28
Oct
09

Let’s talk about pot

Obama SmokingMarijuana is getting pretty close to being completely legal in California. By next year San Francisco should be one big hot box. This is not the decriminalization of marijuana, or any of that half-ass stuff, this is the real deal. I have whiskey at home. If all goes according to plan, I could buy an apartment in San Jose next year and invite the Association of the LA Police Department (these guys http://www.ideagrove.com/blog/uploaded_images/lapd-743311.jpg) over. I could then proceed to smoke them all up without any penalties except for a too-hard hitting high five (pun intended).

Basically what’s going on is that California (and a nice little bundle of other states) has made legalized medical marijuana for years. Recently, the Federal Government said they’re taking the advice of potheads, and are going to chill out. They’re going to stop prosecuting/arresting people who use medical marijuana as long as it’s OK with the state. This gave ever stoner in California a hard-on and they went after it. They’re going for a complete legalization in the next year. People have all sorts of petitions going, including “Oaksterdam University” President Richard Lee.

 

Weed is as common as weeds in California as the medical marijuana industry is booming. Anyone can get a “prescription” for marijuana. There are around 1,000 dispensaries in LA alone. There are only 1756 real pharmacies in LA. Not bad for a new industry. The demand for pot is obvious. The people want to smoke it up. If it was legal, then the government could regulate and make some cash on the side. They could ensure that the stuff wasn’t laced or too ridiculously potent. The medical marijuana industries in CA is already 2 billion dollars, which would certainly skyrocket (10 times that?). Pretty “creative” way to get out of a bankruptcy situation, huh?

 

 

“Make the most you can of the Indian hemp seed. Sow it everywhere.” –George Washington.

 

 

That being said, let’s talk about the what a great move this is. I’m all for legalization of marijuana, but I think this is more important for states. This initiative is going to succeed in California, and when the other states see what a great idea this is, they’re going to adopt a similar policy. This is how this country is supposed to work. One state tries something out, and if it works, the rest of us can copy them. It’s also great, because if I don’t want to live amongst dirty pot smoking hippies, I can go somewhere else. Let them have their weed. Who gives a shit. Federal laws are supposed to be for a couple things, like defending the physical land of this country, protecting (not infringing) on personal rights and liberties, signing international treaties, etc. The rights that the constitution outlines. States are where the power is supposed to be. So, I’m more excited in this being a huge victory for states’ rights.

This should be an example of how we should address all of our issues. As anti-health care person, if everyone in Oregon wants health care, that’s great, have you state pay for it. I wish you all the best. I think it’s a stupid idea, and I’m about ready to move to Nebraska, except that then I wouldn’t be able to smoke dope and….oh well. States rights! Little laboratories for public policy. This isn’t some crazy idea. It’s the law and a major part of this country’s foundation (united STATES). Please note the Tenth Amendment, which may be my favorite:

 

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

haight-hippiePretty clear and simple. Pot legalization is this in action and it’s fantastic.

On a related note, I think it’s grammatically incorrect to refer to this country as America. America is the term for the New World. We are the United States (of America). It’s like I said “Hello, I am Matt (of New York).” Technically, we should start saying “Canada of America” in the event that there is a new Canada. I’m being a little picky here, but “America” implies that we are one entity. I think it’s important to remember that we are a collection of entities that agree on a set of principles.

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