Legalize It

I’ve been closely following the legalization of marijuana story. What I find funny is that people are blaming conservatives and Christians for the reason pot is illegal. The reality is that marijuana was legal in every state until 1937.

In 1937 the government passed the Marihuana Tax Act. What’s interesting to me is to look at the players during this era; a Democratic president (FDR) with a Democratic supermajority in both the House and the Senate.

Whether one is for or against the legalization of marijuana has nothing to do with their political persuasion or their religion. It is a power grab; plain and simple.

Thoughts? (I have to run to the grocery store, but I shall return!)

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Legalize It

  1. As long as not one bloody cent has to come out of the Peoples’ pockets because of this:

    Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization

    AND those who commit a crime while under the influence are treated AT LEAST as harshly as DUI…

    Then sure, why not. Let ‘em all get high. But remember, if you cannot hold a job because of your habit, that means NO WELFARE! I mean it when I say not one dime!

    BTW: I think — if you look into the issue — you might find that marijuana was outlawed because of political influence from the pulp wood industry. I read somewhere that hemp made better, cheaper paper and that it was putting the pulp wood people out of business, only — at the time — the pulp wood industry was stronger and had more money/influence. So, just as GE used their money/connections to ban the incandescent light bulb so they could make good on their losses in CFL’s, the pulp wood industry (supposedly) pushed the ban on Hemp.

    • I’m pretty sure that post is a satirical one; it seems that way. I mean, there are no known deaths from marijuana overdose according to the CDC.

      What you said about the pulp wood industry makes total sense. From what I’ve read, the early Americans used hemp not only for industrial purposes, but also for medicinal (recreational?) purposes. Seems logical to me that a company lined some legislative pockets, and was paid back by the loss of a natural freedom for the rest of America.

      • Yes, it’s satire (or stupid propaganda) — but the point is not. Marijuana is a habit-forming drug, and thus, just as susceptible to abuse as alcohol (or caffeine, for that matter). My point is, so long as society is not asked to pay a single dime for the secondary effects of those who use, I could care less what you do. But I am very serious about not paying for those who use — especially the welfare for deadbeats part.

      • Funny: “One of the those victims was 29-year-old Jesse Bruce Pinkman, a former methamphetamine dealer from Albuquerque who had recently moved to Boulder to establish a legal marijuana dispensary.”

        “Jesse Pinkman,” of course, was a meth dealer in “Breaking Bad.”

  2. I agree Kells and Joe………….legalize it and TAX the hell out of it. I am certain that a “pack” of joints can be manufactured and marketed for no more than a pack of cigarettes. I have heard that without tax on cigs, they could be sold for $1 with reasonable profit far all involved. I am also certain that a 20 pack of joints could sell for $100. So the govt could make $99 on every pack sold. I am not a big believer in taxes, but if the choice is pay an outrageous tax or go to jail or don’t smoke………… why would any “user” bitch about the tax? Also, since the users are no longer breaking the law by merely smoking, it should cut the prison population dramatically…… saving us some $$$$$$$.

    • I’m torn about the whole taxation thing. Basically, we’re lookin at another sin tax. At the same time, if we must cover others’ medical bills, I suppose if we had a govt. smart enough, they could divert the funds to Medicaid and Obamacare susidies. Sadly, the money will probably get thrown into another green energy project to prove global warming on an expedition whilst getting two ships marooned in ice……. ;)

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