Your original argument was the pretty much all of the people that you know who smoke weed make weed about their life. That they become all absorbed in it.
I think that is FAR from the truth.
Women (Nasty or otherwise) are going to be the reason that Donald Trump is NEVER President!
You know what makes me lazy and unmotivated?
Being exhausted because I stayed out until 2 and having a splitting hangover.
And why does your tone suggest that you do not care about children?
I haven't thought too much about other substances in my plan. I would think that if all of these drugs were legal, there would be far fewer illegal/violent distributors, and those that there were would be illegal black market sellers anyway, and subject for arrest on that matter. Heroin I would probably keep illegal, just because of the impact that the drug has on our opiate receptors and how absolutely simple it is for anyone to become addicted. Crack and meth I see as similar. I agree, though. One who is caught on with possession as their crime, should be offered rehab as an option, if they are deemed appropriate after a screening process. Even if they have committed a crime, along with their incarceration, rehab would only be an option if they were deemed appropriate after the screening. I would have no intention of wasting tax payers dollars to rehabilitate someone who has no intention of staying clean.
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I just have to say this. I got this one friend that is a notorious crack head. She got busted shop lifting the other night. It has happened so many times the charges are being pushed up to a felony. Thank goodness she got busted because being in prison is the only thing that will save her life.
I think the answer to this is fairly simple. If you believe the governance and management of the state of California over the past few decades should serve as a model for financial sanity, then by all means, legalize and tax marijuana.
On the other hand, if you wonder why the state with the most natural resources, best ports for trade, best climate, best universities, and some of the most dynamic cities in the nation can't seem to pay its bills...
...then a hare-brained plan to tax marijuana might give you just a little moment of pause.
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Truth rings hollow in empty heads.
Every state, depending on its location, has climate issues and problems to address. And most states would be quite happy to enjoy the climate California enjoys. Compared to most states, it has a very good climate, which is a major reason its agricultural production has been first in the nation for over 50 years. CA Dept of Food & Agriculture
All states face drought. The solution to drought is sound planning and water management. California's irrigation and water management problems are a direct result of insufficient reservoir systems and too few damn, among other factors. Often these projects, necessary to provide water, are blocked due to environmental objections who oppose 'corporate agribusiness.'
CA Progress ReportGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger praised Senator Dave Cogdill’s (R-Fresno) introduction of SB 371, the Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2009, another thinly disguised attempt to build a peripheral canal and more dams....
However, a coalition of recreational and commercial fishing groups, environmental organizations, Indian Tribes and others are opposing any proposal that includes a peripheral canal and more dams. The purpose of the canal and more dams is to create the infrastructure to export more water to corporate agribusiness on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley at a time when Central Valley Chinook salmon, delta smelt, longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other fish populations are in collapse, due to massive water exports out of the California Delta and declining water quality in recent years.
You can raise all the new taxes in the world... but if you can't use them to build new or restore old infrastructure... you'll not get very far.
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