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In his much-discussed column last week, David Brooks admitted to getting stoned in high school, but dismissed legalization, calling for a government that "subtly encourages the highest pleasures, like enjoying the arts or being in nature" and discourages people from getting stoned. I'm all for government that extols the virtues of the arts and nature, but decriminalizing pot is hardly tantamount to encouraging people to smoke it.

Blacks are four times as likely as whites to be arrested for marijuana, even though usage falls evenly across different racial demographics. As travel-guide author and TV personality Rick Steves points out in his statement on the NORML site:

Last year over 750,000 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges. Many of them were sentenced to mandatory prison time. Our courts and prisons are clogged with non-violent people whose only offense is smoking, buying or selling marijuana. While our nation is in a serious financial crisis, it spends literally billions of dollar annually chasing down responsible adults who are good, tax-paying citizens in all regards except for the occasional use of marijuana.
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Originally posted to Comics on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 06:50 AM PST.

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  •  Always admired the subtlety of (24+ / 0-)

    confiscating someone's home and throwing him in jail for 10 years.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 06:55:57 AM PST

  •  Duuuuuuuuude (16+ / 0-)

    Strangely enough, an unintended consequence of marijuana legalization in WA (and presumably CO) is the decrease of alcohol use.

    Who'd a, ya know, thunk it?

    (No word on the trend of doughnut use, however . . . )

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 07:06:25 AM PST

    •  Why do you think it is still illegal? (4+ / 0-)

      For exactly THAT reason. It's the alcohol money that's keep weed illegal, nothing more, nothing less.

      If people want legal weed, all we need to do is have a boycott against purchasing any booze for a day.

      So, let's say on 4-20, Americans decide no booze purchases that day, I bet you by May legislation will be working through congress to legalize weed.

      QED.

      What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

      by equern on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 10:32:09 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, that and (12+ / 0-)

        it helps the authorities keep black people in prison.  Or even put them in prison once, which is often enough for their purposes.  

        No, I'm not joking.  (You might know this already.  The last thing I want to do is lecture anyone.)

        Of course the diary points this out, but let's make the consequences explicit.  A criminal record of course makes it harder to land a job.  In most states it also keeps you from voting.  So with the cops disproportionately going after black and brown folks for marijuana possession, you have your own built-in wage-depression and voter-suppression mechanism, all perfectly legal.  

        In short, the new Jim Crow.  And it works, far too well.

        "A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home." - James Madison

        by gharlane on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:01:54 PM PST

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        •  It goes even further. (8+ / 0-)

          Certain parts of the country have become felon mills. Both the public and private sector have found it a lucrative method of social engineering. Not only private prisons benefit. Most in prison are young men, in their early 20's, with relatively short sentences.

          The state has what it wants within the first few weeks. Fingerprints, DNA, a thorough background check not only of you, but of friends and family, and of course, the pesky right of self determination. Think of it as a tag and release program for humans.

          Upon their release, the private sector is presented with an ideal workforce who engender no sympathy, and whose position in society is so tenuous that they will not object to being exploited. An all but built in salary cap that will never allow them to save for retirement, or buy a home, or many other things once taken for granted. The debt to society never gets paid, no matter how well they live their life from then on. There is little hope of ever rising above their new status as second class citizens.

          When elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers. -- African Proverb

          by LouisWu on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:46:32 PM PST

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          •  Nailed it. (3+ / 0-)

            There is little hope of ever rising above their new status as second class citizens.

            Exactly.  And so here we are, back in 1896.... and 1953.  And in some cases, 1864, with a once-more-captive workforce (sometimes literally, as in the case of prison labor, sometimes all but literally, as you point out in the case of the burgeoning population of ex-cons).  There was a "danger" that black and brown (and poor) folks might someday wind up as first class citizens.  The Drug War was a tidy antidote to that danger.

            As I noted upthread, this aspect of the Drug War is a feature, not a bug.  

            Thanks for adding in some seriously important points.

