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Support for marijuana legalization growing, advocates say

An Average American Patriot

Kill the growing drug violence on the Mexico US border, change the US forever, think about it! Legalize marijuana at least then follow with the rest, maybe! That would kill much of the incentive for Cartels to be waging a war on drugs and save us Billions and free up millions of wasted man hours. Yes there is cocaine heroine and other drugs but marijuana is America’s number one cash crop too! That blew me away.

According to official Government figures The value of the annual harvest exceeds that of corn, soybeans, or hay, the country’s top three legal cash crops with an annual crop value of $35 Billion. There have been an estimated 100 million pot plants destroyed between 1981 and 2006 yet production has still increased 10 fold to 22 million pounds!    Marijuana is the countries number one cash cropYes it is time to legalize and put this wasted war against pot behind us.

While California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Hawaii, and Washington are the top producing states, pot is the top cash crop in 12 states and among the top three in 30 states. “There is a lot of demand for marijuana in the US, and it’s only natural that production would increase here,”Marijuana is the countries number one cash crop, legalize it nation wide and collect the much needed taxes.

“This is a monumental step forward,” Dale Gieringer, an Oakland resident and marijuana activist said. The measure, which pitted small and midsized “gardeners” against larger producers, initially allows the large farms to sell only to medical marijuana dispensaries Gettman told Drug War Chronicle. California is right to legalize it and capture the tax dollars. I just love it, imagine this country wide. This could reinvent America!

With our 100 year drug war and guns being purchased here and sent to Mexico then drugs being sent here feeding this drug war. This has not spilled over from Mexico it has spilled over from the US. I reiterate: eastern California, southern Arizona and New Mexico are clamping down and National Guard troops are being requested!

We keep hearing that Mexico’s war on drugs is spilling over into the US. We have been fighting a self professed war on Drugs for one hundred years! I wish someone would be able to figure out at what cost. It seems to me that the drug war has spilled over the Border with Mexico. However it went north to south. It is our drug war that has spilled into Mexico. It is us that have made Mexico the narco State it is.

I do believe we should at least put American military on the border and do not really understand why it is not. That would go a long way in stopping the problem so I do not understand why they are not on the Border unless it is because a certain political interest still does not want the border secured to enable illegal immigration? Why else? A desire to keep this war going? For gain? of what?

I do believe we can end this! Put our National Guard on the Border in shifts! After I got out of the military I joined the reserves. I do not know how it works today because our troops are flat out. Besides one week end a month we use to be required to do 2 weeks as a unit somewhere to train. With 50 States they could all do their required 2 weeks on the border doing one thing or the other. The other half of the equation:

Legalize marijuana, follow California’s example, secure the border! Just imagine what it would be if it was legalized. Regulate it like alcohol, sell it in package stores! Tax it! Look at the potential revenue. Legalizing marijuana would end a hell of a lot of problems and create exactly zero! Think about it!

The number one abused drug in the world is legal, Alcohol! It destroys numerous lives! What sane argument is there against legalization? None, none whatsoever! All we are doing with this insane war on drugs is driving people and not just kids to experiment and find a legal way to get high with common household products. We are only making the problem exponentially worse. END IT! LEGALIZE! All States!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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10 Responses to Support for marijuana legalization growing, advocates say

  1. diggerdan says:

    People have been use substances since the begining of time almost. If herb was legalized – and totaly, and completely legalized – most people would not experiment with other drugs like crack, heroin, that spice stuff, ya know. Most people just want a high and are not bad paople at all, but they often turn bad because of what the laws have pushed them to become. I have been a smoker since the early 60`s and I do not know of one person who`s life was ruined or was lazy because of marijuana, but I know a lot of people who`s life was ruined because of the laws against marijuana – including my life and I have been very bitter about that. There is absolutly no excuse why marijuana is not totaly and completely legalized!!, not decriminalized, or taxed, but totaly and unconditionaly legalized!!!!!!

  2. ToM says:

    actually, legalization means government control. Decriminalization means no control by anyone at any time. No fees, no licensing, no nothing.
    Prohibition does not work, they know this. The Bush Cabal makes bank off the Drug War, as does the Clintons and Vatican.

