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  •  tobacco giants are already set to go (5+ / 0-)

    Heard a discussion recently on Thom Hartmann's show about how the tobacco companies have preemptively positioned themselves for entry into the marijuana market. they stand to make billions.
    Marley brand is already copyrighted, over the objections of the Bob Marley estate.
    'nuff said.

    Stand for something, or you'll fall for anything - Malcolm X via Skindred

    by kamarvt on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:49:05 AM PST

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    •  Not to rain on your parade, (5+ / 0-)

      but I've been hearing this for forty years.  

      I don't doubt it, actually -- it does stand to reason that those in the position to profit most from reformed marijuana laws would be champing at the bit for reform.  And maybe they even are, but it plainly hasn't been enough to get them to mount a full-court lobbying press for it.  Or, at the very least, not a successful one.  

      •  Allow me.... (6+ / 0-)

        ...to thank you for saying "champing."  If I had a dollar for every time I've ground my teeth in frustration when someone says "chomping at the bit," I'd be able to buy several good books.

        Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

        by WarrenS on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 07:02:18 AM PST

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      •  oh. it's no parade (3+ / 0-)

        I have no love for the tobacco industry, and don't for a minute think they will be at the tip of the spear on this divisive (for now) issue. I wouldn't want Philip Morris to be the face of marijuana reform, and would expect NORML feels the same way.
        They are merely positioning themsleves to make a truckload of money once the legal issues are resolved and their corporate risk is minimized. The tobacco industry will do nothing to reform our laws, and nothing to speed up that reform. But they will be there to dilute the THC content, add carcinogens and addictive substances, and sully the names of every pot-smoking icon you can think of. Count on that.

        Stand for something, or you'll fall for anything - Malcolm X via Skindred

        by kamarvt on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 07:33:19 AM PST

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        •  I don't doubt any of that, either, (2+ / 0-)
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          but if they really stand to reap immense profits from legalization, then it doesn't follow that they'd stand idly by while others wrangle out the legal issues.  It not only doesn't follow, it doesn't make sense.  A nation where legalized marijuana is controlled lock, stock and barrel by the tobacco industry is only one possible outcome of reform, and (if I'm any judge) not even particularly one of the likelier ones.  By logic, the tobacco companies have every motive to push for a brand of reform which gives them the most control, and they ought to be doing that.  But they're not, at least not visibly.  Why not?  

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