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    In places like Colorado, marijuana is practically legal.

    I know a guy who after moving there, had a medical usage card and some high grade hydro in his possession after only three days.

    He went into some facility and told this doctor looking person that he had some pain management issues from working in the construction industry for so many years.  The doctor gave him a quick once over, wrote him a script, and sent him downstairs to get his "medicine".  

    He then went into the "pharmacy", spoke with the counter person and after a quick Q & A came out with some very fine mary jane.

    The seller was very specific about the different criterias and knew what questions to ask.  He said he was blown away by the experience and came away very satified.

    For people living in places that have essentially decriminalized it, it's going to be tough for the US gov to reign that back in.  The horse has left the barn.

    Personally, I don't smoke marijuana - and that wouldn't change even if it was legal.  However, count me in with the group that believes that it is less harmful than alcohol.  It should be legalized and taxed.

    Let Big Pharma do whatever they like with it, but also let the small growers (like the Colorado sellers) get their shot too.  The laws for driving while impared by marijuana are already on the books in every state.  Figure out a serious test for it, tax the living shit out of it and call it a fucking day.  

    I'd rather have Big Pharma grow and sell the weed instead of Mexican Cartels and other illegal sources.  People get this idea tha pot is grown by hippies running around barefoot and singing folks songs - that's not the case.  It's grown by assault rifle toting thugs who spray the living shit out it with pesticides and other crap.  They count their money, generally pre-yield in a pound per plant method.  All of them look to hide the grow, then make a 30-50K score, maybe do it again (probably), maybe not.  Its a nasty, ruthless business.

    Without legalization and regulation, when the lot of you spark up that bowl of the green boy - very few of you have even the faintest clue about what you're injesting into your body.

    No thanks.  I'll pass.

    The big problem the Gov has right now is enforcement.  Many, many non-violent, otherwise totally lawful potheads are rotting in jail, costing society piles of cash unecessarily.  These individuals by and large also have their financial futures impacted negatively - which also impacts future tax revenues.  The whole system is an unecessary drain on society when it could be a revenue generator.  It's crazy.  The law was only enacted to unjustly jail minorities, back like 80-90 years ago.  Times have changed.  Most people have at the very least tried marijuana.  It's illegality is a joke - a cruel one - seeing the damage the anti-marijuana laws cause this country (and our neighboring countries).  

    If anything, legalization advocates should get behind the RJ Reynolds lobby to have it sold like beer.  Also, let these fiscal conservative types see the savings.

    Illegality of marijuana is outmoded.  It's time to get this right - finally.

    Are there no prisons? No workhouses?

    by meatballs on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 04:22:42 PM PDT

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    •  Denver here. And yes, that's true, but... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... we've got large-scale (1000+ plant) grows all over our industrial warehouse parks.

      One is located 45 feet from the back door of my workplace, off I-70. Every 3 or 4 days a couple of box trucks arrive and the employees load up cartons and cartons of very fine MMJ.

      I've met the owners of this grow operation, and they are a married mid-50s couple who wouldn't look entirely out of place at an art gallery.

      In my experience, most of the growers here in Denver are men in their 20s and 30s, often from California, and are driven by a sense of altruism, a feeling of being on the edge of the Wild Wild West and the serious money to be made.

      They are neither the gun-toting cartel thugs nor the Monsanto types; just some pretty smart guys who have gotten in on the ground floor of the MMJ boom here in Colorado.

      More power to them...

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        If they are doing it legally then there is no problem.

        HOWEVER, down here in FL getting caught with a little bit of smoke can cost you your driver's license for 2 years.

        That's worse than a friggin DUI.  Along with suspension comes fines and fees and skyrocketing insurance rates.  Everyone gets to dip into your pocket - that is after you go to jail, serve some probation, get labelled a drug offender and pee into Rick Scott's cup over at Solantic for several months.

        In Colorado is an enterprising business opportunity.

        That's fucking BULLSHIT.  

        Over here in SWFL, there are grow houses all over places like Lehigh Acres - which are indeed run by some very unsavory types usually toting uzis or some dumb shit like that.  They ride up on meeting spots out in the middle of nowhere on 4 wheelers strapped to the hilt.  When you deal with characters like this, its not a question of if, but a matter of when they rob you at gunpoint for $5-$10-$15 grand.  

        In Colorado, growers are enterprising, middle aged, artsy-fartsy types who have chapter S corps and sip chardonnay.  

        In Florida, pot dealers are hustling wannabe gangsters - some of them real - who commit a felony everytime they sell you some trees.

        In Colorado, you are sold medical marijuana under the supervision of a health care professional and a very knowledgeable pharmacist who pleasantly assists your purchase.

        Fucked up isn't it?

        Who benefits from the marijuana being illegal?  Certainly not society at large.  Communities are put in grave danger by black market opportunists.  You've already covered the brewing pharma coup.  Otherwise, the people who benefit are the ones who get to siphon your pockets dry when you get caught with some (Insurance companies and other trickle up economics beneficiaries).  It's a fucking racket.

        Especially now that Florida has just signed into law the largest (by far) privatization of a state prison system, it's going to get worse.  Sending people to jail will become a for profit business.

        This is some really scary shit my friend.

        Blanket legalization and regulation would make communities incredibly safer.  It's the moral thing to do.

        Are there no prisons? No workhouses?

        by meatballs on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 06:48:36 PM PDT

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