    Marijuana Decriminalization And Its Impact On Use

    Real-world examples of marijuana decriminalization (removing the threat of arrest for the personal possession or cultivation of marijuana, but maintaining prohibitions on commercial cultivation and retail sale):

    Europe (Spain, Italy, Portugal, Luxemburg, etc.)

    “Following decriminalization, Portugal had the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.U. … The U.S. has long championed a hard-line drug policy, supporting only international agreements that enforce drug prohibition and imposing on its citizens some of the world’s harshest penalties for drug possession and sales. Yet American has the highest rates of cocaine and marijuana use in the world, and while most of the E.U. (including Holland) has more liberal drug laws than the U.S., it also has less drug use.” (, 2009)
    “Globally, drug use is not distributed evenly, and is simply not related to drug policy. … The U.S. … stands out with higher levels of use of alcohol, cocaine, and cannabis, despite punitive illegal drug policies. … The Netherlands, with a less criminally punitive approach to cannabis use than the U.S., has experienced lower levels of use, particularly among younger adults. Clearly, by itself, a punitive policy towards possession and use accounts for limited variation in national rates of illegal drug use.” (PLOS Medicine, 2008)
    “This paper has shown that … decriminalization does not result in lower prices and higher consumption rates, nor in more sever patterns of cannabis use, … and that criminalization may reduce the legitimacy of the judicial system.” (Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 2008)
    “While the Dutch case and other analogies have flaws, they appear to converge in suggesting that reductions in criminal penalties have limited effects on drug use, at least for marijuana.” (Science, 1997)
    Australia (20+ year history)

    “There is no evidence to date that the (expiation/decriminalization) system … has increased levels of regular cannabis use or rates of experimentation among young adults. These results are broadly in accord with our earlier analysis of trends in cannabis use in Australia. … They are also consistent with the results of similar analysis in the United States and the Netherlands.” (Australian Government Publishing Service, 1999)
    Great Britain (2004-2008)

    “Cannabis use among young people has fallen significantly since its controversial reclassification in 2004, according to the latest British Crime Survey figures published today. The Home Office figures showed the proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds who had used cannabis in the past year fell from 25% when the change in the law was introduced to 21% in 2006/07” (The Guardian, 2007)
    United States

    Decriminalization (12 states, 30+ year history)
    “In sum, there is little evidence that decriminalization of marijuana use necessarily leads to a substantial increase in use” (U.S. National Academy of Science, 1999)
    “The available evidence indicates that the decriminalization of marijuana possession had little or no impact on rates of use. Although rates of marijuana use increased in those U.S. states [that] reduced maximum penalties for possession to a fine, the prevalence of use increased at similar or higher rates in those states [that] retained more severe penalties. There were also no discernible impacts on the health care systems. On the other hand, the so-called ‘decriminalization’ measures did result in substantial savings in the criminal justice system.” (Journal of Public Health, 1989)
    “Overall, the preponderance of the evidence which we have gathered and examined points to the conclusion that decriminalization has had virtually no effect either on the marijuana use or on related attitudes and beliefs about marijuana use among American young people. The data show no evidence of any increase, relative to the control states, in the proportion of the age group who ever tried marijuana. In fact, both groups of experimental states showed a small, cumulative net decline in annual prevalence after decriminalization” (U.S. Institute for Social Research, 1981)

  3. Patrick says:

    It has to do with unemployment. Many cops, DEA agents, lawyers, narcs, judges and people who run the prison systems would lose their jobs.

    • ToM says:

      Good points, but not the main reason, all that is a bonus to keep the slaves controlling the slaves…it’s always about control. They control every aspect of money in the world and drugs play a huge roll in the sociopath’s world to control the sheople.

      Former C.I.A. Agent Chip Tatum on George H. W. Bush & Bill Clinton’s Cocaine Smuggling Connection.

      The US Govt. is one of the largest Illegal drug dealers in world history, along with the Vatican/England.

      Drug enforcement chiefs have for the first time identified the Vatican as a possible centre for money laundering from criminal activity.
      The report by the American State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy lists the Holy See as one of 68 countries including Yemen, Algeria and North Korea, describing it as a ‘country of concern’ for money laundering or other financial crimes.
      Officials said they had placed the Vatican on its watch list because of the ‘huge amount of cash’ that flows into the tiny city state and also because it was still unclear how effective anti money laundering legislation introduced last year by Pope Benedict XVI had been. The article makes it sound like they have no control of drug money, which nothing could be farther from the truth. The Vatican was also just caught owning and printing the second largest publication company of porn in Europe. What’s with that?
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      Israel would be more involved, but they like dealing in black market human organs instead…

      To legalize drugs, would be the next step in government control, not freedom.

