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The Marijuana Rebellion

tiemyshoo Wrote: Sep 26, 2012 4:19 PM
I have been listening to this same old worn out argument since the 70's. The legalization of alcohol is known. The legalization of pot is not. Children will not be able to legally by the drug so they will be the new target for illegal sales. There will be no reduction in crime and any economic benefit will be absorbed by the increased demand for government assistance in getting off of marijuana. Children will not benefit from parents who are high. There is no upside except for those who are already smoke pot and would like to make it legal and cheaper.
miketurnerusa Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 10:14 PM
Tiemyshoo, Your sentence 4 and 5 are inaccurate. Children currently are unable to legally buy. Also, if we decriminalize, the crime level will by definition fall. Can someone please provide a clear argument as to why continue the drug war?
NeighborOfTheBeast Wrote: Sep 26, 2012 6:49 PM
I've got news for you: if you think kids can't find pot right now, while it's still illegal, you are fooling yourself. Just as Prohibition taught us, if someone wants something, it won't matter whether it's illegal or not. All we are doing by continuing to keep pot in the same class of drugs as cocaine, LSD and meth are empowering gangs, thugs and vicious criminals to keep making money hand over fist. Prohibition gave us Al Capone. The War on Drugs gave us the Medellin and Cali cartels in Colombia, made the Taliban the world's #1 producer of opium and created the paramilitary narco-gangs in Mexico and Central America that will kill anyone, even cops, judges and government officials, who get in their way.
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 Maryland never passed its own version of the Volstead Act, while New York repealed its alcohol prohibition law in 1923.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...