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  •  So, pot gets legalized, States start raking in (7+ / 0-)

    new revenue, and at the same time begin to realize tremendous savings from NOT incarcerating a million people at $75K/year per incarcerated non-violent pot smoker, PLUS the taxes that these gainfully employed citizens will be contributing. It's ALL cash flow in the right direction.
    It would be the ultimate irony if pot ended up saving America.

    "Relax - there is no god and you are not going to hell." Rick Wingrove

    by thanksforallthefish on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:53:12 PM PST

    •  George Washington was right about hemp. (3+ / 0-)
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      He knew that the hemp plant provided so many benefits that it was a high priority for the nation for every farmer to grow hemp on their property.

      In his time, the effects of smoking a pipe with some weed and tobacco would have been about the same as regular consumption of all liquid beverages, which contained at least 2-3% alcohol, since unboiled water could not be consumed.

      They weren't as uptight, at the time when the Constitution was written, about limiting the rights of Americans to imbibe or relax.   And, though there was an amendment temporarily banning liquor, it was wiped out of the Constitution a short time later.    Cannabis (marijuana) has never been banned or restricted in the U.S. Constitution, and as far as the Constitution is concerned, the power to restrict its use is still to this day retained by the States or the people.

      •  Hemp paper used to be the standard. (0+ / 0-)

        I've got a few turn-of-the-last-century books I have my suspicions about because of the quality of the paper.

        Even if marijuana never gets legalized (I have no personal interest in the stuff), I wish we'd get saner policies about the industrial hemp varieties.

        Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

        by Cassandra Waites on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 04:26:25 AM PST

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