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(KHOU Houston)   Good news: Based on data research, Texas is trending towards legalizing marijuana. Bad news: In ten years   (khou.com) divider line 43
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2014-01-21 07:10:42 AM
Not surprising. I had 10 years on the over/under for the entire country.
 
2014-01-21 07:14:33 AM
Well... that'll probably mean it'll be legal everywhere else by then because you know... Texas is a backwards ass jerk.
 
2014-01-21 07:17:50 AM
They should start with Austin.  I am sure they will be okay with it.
 
2014-01-21 07:40:22 AM

here to help: Well... that'll probably mean it'll be legal everywhere else by then because you know... Texas is a backwards ass jerk.


nah. Kansas will be the last one.

we've never ratified the 21st amendment, we still have dry counties, public bars were illegal until 1987, and you still cant buy alcohol in most of the state on Sundays.

all this and more, and people will still talk about "getting big government out of our lives" without so much as a smirk.
 
2014-01-21 07:43:59 AM
Progress is progress.  And it never happens as fast as it should.
 
2014-01-21 07:47:08 AM

log_jammin: here to help: Well... that'll probably mean it'll be legal everywhere else by then because you know... Texas is a backwards ass jerk.

nah. Kansas will be the last one.

we've never ratified the 21st amendment, we still have dry counties, public bars were illegal until 1987, and you still cant buy alcohol in most of the state on Sundays.

all this and more, and people will still talk about "getting big government out of our lives" without so much as a smirk.


To be fair, Kansas was one of 10:

The amendment was rejected by the following state:
South Carolina (December 4, 1933)

Voters in the following state rejected holding a convention to consider the amendment:
North Carolina (November 7, 1933)

The following states took no action to consider the amendment:
Georgia
Kansas
Louisiana
Mississippi
Nebraska
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Dakota

And once an amendment hits the 36 states it needed, whether the other states ratify it or not is fairly inconsequential, for any reason other than "showing support".

There are a gazillion of other reasons to rag on Kansas, that specifically isn't one of them.
 
2014-01-21 07:49:27 AM
But by that time, they will have perfected marijuana-smoked barbecue sauce.
 
2014-01-21 08:06:28 AM
GA will be one of the last. I remember sending an online "form letter" to my Rep about it, and the letter I got in reply (I was amazed he replied at all) boiled down to basically "I'm agin' it because I always been agin' it". No consideration of the pros and cons at all.

/Probably afriad he's lose the church vote
 
2014-01-21 08:20:48 AM
So, what are the chances once these five years pass?

/Louisiana allows medical marijuana
 
2014-01-21 08:23:12 AM

MBooda: So, what are the chances once these five years pass?

/Louisiana allows medical marijuana


la has medical mj?
i have not heard this, and i have a very conservative preacher uncle in la who would've likely been posting like crazy about that
 
2014-01-21 08:28:05 AM
my wife seems to think tx will see the wa and co revenues and will want to follow suit

i told her tx is not a poor state (although i believe wa and co are also not poor), and tx is far too red/bible-belt right now. they don't care about the pros. we can't even get casino legislation going here (but tons of folks red/blue/purple gladly drive to ok or la for casinos!)

for tx to legalize mj we need to get some politicians in power who are more toward the middle or left.

10 years sounds about right.
 
2014-01-21 08:33:06 AM
Just like liquor sales, the only way GA will ever legalize is if and when the subject makes it to the ballot.  The voters will puff, puff, pass it, but the chickenshiat politicians will never vote on it themselves.  We still have plenty of dry or mostly dry counties in the non-urban areas.
 
2014-01-21 08:34:38 AM

bungle_jr: MBooda: So, what are the chances once these five years pass?

/Louisiana allows medical marijuana

la has medical mj?
i have not heard this, and i have a very conservative preacher uncle in la who would've likely been posting like crazy about that


Clarification: there's no law in Louisiana prohibiting medical marijuana. Its status is confused to say the least. Meanwhile, in New Orleans:
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/12/new_orleans_city_coun ci l_recla.html
 
2014-01-21 08:38:00 AM

log_jammin: and you still cant buy alcohol in most of the state on Sundays.


