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(Kansas City)   Missouri joins the race to get all those high taxes from marijuana legalization   (kansascity.com) divider line 6
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2014-03-11 09:58:46 AM
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scottydoesntknow: Rep. Kenneth Wilson, a retired police officer, said he was concerned about the effect of secondhand smoke if marijuana was used in homes around children.

"What I fear is that if we do decriminalize this we are going to make it attractive," said Rep. Galen Higdon, R-St. Joseph, a former sheriff's deputy. "I do not want to bring anything else that is going to create a negative impact on our young children."

Who gives a fark about the children?


I love all these ancillary arguments people throw out when discussing legalization. The handwringing over things that 1) are already happening and 2) are separate issues, but when you try to discuss the (far more destructive) side effects of the drug war it's crickets from their side.  Apparently the only way to avoid "sending the wrong message to kids" is to launch a 40-year quasi-military campaign against your own citizens.

Private_Citizen: It won't pass. The desire for new revenue will lose to prison industry lobbyists. If weed were legal, the prison population would crater - then how would would all those private prisons get their hands on that sweet tax payer money?


Oh, good; another one on the "private prison" bogeyman that is the current scapegoat among those who want to appear to "know the real story" when in reality they know jack shiat. As if everything was wonderful and people were so open-minded about these things before the evil private prison industry came along and farked everything up. Of course it has nothing to do with the bible-thumping/law-and-order crowd out there, the push from overzealous prosecutors and legislatures for three-strikes and other draconian sentencing laws. It's all just a smokescreen, the private prison industry is really behind the whole thing.

I'm not a fan of private prisons either, but there is a big difference between an industry capitalizing on an already-occurring phenomenon and being the cause of it. Do you really think we'd have fewer people in prison if they were all state-run? The dramatic rise in the prison population came first; private prisons were a response in an effort to keep up with the overcrowding. At some point you get a symbiotic relationship, but the Fark narrative on the subject is pretty ridiculous.
2014-03-11 10:41:26 AM
1 votes:
The bill's sponsor said he was against legalizing marijuana use until he changed his mind after serving on the bench.
"I saw too many young people whose lives were ruined by the government for using small amounts of marijuana," said Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, and a former Boone County judge.


 
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2014-03-11 10:12:08 AM
1 votes:
Rep. Kenneth Wilson, a retired police officer, said he was concerned about the effect of secondhand smoke if marijuana was used in homes around children

Great, so I'm sure you're also pushing for the complete ban of all tobacco products in the state by that same logic, correct? You know, a substance with second hand smoke that has actually been PROVEN to have adverse health affects to both children and adults.
2014-03-11 10:08:14 AM
1 votes:
Hey Harvey, you know it's ok when people discuss things you don't agree with.... right? The prison industry doors fund pushback against legalization efforts. They didn't start it, but they sure want it to continue.
2014-03-11 09:37:58 AM
1 votes:

scottydoesntknow: Rep. Kenneth Wilson, a retired police officer, said he was concerned about the effect of secondhand smoke if marijuana was used in homes around children.

"What I fear is that if we do decriminalize this we are going to make it attractive," said Rep. Galen Higdon, R-St. Joseph, a former sheriff's deputy. "I do not want to bring anything else that is going to create a negative impact on our young children."

Who gives a fark about the children?


I'm more concerned about the effects of second hand stupidity on children. The kind spread by members of that particular political party.
2014-03-11 09:36:03 AM
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Rep. Kenneth Wilson, a retired police officer, said he was concerned about the effect of secondhand smoke if marijuana was used in homes around children.

"What I fear is that if we do decriminalize this we are going to make it attractive," said Rep. Galen Higdon, R-St. Joseph, a former sheriff's deputy. "I do not want to bring anything else that is going to create a negative impact on our young children."


Who gives a fark about the children?
 
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