Friday, October 7, 2011

Recent Crackdown on Dispensaries in California

Before you read this post realize that I engage in no substance abuse other than the occasional drink of alcohol. I am not advocating a side from personal reasons. My state (Ohio) doesn't even have medical laws for legal marijuana.

US: California pot crackdown targets large dispensaries

In the above video If you listen and replace the word Marijuana with the word alcohol, you start to understand the kind of  hypocrisy this nation is engaged in. I'm not a consumer of pot I never have been, however I feel that the prohibition on drugs in this country fuels the criminal element in the same way that alcohol prohibition fueled the rise of organized crime in the 1920.

If you think logically about "the war on drugs" what good has it done for our nation?

  • Do people who wish to consume these substances have trouble getting them? 
  • Are criminals getting rich and funding other illegal activities through the sale of artificially inflated prices brought on through a black market? 
  • Are there people doing hard time, more than rapists and murders in some cases for the act of owning a plant, some powder, or pills?
  • Are prisons overcrowded in an era of state budjet cuts, and filled with non violent drug criminals?
The answer you reach when you read this I hope is yes on all four counts. War on substances like this does more harm than good. Ask any teenager how hard it is to get a fifth of liquor then ask them how hard it is to buy a ounce of weed. 

Do I say that we should sell drugs to kids? No I say we should regulate them jsut like alchohol, the system is already in place. We don't need special "pot" dispensaries, make liquor licensed establishments able to apply for recreation drug permits. 

The lady in the video complains about how things are happening in California, I say they are happening that way because California was forced to go through the back door of medical use for something that should not be illegal in the first place.

The best arguments against it by this lady was that it was harming the environment, she went on and on about trash and cutting down trees and garbage and illegal immigrants. Oddly she didn't say a word about the other farrm industries in California, I'm sure many of those use pesticides, hire illegals, use contaminating fertilizers and such but the "evil" pot growers are singled out. 

reasons to abolish the war on drugs:
  • It creates crime
  • It costs millions of taxpayer dollars to enforce annually
  • It imprisons nonviolent offenders for long unreasonable amounts of time
  • It creates congestion in the prison system
  • making drugs illegal makes them easier for minors to obtain because the seller is an unlicensed lowlife rather than a business professional
  • It creates a large burden on the tax payers housing, feeding, and guarding all these drug offenders
  • It creates a black market that fuels international crime with mexico
Melinda Haag ended he speech with think of the children, I agree with her. Think of the children harmed by the current federal legislation. Think of the children in high schools across the country who know a dealer who has no responsibility not to sell to them and every incentive to make money from young hands. Think of the children whose communities have been ruined by the criminal element spawned by non-regulated black market drugs. Melinda think of the children.

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