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Francis80 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 11:15 PM
Not-So-Gentle Commenter,* "We treat marijuana pretty much the same way we treat antibiotics"? Really? That's weird. I haven't read many stories about people being arrested and incarcerated for unlawful antibiotic possession, or losing their jobs, or having their children taken away from them, or having their homes raided by SWAT teams and their dogs shot. And in any event, in a free society, adult citizens shouldn't need a permission slip from a "Very Special Certified Adult" to consume alcohol, cannabis, OR tetracycline. If you need a nanny, hire your own. Leave the rest of us alone. *Seeing as how you apparently support using state violence in a futile attempt to prevent adults from possessing a plant, that moniker seems only fair.
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Francis80 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 7:27 AM
(6 of 6) An even more recent Rasmussen poll showed 56% support for re-legalizing cannabis with only 36% opposed. Support for reform also gets stronger the younger the demographic (support goes from a low of 31% among those 65+ to a high of 62% among 18-29 year-olds). It's all over but the shouting at this point. I don't know if it will happen this year, next year, or 5 years from now, but it WILL happen. Let's get it over with already and put this shameful chapter in our country's history behind us.
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Francis80 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 7:27 AM
(5 of 6) And if that appeal to principle doesn't sway you, consider this political reality. Support for maintaining the idiocy of cannabis prohibition is CRUMBLING. Run a Google image search for "cannabis Gallup poll" and look at the trendline. In 1969 (the year polling began), only 12% of Americans wanted to legalize pot. In the mid-90s that number had crept up to 24%. Last year, support for reform hit 50% and it continues to grow FAST. (The Internet era has not been kind to the drug warriors and their propaganda.)
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Francis80 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 7:27 AM
(4 of 6) The question is should we continue to spend billions we don't have (and forego billions more in lost tax revenue) on an unwinnable and increasingly unpopular war, a war that only empowers and enriches organized crime, fuels gang violence, promotes official corruption, undermines respect for the law, turns millions of ordinary Americans into "criminals," and drives a huge wedge between police and the communities they're supposed to "serve and protect"? The question is should we be sending men with guns to arrest our fellow citizens and lock them in cages for the "crime" of possessing a plant (or engaging in consensual exchanges for its sale)? This madness can't end soon enough.
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Francis80 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 7:26 AM
(3 of 6) Opponents of reform like to say that "marijuana isn't harmless." Of course, very few things in this world are (and non-toxic, non-violence-promoting cannabis is clearly LESS harmful than legal booze). But more importantly, that's not the question. The question is not even whether the benefits of cannabis outweigh its risks. The question is who decides in a free society: adult citizens for themselves or politicians for all of us?
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Francis80 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 7:26 AM
(2 of 6) It's painfully clear that most "conservative" opposition to drug policy reform stems from the misguided belief that this is a "liberal" issue (and should therefore be reflexively opposed). It's not. The drug war has been a bipartisan disaster. There's also an extremely tired "culture war" aspect to conservative opposition. "But only 'hippies' and 'leftists' like pot." Um... no, that's simply not true. And even if cannabis (or any other drug) is disproportionately enjoyed by "liberals," THAT'S NOT A PRINCIPLED REASON FOR CRIMINALIZING IT! It's also a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. "Conservatives" might get a larger share of the "stoner" vote if the former group weren't so eager to arrest and incarcerate the latter.
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Francis80 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 7:25 AM
(1 of 6) As a conservative-leaning libertarian, I wish more self-described "conservatives" would wake up to the fact that there is NOTHING conservative about cannabis prohibition. Conservatives are supposed to believe in principles like limited government, individual liberty, respect for the 10th Amendment, and opposition to the "nanny-state." Conservatives are supposed to be committed to ending hugely-expensive government programs with a proven track record of failure. It's pretty hard to square any of those with support for the war on (some) drugs.
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