            "A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home." - James Madison

            by gharlane on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 11:08:49 PM PST

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        •  Exactly. Plus the drug war is the rational (4+ / 0-)

          for repressing blacks and the poor, keeping them 'in their place', and for militarizing the police to an alarming degree.  Tyranny at home is a reality in black and poor communities.  They've been decimated by the drug war.  And after the many billions of dollars spent on it and the huge escalation of it, drug use hasn't gone down at all.

        •  I was going to say the same thing gharlane (0+ / 0-)

          so thanks for saving me the trouble.  I actually got arrested in 1979 on a shoplifting charge, which was dismissed because I had the receipt and I hadn't stollen anything.  While in custody, I was mildly searched, I had more than an ounce of Colombian Gold in the left pocket of my stupid down vest, (it was the 70's after all) and it went un-noticed.  While in custody, the same store that blamed a long haired 17 year old also found a black youth to accuse. I think the store just didn't want young people in it and called the cops anytime any kid came in without adults with them.  The black kid was stripped searched, the whole while I was sitting with more than an ounce of stinky weed.  The biggest irony, besides the obvious racism, is I got arrested 3 times for my rental property having the lawn too long in that town.  (Get it, for grass?) I've since sold it, to a black family, I hope they keep the lawn under 1.5 inches.  It doesn't matter that the neighbors have an apple tree that keeps the rats well fed, as long as the lawn is mowed nice and low.  Do I feel better for venting?  No, because I was just arrested for a lawn that I sold 4 years ago.  F*cking repugs here.  It's never enough.

          I'm damaged and I like it, it made me what I am!

          by Damaged262 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 08:25:28 PM PST

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      •  Anything on increased sales (1+ / 0-)
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        of chips & pizza?

        He was often wrong, but never in doubt.

        by Holgar on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 10:11:00 AM PST

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    •  Consequences.. (6+ / 0-)

      Interesting that alcohol use goes down after Re-Legalization.
       But another consequence of Re-Legalization (a term too-rarely used) is that people won't need to find drug pushers to get weed, and so, will not be hanging around the OTHER, but troublesome, stuff on the shelf...crack, cocaine, heroin, meth, and god knows what new concoction.

      PS:   There's been very little said about pot being organic...or not.  Isn't a major point of pot re-legalization that it's pesticide-free and free of all questionably-tested (if at all) industrial substances?

        Just one of the vile purposes of DE-legalizing pot, and hemp, was that cannabis didn't need pesticides or other chemicals and therefore competed too well with chemical-intensive crops...including trees in "managed" forests.
       Also, the corporatocracy does Not Like un-patented natural competition.  It pretty much doesn't like natural anything.

    •  Can we keep the conspiracy nonsense confined (0+ / 0-)

      …to the RWNJ, please?

      •  conspiracy (0+ / 0-)

        NO WAY is it a conspiracy! NO WAY could the Big Industries want to try to suppress a successful competitor. What a crock. Big Pharma couldn't possibly shy from competing with weed with the likes of Prozac, Sominex, Tylenol, et cetera. NO WAY could Big Tobacco have had anything to do with trying to suppress its #1 competitor for a good ol' smoke. NO WAY would Alcohol want to see its alternative gone. NO WAY could Big Timber have had anything to do with suppressing the production of hemp, when hemp makes such fine paper! NO WAY could Big Cotton be against production of fine hemp rope, or cloth. NO WAY could Big Oil aka Big Petroleum want to do away with the myriad plastics, oils and fibers hemp can produce.

        NO WAY!

  •  That pundit looks an awful lot like David Brooks. (11+ / 0-)

    “Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

    by SpamNunn on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 07:17:03 AM PST

  •  Now we need to legalize the other drugs. (9+ / 0-)

    Their illegality had the exact same problems as marijuana.

    Gang violence, racial inequities, punishment instead of treatment, etc.

    That quote about GDP by Robert Kennedy

    by erichiro on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 07:17:25 AM PST

    •  Some of the other drugs are extremely... (12+ / 0-)

      addictive and pose serious health risks. So I tend to think that legalizing opiates, for example, is not the same thing as legalizing marijuana. But treatment instead of punishment IS the answer.

