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  •  the crazy part (10+ / 0-)

    is that a lot more money would be made if it was legal and taxed, and that money would be going into the city and state coffers. Just sell it through the ABC stores, just like hard liquor.

    Right now, it's the cops and the legal / incarceration system that profits from prohibition. The only ones that would suffer would be the booze business, and I suspect they are lobbying like crazy to keep pot illegal....

    "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government" T. Jefferson

    by azureblue on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 11:00:40 AM PST

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    •  True (4+ / 0-)
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      but it would be different people that are making the money. Police, private prisons, attorneys and drug dealers among others would be losing out. We can't have that.

    •  Like you said, by different people. (3+ / 0-)
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      If all you know how to do is to bust down peoples' doors and coerce and take their lives away by signing papers, what do you do? How do you get your rocks off after that?

      I do not believe marijuana will have much impact on booze, which will remain orders of magnitude bigger than marijuana. After all, it's easy to blow $100 at the bar. I think big pharma has more to lose.

      "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

      by shmuelman on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 03:18:49 PM PST

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    •  just like from the beginning... (3+ / 0-)
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      pot being illegal allows the option to throw "undesirables" in jail or mar their record with a felony conviction so they can't vote. If you look back at the history, part of the motivation to make "marijuana" illegal was because of the Mexican population using it out in Arizona. It provided a way to get rid of them or lock them up. (the more things change, the more they stay the same, eh?)

      "Watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, a liberal, fanatical, criminal..."-7.75, -5.54

      by solesse413 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 08:50:11 PM PST

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      •  This. (2+ / 0-)
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        A most conveniently placed boot on our necks.

        "Every book is like a door"

        by Hammerhand on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 09:05:14 PM PST

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      •  A few weeks ago, someone here was going (3+ / 0-)
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        off about how stupid people were for voting down a tax on soft drinks in their area....then talking about how great it was that people did vote down a tax on foo-foo coffee drinks.

        It's always been this way in the US since states first started outlawing opium dens while allowing the sale of laudanum over the counter.  It wasn't the drug, it was the Chinese.

        What gets banned is almost entirely based on ethnicity and class.  Cocaine was banned in the South way before it was banned on a national scale, because African-American sharecroppers used to use it during the plowing to get through.

        When they finally got prohibition passed, it was largely on the back of hate for Catholics and Eastern Europeans.  The driving argument in the public was to shut down the pub and taverns where those men congregated.

        Overall, even though these laws tend to be written broadly, law enforcement does a good job of making sure they're used to hit the intended targets.

        "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

        by JesseCW on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 02:41:41 AM PST

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