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  •  Politicians are cowards (12+ / 0-)

    They're afraid to support marijuana legalization (even though every single indicator says it would bring in more revenue and reduce crime rates), because they want to be seen as strong on law and order.
    Law enforcement sees prohibition as a cash cow- large scale arrests can result in confiscation of large amounts of cash and property, which they are allowed to keep, even sometimes when the offender is found innocent.
    Law enforcement also gets a lot of money from the feds to fight the "war on drugs".
    The first step we have to take is to get Holder and the DoJ to stop prosecuting legal growers and sellers.
    I just watched an hour long documentary yesterday that I'm writing a diary about called "Break the Taboo" about how many countries all over the world have suffered under the US's "War on Drugs", and they're waking up to the fact that it's making things worse, not better. Now they are calling for change. Here's a the trailer:

    Well worth watching the whole thing. Even for someone who is fairly knowledgeable about the drug war, it was eye-opening.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:59:54 AM PST

    •  either that, or put alcohol & cigs on Sched 1 list (10+ / 0-)

      That would be fine with the Mormons, but no so much with the
      southerners.
      But, if the criterion for Schedule II is 'dangerous and addictive', these products fit the definition. The war on drugs has done more damage to the society than the totality of it's supposed benefits. Not the least of which is the total disregard for scientific investigation or the lack of consideration at the consequences of this feeble minded policy.
      Legalize and tax the dispensation of pot for the benefit of society and the economy. How long until this sort of attitude produces a $Trillion for the nation? Between the extra revenue of pot sales and decreased spending by courts, police and incarceration, this is a gold mine for the country. If only the politics of the nation weren't so committed to crapping on the other side, we might see progress.

      •  I think if you move cigarettes to Schedule 1 (1+ / 0-)
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        you will show the world exactly why the ban on cannabis is bullshit.
        Unfortunately, you won't change most minds.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:42:48 AM PST

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        •  yeah, yeah... (3+ / 0-)
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          hoo boy; tobacco moved to schedule 1 would be a boondoggle to gangs, organized crime, and the like.

          I know it is not your point, but... wow.

          Just make marijuana legal, with a tax in the field and at wholesale to retail sales-points.
          There'll be enough money to go around for plenty to get greedy/greedier.

          By the way, now that states are allowing marijuana sales at dispenseries, why isn't the street price of illicit pot tumbling? There should be some supply side effect by now.

          Enagaged activism wins elections. 100 million words on liberal/progressive websites gets beat by one new GOP voter casting their vote.

          by Nebraska68847Dem on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 11:42:09 AM PST

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      •  Both have medical uses (0+ / 0-)

        Nicotine--which can be synthesized, but is orders of magnitude cheaper to gather from tobacco--can be used to treat various diseases, including Parkinson's and Altzheimer's.

        You couldn't put nicotine itself on the schedule, all relatives of the nightshade family contain it and plenty of other plants.  That includes eggplant and tomatoes.

        Ethyl alcohol is used to counter methyl alcohol poisoning, plus a primary ingredient in sanitizers.

        (-6.25, -6.77) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

        by Lonely Liberal in PA on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 11:26:16 PM PST

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