Marijuana Law Reform No Longer a Political Liability, It’s a Political Opportunity

Paul Armentano’s latest piece at The Hill looks at evolving public attitudes about marijuana policy and the drug war. This is exactly how drug reform politics need to be framed from now on. It sounds like something I would write, probably because Paul is an awesome guy who’s always right about everything.
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And why support criminals???

I must give large cudos to the gutsy folks in ElPaso, who wanted a discussion. I would ask the Mayor, Sir, why do you support criminals? In my opinion, if you support "drug prohibition" you support an ongoing criminal enterprise. And that in itself, is a crime. But hey Mr. Mayor, could you weather an investigation of your ties to criminals? I'm just saying, if you are so concerned that drugs might become legal, that bears a much closer look.

ya the criminals will...

see a lot of benniffits from the legalization of marijuana. like a downturn in suply and demand. if it were legal everyone would have it not just the drug dealers. so prices will fall and put them out of buisness. the state could tax it, use all the biproduct from it to power biomass generators, do u see whear i am going. legal cannibis is free energy. and takes a drug off the street. opens new opertunity for work that american people will gladly do, not to forget the medical bennifits it has. come on people lets get it together and get it right the first time! opps sorry the secend time it gets legalized and bring back our number one cash crop of the nation.

Why not?

why not legalize it, tax it, and put the people in prison for drug offenses to work on our infastructure rebuilding program. This would stimulate the economy by creating jobs, free up the over crowded prisons, end a hopeless war on drugs, and create billions in tax revenue. Strict probation standards would be in affect for the released. Double standards in our policies and hypocrisy plague our already imperfect systems. Haven't we had enough fear and ignorance over the past few decades? If the time for change is here, we should start with the decisions that make sense and benefit everyone in the process.

exactly

exactly

What is the problem?

As a taxpayer, I am outraged that over 10 billion dollars of my money is being spent on this hopeless "war on drugs". If they legalized marijuana, we would not only save that money, but be able to capitalize even more. We would be able to pay off our national debt, instead of passing it down to our children. Marijuana has been proven safer than alcohol. So, again, what is the problem?

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