here is my thoughts on it, this is one issue that not even 10 years ago a lot of you would be totally against and probably a lot of you would have been totally for. To me it makes perfect sense however. Create the medical and perhaps even recreational marijuana industry and put a sin-tax on them similar to that of cigarettes and alcohol. You will greatly reduce prison and jail populations, reduce the need for such large police forces in certain cities, and save the federal government a lot of time and money as well. This policy is only positive all around. Of course, productiveness can go down, I recall studies saying habitual tokers are 10% less productive but hey, Im sure habitual drinkers are too. I could seriously see the passing of this law make things better for USA in more than one way. Totally for it.
"We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan
The reason why this law is so maddening, is because the laws are not consistent. When I was growing up, I was forced to be a part of multiple DARE cop lectures throughout the years. The premise of the government's argument against drugs, are the fact that they are unhealthy.
So why is alcohol and tobacco legal again? There is the inconsistency. If you want marijuana to be illegal, then be consistent and make alcohol and tobacco illegal because they are more unhealthy than marijuana. If you want alcohol and tobacco to remain legal, then there is no reason to keep marijuana illegal. Simple as that.
But, in the interest of debate, for the sake of argument, could you provide some evidence that this an inevitability?
Last edited by Simon W. Moon; 06-27-11 at 09:26 AM.
I may be wrong.