      If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

      by HairyTrueMan on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 07:52:25 AM PST

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      •  Legalized heroin use in Amsterdam (3+ / 0-)
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        has resulted in less health and crime related issues.

        "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

        by rocksout on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 08:12:25 AM PST

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        •  Can you please provide a link? (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Dirtandiron

          Also, do you think that heroin should be 100% legal in the United States? Should I be able to walk into a 7/11 and buy some black tar?

          If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

          by HairyTrueMan on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 09:31:31 AM PST

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          •  yes, because (3+ / 0-)
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            ... even though it's startling and potentially harmful, it's much less harmful than the current system...

          •  Simply legalizing heroin would create problems, (2+ / 0-)
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            although not as many as creating gangs and the prison-industrial complex did, but if we made sure that heroin could only legally be sold to those with adequate health care, then definitely. Preferably by making sure that everybody has health care, of course.

            Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

            by Mokurai on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 12:24:57 PM PST

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          •  No, because heroin is not legal (0+ / 0-)

            anywhere in Holland. But their progressive approach is a good model.

            "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

            by rocksout on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 12:26:53 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  I agree that a punitive approach is wrong. (0+ / 0-)

              Incarcerating people for simply possessing or using drugs seems foolish to me. And it seems likely (I don't have a link) that by legalizing it, you're removing a lot of crimes from the equation. For instance, if it's cheaper and more available, your more less likely to rob a Quickie Mart to pay for your habit. And it is probably safer since you could buy needles and safer heroin in the open, perhaps with government quality controls in place. But I would assume that more people would become addicted and suffer health problems as a result.

              Do you have any links to studies on the topic? I could not find any on Google.

              If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

              by HairyTrueMan on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 12:53:23 PM PST

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              •  In some European countries (0+ / 0-)

                (including the Netherlands) heroin is prescribed by a physician and called diamorphine. Try google-ing diamorphine health results.

                "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

                by rocksout on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 01:34:42 PM PST

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                •  Addictive Opiates by Prescription (2+ / 0-)
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                  the New York Times e-book, 'A World of Pain' documents the harm done by the promotion of Oxycontin for pain. It was supposed to be less easy to abuse and get people back on their feet. Instead it got people hooked and slowed rehabilitation from injury with side effects of  depression and apathy. I believe in harm reduction as a strategy, but deciding what legalization would do to reduce vs increase harm is complicated.

              •  The punitive approach (2+ / 0-)

                is a feature, not a bug.

                At least it's a feature when it's combined with disproportionate enforcement against poor, black and brown people.  

                Because it keeps them from voting.

                That's why conservatives love this stuff.

                "A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home." - James Madison

                by gharlane on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:04:31 PM PST

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      •  Whatever...it's not working now (0+ / 0-)

        A total fucking waste of money on all drugs. Control is not achieved by criminalizing a drug. Doesn't work and hasn't worked anywhere.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

        by TerryDarc on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 03:30:20 PM PST

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      •  I don't really understand your opposition (0+ / 0-)

        How can you be anti-punishment and anti-legalization at the same time?

        That quote about GDP by Robert Kennedy

        by erichiro on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 06:07:23 PM PST

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    •  I'm all for legalizing possession of everything (5+ / 0-)

      but I'm not sure how I feel about 'tax and regulate' as a blanket approach.

      The old standards - cocaine, amphetamine, opium, heroin, psilocybin, LSD, most of the recreational pharmaceuticals - are probably fine for tax-and-regulate. We know what they do, we know what the risks are, so people should be free to take an informed risk (and fund the social cost of that risk through taxes on their purchases).

      But when it comes to new substances that haven't been properly studied...I don't think people should be free to sell just any substance for human recreational consumption. I suppose that a stage 1 clinical trial could be part of the regulatory requirements, but then we still have to figure out what to do with people who want to manufacture/sell substances that haven't passed clinical trials. Or worse, substances that fail them. Not sure how to avoid making some substances illegal to sell as drugs without basically allowing head shops to sell recreational paint thinner.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 07:59:31 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Heroin was legal (0+ / 0-)

      until 1914 and the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act.  Many if not most Americans and British were opiate users and/or addicts, with few negative societal consequences, certainly not the horrors of the drug wars and the prison/industrial complex we have today.

