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  •  Well... (none)
    Thomas Jefferson was actually quite fond of controlling individual behavior.  Most white plantation owners were back then.
    •  True, in a way (none)
      Although that's a specific definition of "individual."

      I was more trying to highlight the point that anti-cannabis legislation would have been laughed out of the federal sphere, but could have been left to individual States to criminalize.

      Back to your first point--it's interesting that support for domestic criminalization of cannabis has relied heavily on racist appeals.  As if blacks and Hispanics had somehow brought a previously unknown evil weed here from outside, and were using it as an essential tool to facilitate crime.

      The only group I've known who used drugs in such a way--as an aid to murder--would be the U.S. government, in Vietnam.

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      by ubikkibu on Tue Jul 19, 2005 at 10:51:40 AM PDT

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      •  You're right (none)
        Back then the states would not have allowed the federal government any form of regulatory power like that.  It was a hell of a struggle just to get the Constitution approved instead of the loose Articles of Confederation.  But if we left it to the states today, all 50 states would probably ban marijuana on their own.

        I'm sure you've read some of the Congressional testimony when the federal ban on marijuana came up in the 30s.  It's hilarious in retrospect, the blatant racism and lies spewed left and right.  I also remember reading an account of when the major police departments upgraded the caliber of their pistols, it was to stop "coked-up negroes".  

        It will probably take us another 20 years before we have realistic congressional hearings again on why marijuana is federally banned.

        •  Disagree. (none)
          I've discussed the marijuana laws with nearly every member of the Wisconsin legislature. Of the Assembly Republicans, only 3 claim to be true believers in private. Our Agricultural Hemp Bill cleared the Ag Committee by 15-3. Alas, it never saw a floor vote, as the Speaker is one of the 3 true believers.

          No-one who voted against the USAPATRIOT Act has lost an election. I am not currently Licensed to Practice in this State. Or Yours.

          by ben masel on Tue Jul 19, 2005 at 11:27:10 AM PDT

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          •  ben masel's more the expert (none)
            here, but I think if it were left completely up to the states, we'd have decriminalization passed in ten or more of them within a few years.  My former thesis advisor Ethan Nadelmann, now head of the Drug Policy Alliance, often said this issue would be better decided by states.

            Kind of like what may happen with the legality of abortion: a patchwork of compassionate versus hateful states.

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            by ubikkibu on Tue Jul 26, 2005 at 04:08:11 PM PDT

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