Friday, June 24, 2011

Think It Will Pass?

[Update Below]
Ron Paul Bill Would End Federal War on Marijuana
Rep. Barney Frank is co-sponsoring the first-of-its-kind legislation, which would permit states to legalize the drug

This bill is a real test of state's rights advocates, conservatives and Republicans, in particular to practice what they preach. That is the real question laid out in this article by Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic.
[I]ts states' rights approach is significant, and forces defenders of federal drug policy into their weakest position. It's one thing to argue that marijuana should be illegal. It's another thing to insist that the federal government enforce a nationwide ban even as duly elected state legislatures signal that the people disagree. That is the essence of the matter. Under this bill, marijuana would be legalized only in states where the people and their representatives desire it.
Today's Times-Standard runs the front page article by Josh Richman of the Oakland Tribune: New bill would end federal marijuana prohibition. He makes note:
In November, 53.5 percent of California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana use ...
The great hue and cry at the time was what would happen to the price of pot and how would that be detrimental to all the local businesses that benefit if totally legalized. Even in Humboldt County pragmatism prevailed. Better the degenerating consequences deleterious to the community than legal.

Will it pass? Considering the fact that the best thing that could happen to American Society is for it to pass, I doubt many legislators have the guts to put the people's interests first over corporate hegemony.

[SourceImage credit: Baz Ratner/Reuters]

[Update :: Friday, June 24, 2011]

What price decades of moral equivocation and lawless degradation? Charles Davis puts it very succinctly in his short post on his False Dichotomy. This is what the money-grubbing local businesses, be they legit or illegitimate, settle for when they shamelessly put money over lives and a safe and wholesome community. After a couple of generations of self-justifying a lawless and corrupt lifestyle, these people are incapable of distinguishing the difference between the corrupt and incorrupt.
In the land of the free
One man gets 6 1/2 to 13 years in prison for growing and selling a plant, another shoots an unarmed father in the back -- murders him -- and serves less than a year
What, one wonders, could explain the vexing disparity in sentencing? Why would the state, bound by the social contract to uphold liberty and justice for all, treat horticulture as a greater crime than homicide? Because the murderer was one of their own, the gardener one of us. 
What happens when you break your end of a contract?
The corrupt look after, support and protect their own, that's what.

1 comment:

  1. It all comes down to money... Big pharmacuticals will not like the competition....good luck on this bill passing