Reefer Madness
Colorado Thinks Twice on Pot?
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  • Bruce

    “Legalization continues to be a necessary end to a failed drug war, but that end will be extremely messy and introduce plenty of new problems.”
    Well said. Americans always looks for nice, neat, clean, easy answers. They rarely exist and won’t in this situation either. There are no good solutions – only less bad ones and legalization is less bad.

    • Arkeygeezer

      My state seems to be doing fine without legal marijuana or cannabis or whatever else you want to call it. We have enough social problems without adding legal pot to the mix.

      • Bruce

        I doubt if your state is really doing fine. It probably has lots of non-violent people in prison for using drugs – not even selling them. An immorality on the part of the state. The social problems from the drug war are worse than the social problems from marijuana use. Your post indicates that you think use will go away if it’s illegal. Having militarized SWAT teams making marijuana busts is a bigger social problem than the ones you are probably referring to.

        • Arkeygeezer

          It been my experience tat there are very few “non-violent people in prison for using drugs – not even selling them.” Most of them were involved in other crimes, but nailing them on a drug charge was the easiest way for prosecutors to get them off the street.
          Whatever, ya’all deal with your drug users, and we’ll deal with our “immorality”.

          • Clayton Holbrook

            I’ve always wondered about that. You hear about all these immorally imprisoned folks who are “non-violent” drug offenders. But possession of pot most places under a certain amount is a misdemeanor. A trip to jail is probably going to happen, but pot possession of a small amount alone won’t land you in prison unless you’re violating probation or parole or have been convicted of a crime before. I doubt there’s all these imprisoned first time offenders that got caught with just a joint or something.

            However, once the gov’t has convicted a person of marijuana possession it’s basically criminalized the individual to certain extent. In other words, a 17-year-old caught with a joint is now a drug offending citizen with all the baggage and disadvantages that comes along with that. So to try and stop the social ill of drug use by criminal conviction in this case is almost a self fulfilling prophecy. Pot at least needs to be decriminalized.

  • FriendlyGoat

    There is something very wrong with any government entity seeking tax revenue from marijuana. It’s fine for the federal government to tax NET INCOME from marijuana operations—-like net income from anything else. But, for states to be in the pot business for money? It’s crazy. Marijuana either is or is not safe enough to be in commerce. It’s not a legitimate cash cow for government.

    • motoguzzi

      All that politicians do all day is think of ways to take in more money and ways to spend that money. As long as there are opportunities for graft on their end, do you think they care about the proles?

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