“I live in Princeton, TX. It is an agricultural town roughly 35 miles northeast of Dallas. I regularly get pulled over on a bi-weekly basis, Prior to reaching the usual spot where I am needlessly harassed, I pass by acres and acres of unused, undeveloped land. Tired of being the subject of racial profiling, I attended a city council meeting to voice my concern. There, I learned that the city is flat broke. Also, federal aid available, but they refuse to take it because they do not want be held accountable to the radical antichrist muslim who despises hard working americans (i promise you, those are the very words that I heard and I can assure you that their verbiage would be quite different if I wasn't present).
Being a blue dot in this red sea of unbridled rage and ignorance, I had a few take-aways from this less than savory experience:
1. A hemp farm and processing plant would put a serious dent in the city's employment and financial problem (city pop. is under 10,000).
2. If repuplicans can get past there bigoted views, they could make better decisions.
3. In the town where I live, there is a housing project that is predominately white! Being from New Orleans, this definitely serves as a culture shock to me. Knowing this certainly contradicts just about EVERYTHING on what I read and hear when republicans make their remarks about welfare mamas and people on the government teet!”
States with medical cannabis see a 5% drop in beer sales (and a 9% drop in DUI's and DUI-fatalities). Pills can't compete with more effective treatments that could, quite literally, grow in the backyard (law permitting).
Wow. I did not know that the rabbit hole went that deep. If that be so, please allow me to ask this:
Why cannot new financial alliances can be forged? Oaksterdam reports to have paid somewhere around 1.3 million in state taxes. I also have read that now investors are lining up and they are just chompinig at the bit to invest in not only medical marijuana stocks but hemp for industrial use as well. There is a huge demand for this!
I understand that there are various strands of weed out there (which I believe could be part of the hold up of getting a definite reply from the current administration), but why not just legalize the Cannabis. L. Sativa strain recreational use and leave the other strains for medical use? Cannabis. L. Sativa is known to have low THC amounts and would be quite compatible with the government's attempt of regulating it?
I just don't get it!”
Angel Justice on Jan 2, 2013 at 21:07:26
“How about the huge costs in drug rehabilitation caused by more pot use. Or the cost of more DUI's. How about the cost for medical care for children who breathe in the smoke from pot heads.
“AND, I've heard, a reduction in suicides among young men. Suicide is a gigantic tragedy.
Pot saves lives in many ways.
AND, Pot is a factor in people quitting more dangerous things. This, I've seen directly. I once knew a guy who drank so much, he literally ended up in an emergency room with a doctor telling him "If you don't stop drinking, you're going to die." Those very words. He gave up drink, switched to Pot, and lived another eighteen years.
“As we are all aware, the Republicans are still regrouping from their loss on November 6th. They now find that their primary base (White Christian Males) is dwindling and their numbers alone will not get them to the promise land. Meanwhile, the remaining demographic find Republican values to be divisive, outdated, and in many cases insane. If the Republican Party wishes to remain a relevant political faction, they must find a way to chip into the Democratic base. Because of the fact that the President is deliberately dragging his feet on the topic, he is annoying his supporters in the process. His laconic attitude serves an opportune moment for the Republicans to come in and whisk some of those votes away.
Cannabis legalization is a pristine opportunity for the GOP to erode from the Democratic base and earn gainsay in their argument of relevancy. Yes, this will offend some of the Republican base (mostly the extreme right), but they serve to the determent to the party and the GOP needs to cut their losses anyway. Moreover, in Colorado more people voted for Cannabis legalization than for the President himself! Having that being said, it wouldn’t be too difficult for the GOP to recoup their base. So, if the Republicans can practice tolerance, take ownership, and begin to take measures to decriminalize hemp and make it legal, this may very well rocket them back into the mainstream. Then and only then they can honestly say, “We built that”.”
WowFolksAreDumb on Dec 31, 2012 at 14:51:38
“The sad part is you're very very correct, but it won't work. I assure you, the GOP is will sooner embrace minorities, abortion, and homosexuality before they risk the moneyed interests cannabis prohibition supports: alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical, big oil, and private prison lobbies love prohibition.
People often quit smoking cigarettes when they start using cannabis. States with medical cannabis see a 5% drop in beer sales (and a 9% drop in DUI's and DUI-fatalities). Pills can't compete with more effective treatments that could, quite literally, grow in the backyard (law permitting). Hemp is an ideal biofuel source as the original Model T was supposed to run on hemp oil. Over 800k cannabis possession arrests every year account for 1/4 of our prison population (1/4 of 2.3million) being non-violent drug offenders, who are residents on the public dime for $35k-$50k per head, per year.
Lots of marketshare nobody wants to give.
Those big businesses who make a lot of money through prohibition, who use some of that money to, for example, purchase political favors from the party of big business (aka, the Republican party) do not want cannabis law reform in any way.
The GOP will have to learn that money can only buy so many votes in the information age. When the GOP fully realizes MONEY won't get them elected and HONESTY will, they'll try something new, like actually REPRESENTING their constituency instead of just swindling their votes on behalf of the 1%.”
RMForbes on Dec 31, 2012 at 14:21:05
“I agree, but will never happen because the Republican'ts are all in the pockets of the transnational corporate interests that don't want the competition medicinal cannabis and the commodity crop hemp presents.”