| || |
POT-US - our first 'green' president
June 25, 2012 - Ron Hart
June 19, 2012 -
By Ron Hart "The war on drugs has been a utter failure, uhhh, I think we need to rethink, uhhh, and decriminalize marijuana laws."
--Barack Obama, Jan. 21, 2004
Yet again, I agree with Obama (actually, with candidate Obama), except I believe the war on drugs has been "an" utter failure. Then again, I did not receive an almost-free, Ivy League education.
Pot should be decriminalized. I suggest that Congress consider it, perhaps in a joint session.
Recent polling says that more kids are smoking pot than cigarettes, and that well over half of Americans support decriminalizing marijuana. Those who say it is a "gateway" drug are right: It's a gateway to the White House.
Even though they were bestsellers, Obama's books – like him – were all about himself. He admits to smoking a lot of pot. In his high school yearbook, he (Barry Obama) even thanked his weed dealer, Ray, for "all the good times."
Government likes to wet its beak in all the vices. Government cur (Enlarge) A medical marijuana advocate holds a sign as she demonstrates outside the site where U.S. President Barack Obama was holding a fundraiser on February 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California.
JUSTIN SULLIVAN, GETTY IMAGES rently controls the numbers (lottery); drugs (DEA and FDA); alcohol, cigarettes, and guns (ATF); etc. It is like the Mafia without the organizational skill or code of honor.
If a bale of marijuana were to wash ashore from Mexico, I would support giving it amnesty. Some would delight in its use, and the money from the sale would not go to fund violent Mexican cartels.
The White House has been petitioned to change the laws on weed. It is not that they would not consider it, but the impassioned plea for legalizing pot could not be taken seriously since it was written on three empty Domino's Pizza boxes.
Superior Court Judge Jim Gray in Orange County, Calif. testified (as have other authorities) as to why spending taxpayer money to incarcerate citizens arrested for pot possession is stupid. He said, "The tougher we get with pot, the softer we get with prosecuting everything else – homicide, rape ..."
My dad was a Marine and then a policeman, and he agrees. Tying up law enforcement by sending kids to jail for pot is a waste. It costs us money, and they come out of prison as more hardened and violent criminals. It is estimated that in our failed "War on Drugs," more than 20 million Americans have been sent to jail over weed, and it has cost us $1 trillion. Prison is not for non-violent criminals.
One in 30 people in America is in the penal system, the highest incarceration rate in the world. Arrests are disproportionately minorities and the poor. Black men reportedly make up 40 percent of the prison population.
According to Department of Justice statistics, approximately 13 percent of people are in jail for marijuana offenses. The report says that modest reforms in laws relating to the criminalization of marijuana would save taxpayers $20 billion a year and would reduce our prison population by 800,000.
As he is with most subjects, Ron Paul is right about our wasteful "War on Drugs." Be eternally suspect when Washington declares a "War" on anything: Terror, Women, Poverty, Christmas, Drugs, etc. We never win any of them; they are just an excuse to grow government.
Hypocrites in Washington will not act, even on hemp. We can no longer legally grow hemp in the U.S., yet our first two Declarations of Independence were written on cannabis hemp paper. And no federal building will ever be named after Ron Paul (well, maybe just a tunnel from Tijuana into California).
Prohibition spawned Al Capone and the rise of the Mafia. Drug laws have brought us Mexican cartel violence.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to regulate the size of sodas. NYC will fine you $200 for a soda larger than 16 ounces; for pot, $100 and for murder, $50.
It is a bad idea to attempt to regulate human behavior. Real regulation comes from the individual, from family, faith, conscience, and consequences – never from government. Aside from the notion that we are a free country, we can put in our bodies what we please as long as it does not harm others. Where does government regulation of our personal behavior end?
Even Rev. Pat Robertson said when he came out for marijuana reforms, "Just because something is legal it does not mean we should do it." I apply the same logic to pineapple on pizza and those froufrou International Flavor creamers like hazelnut in my coffee. If crack or meth were legal, I would not use it – but it should be my choice, as long as it does not harm others.
No comments posted for this article.
Post a Comment