Reason TV on Prop 19

Here's a nice piece from Reason that looks at the arguments on both sides of the marijuana debate.

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I say to the guy with the

I say to the guy with the glasses and green shirt: Um... You can drive to a bar, drink, then drive home.

Furthermore, don't worry.  I rarely drink or smoke cigarettes now.  Alcoholic beverages make me feel bloated.  Cigarettes make me feel like I'm going to throw up (and they have made me throw up).  Marijuana makes me feel glorious, and dare I say, marijuana invigorates my life force.  The idea that legalization of pot will lead people to pile marijuana on top of their tobacco, alcohol and caffeine use is not really valid.  But since marijuana does not make me stagger around the room or lose mind-body coordination the way excessive alcohol does, I consider pot a safe method of self-exploration.

I have personal experience with excessive alcohol use.  It absolutely disassociates motor function from mental function.  I have **NEVER** had that happen with pot.  Benadryl is more dangerous marijuana.

Drive, drink, drive again???

 

I say to the guy with the glasses and green shirt: Um... You can drive to a bar, drink, then drive home.

Furthermore, don't worry.  I rarely drink or smoke cigarettes now.  Alcoholic beverages make me feel bloated.  Cigarettes make me feel like I'm going to throw up (and they have made me throw up).  Marijuana makes me feel glorious, and dare I say, marijuana invigorates my life force.  The idea that legalization of pot will lead people to pile marijuana on top of their tobacco, alcohol and caffeine use is not really valid.  But since marijuana does not make me stagger around the room or lose mind-body coordination the way excessive alcohol does, I consider pot a safe method of self-exploration.

I have personal experience with excessive alcohol use.  It absolutely disassociates motor function from mental function.  I have **NEVER** had that happen with pot.  Benadryl is more dangerous marijuana.

Some people are DANGEROUS when they don't have any weed

Because they also like alcohol and can't control themselves when they use only alcohol, becoming reckless and/or verbally/physically abusive. Just one of the many issues that the prohibs absolutely refuse to discuss, they know they would lose a full and honest debate on how we should treat cannabis.

Maybe that's why we haven't heard much from the bizarrely named prohib group CALM. They may have realized that calling an alcohol supremacist group CALM invites ridicule and a debate they absolutely can't afford to have. Prohibs will stonewall honest discussion forever if they can, damn them. 

YES on 19

saferchoice.org hempcar.org safer than aspirin - been used and around since the beginning of time, nobody dies from cannabis unless it's illegal. Then the criminal thugs who will kill for profits run the whole show. Just read the headlines folks. PROHIBITION DOESN'T WORK

The Failure of Prohibition

One argument often heard from the law enforcement community is that "with all the problems we have with alcohol related impaired driving do we really want to add another intoxicant to the mix?"

Let us forget for a moment the fact that marijuana impairment is minor if nonexistent as compared to alcohol impairment and take the officer's comment to it's logical conclusion, that we must re-outlaw alcohol because of all the harm it does. We tried that and it created more harm than the alcohol itself. We know what prohibition did to society, organized crime groups flourished as did official corruption while countless people were poisoned by illegal hooch. What is less well known is that during the years of prohibition drinking generally increased and that children were employed by the bootleggers as look outs and were often paid in booze. It is likely that for the same counterintuitive reasons drug use would decrease if we could do away with the war on drugs.

The war on illicit drugs is a threat to national security. If we were to wage this expensive irrational policy to it's logical conclusion we would need to outlaw tobacco and re-outlaw  alcohol but why stop there when we could arrest obese people for buying too much ice cream? They would certainly be easy enough for the cops to catch.

I would encourage the officer in the film to look into Law Enforcement Against Prohibition if only to see how flawed his vision is. 

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