  •  When I used weed many decades ago (8+ / 0-)

    I really enjoyed the arts and being in nature.

    Enjoyed them in a brand new way.

    If you’re gonna love one, you’ve got to love ‘em all. --Rev. Will Campbell

    by fiddler crabby on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 07:18:36 AM PST

  •  once again (14+ / 0-)

    Our war on drugs ignores science and is racist.  

    So why do all of the DC democrats support it?  

  •  What I found most surprising (7+ / 0-)

    About David Brooks' idiocy is his feeling that the government should encourage anything.  Typical conservative "move the goal posts"...

    I thought conservatives did not want the government to encourage anything at all...

    •  Republicans think the goal posts (2+ / 0-)

      should be moved through 'incentivizing' corporations and the wealthy by cutting taxes and giving them Trillions in handouts (see Wall Street,) and 'incentivizing' workers and the poor by taking away every shred of financial and medical security they have, and transferring it to the wealthy.

      This is truly heartbreaking when corporations like Hanes (clothing) won't even agree to pay Haitian workers $5 a DAY.  Talk about having a heart of stone.

  •  Another way to keep people of color from voting (7+ / 0-)

    I don't know what consciousness is or how it works, but I like it.

    by SocioSam on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 07:30:12 AM PST

  •  I love that Rick Steves is a stoner (3+ / 0-)
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    First time I read that I checked with a friend whose husband is in the travel business.  He confirmed - Rick Steves smokes dope.  

  •  Ah! But! Return of "prohibition" is among the (6+ / 0-)

    goals of the Right-wingnut, reactionary, regressive, racist, Teabaghead/Republiklan Party.  This would be a "prohibition" on anything and everything that could possibly be "controlled"; because, CONTROL lies at the heart of every form of superstitious ignorance and arrogantly stubborn stupidity.  And the Republiklan Party is filled to bursting with the Jackasses-in-the-Pulpit whose lives center on CONTROL.

    My email this morning brought me a copy of one of the Right-wingnut screeds, entitled, We Are Members.  It was a lengthy diatribe, based upon the premise that any and all folks who had grey hair; had fought in one or more of the wars/police-actions of the past few decades; had "worshiped God", and "valued morals"; and, of course, supported the return to the 18th Century notions of "patriotism", et.al.; were the only ones entitled to pick and choose Office holders in Government, etc., etc.

    The vituperation addressed against the youth, and any and all who sought progress, the common good, the general welfare, and a future that even hinted at that great "evil", CHANGE, was almost unbelievable - but quite typical of the ranting of the average Teabaghead/Republiklansman.  It appears they seek to make use of one of the early Teabaghead slogans, to "Take back THEIR country"  Or, rather, "their country" as they imagine, and fantasize, it to have been.

    And this is just one of the tools in the Right-wingnut hands.

    They are both desperate and pitifully frustrated.  They have NO alternatives, NO programs, NO ideas, and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING constructive to offer in the 21st Century.  BUT!

    They Are Members of the movement to destroy freedoms, enact repressive laws, deprive women of rights, take away voters who do not satisfy their own pretensions, and otherwise try to turn the clock backwards.

    DON'T EVER KID YOURSELVES!  They are fanatic, organized, have wealthy supporters, and mean what they write and say.

    We have made great progress in the past 75 years; and the Republicans have been AGAINST every bit of it.

  •  BOOYAH! N/M (1+ / 0-)
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    THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. -- L. Ron Hubbard Technique 88

    by xenubarb on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 08:10:34 AM PST

  •  Rand Paul agrees that minorities get targeted more (0+ / 0-)
  •  yah, well, the prisons.. (4+ / 0-)
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    Re, this:

    Our courts and prisons are clogged with non-violent people whose only offense is smoking, buying or selling marijuana.
    We're doomed.  Many prisons are privatized, and set up to require, in many places, 90-100% occupancy, or the state pays the difference.
    So there's really no incentive to NOT arrest and imprison those damn hippies.

