Legalization of Miss Mary Jane?

by Cougar News Staff 826 views6 argues legalization of marijuana could benefit California's economy.

For Californians, legalizing marijuana seems closer than ever. Marijuana is the number one used drug in the United States. California, currently one of 14 states, allows people to grow and consume marijuana for medical purposes. Advocates for legalizing marijuana officially secured enough signatures to put a referendum on the California ballot this November.

The ballot, probably being the most watched in history, gives the right for citizens to vote to legalize, sell, and tax pot. According to Tax Cannabis,  the Board of Equalization (BOE) states that the controlling and taxing of cannabis in California could generate $1.4 billion in much needed revenue each year. These funds could go towards jobs, public safety, health-care, parks, roads, transportation, and more. The law would give the right for adults over 21 to legally buy pot like they would alcohol.

The revenue could generate an additional $12-18 billion a year for California’s economy from spin-off industries like coffeehouses, tourism, and of course snack-food. Buyers can only buy an ounce at a time so do not rely on Costco to buy in bulk or for free samples. The law would prohibit citizens from possessing marijuana on school grounds, using it in public, smoking it while minors are present, or providing it to anyone under 21 years old. The law maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired.

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Comments (6)

  1. “Marijuana is the number one used drug in the United States.” You state that as if fact. You are incorrect. I believe alcohol and nicotine far exceed marijuana as being most used. But hey… those aren’t drugs because they’re legal right? WRONG. Those are the drugs that the government supports and subsidizes. Kill tens of thousands each year, but by golly the ole gov makes sure you get what they want you to. Cannabis is the competition. They want the status quo to continue. Time to shake THEM up.

    The three biggest lobbies against legalization by the way are:

    1. The pharmaceutical industry
    2. The alcohol industry
    3. The for-profit prison industry

  2. One need not travel to China to find indigenous cultures lacking human rights. America leads the world in percentile behind bars, thanks to the ongoing open season on hippies, commies, and non-whites in the war on drugs. Cops get good performance reviews for shooting fish in a barrel. If we’re all about spreading liberty abroad, then why mix the message at home? Peace on the home front would enhance global credibility.

    The drug czar’s Rx for prison fodder costs dearly, as lives are flushed down expensive tubes. My shaman’s second opinion is that psychoactive plants are God’s gift. Behold, it’s all good. When Eve ate the apple, she knew a good apple, and an evil prohibition. Canadian Marc Emery is being extradited to prison for helping American farmers reduce U. S. demand for Mexican pot.

    The CSA (Controlled Substances Act of 1970) reincarnates Al Capone, endangers homeland security, and throws good money after bad. Fiscal policy burns tax dollars to root out the number-one cash crop in the land, instead of taxing sales. Society rejected the plague of prohibition, but it mutated. Apparently, SWAT teams don’t need no stinking amendment.

    Nixon passed the CSA on the false assurance that the Schafer Commission would later justify criminalizing his enemies, but he underestimated Schafer’s integrity. No amendments can assure due process under an anti-science law without due process itself. Psychology hailed the breakthrough potential of LSD, until the CSA shut down research, and pronounced that marijuana has no medical use. Former U.K. chief drugs advisor Prof. Nutt was sacked for revealing that non-smoked cannabis intake is scientifically healthy.

    The RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) allows Native American Church members to eat peyote, which functions like LSD. Americans shouldn’t need a specific church membership or an act of Congress to obtain their birthright freedom of religion. God’s children’s free exercise of religious liberty may include entheogen sacraments to mediate communion with their maker.

    Freedom of speech presupposes freedom of thought. The Constitution doesn’t enumerate any governmental power to embargo diverse states of mind. How and when did government usurp this power to coerce conformity? The Mayflower sailed to escape coerced conformity. Legislators who would limit cognitive liberty lack jurisdiction.

    Common-law holds that adults are the legal owners of their own bodies. The Founding Fathers undersigned that the right to the pursuit of happiness is inalienable. Socrates said to know your self. Mortal lawmakers should not presume to thwart the intelligent design that molecular keys unlock spiritual doors. Persons who appreciate their own free choice of path in life should tolerate seekers’ self-exploration. Liberty is prerequisite for tracking drug-use intentions and outcomes.

  3. As the party of individual liberty and responsibility, I hope we as Republicans will put an end to this wasteful, police-state approach to marijuana. It’s time to let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.

    Hopefully Californians will be prepared for the “October Surprise” that the prohibitionists will pull out of the hat as November approaches. They will no doubt try some late-breaking scare tactics and continue to ignore the harm caused by putting our young people in prison, the loss of tax revenue, the waste of tax money, the huge cost of enforcement, and all of the other evils of prohibition.

    Parents, let’s watch out for the “October Surprise” and let’s stop putting our own kids in jail!

    Citzens of California can register to vote at w w w . Just complete the online form and mail it to the address on the form.

  4. Many years ago while in high school, I was in the DARE program. I hated alcohol, cigarettes, and all drugs. I was very much a straight arrow. Since that time I have also worked at a drug treatment center or several years. Between dealing with relatives who were alcoholics, dealing with a relative who smoked pot, and seeing the various struggles of the patients at the treatment center, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that marijuana should absolutely be legal. My alcoholic relatives have since died early, way early. The relative who smokes pot is still alive and kicking and doing very well with little to no social cost as a result of their vice. As for the treatment center, I’ve seen many patients with many different problems and the most socially costly drugs out there are alcohol, meth, and pharmaceuticals. Oddly, alcohol is legal, the phamaceuticals are “prescribed by a doctor, so I CAN’T be an addict, right?” ha ha, yes you are.


  6. I smoke weed all the time and love it but that doesn’t mean i want it to be legal. I don’t want the rest of the population smoking weed just because now they have legal access to it.
    I know a lot of people who would be more likely to go to school or work high rather than drunk. Many people, including a girl i knew from my school, died in a metro link crash because one man was distracted by texting. He was only texting.. imagine if people who have jobs like that went to work high.
    It affects other people who have no control and I’m not ready to vote for something like that.

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