Timeontarget copied this article from the Mar 17 issue of Personal Liberty Digest
The original column was entitled:
IT'S HIGH TIME FOR THE MARIJUANA ECONOMY
by Sam Rolley
Sam Rolley Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English.
After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained.
He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.
Medicinal Marijuana is on track to be passed by the Georgia Legislature very shortly.
The war against Drugs has produced tremendous loss of life, massive debt and tremendous misery upon humans, while at the same time providing billions of non-taxed dollars to the narco-terrorists.
It is time to face reality. Legalize it, tax it, end the war on drugs.
Seems we both AGREE on this topic Tot. The thing is, it makes too much sense. And since it makes too much sense our elected representatives are incapable to successfully of dealing with it.
It is truly amazing is it not. Common ground exists between not only the of us, but probably MANY
(hit wrong button, sorry) but probably to MANY others.
This one though, just maybe, has at least a chance. We are in dire times. We have some options but some of them are controversial.
It does in fact make , plain and simply, too much sense.
Too the best of my knowledge Marijuana is the only illegal substance within the drug culture which could be produced within our borders.
I also know that it could be produced in abundance and we could potentially export it.
I remember all of the false propaganda about it being a threshold drug and all of the other bogey man stories of what would happen if you indulged in the evil weed.
After many years of believing all of the lies I finally discovered the truth.
I am quite surprised the tobacco states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, et al. and their Elected Reps are not lobbying and politicking the heck out of this one. They have every thing in place to start production tomorrow. With tobacco use dying out Marijuana is THE logical way to go.
Let's keep the issue alive and maybe effect something that makes sense. :)
An old friend who now lives in North Carolina has reported that they are laying out a plan to have legal farming of pot in the future.
It al comes down to society getting over itself. I would much rather deal with someone who is stoned as opposed to a rowdy drunk. This coupled with the millions of lives that have been negatively impacted by alcohol but alas, the revenue it provides seems to outweigh the negative impacts. Pot has been proven to have medicinal qualities, proven! I am a chronic pain patient and frankly would like to have an opportunity to see if pot is a better way to go than the opiates I currently take. However, the moral majority always expects people to be more morale than them
Alcohol has its place. Football games and Heavy weight fights and dating women.
Marijuana works most everywhere cept Church, gang fights, Heavy weight fights and football. Works well with some women tho and chemotherapy.
Legalize it, tax it, penalize over use of it and give grocery store checkout clerks the right to cut you off after you attempt to pay and leave with your 5th bag of Chocolate Chips and 3rd gallon of whole milk.
Again this still comes down to personal perceptions and beliefs which is ok as that is part of what freedom is about. I think it would be interesting to contrast alcohol related and pot instances and see what the comparison looks like. At the end of the day it also comes down to affording people to make their own choice to which libation they indulge in. and JM is right, just like there is penalties for alcohol related crimes, pot should carry the same status quo. One thing is certain however, if someone wants to smoke; they are going to smoke legal or not. Colorado has already proven the revenue potential. Lord knows we need revenue to offset the current administrations policies...
Yes HMJC. If you're stoned on MJ and wreck your car or God help us kill some one with your car then you must be held accountable for your actions.
"I would much rather deal with someone who is stoned as opposed to a rowdy drunk."
I've dealt with them both, and frankly I don't see much difference.
Well I have had to deal with both on many occasions and I would much prefer to be facing an oncoming vehicle being driven by someone who was stoned than to be facing someone who had stopped by their favorite club or bar for a few drinks before going home for the night.
I have NEVER encountered an AGGRESSIVE,
ANGRY, ABUSIVE Stoned Pot Smoker. However, in my youth I had the misfortunate of stumbling into a RedNeck Bar coming home from South Georgia Junior College. In that Bar, I saw true meanness and loud hostility up close and personal. Comments were thrown my way like: 'What cho doin in here boy?
"look at his hair, is he a boy or a girl? "Looks like a girl to me boys."
"Somebody get that hippie over here and let's just see whats under them pants of his."
Needless to say, I got the hell out of Dodge. Scared $hitless and so pale my friend asked me was I sick? What happened in there? I told him I would tell him all about it later, and to quit bogarting that joint and pass it over to me. I desperately needed to calm down.
Quite the opposite experience in all areas that I encountered while 'visitin' an Opium Den in Atlanta. No loud talking, quiet, shadow puppet show going on, folks stretched out on mats with small pillows asleep or just smiling.
I had found my tribe.
"The craft brew industry has contributed economic benefits to the state, including $826 million in revenues last year and about 5,000 jobs, according to a statement from the governor's office.
The draft beer system was paid for and donated by the Colorado Brewers Build and the Governor's Preservation Fund.
No taxpayers' money was used to install the taps, said Denise Stepto, spokeswoman for the governor's office."
Thanks sebe for the link, It looks like Colorado has better judgement than the rest of the country.