divider line
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2013-03-28 10:20:11 AM  
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I've said this before, but the reason that marijuana isn't legal has nothing to do with whether or not it's bad or will make you dance the hootchie-cootchie with women of easy virtue in the alley behind the speakeasy.  Marijuana isn't legal because of money.

First of all, marijuana is hard to tax.  Liquor and cigarettes are extremely difficult for the average Joe to produce himself.  Distillation is tricky and time consuming.  Tobacco is a tough crop to grow and requires complicated curing before it's (enjoyably) smokeable.  Pot, on the other hand, requires a little TLC at first, but once it gets going pretty much just needs sunlight (or grow lights) and regular watering.  Any putz who has kept a potted violet alive can grow their own marijuana.

Liquor and cigarettes are easy to tax.  You bond them at the factory and tax them at the point of sale.  Marijuana, not so much.  When you can grow enough for your own use or give your neighbor ten bucks for whatever he has left over when he clips his buds, the State has almost no way of ensuring they get their cut.  Governments hate the idea of a sin they can't tax.  They'd rather make it illegal and drive business towards the sins they can tax (i.e. booze and cigarettes).

Second of all, because we've criminalized it, marijuana prosecution is BIG BUSINESS.  It keeps hundreds of thousands of people employed, from cops, to clerks of the court, to prison guards, to printing press operators making "D.A.R.E." posters.  Not to mention the cash and property seized in raids.  And incarceration.  Let's not forget that.  Legalizing marijuana would free tens of thousands of prisoners serving time, closing down entire prisons, many of which are for-profit institutions (and all of which financially benefit the surrounding communities).

And finally, legalizing marijuana would also require getting the mob and gangs out of the business.  Like with liquor just after the end of prohibition, marijuana production, import, and distribution is (by definition) the province of the criminal element.  And because it is so profitable, it's the province of the most POWERFUL criminal elements.  Getting those people out of the business will be a costly and sometimes deadly problem that will likely take decades.

So it wouldn't matter if marijuana could cure for cancer, alzheimers and erectile dysfunction with a single bong hit.  It wouldn't be legalized.
2013-03-28 09:30:56 AM  
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Thunderpipes: So I don't understand why a state can ignore federal law when they feel like it, like pot laws and sanctuary cities, and liberals cheer.... but if a state says they will ignore federal gun laws to protect the 2nd amendment, liberals go bananas...

It is like there is a double standard or something.

The feds are actively ignoring a federal law in the Supreme Court.  And that's not the only one.  It's a crazy world out there.
2013-03-28 09:22:42 AM  
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Bruxellensis: I don't get the headline reference.

Then you have forgotten the face of your father.
2013-03-28 08:56:13 AM  
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fark the Medical marijuana guys for being against legalized pot. What is wrong with them? Oh right, profit. They remind me of the corporations that are currently screwing every American just to make a buck. Am I the only one who draws this analogy?
2013-03-28 08:36:59 AM  
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My friend with tentacles on his face isn't too happy about not getting a nod.
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