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  •  Its about change (10+ / 0-)

    For many folks we thought we would get this in the Gore presidency.

    Just remember that people's civil rights are suspended (ie put in jail) for having a non toxic substance in their possesion.

    Do you realize that EVERY single person put through the system can kiss any job at best buy, walmart or home depot goodbye (backround checks)

    We can't afford these moral ideological battles at home,  give me a war on education, or war on poverty, or war on healthcare  and I will agree that the war on drugs is worth the billions in dollars and human life.

    •  I Think The Point Is NOT.... (2+ / 0-)
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      Miss Blue, Wolf Of Aquarius

      That this is not an issue worthy of discussion, but PERHAPS that this should not be priority one.

      I am sorry, but there are much, MUCH bigger fish to fry.

      "You share your young with the wolves of the nation...
      Theres nothing left til you pray for salvation"
      Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "American X"

      by Steve Singiser on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 08:59:33 AM PST

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      •  Oh I agree 100% (3+ / 0-)
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        cotterperson, leonard145b, stunzeed

        I think this issue stands a CHANCE if Obama keeps above 65% and the economy is booming in 1 year, maybe moves could be made.

        But in reality, I think the best way is more ballot initiatives in 2010.

        Massachusets, the state that hosted our revolution has just decriminalized possesion.

        Get Maryland or Virginia and maybe a southern and MW state and the precedent will be hard to avoid.

        So in short, voters need to take this to the ballot, and the fed will follow.

        Lets just hope the Obama justice dept doesnt go down that dark road the Clintons took.

      •  There always are. (5+ / 0-)

        This particular issue has been put on the back burner, because we have bigger fish to fry, since the 1960s.  Actually this fish has grown to be pretty large, people in prison, people with ruined lives due to felony convictions, violent gangs pursuing turf wars.  Maybe from a strictly economic point, some people think there might be some economic problems in the U.S. that need solving, this is one of the larger problems(ie lost tax revenue and huge expenditures to eradicate a plant, not to mention a huge prison population).  
        I realize the subject of marijuana legalization always brings up Hippie Stoner jokes, that doesn't mean it isn't a serious issue just that some people want to trivialize the amount of suffering criminalization brings.

        This makes about as much sense as Mike Huckabee on mescaline. - Prodigal 2-6-2008

        by Tonedevil on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 09:16:17 AM PST

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      •  The site needs our old 1-4 rating system. (3+ / 0-)
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        danger durden, MJ via Chicago, Shhs

        Remember the old days here at Kos when we got to rate from 1 to 4?  I didn't work out so well here because it just lead to fights if anyone ranked anything less than 4, but that site could definetly use something like that.  I'm thinking almost everybody would rank the pot question as a 1 or 2 because the problem and solutions seems so simple.  Fewer people would probably put a rank on a complicated problem like healthcare, but everybody who did would probably rank it a 4 so it would end up higher on the list than the pot question.

      •  That's a strawman argument (0+ / 0-)

        Would you say "I can't go out today because I need to scratch my foot"?

        Assuming legalizing cannabis would somehow impede other government priorities is just as much of a non-sequitur.

        Bring the WAR home

        Starve the corporate beast, buy local!

        by EthrDemon on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 10:53:10 AM PST

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