Friday, January 05, 2018

Here we go again



The Attorney General has decided to ignore the Obama-era policy not to prosecute marijuana possession in the states where it has been legalized. This means federal agents will once again treat marijuana as illegal despite it's having been decriminalized in Alaska, Colorado, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, D.C., and Washington state.

Like gun control, this is a federal vs. states' rights matter, but ironically, in this instance, it's the conservatives who want to assert federal law.  What a reversal!  The conservatives are the ones who clamor for the priority of state law when it comes to gun ownership (for) and abortion rights (against). Their position on state law goes back to the days of slavery. When the federal government threatened to ban slavery, the southern states insisted it was within their rights to own slaves and that the federal government had no right to deprive them of their property. They fought a war over this. 

The moneyed interests want to protect their property this time, too. Venture capitalists have invested heavily in marijuana farming and distribution, and the states have much to gain from the new industry. Nevada, for example, expects to make over $100 million in the first two years of its legalized pot.

Really though, it just looks like the Trump administration taking one more shot at Obama's regulations.

10 comments:

  1. A top copper here has been pushing for the legalisation of weed - with the exception of 'skunk' - the truly horrible GM product which sends people mad. The tax revenues from the licensed sale of the ordinary stuff would be huge. We could also make our own hashish, thereby denying revenue to the Taliban and IS. Because Pakistani opium farmers are now forced to give profits to terrorists or face destruction, the West has a shortage of clinical opiate pain-killers.

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    1. Bloody hell. Where are your friends and supporters?

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    2. Thank you for caring.

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  2. Hi Shawn, our law here in Germany concerning the use of marihuana differs from Bundesland to Bundesland (e.g. in Berlin you are allowed to have more for personal use than in Bavaria.) They have legalized marihuana now for ailing patients, but a doctor has to describe it.

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    1. Hi Britta. I wonder when everyone will just accept the fact that there is no point in making it illegal.

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  3. The local police are now dealing with more doped car drivers than drunken ones, and by a large factor. Up to 10:1 at times. There was amazing footage of a driver on drugs on the news - in California I think - managed to wreck his car in somebody's upstairs room. Escaped with light injuries. Speeding while asleep I suppose.

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    1. I read now that train drivers on the Paris Metro are refusing to stop at stations in 'no go zones' - main problem seems to be lack of safety for passengers due to the influx of immigrant crime, criminal gangs, and drug abuse. Of course we in Europe are told by friendly politicians every day that such 'no go zones' don't really exist and everywhere we want to go at night is perfectly safe. Police, fire brigade, and ambulance unions report the contrary. But of course this is mere phobia - they are wrong too.

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    2. In today's news the police in the Alpine city of Innsbruck area sweep up more than 45 drug dealers recruited from newly arrived and arriving immigrants. Three or four days 1,500 would-be immigrants, mostly from Libya, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea! And so it goes on. Not worth reporting ... by the mainstream elite . . . 30 seconds and it's history. BBC Top 3 Stories posted 5 questions Trump tested. A test a 5-year old, or even Barron, could have done. Fake News or what? We live in such hallucinatory and strange times that you don't need dope. As Tom Jones said to Elvis Presley: I've tried them all, and the best one is beer.

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    3. Strange times, indeed, Gwil. Once marijuana is legal, states can institute DUI laws for being high as well as drunk. Until then, they just get the driver on possession. Laws don't tend to stop criminal behavior, though, do they?

      And, yes, Trump's cognitive test was a joke, as are most of his utterances.

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    4. People are being persuaded to disrespect laws they don't like. The anarchists and the great unwashed are having a time of it. Next week tens of thousands of them will be coming here for their annual attempt at trashing the town centre - and coming from far and wide but mainly Germany. You'd think they'd have something better to do, but apparently not. Our new Bundeskanzler who has just returned from visiting Paris and Berln is being compared with Hitler. It's all a complete nonsense stoked by the left wing press and their friends in low places.

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