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

    by notKeith on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 08:23:26 AM PST

  •  Marijuana is now legal in Colorado (7+ / 0-)

    Are they going to release everyone in Colorado who is in prison for marijuana possession?

    Will every Colorado citizen who was convicted of marijuana possession now have their records expunged?

    It seems like the right and honorable thing to do, in my opinion.

    •  Idiots in Georgia are complaining that (0+ / 0-)

      legalized pot is Colorado is driving up the price, thereby creating a greater market for dangerous artificial (I forget the correct term right now) marijuana.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 10:25:14 AM PST

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      •  Around these parts (1+ / 0-)
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        Artificial MJ is called K2 & users are like "huffers". Serious physical & mental consequences.

        Catholic by birth, Wiccan by choice. Namaste WF

        by Wildfaery on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 10:46:23 AM PST

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        •  No doubt, but I'm not sure that legalizing (1+ / 0-)
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          pot in Colorado should cause more people to use fake pot in Georgia. It sounds like a way to rant about pot legalization in another state.

          "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

          by Lily O Lady on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 11:09:07 AM PST

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      •  That's beyond stupid (1+ / 0-)
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        Pot stores in Colorado are required to grow their own, under tight inspection. They will be able to buy from other growers in CO in July, but definitely not from out of state.

        Yeah, there is a run on legal pot right now in CO, but growers are putting their current greatly increased profits into as much new production as the state will license, given that they actually want the new tax revenue.

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 12:42:39 PM PST

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        •  That's what I thought. Meanwhile, (0+ / 0-)

          some people in Georgia are calling for legalized medical marijuana for things like seizures. There may be a run on popcorn.

          "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

          by Lily O Lady on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 02:10:15 PM PST

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      •  Fake pot (1+ / 0-)
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        goes by "K2" or "Spice".

        I know it was outlawed in my home state (Michigan), but I thought a federal act criminalized it as well.

        •  Yes, but selling real pot in Colorado (0+ / 0-)

          should not affect the demand for fake pot, IMO.

          "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

          by Lily O Lady on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 06:30:42 AM PST

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          •  I don't disagree. (0+ / 0-)

            I was simply supplying the aliases of the substance in question, as you'd said you had forgotten the name(s).

            I included the bit about it being criminalized nationwide (which I still don't know if it has or hasn't, but I thought I'd read some time ago that Schumer had introduced legislation to do just that) because that would mean that the demand/market for K2 would pretty much dry up.  If K2 is illegal & marijuana is illegal, why waste time getting the artificial stuff?  Procuring either would be a crime.

        •  Real pot is illegal in your home state (0+ / 0-)

          too, so I don't know why legalizing it in CO affects MI.

          "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

          by Lily O Lady on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 06:31:54 AM PST

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          •  MI has medical marijuana. (0+ / 0-)

            Also, marijuana is decriminalized in my city (Ann Arbor).  But that's neither here nor there.  I never stated nor implied that legalization of pot in CO had anything to do with pot laws here in MI.   I was simply talking about the legal status of K2.

  •  Actually, there IS a group (5+ / 0-)

    that uses marijuana more than the general population: suburban white men. I'm not kidding. I can't find the source that specifies this group exactly (I will look through my notes tonight to see if I can find it), but here are several that admit whites use more than other demographics:

    According to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Health and Human Services, whites are equally or more likely to use drugs than their African American counterparts, despite common misperceptions to the contrary.
    Source: Tim Wise
    Years of federal studies have found that young whites use marijuana at higher rates than young blacks or Latinos, but the young people of color are far more likely to be stopped, frisked and searched by police than young whites. As New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer titled one of his pieces, “Whites Smoke Pot, But Blacks Are Arrested.”
    Source: Natasha Lennard
    Even though surveys show they are part of the demographic group that makes the heaviest use of pot, white people in New York are the least likely to be arrested for it.
    Source: Jim Dwyer

    Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil

    by bull8807 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 09:06:38 AM PST

  •  Good comic. (4+ / 0-)

    It really hits the spot when the last person mentioned in a panel is "The Incarcerated" and it's a non-white, showing not only how wasteful the War On Drugs is in relation to marijuana, but also how racist it is. Not shown is how faithless the government is when it comes to education about drugs being a deterrent, and part of that education is actually MISeducation about marijuana. And society wonders why with utter stupidity more people are turning to drugs.

