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I Am Not Stoned: Sobering Realities For Taxpayers On The Road To Legalizing Marijuana

A sane and responsible drug policy would restrict and penalize use according to the best medical information we have about each drug. The more harmful the drug, the more it's use is restricted and it's illegal (if it is illeal) sale & use punished. This is harder than it sounds, nowadays we base drug policy on political expediency and cultural attitudes towards different drugs, rather than science. The reference point for this 'sliding scale' is alcohol. Alcohol has proven physical harms, it is abused by many people and causes death & property damage, and it's for sale in stores to adults by licensed manufacturers and vendors.
MobiusDick Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 3:05 PM
Any illegality of any drug or medication creates a black market and makes everything far less safe for drug users or your children if they decide to try drugs because of the lack of knowledge of the potency and even nature of the chemical involved; and does a disservice to all. Drugs are not good for you, but illegal drugs are even worse.
anti-neocon Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 1:13 PM
prohibition is unconstitutional
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 1:25 PM
I suppose it is. But I am advocating a model for state government, not federal. Different states handle alcohol differently, right?

It's nice, and less confusing, when regulations are the same or at least similiar across states. Maybe the Federal Govt can encourage/coerce some degree of uniformity by witholding relevant Federal Funds unless standards are met, kind of like they do with drivers licenses.
Origanalist Again Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 3:43 PM
Or maybe they could stick what they were intended for in the first place and keep their nose out of the rest.

Then maybe they wouldn't have so many tax dollars to withhold.
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 11:35 AM
I do not know the true, unbiased, hard medical data about the effects & harms of most other drugs, but in the case of Marijauna I know it has less proven harm than Alcohol. It should be regulated like Alcohol.

Pot fans got what they wanted in Colorado: they finally convinced voters there to support the legalization of “recreational marijuana.” It’s seen as a huge victory for those who support the powers of the individual states, and a great example of “federalism” in action. But who is considering the burden of all of this on the American taxpayer?

Before I go further, let me be clear: I have never in my entire life consumed marijuana. When I was a kid I was out of step with my peers on this, but I’ve just never been interested in “trying it,” and that’s...