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April 03, 2009

Pot: An economic stimulus plant

I am very disappointed that our recently elected champion of change and hustler of hope, President Obama, has dismissed as a joke the suggestion that legalizing marijuana might offer a boost to the economy.
 
The suggestion apparently came not from just a few crackpots but from several thousand of the 100,000 who submitted questions to his recent virtual town hall. A mainstream magazine, The Economist, recently offered the same opinion.
 
Most certainly the economy would get a boost. We could save about half of the $68 billion devoted to corrections institutions. We would no doubt tax and regulate the sale of those drugs, much as we do cigarettes and liquor, and collect income tax on the profits.
 
Let’s face it folks. We have lost the war on drugs. Every statistic points to this as a fact.
 
Are we going to continue our insanity — doing the same old thing expecting new results — or finally wake up, throw in the towel and set a new course?

Ron Platt
Overland Park

Comments

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Surprising the Messiah is not a proponent of legalizing weed. Well, let's see. He is a lawyer and lawyers make a ton of money from "crime", hence they make the laws that afford them the path to "needing" them and mandating you use their bogus service.
The majority of the boneheads in our government are against legalization eventhough the AMA has endorsed limited legalization for medical purposes. Screw it, make it legal, tax it and put the majority of the dope dealers out of business. Like I said, this will cost lawyers, the courts, the goverment and the DOC money so they will not go for it.
A country for lawyers, of lawyers, run by lawyers.

solomon

..."legal BUT taxing"...

solomon

..."hustler of hope"...-Ron Platt

Here is a letter writer who probably should never get high.

This talk of making pot legal taxing it is a load of crap. A person should be able to grown their own without gov't interference.

"Amen STU!"-El Mon Kee

...at least he spelled "Amen" right....

Stifled Freedom

That said, the courts are where the legalization will have to come from. It's too politically incorrect for an elected official to propose as a legilsative change. This is where years of judical failures have plagued us. They are supposed to be removed from politics, but instead the judiciary is politically rigged to serve as little more than a validation step for the legislative branch's hysterical politics.

Stifled Freedom

I dont think legal pot will stimulate the economy, but it sure will reduce the billions we spent chasing pot growers, dealers, and users around.

Law against pot and consensual adult prostitution are both equally unconstitutional.

LegalizeDrugs

This man is 100% correct, marijuana should be legal. A group of very serious policemen have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (leap.cc) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. We can't stop drugs. They're sick of chasing drug users and sending innocent people to prison for decades just because they like to get high. This foolish war on drugs has lasted 37 years and cost us over a TRILLION dollars and we are not an inch closer to stopping drugs. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? My brother, Spencer Montgomery III would still be alive if heroin had been legal. He overdosed because He didn't know the actual strength of the heroin he injected. If he could have bought a known amount of heroin in a pharmacy he would still be alive today. Legalize ALL drugs now. Mark Montgomery [email protected]

Kee

Amen STU!

By the way who hid the ho-hos!

Smarter Than You

Based on the Democrat's stimuli packages there is some inhaling going on in DC.

 
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