  •  You forgot Spiccoli though. :) (0+ / 0-)
  •  Any self respecting drug dealer has its ... (4+ / 0-)

    headquarters in New York City.


    More is expected from us. The challenge in life is finding out the names of those who really give a rip.

    by glb3 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 10:01:00 AM PST

  •  There is nothing like the arts and nature (0+ / 0-)

    when you're whacked out of your kugel.

  •  You captured that twit David Brooks' (0+ / 0-)

    dopey facial features perfectly

  •  ok.. (2+ / 0-)
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    It is a cloudy..but balmy 39 here is Denver...the 3 cloned plants..(no seeds..just clones..) gave us 3.2 lbs.. more than enough for us..yes joints...and friends who have not yet grown their own..

       Denver has been scrutinized ...analyzed..sexualized...
    baptized .. and of course moneyized ... as to effects/affects..

    aspects that have not been given proper consideration...

    1) Denver will become a friendlier more compassionate city..
        C'mon over the decades..isn't this true?

    2) Folks really..I mean really underestimate the $$ gangs get from reefer sales...(I( predict they will migrate south to Colorado Springs that has banned reefer shops..fuck'em)

    3) Alcohol sales will go down.

    4) Hopefully..there can finally scientific studies on benefits/detriments short term and long term on a general population...

    .....a little over 10 years ago.. MA recognized marriage equality... and we know what has happened since...
    .....getting healing...and yes ..getting fucked up..will come to your State...will come to your city/town...

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    •  Very poetic (0+ / 0-)

      It reminds me of A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Lyndon Johnsoned Into Submission), by Paul Simon in 1965. (Title later changed to Robert McNamara'd in the American version)


      I was Union Jacked, Kerouac'ed
      John Birched, stop and searched…

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 12:54:19 PM PST

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  •  gtrcd (0+ / 0-)

    my buddy's step-aunt makes $82/hr on the computer. She has been out of work for 10 months but last month her paycheck was $18010 just working on the computer for a few hours. read this…. http://www.dub30.com

  •  It's not a bug, it's a feature (0+ / 0-)
    Our courts and prisons are clogged with non-violent people whose only offense is smoking, buying or selling marijuana.
    With the privatized-for-profit penal system, clogged prisons are a good thing both for the prison companies and the governments who contracted them. More profits for the companies and the governments aren't on the hook for penalties related to incarceration occupancy less than the contract specifies.

    It will be a struggle to overcome the opposition of the prison lobby to reforming marijuana laws...but that's no reason not to keep trying.

  •  Alternate Brooks caption: "Do as I say, not as I (1+ / 0-)
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    doobie."

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi, 6/30/07 // "Succeed?" At what?

    by nailbender on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 01:26:47 PM PST

  •  Ron Paul fan (0+ / 0-)

    I hated seeing the Ron Paul fan say "and the Civil Rights Act" because the Civil Rights Act works.

    But then I remembered that my late husband, a Ron Paul fan, was for ending the Civil Rights Act because he felt there were existing laws that protected as well and that the Federal Government was trumping states rights.

    He could never accept that ending the Civil Rights act and letting the states decide would end up in a patchwork quilt of discrimination across this country. He could never accept that letting the states decide put the states rights over the individual's rights and that in the end, it was the Federal governments job to protect individual rights.

  •  I agree. (0+ / 0-)

    Everyone should be prosecuted equally for violation of crimes, without regard for race, gender, or socioeconomic status. What happened to our 14th Amendment?

  •  pot heads and higher learning (0+ / 0-)

    Does David Brook remember also a time when our federal government rewarded the family folk by giving them a tax break, but then corporations got into our government and convinced them that it is much more financially expedient to have people marry and divorce then they buy two of everything again and again.  What fun.  What the heck is he talking about looking to the government for role model ideas?  Is hew on crack or something?