      Decriminalize pot and treat the rest of the drugs with compassion and a medical approach, not a criminal one.
      If these pukes actually cared about our safety and health, prescription drugs would be outlawed.

      Bottom line…many of today’s wealthy along with the Black Royalty, make their money on illegal drugs, especially the Clinton and Bush Cabals. Much of the government’s illegal operations are fueled by drug money and global banks are the financial services wing of these drug cartels…

      How the Government sets up Fake Banks to launder drug money…

      And did the drug dealing stop when Bill and Hilary moved to the White House after playing MAFIA in Arkansas?
      According to Deborah Robinson of In These Times, the Inter mountain Regional Airport in Mena, Arkansas continues to be the hub of operations for cocaine kingpins, as well as government intelligence operations linked to arms and drug smuggling.

  4. ToM says:

    Prohibition does not work. Education and not regulation.

    The War on Drugs is about as real as OBL committing 911 or the War on Terror or communism…Fear and ignorance….whatever the flavor of the month to keep the sheople grazing…

    There is no strategies to stop the drugs, using military or police. You can’t legislate morals.

    Ask Peter. In fact the war on drugs killed him….
    Peter McWilliams wrote a great book… called Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: The Absurdities of Consensual Crimes in a Free Society

    On June 14, 2000, McWilliams was found dead in his apartment. The New York Times reported that he had both AIDS and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the time of his death, but did not explicitly state that either disease directly caused his death. His mother’s house had been used to collateralize the bond on which he was allowed to remain free pending sentencing, a condition of which was that he refrain from using cannabis. For fear of losing his mother’s house, he did so, again forgoing the medication needed to control his symptoms. He had access to Marinol, but it was effective for him only one-third of the time. William F. Buckley Jr., a friend and an admirer, wrote a public letter expressing his grave concern that such a man should be made to die from excess vomiting under such uninformed conceptions of law.
    Richard Cowan and many critics of the U. S. drug policies have described his death as murder by the U. S. government, insofar as they denied him the use of the medical marijuana which might have prevented his death.

    The war on drugs is fake.

  5. ToM says:

    As for how much they spend on the war on drugs, there is a website that keeps track of the money spent on fighting drugs.

    37 Billion spent so far and counting…

  6. LisaJohnson says:

    Full out decriminalization is not in the cards. The only leverage the movement has is the money angle. If the government can get tax money, and a lot of it, maybe they will go along with it. If it weren’t for the Bush Recession there’d be much less support. I agree with the logical, common-sense arguements, but see the overall picture quite clearly. I understand why it became prohibited in 1937. For 161 years it was grown and used in our country without scrutiny.
    The new laws in WA and CO are promising, but the WA law doesn’t allow daily smokers to drive.
    We need a federal law (yes, that’s a dream, too) that lays out the rules for all states.
    This law would provide for retail sales from growers in the US. The wholesale growers are regularly inspected and their crop meets standards. The home grower is limited to 30 cubic yards with an annual tax of $50/yd with a $200 minimum. A limit of an annual supply would represent the maximum amount that could be stored. This could be say, 24 oz per adult in the household. The law prohibits those under 21 from the use and possession of cannabis. Contributing would be the same as alcohol.
    Retail stores would pay a tax of 30% or $2/gram, whichever is greater.
    Grows,large and small must be behind locked doors or fences. Sales outside of retail would not be permitted. Use would not be in public, except for lounges with proper inspections and licenses. Anyone caught selling outside of the law or providing product to minors under 18 would lose their marijuana rights.
    Every objection could be addressed in the law, outside of social conservatism. There is no pleasing the righteous.
    It would be logical and pofitable. We can only dream and wait.

    • diggerdan says:

      Unconditional complete legalization – final. Until then it is all a F`n scam by this goct. here in amerika. No taxes, no piss test, smoking in public should be allowed. People can drink in parks, people can smoke cigs in public and those are poisons. What the F. is wrong with herb being at least as legal as those. Unconditionaly permited use of pot, nothing less!!

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