Utahns Should Watch CA Marijuana Vote Carefully
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Utahns Should Watch CA Marijuana Vote Carefully
Posted by CN Staff on June 14, 2010 at 04:34:01 PT
By David R. Green Sr. 
Source: Spectrum
Utah -- California is on the verge of legalizing marijuana for general use - within certain age limits, of course. Debate on the subject is now raging, but the measure will be on the November ballot in the Golden State. Fourteen states, including California, already permit the use of cannabis for medical purposes, mainly pain control.The arguments for the general use of pot are simple: It would make the state money, and it would save the state money. Legalizing marijuana, supporters claim, would fatten the state's coffers by applying a sales tax on the product when it is sold.
The more the drug is used legally, the argument goes, the more money for the state, whereas illegal use makes the state not a penny. The theory also says that the state would save money on law enforcement costs. To enforce the law against illegal marijuana use now costs the state millions of dollars annually. These savings would be passed on to the state treasury. According to supporters, it all makes perfect sense.To many in California - a state drowning in debt, unable to pay employees, without means for maintaining its vast infrastructure and facing a ruinous reduction in its bond ratings - the money from marijuana taxes looks promising.Many supporters also believe that by legalizing the drug, the state would undercut the Mexican drug cartels that supply a lot of the state's illicit marijuana. By cutting off the big drug dealers, supporters maintain, violence on both sides of the border with Mexico would subside and California's law enforcement costs would be reduced.And by legalizing the use of cannabis, a whole new industry would be created for individuals and companies eager to enter the marketplace. Thousands of new jobs would be available in the production, marketing and distribution of legally packaged marijuana. But, voters are assured, the smoking of pot would be limited to a strictly "in home" practice. There would be no marijuana "open park" such as in some European cities.The case against legalizing marijuana is based upon medical, moral, legal and economic objections. And opponents point to potential unforeseen, or unintended, consequences to be faced in the future, such as medical costs associated with caring for burned-out addicts. As can be expected, emotions run high on both sides of the issue. But all of us in states near California should be aware of what is happening in our nation's most populous state because in the future we might have to deal with some of the negative aspects of their experiment. Snipped   Complete Article: Spectrum, The (St. George, UT)Author: David R. Green SrPublished: June 14, 2010Copyright: 2010 The SpectrumWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #13 posted by Vincent on June 15, 2010 at 07:18:15 PT:
This excerp
Why is it that prohibitionists always fall back on this lie: "And opponents point to potential unforeseen, or unintended, consequences to be faced in the future, such as medical costs associated with caring for burned-out addicts".No matter how many times science proves that Marijuana is not addictive, these knucleheaded prohibitionists continue to say it is addictive. They just don't budge.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on June 15, 2010 at 03:39:52 PT
Hiya Hempity!
It's so good to see you. I hope you are doing well!
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Comment #11 posted by Paint with light on June 15, 2010 at 00:04:56 PT
speaking of hemp
I didn't see any mention of hemp in this article. think most of everything they mention that is made from petro chemicals, could be made from hemp.Am I wrong on this?Legal like alcohol......or rope.
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on June 14, 2010 at 21:51:24 PT
Comment 7
Oh my gosh!
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on June 14, 2010 at 21:47:33 PT
Hey, Hempity!
Good to see you.
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Comment #8 posted by hempity on June 14, 2010 at 20:29:30 PT
Beautiful People
Hello all you beautiful peaceful people.
So glad you are still here.
Are we still fighting this war on people FoM.
I sure am happy for all the California people.
Love you FoM, it is good work you do.
The Truth About Hemp
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Comment #7 posted by RevRayGreen on June 14, 2010 at 18:29:00 PT
Get this...latest from Iowa legislative leaders have dropped plans to have a committee study legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.The decision could make a full debate on the controversial issue less likely.House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in February that legislators would appoint a committee to study the idea over the summer and fall. If that committee could agree on a recommendation, he said, legislators would consider the idea after they returned to the Statehouse in January.However, the Des Moines Democrat said today that those plans changed after he realized an old piece of Iowa Code says the Iowa Board of Pharmacy may set rules allowing medical uses of marijuana. “There’s no need for an interim committee, because it’s already law,” he said.
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on June 14, 2010 at 13:55:26 PT
Watch Cali!
According to "Little Steven" Van Zandt on Little Steven's Underground Garage, San Francisco's New Spirituality met Los Angeles' professional music establishment at Monterey. It almost didn't happen because they did not trust each other. But then, look what happened by fusion and the world-wide awakening that followed (Anyone remember a little festival in upstate New York called Woodstock?). In the words of Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish, "It was just what we (the San Francisco musicians) needed because we were isolated." So, California, let legalization happen: let Oaksterdam meet Humboldt County and watch the fusion unfold in mind-blowing ways!  Monterey Pop Festival 1967 - Part 1
Watch it while you can!Little Steven's Underground Garage
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Comment #5 posted by Paint with light on June 14, 2010 at 12:02:25 PT
cannabis death
The only way a person ever dies from cannabis is in cases like this... like alcohol.....because it is safer.
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on June 14, 2010 at 07:33:59 PT
medical, moral, legal and economic objections. 
[?]-idiot boy!I have always said that if god really does hate fornicators, adulterers, and worshipers of mammon he would shut Utah down like Sodom and Gomorrah!
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on June 14, 2010 at 06:45:49 PT:
You'd think they'd be ashamed
Ashamed of spouting ignorant nonsense, that is. The Web's been around for twenty years, and in that time the amount of information available on it has expanded exponentially. All one need do to fact-c heck is just make a few clicks.But evidently this author is too fundamentally lazy to do that. His last paragraph shows that he is sublimely ignorant of the Tashkin Study, which should have laid all that 'cannabis = carcinogenic' crap to rest. After all, where's all the dead stoners? According to the (purblind) prohibs, we should be ankle-deep in dead stoners. We should have to rent refrigerator trucks to hold the spillover from the morgues.But...there's not a single death attributable to cannabis alone. Not. A. One.Which this author would have realized, had he been a real journalist instead of the 'cut-and-paste', swallow-any-propaganda-uncritically variety. His employers should dock him for expressing his ignorance so openly, and making his newspaper look foolish...
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on June 14, 2010 at 06:16:37 PT
Medicinal Marijuana: A Patient-Driven Phenomenon
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Comment #1 posted by por1 on June 14, 2010 at 05:23:13 PT:
burned-out addicts.
I know many of them.Meth was the drug of choice for many here.Most of them used cannabis to combat the addiction.Cannabis is the best medicine for addiction.
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