  •  Huh? (1+ / 0-)
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    The Ron Paul guy wants to repeal the Civil Rights Act?  I thought Libertarians were all about civil rights...

    •  Libertarians are hardly consistent! (0+ / 0-)

      Ron Paul wants private businesses to have the right to keep Certain People out.

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      by smileycreek on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 04:54:13 PM PST

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  •  Colorado (0+ / 0-)

    I live in CO and can tell you that the people I know voted to legalize because we are tired of seeing tax dollars go to waste incarcerating people for pot. Now people can buy legally we have all those nice tax $$ to invest in our state and a huge savings in court costs and prisons. The lions share of tax dollars are going to the school systems. I doubt we are going to have problems with MJ taking people to the next level of drugs. There is absolutely no proof of that. And, there is no hangover. I hope to see pot become legal in other states so our justice departments can go after real criminals.

  •  750,000 Slaves (0+ / 0-)

    Making some private prison shareholder very rich and happy.  It's so damned scary...are we powerless to stop this enrichment of the very few at our expense? And all nicely legal so they can put you to work in a private prison?

    THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. -- L. Ron Hubbard Technique 88

    by xenubarb on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:15:39 PM PST

  •  An Old Refrain (0+ / 0-)

    David Brooks is like "Doctor" Laura Schlessinger - "I got away with it, and now I think nobody should be allowed to do it."

  •  These people... (0+ / 0-)

    have been propagandized for so long they seem totally insane.

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    by JohnnieZ on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 06:05:13 PM PST

  •  cartoon (0+ / 0-)

    Great cartoon BUT I must confess to being constantly infuriated by the fact that only the secondary injustices of prohibition are ever cited.
    The basic injustice that engenders all the others is the fact that the consumption of any substance in-and-of-itself CANNOT (empirically) be a crime! A 'crime' whose only substance is tautological is itself a crime. A person cannot be their own moral victim. This is why the term 'victimless crime' is a double misnomer. A person can be their own empirical victim (ask any crack addict or streetwalker), but  an act whose only participant is the very agent has no moral victim (unwilling participant). The expenditure of resources and the violation of free will in the context of accomplishing a definitionally impossible goal (compelling moral behavior), is a blatant injustice and a far worse crime than anything such laws purport to correct

  •  Make up your mind Colorado (0+ / 0-)

    We're a nation at war.  Pick a side.  Either you'er right wing or left wing.  You can't get stoned and then decide you're right wing Tea Nuts and when you're not stoned, you get to decide how others live.  I'm sorry if that sounds like I'm calling you bipolar, because I'm not.  All I'm saying is pick the side of your brain you'd like to work with.  Is that too much to ask?  Don't worry, I live in a bipolar state as well, it's a bitch.

    I'm damaged and I like it, it made me what I am!

    by Damaged262 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 09:03:54 PM PST

  •  Here's the deal..... (0+ / 0-)

    If we're going to incarcerate people who buy, sell and use marijuana, then we also need to incarcerate people who buy, sell and use alcohol, and all other mind-altering, mood-altering drugs as well.

    Altering your mind by using some substance is a victimless "crime", and with no victim, there is actually no crime at all.

    It is only the actual BEHAVIORS associated with obtaining, selling and using these mind-altering substances that are often (but not always) criminal. Many of these "behaviors" have been criminalized for NO GOOD REASON, and obviously should be decriminalized.

    Only those behaviors which directly (or sometimes indirectly) harm others (such as driving drunk and crashing into someone, robbing/harming someone to obtain these substances, etc.) should be criminalized and prosecuted, just like those very same crimes committed by people NOT on mind-altering drugs.

    This is really quite simple; we, as a society, have just chosen to make it complicated and draconian.

    When will we stop acting so stupidly?

  •  Colorado and Washington state... (0+ / 0-)

    ...should look at everyone in jail or prison that is doing time for small amounts of pot they may have been arrested for in those states and released.

  •  Funny thing . . . . (0+ / 0-)

    for all of Davey-boy's exposure to the arts and high culture . . . why is he still a clueless tool?

    My guess is the booze . . . .

    Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

    by bobdevo on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 07:57:13 AM PST

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