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October 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Social Commentary

From The What The Hell Is Going On Department.

On November 2, California will vote on Proposition 19, a measure to legalize marijuana. Both sides are pulling out all the stops to see it’s passage, which, even if it happens, won’t happen (see below). Advocates believe Prop 19 will generate a major budgetary windfall and unleash an economic boom in marijuana-related industries while reducing crime, corruption and Mexican drug violence.

Prop 19 opponents fear it will increase marijuana and other drug use via the gateway effect and spur the alleged negatives of use, such as crime or diminished health. Legalizing marijuana though is and isn’t the right policy for California and the nation. Bottom line is what do you do when it’s not working? You have to try something right – even the wrong thing. Isn’t that how Obama got elected. I’m not judging – just saying.

Again – for those of you who don’t know – I’m non-partisan.

In 1975 California took the lead by getting rid of penalties for possession of small amounts. Okay. California then legalized medical marijuana in 1996 which is in my opinion a scam. I used to smoke. It never helped me with any ailment or malady I ever had. I smoked to get high. Period.

Nevertheless, Prop 19 would legalize marijuana use for adults 21 or older – might as well. Again – look to the borders…. nothing else will work or stop its use. But let’s be honest. Americans like to get stoned. And with the current state of affairs – who can blame young adults who are coming into an economic environment with less opportunity since the 1930’s. You pay off your credit card debt and your credit score goes down because you don’t want to get more credit cards. You take out a student loan and 30 years later you’re still paying it off. The Banks, Wall Street, WTF? Right?

Legalization would mean that marijuana production and sale would move above ground, urgo, it could then be taxed. I’ve always heard rumors about how the Cigarette Companies are salivating over the prospect. Side Note – wasn’t that in High School when I was standing around a party with a joint talking about things I didn’t know anything about?

But it’s now I think evident. The benefits are obvious for California. They’re broke, the drug cartels are the only ones who are winning, and people are going to do it anyway. The data the government would gain also by its sale which should still be tracked, would be I would think of great demographic, geographic and behavioral statistical value.

Then one must also consider that we as a nation put more people in jail than any other country on earth, including communist China. California alone would save around 1 Billion dollars in arrests, prosecutions and imprisonment costs. We need only look to Switzerland and Holland for some data – bottom line – usage down. When you tell a kid they can’t have they’re going to want it. It may not be politically palatable, but at this point, someone has to try something. I think it’s just interesting that this could transpire on Republican Governor Schwarzenegger’s watch.

Regardless nothing’s going to happen soon because it’ll go to the Supreme Court. And if it’s not this year, it’s just a matter of time. Look at Gay Marriage. Society isn’t falling apart is it?

Here’s the Black Crowes in a Rare Clip covering Dylan’s “Everybody Must Get Stoned”.

Everybody Must Get Stoned In California?

Everybody Must Get Stoned In California?

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