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I have long touted that the war on drugs was lost. The billions, even trillions of money taken in by the Drug Cartels just on Marijuana alone are staggering even in the face of a massive amount of US dollars utilized to combat the influx of the weed. Prohibition did not work and America repealed the law to allow consumption of alcohol. I have never advocated the use of any intoxicants. I have, however, realized that if someone wants something in their life then they usually will get it with or with out laws prohibiting it. Even if it includes jail time.

The Nation it seems is finally coming to see the harnessing of marijuana for the betterment of society by designing and setting up a cultivation and distribution business model that will take the money away from the narco-terrorists and put those dollars to better use. Marijuana if marketed like beer, stands to yield beaucoup jobs, mountains of tax dollars, and a tremendous lessoning of cost to the public by no longer incarcerating pot smokers and growers. A Great shot in the arm the Economy so desperately needs.

Instead of wasting our dollars on a lost cause of stopping something that we have demonstrated CANNOT be stopped, then why not legalize it, tax it, take it away from the illegal drug cartels, and put that money to use in our economy?

Package all the legal marijuana with all the appropriate warning labels on them. Expand the work force (jobs) regarding the cultivation and distribution of the marijuana crops, transportation jobs to distribute, establishment of brands names etc. etc. the benefits of saving wasted tax dollars fighting a lost cause and the creation of a potential billion-trillion dollar industry is worth considering. See link below.


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Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 05:35 AM

Great influential and to the point post Jimmy. Mary Jane legalization would contribute tremendously to the this country economically and socially. Colorado is a wonderful place to live too, I was stationed at Fort Carson in 1985-1986 during my 21 years of service to the country.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 08:13 AM

Thanks Funk.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

".....the harnessing of marijuana for the betterment of society....."

I wonder if that means we should change our national motto from "In God We Trust" to:

"Just Say Yes"

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Hi Sebe. I know your stance on marijuana. I understand. But this doesn't have anything to do with changing our national motto. It just makes practical sense to end the prohibition of cannibas. I realize you are just being maybe a tad facetious. regarding changing the national motto. But whether we like it or not the War on Drugs is over. And drugs won. WE need to take the profit away from the cartels as it pertains to marijuana and funnel it into the national economy. Legalize it, tax it, create jobs and decrease the growing cost of incarcerating growers and users of Pot.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 05:37 AM

I hope that we can agree that experience matters in making a decision in regards to something this important in Americans every day lives. I had to decide to stop usining it within my 2nd enlistment in the late 80's or risk getting kicked out of a job that I had grown to love and made a career of. I chose the former over the latter. And look at our President, he has experience with MJ too and didn't let it stop him from reaching his full potential in life either. It's a simple choice for me since I feel we all should account for ourselves "personal responsibility" and just go with the same laws on the books in regards to drinking and I think it would be fine, IMHO!

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Hi (or is it high) Jimmy: I was just being sarcastic - as usual.

But I doubt that legalizing marihuana and taxing the dog-manure out of it will solve our fiscal woes. In the current political climate, I think the only solution to that is a Republican Congress (BOTH houses); a Democrat president; and a sequester in full operation. A few veto-overrides may be necessary as well. Those are the conditions that will put the necessary "gun-to-their-heads" to get rid of the deficit and focus on jobs and the economy.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 13:34 PM

@Sebe. Naw Sebe, it still is just plain ole "Hi Jimmy." Ain't legal here...yet.

I don't propose that the soon to be economically thriving business of Marijuana cultivation, marketing, branding and distribution will END all our money woes, but it WILL help the economy and jobs in a very positive manner.

You may be right about sequestration though. If it is allowed to continue each side can still blame the other side for it happening without taking responsibility for causing it.

Mid-terms coming soon and may will give us a barometer of things.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 14:07 PM

Yes it will. And I was initially skeptical about the sequester and whether it would do more harm than good, but I for one am giving President Obama a lot of credit for coming up with the idea, even if he refuses to accept responsibility for it publicly. In today's political climate, the only way things get done is if both sides have "guns to their collective heads." The sequester takes this to an extreme, but nowadays it's only the extremes that get attention, resources, and solutions. Divided government (GOP holding Congress and Democrats holding the WH) with the potential for veto override continues this "gun-to-the-head" approach and forces both sides to compromise - the only way everyone can in some way be a "winner." You still have the Constitution and the courts for those who believe they have been victimized, but the overall welfare of our society as a whole must be a guiding principle, not an afterthought.

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