And speaking of pot...

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Just minutes after my last post on medical marijuana, Assembly member Tom Ammiano announced that he has reintroduced state legislation that would legalize and tax marijuana. Assembly Bill 2254 follows an earlier bill by Ammiano, AB 390, which made history in January by clearing the Assembly Public Safety Committee, only to die from failing to clear a second committee before the legislative deadline.

"Just look at what is happening in our state and it’s obvious that the existing model of prohibition has been a tragic failure. Our prisons are overflowing and it’s easier now for teenagers to get marijuana than alcohol. But yet we continue to spend our limited resources on a failed war on drugs instead of education, health care or job training. With this bill, California can finally have a policy towards marijuana that reflects reality," Ammiano said in a prepared statement. "We simply cannot afford to continue keeping our heads in the sand and pretend that everything is fine.  It’s time for California to regain control of this issue by taxing and regulating marijuana.”

Comments

Posted by glen matlock on Feb. 18, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

One need not travel to China to find indigenous cultures lacking human rights. America leads the world in percentile behind bars, thanks to the ongoing open season on hippies, commies, and non-whites in the war on drugs. Cops get good performance reviews for shooting fish in a barrel. If we’re all about spreading liberty abroad, then why mix the message at home? Peace on the home front would enhance global credibility.

The drug czar’s Rx for prison fodder costs dearly, as lives are flushed down expensive tubes. My shaman’s second opinion is that psychoactive plants are God’s gift. Behold, it’s all good. When Eve ate the apple, she knew a good apple, and an evil prohibition. Canadian Marc Emery is being extradited to prison for helping American farmers reduce U. S. demand for Mexican pot.

The CSA (Controlled Substances Act of 1970) reincarnates Al Capone, endangers homeland security, and throws good money after bad. Fiscal policy burns tax dollars to root out the number-one cash crop in the land, instead of taxing sales. Society rejected the plague of prohibition, but it mutated. Apparently, SWAT teams don’t need no stinking amendment.

Nixon passed the CSA on the false assurance that the Schafer Commission would later justify criminalizing his enemies, but he underestimated Schafer’s integrity. No amendments can assure due process under an anti-science law without due process itself. Psychology hailed the breakthrough potential of LSD, until the CSA shut down research, and pronounced that marijuana has no medical use. Former U.K. chief drugs advisor Prof. Nutt was sacked for revealing that non-smoked cannabis intake is scientifically healthy.

The RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) allows Native American Church members to eat peyote, which functions like LSD. Americans shouldn’t need a specific church membership or an act of Congress to obtain their birthright freedom of religion. God’s children’s free exercise of religious liberty may include entheogen sacraments to mediate communion with their maker.

Freedom of speech presupposes freedom of thought. The Constitution doesn’t enumerate any governmental power to embargo diverse states of mind. How and when did government usurp this power to coerce conformity? The Mayflower sailed to escape coerced conformity. Legislators who would limit cognitive liberty lack jurisdiction.

Common-law holds that adults are the legal owners of their own bodies. The Founding Fathers undersigned that the right to the pursuit of happiness is inalienable. Socrates said to know your self. Mortal lawmakers should not presume to thwart the intelligent design that molecular keys unlock spiritual doors. Persons who appreciate their own free choice of path in life should tolerate seekers’ self-exploration. Liberty is prerequisite for tracking drug-use intentions and outcomes.

Posted by Bill Harris on Feb. 18, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

The incredibly high prices of these drugs, which is caused by prohibition, force many drug addicts to turn to robbery in order to pay for their drugs. Legalized regulation would drop drug prices to an affordable level. Drug addicts would no longer then need to rob/assault innocent people in order to support their drug habit. This violence against innocent people would end if drugs were legally regulated.

At present, the prisons and jails are full with nonviolent people. --Nearly 50% of all people in prison and jail are not addicts, but users serving time for nonviolent drug charges. To house just one prisoner for one year costs the taxpayer more than 40 thousand dollars! The result; Drug use has increased to a level where drugs are now easily obtained even in prison cells; there is not a single prison in the whole nation that does not have a serious drug problem!

Terrorists, organized criminals, and corrupt secret government agencies (see above) thrive off the enormous profits generated by drug prohibition. These organizations are responsible for thousands of murders. Many of the people killed or hurt are innocent people who "get in the way" These violent organizations will never be put out of business unless drugs are legally regulated.

Underground illegal cocaine and methamphetamine labs use toxic chemicals to produce those drugs. The wastes are recklessly dumped in forests and streams. These highly toxic chemicals are causing major environmental damage in South American rain-forests and now also in the US national forests. This environmental destruction will stop only if drugs are legally regulated.

Thousands of inner-city youths drop out of school to make enormous profits by selling drugs. This "quick & easy" cash incentive to drop out of school would end if drugs were legally regulated.

In spite of what you may have been led to believe, keeping drugs illegal does not keep drugs away from children. Drugs are easily obtainable in almost every school in the US. Legalized regulation would put schoolyard drug dealers out of business! There would be less drugs in US schools if drugs were legally regulated.

Prohibition is not regulation; prohibition is a dangerous "free-for-all" where all the profits go to the most dangerous elements threatening a free and democratic society.
It really doesn't have to be this way!

Posted by Guest malcolm kyle on Feb. 19, 2010 @ 6:27 am