Interesting....I thought Indiana was one of the last to still have this bullshiat
 
2014-01-21 08:44:46 AM
FTFA: Elliott, I can't afford, I can't take the chance of looking weak on crime

That is the most chickenshiat, ignorant to the issue answer he could possibly have given.  I like living here well enough...but the people that run this state are some of the most ignorant, backwards, mindless farks I have ever seen.
 
2014-01-21 08:45:52 AM
I thought Republicans were all about personal liberty and limited government - shouldn't they be repealing these laws now? Or is Texas not conservative enough yet?
 
2014-01-21 08:46:07 AM
The sheriff here in San Antonio already said he doesn't want his officers wasting time booking people.  I'm going under on the ten years.  Lot of blue in the big cities, plus the cartel violence will help push it along.
 
2014-01-21 08:49:19 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: log_jammin: and you still cant buy alcohol in most of the state on Sundays.

Interesting....I thought Indiana was one of the last to still have this bullshiat


Minnesota still does it too - because on the seventh day God rested, and we are very good at separating church and State.

/ though, ironically, the one day you can't buy wine is the day it's used in church for communion
// Jesus disapproved of drinking, which is why he never turned water to wine or commanded his followers to drink the stuff
 
2014-01-21 08:51:48 AM

StrangeQ: FTFA: Elliott, I can't afford, I can't take the chance of looking weak on crime

That is the most chickenshiat, ignorant to the issue answer he could possibly have given.  I like living here well enough...but the people that run this state are some of the most ignorant, backwards, mindless farks I have ever seen.


If it's legal, then it's not a question of crime - as a matter of definifion.
 
2014-01-21 09:00:35 AM
Legal or not, these assbackwards hillbilly won't stop my tokin.
 
2014-01-21 09:01:05 AM
The statement, "Texas decriminalizes marijuana by 2024," doesn't seem so far fetched. Sure, why not.

I'd imagine that Wyoming would be the last one on that boat, if at all.
 
2014-01-21 09:02:24 AM

bungle_jr: my wife seems to think tx will see the wa and co revenues and will want to follow suit

i told her tx is not a poor state (although i believe wa and co are also not poor), and tx is far too red/bible-belt right now. they don't care about the pros. we can't even get casino legislation going here (but tons of folks red/blue/purple gladly drive to ok or la for casinos!)

for tx to legalize mj we need to get some politicians in power who are more toward the middle or left.

10 years sounds about right.


LA pays Texas a lot every year not to allow casinos; it's part of the business model.
 
2014-01-21 09:06:08 AM
5-10 years?  Interesting.  That's actually what my guess for California getting rid of the constitutional amendment against gay marriage if it didn't get invalidated by the courts(which took 5 years - 1998 from prop 8 until decared uncon in 2013).

Part of the problem, just like gay marriage, is that older people tend to be more opposed - and legislatures tend towards 'older'.  So you have to wait for enough of them to be replaced(since incumbents have a ~90% re-election rate)
 
2014-01-21 09:06:49 AM

jshine: StrangeQ: FTFA: Elliott, I can't afford, I can't take the chance of looking weak on crime

That is the most chickenshiat, ignorant to the issue answer he could possibly have given.  I like living here well enough...but the people that run this state are some of the most ignorant, backwards, mindless farks I have ever seen.

If it's legal, then it's not a question of crime - as a matter of definifion.


Which is what makes it ignorant.  What makes it chickenshiat is that he is too damned afraid to admit that maybe, just maybe, the government was wrong about something and may have overstepped its bounds on an issue.
 
2014-01-21 09:17:29 AM
Starts headline ... HOORAY!!!

Finishes headline ... aaaaww.

Still, you need three things in life to be happy: something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.
 
