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  •  Good point. (2+ / 0-)
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    CS11, HeyMikey

    I can see that happening in states that have legalized pot. I'd do it if I were on a jury. Besides all the other reasons to hate laws that make pot illegal, it seems to me to be the height of hubris to make illegal a plant that occurs naturally on this earth.

    (But that is a different point than Holder standing up against nullification of a federal law by a state. Just to make clear the difference.)

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 07:01:08 AM PST

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    •  No i see your point completely (3+ / 0-)

      but just wanted to make it known that the ultimate power rests in the hands of the people, not the beHolder's.

      95% of all life forms that once existed on earth are now extinct. It is only a matter of time until the Republicans follow suit.

      by PRRedlin on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 07:21:48 AM PST

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      •  Jury nullification happening in Georgia. (2+ / 0-)
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        Panama Pete, sewaneepat

        I have a good friend who's a state court judge in the exurbs of Atlanta. Solid GOP voting territory. He says when they strike juries, a significant % of potential jurors, if asked, will say they think pot should be legal. He told me about a trial about 6 months ago; the cops busted an illegal strip club, had the defendant empty his pockets, he had a lot of cash and some weed.

        Defendant's testimony: "As I told the cop, I was holding the cash and weed for one of the illegal strippers that I had never met before."

        Cop's testimony: "Defendant said, 'Aw, man, you're not gonna bust me for a little smoke?'"

        Prosecutor's argument: "Strippers don't hand money to customers. It works the other way around."

        Jury verdict: not guilty.

        Just one case. Not enough to be a trend--yet.

        My friend the judge thinks pot will be legal nationwide within 4 years. I think that's too soon; but I think it's coming.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 09:24:28 PM PST

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        •  I would say 4 years seems about right (2+ / 0-)
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          HeyMikey, sewaneepat

          The only thing it would require would be moving it from schedule 1 to schedule 2.  Then states could decide whether or not to legalize, and once they see the revenues from Washington and Colorado, many will follow suit.  Hit a threshhold of 20 states, and you've basically legalized everywhere due to border contamination.

          We're now 10% to national wide legalization just by two states.

          95% of all life forms that once existed on earth are now extinct. It is only a matter of time until the Republicans follow suit.

          by PRRedlin on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 04:52:37 AM PST

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        •  that is if the fed does not decide to fight this (2+ / 0-)
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          and while Holder previously used the DOJ to intimidate medical marijuana campaigns, this time around the DOJ did not lobby against the legalization, which is odd of it'self.

          But think about this.

          Washington and Colorado are now legal, so geographically Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah will HAVE to relax their punishments with border bleed.

          Throw into the mix New York, Nevada, Massachusettes and California in the next cycle (as it appears they are the next primed to vote) and you now have Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine forced to relax their laws.

          Right there are 22 states with the potential of legalization OR decriminalization in the next 2 year cycle.

          Throw in Minnesota, Illinois, and 1 southern state and you have border bleed nationally.

          95% of all life forms that once existed on earth are now extinct. It is only a matter of time until the Republicans follow suit.

          by PRRedlin on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 04:58:16 AM PST

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