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Mile High Idea: Smoke Dope, Build Schools

johnm h Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 1:58 PM
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of reasoned argument on this topic. Most can agree drugs are harmful and we don’t want our kids using them. We ought to be able to agree that their illegality is enriching criminals, costing us billions, corrupting everyone they touch, filling our prisons and destroying millions of lives. We ought to be able to agree that stopping hard drugs on the supply side is impossible as there are an infinity of ways to smuggle shapeless powder that is worth 10000% more on our streets than in bulk on the other side of the border. And we ought to be able to recognize that we are a long way from consensus that drugs should be legalized, or even agreeing that people should be responsible for their own behavior.

I hate to start something here with a trite phrase. But sometimes you read about things that make you wonder what some people are smoking.

In Colorado this year a cabal of known associates is getting together to try to legalize the sale, cultivation and possession of marijuana under what’s known as Amendment 64.

Their pitch says that by state regulation and control of dope deals, the consequent revenue collected can benefit K-12 education in the state, now under tight budget constraints.

Yeah, you heard that right: Make pot legal and build schools with the first $40 million in...