2014-01-21 09:19:07 AM

log_jammin: here to help: Well... that'll probably mean it'll be legal everywhere else by then because you know... Texas is a backwards ass jerk.

nah. Kansas will be the last one.

we've never ratified the 21st amendment, we still have dry counties, public bars were illegal until 1987, and you still cant buy alcohol in most of the state on Sundays.

all this and more, and people will still talk about "getting big government out of our lives" without so much as a smirk.


Harsh. It's mind boggling that people in one of the most advanced countries in the world have so little critical thinking skills. The fact the education system is crumbling and being actively attacked and sabotaged is just outright alarming.

We are already starting to see it but I think if things keep going the way they have been we are going to end up with intelligence classes. Those who take advantage of the massive amount of freely available info and know how to analyze and digest it and those who simply ignore it all and regress.

Kind of like Idiocracy except with half the population being hyper smart and the others just barely able to function. It could indeed lead to wars considering some of the violent rhetoric we are already hearing from the mouth breathers.
 
2014-01-21 09:27:27 AM

here to help: log_jammin: here to help: Well... that'll probably mean it'll be legal everywhere else by then because you know... Texas is a backwards ass jerk.

nah. Kansas will be the last one.

we've never ratified the 21st amendment, we still have dry counties, public bars were illegal until 1987, and you still cant buy alcohol in most of the state on Sundays.

all this and more, and people will still talk about "getting big government out of our lives" without so much as a smirk.

Harsh. It's mind boggling that people in one of the most advanced countries in the world have so little critical thinking skills. The fact the education system is crumbling and being actively attacked and sabotaged is just outright alarming.

We are already starting to see it but I think if things keep going the way they have been we are going to end up with intelligence classes. Those who take advantage of the massive amount of freely available info and know how to analyze and digest it and those who simply ignore it all and regress.

Kind of like Idiocracy except with half the population being hyper smart and the others just barely able to function. It could indeed lead to wars considering some of the violent rhetoric we are already hearing from the mouth breathers.


I think your estimate of "half" is overly optimistic; most 1%ers already view the nation that way, just with a differently skewed ratio...
 
2014-01-21 09:36:18 AM
So if you got busted for a joint this week in Texas, you wont be getting out before its legalized.

But blowing up your town with your shoddy fertilizer plant apparently means no jail time at all...
 
2014-01-21 09:38:59 AM

Heraclitus: So if you got busted for a joint this week in Texas, you wont be getting out before its legalized.

But blowing up your town with your shoddy fertilizer plant apparently means no jail time at all...


How dare you criticize one of our venerated job creators, you dirty socialist!
 
2014-01-21 10:02:11 AM

bungle_jr: my wife seems to think tx will see the wa and co revenues and will want to follow suit

i told her tx is not a poor state (although i believe wa and co are also not poor), and tx is far too red/bible-belt right now. they don't care about the pros. we can't even get casino legislation going here (but tons of folks red/blue/purple gladly drive to ok or la for casinos!)

for tx to legalize mj we need to get some politicians in power who are more toward the middle or left.

10 years sounds about right.


Texas doesn't get casinos because Eagle Pass, Winstar and Choctaw make $ure that any bill die$
 
2014-01-21 10:13:31 AM
here to help:
We are already starting to see it but I think if things keep going the way they have been we are going to end up with intelligence classes. Those who take advantage of the massive amount of freely available info and know how to analyze and digest it and those who simply ignore it all and regress.

Kind of like Idiocracy except with half the population being hyper smart and the others just barely able to function. It could indeed lead to wars considering some of the violent rhetoric we are already hearing from the mouth breathers.


www.chud.com

/facts are not important when they get in the way of votes and money
 
2014-01-21 10:22:47 AM

desertfool: Not surprising. I had 10 years on the over/under for the entire country.


Yea, that's been about my prediction too... I suspect of any of the Southern States to go first though it would be Florida.
 
2014-01-21 10:36:07 AM

KellyX: desertfool: Not surprising. I had 10 years on the over/under for the entire country.

Yea, that's been about my prediction too... I suspect of any of the Southern States to go first though it would be Florida.


