Legalize it!!

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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.

GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY!! ©

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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.

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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.

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9 Responses to “Legalize it!!”

  1. gandhifoundation.org Says:

    Good to see that people still know what they are talking about. So much BS around these days!

  2. Snoop-Diggity-DANG-Dawg Says:

    But don’t waste time only legalizing pot. Leagalize EVERYTHING. All of it. Any drug, any combo, any chemical.

    Personally, I think pot smokers are every bit as moronic a cigarette smokers and Budweiser drinkers, but my personal opinion on the matter isn’t relevant.

    The fundamental nature of true liberty must include the freedom to do stupid, dangerous, unnecessary & reckless things. Things like sky diving, bunge jumping and body piercings come to mind. JUST DON’T ASK ME TO PAY FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR IMBECILIC BEHAVIOR. No rehab, no methadone, no counseling, Jackass. You did this to yourself, you pay the price.

    I really don’t care about what stupid behaviors people choose to engage in. In fact, I frequently appreciate it. For example, when I see a young woman with a neck tattoo & a bone through her nose, I silently thank her for marking her conspicuous markings, thereby preventing me from wasting valuable time discerning that she is an empty-headed, needy, damaged piece of goods.

    So legalize it all. Smoke everything. Shoot & snort everything. Go blow your stupid brains out, America. You deserve it.

    Snoop-Diggity-DANG-Dawg

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Nice try pot head, putting your diatribe about race relations and the police without giving the option to leave a comment. You are so off-base that I feel any survival info I may have learned from your blog may also be off-base. So long.

  4. Abraham Says:

    Snoop-

    I agree about legalizing everything. I don’t agree about covering the cost of care. That’s the price of living in a free society, paying for others stupidity. We all get stuck paying for fatsos that eat too much butter and bikers that drive without helmets. That’s the breaks.

    Anon 3:22, are you baked?

    You obviously have no ability to comprehend what you read re: race relations. My whole premise is that the Professor Gates thing is not related to race. Is it your supposition that the police questioning was race related?

    re: comments – comments are put right up. I don’t even review them prior to posting. Your comment was put right up too so I am obviously confused by your statement ‘without giving the option to leave a comment.”

    Back to school first for you and then the drawing board.

  5. Western Mass Man Says:

    I agree Abraham.
    Like you said, covering the cost of care for them. While i do hold the Libertarian view, I don’t care if you smoke, or drink, or what ever.
    The other side is, if you have legalized it, at what point does the intoxication lead to infringing on me? A car accident is the first to come to mind.
    The other side to that, is the addiction problem.

  6. Abraham Says:

    Western Mass Man-
    I am totally against breathalyzers and arbitrary blood alcohol content. Some folks are fine at .08 and some folks should not drive sober. In Abraham’s world I wouldn’t test people for blood alcohol content. I care about results. I don’t care whether someone is driving to endanger because they are drunk, old or on prescription meds. Remember that old kid’s game Simon when the yellow light blinks and then you have to hit the yellow button or the red light blinks and you have to hit the red button? It tested dexterity. Why don’t we have something like that. If the cops think someone is driving to endanger pull them over and make them do the Simon game. If they pass than they’re ok to go on their way, if they can’t do it, then it doesn’t matter the reason. They get taken to the pokey. People that fall asleep at the wheel cause more accidents than drunks.

  7. Wildflower Says:

    I’m with legalizing everything, but I bet they’ll never do it.

    This is where they get their cash for some black ops and other goodies. I firmly believe drugs in America are gov’t subsidized. It’s all about the cash for the select few.

    I saw the gangs in Oakland. They were merely foot soldiers in the distribution chain. They had no boats or planes to ship in tons of product.

    In fact in the hardcore inner cities, drug distribution is the ONLY job out there.

  8. The Other Mike S Says:

    I agree with you 100%. Laws should be based upon your actions, not your potential actions. If you want to ruin your life by shooting up some drug, it’s your life to squander. Just don’t expect me to pay to pick up the pieces.

    If you take away the consequences of your actions, there is no incentive to do what’s right.

    The money that we piss away on “The War On Drugs” is obscene. And at least at the federal level, there is no Constitutional ability to do it. The states, perhaps, but not at the federal level.

  9. Nick Sommers Says:

    I enjoyed the read but if you smoke marijuana and find that you are becoming tired and de motivated and you do not want to quit using marijuana. Try vaporizing your marijuana and you will get more a of a clean headed high buzz.

    Like tobacco, marijuana smoke contains toxins that are known to be hazardous to the respiratory system. Among them are the highly carcinogenic polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, a prime suspect in cigarette-related cancers. These toxins are essentially a byproduct of combustion, separate from the pharmaceutically active components of marijuana, known as cannabinoids, which include THC. When you burn marijuana it produces quite a lot of tar. Pipes and joints generally do not have proper filters. Bongs are not the answer, because you inhale concentrated smoke.

    The vaporizer certainly reduces the level of tar. You will not have to worry about the harmful carcinogens your body is absorbing when you inhale marijuana smoke.

    I will suggest 2 places that I use the first one is Legal Bud!

    The second suggestion I have is Gass City!

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