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"You're correct sir, this bag is very light.  I'll get right on it."

I understand how the market for MRAVs has taken a beating since 2011 and I always feel sorry for defense contractors.  It's hard to make a living when all you have going for you is no bid contracts with unlimited over budgeting doled out by Generals who want to stop working as buyers at $80,000 a year and come work for you when they retire at 45 as salesman at $250,000 a year.   So if you can't get enough equipment blowed up in the field how do you keep justifying a half TRILLION dollar defense budget?  Give shit away... that's fargin' brilliant.  

"You're a GODDAMNED GENIUS Gump!"
So if you don't need any more shit, but you are incentivized to buy shit, you give your shit away.  "Ferguson, meet Tank." "General Dynamics, I need to order another tank please."

So why can't this work in more productive spheres.  Hey, it's only a matter of time.  Jump down the rabbit hole below.

As medical Mary Jane becomes more and more ubiquitous you have to imagine that more and more of our boys are going to need marijuana for glaucoma, PTSD, and regularly scheduled sexual harassment "training".  Since the Defense Department is the biggest market in the world for just about anything consumable or combustible, and pot happens to be both, it just makes sense that the US of Freakin' A should lead the world in pot purchasing.   All we need is pot companies with the cash to pay off Generals nearing retirement and with legalization, that should be in 3,2 1.........

(DENVER POST/MARIJUANA SECTION)...June was the best-selling month yet for recreational pot in Colorado, with $24.7 million in total sales, according to state tax collections reported Friday.

Recreational pot sales were up more than 19 percent from May sales, an increase likely attributable to more stores opening.

That's one month in Colorado.  This is real money and no one follows the money like the DOD.
(NAVY TIMES) In the 2012 fiscal year, the Navy reported $91.9 million in distilled spirits sales, compared with $39.3 million in wine and $62.3 million in beer. The Navy uses 70 percent of the profits from its sales of alcoholic and non-alcoholic products to support morale, welfare and recreation programs.
Yes, the "morale, welfare and recreation..." of Navy purchasing officers is greatly benefited by keeping our sailors liquored up with reasonably priced Captain Morgan.  Since the armed services are pretty well split between "juicers" and "smokers" that says that Navy appropriators are missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in "morale, welfare and recreation" dollars.   Just give it time.

But, like anything else the DOD buys, "Patriots Pot" should be way overstocked within a year or two so why not initiate a "Surplus Medical Marijuana" program for local police departments, especially those who are dramatically impacted by rampant legalization.  Think about it:  if pot is legal you won't have nearly as much to seize.  This is a crisis in the waiting for small, under budgeted po-po.  

But what good could come of this government giveaway?

I don't think this ociffer will be in the mood to shot anyone today for jaywalking.
Penn & Teller can do PSLs about proper crowd control using Police Pot.
Predators, Terminators & Barbarians can be subdued without those embarrassing taser stains.
Unconvincing undercover outfits work so much better with a heavy waft of ganja.
For countless reasons the (proposed, just a rumor) Pentagon Surplus Medical Marijuana Program is community policing AND governmental waste we should all get behind.
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  •  Economic development - a department to get rid of (5+ / 0-)

    the excess and maintain "price support", with another department out there to do everything imagineable to stimulate consumption (a function that we currently relegate to the private (albeit underground) sector).

    One thing to be said about our current (or slowly evolving) approach is that the pot industry has created a fair amount of prosperity over the years.

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 07:58:46 PM PDT

  •  Obama's Affordable Cannabis Act. (6+ / 0-)

    Obama has quietly authorized the coming legalization of marijuana, albeit in a massively complex and impossible-to-understand manner, which is a requirement of all government programs.

    Main issues with the ACA, are establishing regional and state cooperatives where one can sign up for the ACA and begin to get your supplies in the mail.

    The BIG deal, though, is the Individual Mandate: ALL Americans must smoke at least some pot during each calendar (or fiscal, if the person is actually a corporation) year.

    You will have to regularly submit urine screens to document that you did use the marijuana during the minimum usage period. You don't HAVE to, but if you don't there will be a fine, and your weed will be shared with the less-fortunate.

    Wingnuts are outraged.

  •  My family legally produces herbal cannabis (4+ / 0-)

    and I would love to see an even broader market for our high CBD, low THC medicinal products.

    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 Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 08:02:59 PM PDT

    •  If you are associated with... (1+ / 0-)
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      the outfit in Colorado that is doing so much work with Charlott's Web and other medicinal strains, that would be really cool. I have an awful lot of respect for those guys. Unlike most second-rate places, they have hired real chemists, pharmacists and even some researchers to help them with their effort and quality control. I really do hope that that becomes the standard and regulation for all producers and dispensaries of what would qualify as medicinal cannabis.

      For those places that want to sell recreational and or GNC scam supplements. I don't think the requirements need to be as strict, but probably stricter than they are now. However, those that are going to advertise their product as medicinal need to step up to the plate ( or have the plate broken over their heads!)

      •  No we are not associated with those guys but (1+ / 0-)
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        we have been doing something very similar in Oregon for over a decade without the publicity. We don't have on-site testing facilities but we do get each strain tested for contamination and primary cannabinoid concentrations. Last year my brother and another grower that helps my sister both lost their entire crops because of an early storm that contaminated their crops with mildew.

        You don't need to have a lab onsite to maintain high quality. We have instead developed a statewide cooperative of growers that support the lab testing of the herbal cannabis products. My sister is an officer in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Growers Association. We don't necessarily need to operate like transnational pharmaceutical corporations in order to create a safe high quality herbal product. Personally, I believe the cooperative is a superior business model over the strictly capitalist model.

        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 Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 10:41:59 AM PDT

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  •  Oh, so THAT'S what DoD did with (0+ / 0-)

    the missing $2.3 Trillion dollars (conveniently announced by Bumsfeld on September 10, 2001)!

    "He went to Harvard, not Hogwarts." ~Wanda Sykes
    Teh Twitterz, I'z awn dem.
    Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly.

    by OleHippieChick on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 02:27:39 AM PDT

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