I'm not so sure about that, even with Morgan pushing it. Several years ago we outlawed Salvia D. and we just got done outlawing all glass pipes, bongs, etc. and most of the people that did all that are still in Tallahassee. It's a bit too soon for most of them to admit that they made a mistake in doing what they just did. Although one can hope.

/signed the petition anyway
//expect it to fail on the first go 'round
///just getting it on the ballot would be a major first step that I hope to see
 
2014-01-21 10:58:42 AM

DigitalCoffee: KellyX: desertfool: Not surprising. I had 10 years on the over/under for the entire country.

Yea, that's been about my prediction too... I suspect of any of the Southern States to go first though it would be Florida.

I'm not so sure about that, even with Morgan pushing it. Several years ago we outlawed Salvia D. and we just got done outlawing all glass pipes, bongs, etc. and most of the people that did all that are still in Tallahassee. It's a bit too soon for most of them to admit that they made a mistake in doing what they just did. Although one can hope.

/signed the petition anyway
//expect it to fail on the first go 'round
///just getting it on the ballot would be a major first step that I hope to see


Yea, although if it fails it won't be due to lack of support from the people, but by the GOP farktards using the FL Supreme Court to try to disallow it... but it'll be back in 2016 too if they do that.

See the poll that showed 82% of Floridians approve of Medical Marijuana?
 
2014-01-21 11:18:37 AM

jshine: I thought Republicans were all about personal liberty and limited government - shouldn't they be repealing these laws now? Or is Texas not conservative enough yet?


You'd think there would be some support from the "SECURE OUR BORDERS!!" faction. Legalized marijuana would reduce the incentives to bring Mexican ditch weed across the Rio Grande in the middle of the night.
 
2014-01-21 11:31:17 AM
States like Georgia and Texas will legalize hemp agriculture WAY before they legalize weed, even medical weed. They'll legalize weed one by one as their neighbors start enjoying the tax revenue, the same way they did with state lotteries. I'm thinking more like 20 than 10 years.
 
2014-01-21 01:29:19 PM
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Legalize it Texas!

/Texan
 
2014-01-21 01:57:26 PM

dletter: And once an amendment hits the 36 states it needed, whether the other states ratify it or not is fairly inconsequential, for any reason other than "showing support".


Showing support or trying not to look too far behind the times.


The Illinois medical marijuana laws are an abomination.
NO competition. limited set of conditions that can be treated. limited suppliers/dispensaries.

At least Colorado and Washington had the balls to go for full legalization.

Can store owners shoot at the DEA if the DEA attacks them in their legal stores?
 
2014-01-21 02:10:23 PM
There's another vote coming up in California for legalizing it.  It will fail.

Texas will have legalized marijuana before California ever does.
 
2014-01-21 03:39:00 PM

WhoGAS: There's another vote coming up in California for legalizing it.  It will fail.

Texas will have legalized marijuana before California ever does.


isnt it quasi legal already in CA?
cough cough, my back hurts. Here's your prescription!
 
2014-01-21 07:33:29 PM

namatad: WhoGAS: There's another vote coming up in California for legalizing it.  It will fail.

Texas will have legalized marijuana before California ever does.

isnt it quasi legal already in CA?
cough cough, my back hurts. Here's your prescription!


Yeah, but I'm talking full legality.  Living here, I don't see them getting it.  Too many other opposition elements and we still have plenty of minorities to arrest.

Not only that, but they're firing up the anti-dispensary machine again now that Filner's gone (not a good person but he helped keep the feds away from our pot shops) so you should see even fewer rights even for medical.
 
2014-01-22 10:35:30 AM
I don't think it's going to take ten years to legalize. It's a green rush right now.
 
2014-01-22 02:54:06 PM

Astorix: I don't think it's going to take ten years to legalize. It's a green rush right now.


Texas could make a killing by legalizing gambling AND marijuana at the same time.   Best to do it now before all the other states around us jump on the bandwagon, so we can get those tourist dollars BEFORE legalized weed is a common thing that can be had anywhere...   if we wait, we lose out on all that foreign gold.  (yes, I am calling out-of-staters foreigners)
 
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