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Legalizing Marijuana Benefits All of Us…

This is a followup to the Penn Jillette commentary I posted last week commenting on the problems with Obama‘s marijuana policy. This piece is from Online Paralegal Programs and has relevant statistical information:

So… this would save us public funds, help the economy, keep medical needs filled and would allow us to grow hemp for fabrics and other products, as this country used to do.

I think I agree with Penn Jillette…

… and his views on Obama and his drug policy. Indeed, the 750,000 people in jail on minor drug busts are overburdening our economy and it is no joke.

Take a look:

Penn, of course, is NOT a drug user and I admire his position (I also like his glasses, which are Superfocus like mine).

News Update from California….

Peter Hecht | Sacramento Bee
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation that will reduce the crime of possession of an ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction, handing a victory to marijuana advocates one month before November’s state vote to legalize pot for recreational use.

The governor’s signature of Senate Bill 1449 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, will not reduce actual penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Under California law, misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce was already punishable as infraction – with offenders facing fines of $100.

Marijuana advocates say the governor’s decision to sign the bill will significantly reduce the number of cases clogging California courts by removing the misdemeanor tag.

The law will take effect Jan. 1, meaning it may be superseded – at least for Californians over 21 – by the November legalization measure.

Schwarzenegger said he signed Leno’s bill because “possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is infraction in everything but name.”

Read the complete story at sacbee.com

The Joys of Capitalism… or how to deal with competitors…

From Boing Boing:

Beer distributors oppose marijuana legalization bill

Mark Frauenfelder at 10:16 AM Tue

Beer distributors in California have united to fight against the Proposition 19, which would legalize pot.

201009211012 “Unless the beer distributors in California have suddenly developed a philosophical opposition to the use of intoxicating substances, the motivation behind this contribution is clear,” Steve Fox, director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in statement. “Plain and simple, the alcohol industry is trying to kill the competition. Their mission is to drive people to drink.”

Interestingly, some beer makers are telling their distributors that they want no part of this nonsense.

California beer sellers oppose marijuana legalization bill

Photo by David Trawin. Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 2.0 Generic license.

Time for California to End The Unwinnable Marijuana War

Cannabis plant from http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/...

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Eyes are all on California… if Marijuana is legalized there it could be legalized everywhere and perhaps our huge prison and arrest expenses (totaling in the billions of bucks) can be applied to more necessary ventures.

Here’s part of the article in OpEdNews today… go in and read the whole thing before you make your own decision:

clipped from www.opednews.com
By Kevin Zeese (about the author)
Can More Arrests Ever Stop Marijuana?

Since the founding of the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1973, 15 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana.

That is more people than live in California’s 25 largest cities millions more than live in Ohio, Pennsylvania or Illinois.

The DEA has led an aggressive national law enforcement effort that results in a marijuana arrest every 38 seconds, propelling the U.S. to become the biggest incarcerator on the planet, housing one out of four of the world’s
prisoners.Despite mass arrests, incarceration and the tearing apart of millions of families, the war rages on with no end in sight.
Is there any reason to think that millions more arrests with costs running into the billions will win the marijuana war?
Will more arrests stop marijuana?
If not, isn’t it time to consider alternatives that could better control marijuana?
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