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.
".....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"
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.
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!
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.
@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.
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.