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  •  I just returned from a trip to Denver. (18+ / 0-)

    I saw what life can be like. I put a for sale sign in my yard last week. Tennessee can kiss my ass.

    I was riding with a real estate person in Fort Collins. She was giving me a tour of the land. She mentions that the housing market is off the charts. I asked why. She meekly admits that "it's the legal cannabis laws..."

    I laughed, no shit. It's fucking BOOMING in CO. Real estate prices are rising, supply is non existent.

    Meanwhile, Knoxville is in a slump and home values are for shit. Go figure.

    Move folks, it's the way to happiness. Go and live your life. The haters aren't going anywhere. Fuck them.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 07:25:06 PM PDT

    •  Then there is that (11+ / 0-)

      The money to be made off it could save so many communities. It's a big win-win as far the free enterprise is concerned. My father pointed this out at the top of his bullet points.

      •  I've heard some say (12+ / 0-)

        that a lot of the plantations that are growing tobacco could be easily converted to both pot production and also industrial hemp which is an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire of the Drug Wars.

        But of course the main reason is that it would probably send alcohol and prescription medicine sales reeling; why pop a sleeping pill when a THC lozenge can do the same thing with less side effects?

        It might take a while, but one of these days this society is going to regain some sanity.

        There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by Cali Scribe on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 08:08:26 PM PDT

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        •  Actually hemp was the target and marijuana or (1+ / 0-)
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          reefer was the scapegoat. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed to prevent hemp from competing with the timber paper products industry controlled by the robber baron William Randolf Hearst.

          After the invention of the hemp decorticator in the late 1920's, hemp became a far more competitive commodity crop which threatened the market share primarily of the timber industry and the new synthetic fiber, nylon, produced by DuPont. Before Hearst linked the obscure slang term "marihuana" to the dried female flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant, it did not create any social problems at all.

          We have this ridiculous prohibition because big business interests didn't want hemp to compete with their established businesses.

          Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

          by RMForbes on Sun Apr 13, 2014 at 10:54:28 AM PDT

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