The time has come to legalize It. It being marijuana. “Calif. tax officials: Legal pot would bring $1.4B” Think Cali can use that kind of money? How about your own state? Hell, even the Republican governor has admitted to smoking pot at one point in his life. “The Equalization Board used law enforcement and academic studies to calculate that about 16 million ounces — or 500 tons — of marijuana are consumed in California each year.” WOW!!
So on the one hand states are missing out on billions in tax revenues, on the other hand enormous sums of money are being spent by the federal and state governments to further perpetuate the illegality of marijuana. Billions are spent every year to keep a plant illegal.
“In 2007 the Department of Justice reported that there were 1,841,182 drug arrests in the United States; the report also stated that there were more drug abuse arrests than any other category of offenses. Marijuana arrests accounted for 47.4% of the drug abuse arrests. This allows us to estimate that about 872,720 persons were arrested for marijuana offenses. Eighty-nine percent of these arrests were for possession.”
This is not only an economic issue for state governments, but it is also a liberty issue for private citizens. Consenting adults should be able to do pretty much anything they want that doesn’t impact others. The cops like it though. The seizure of private property prior to conviction and roadblocks are further intrusions on citizens’ rights. Why give the cops another reason to interact with citizens.
Pot also isn’t the gateway drug anymore than milk and cookies. How many heroin junkies started with milk n’ cookies?
Since pot was first criminalized do you think a single person has been denied due to marijuana’s banned status. Kids in elementary school and prisoners in jail all have access to the illegal weed. Goes to show all the money spent on cops, prisons, judges, and brand spanking new cop toys is wasted money. Prohibition does not work. Prohibition puts a substance in the control of criminals and drives up the market price.
Making pot illegal only serves to benefit: cops, prisons, lawyers and politicians. The fastest way to cure all of the violence in Columbia and Mexico and American cities is to take drugs out of the hands of criminals. How do we accomplish that overnight? LEGALIZE IT.
So there you go six simple arguments to legalize It.
1. issue of personal liberty and self-determination, legalizing It would help to limit Big G Government intruding into our private affairs. Why give them another excuse?
2. It isn’t nearly as dangerous as those with beholden interests make it out to be;
3. opportunity cost of lost tax revenues;
4. direct costs of keeping pot illegal;
5. indirect costs of giving kids a permanent record and the loss of student loans;
6. the ineffective War on Drugs has been an utter and total failure.
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Pretty gold finch feather. I saw blue jay feather yesterday that was as blue as the bluest sky. Really pretty amazing. We were sitting outside the other day and four yellow finches were flying around us putting on an acrobatic flying show.
This is the flowerhead of staghorn sumac. I posted a winter picture of it back when snow was covering the ground. You’ve seen these before haven’t you. Usually you see them in areas that have been previously disturbed. Like me. The plants are kind of hairy. Like me.
You can make a sort of lemonade from the red berries by picking off the red flowerhead and soaking a bunch of them in cold water. Use maybe 6-8 flowerheads per big pitcher of water. Always use cold water and then strain it through a coffee filter or something to strain out all of the little red hairs. You can add sugar if you want to. “Of 100 medicinal plants screened for antibiotic activity, this species [staghorn sumac] was most active, attributed to conetent of gallic acid, 4-methoxygallic acid, and methyl gallate.” Foster & Duke, Peterson Field Guide.