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The Marijuana Rebellion

mbrandenburg Wrote: Sep 26, 2012 10:47 AM
from my studies hemp makes a better cloth than cotton (and you don't need any chemical insecticides), makes a better pulp for paper (and it grows in one year compared to trees), our navy grew thousands of acres of the male plant for the best ropes & sails in the world. Legalization would take the profit margin out of it, no cartels, gangs, lawyers making millions representing casual users, etc. Just as with alcohol you will have some who abuse it but millions use it every day. Thousands die from alcohol every year but the only deaths i read about from pot is lead poisoning, if you get my drift.
By the time the 21st Amendment ended national alcohol prohibition in December 1933, more than a dozen states had already opted out. Maryland never passed its own version of the Volstead Act, while New York repealed its alcohol prohibition law in 1923. Eleven other states eliminated their statutes by referendum in November 1932.

We could see the beginning of a similar rebellion against marijuana prohibition this year as voters in three states -- Washington, Colorado and Oregon -- decide whether to legalize the drug's production and sale for recreational use. If any of these ballot initiatives pass, it might be the...