Rep. Ron Paul and Barney Frank introduce bill to send marijuana regulation back to states

Rep. Ron Paul has teamed up with an unlikely partner to introduce a new bill that would legalize the sale and regulation of marijuana. It would also give jurisdiction of reguation back to the states to do as they see fit.

As we’ve talked about before on our show the drug war has done nothing but waste time and billions of dollars that should be used in more constructive, enriching ways instead of chasing down and prosecuting pot smokers. The drug war is a complete failure and has not made our country one bit safer. The drug gangs have been empowered by prohibition and the illegal drug trade has become a multi-billion dollar business. Meanwhile, states are missing out on taxes that could be collected from the legal sale of regulated pot.

Has any drug addict ever been helped by going to prison? In addition to the cost of pursuing and prosecuting drug users it costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars to house, guard and feed them while in prison. In 2006 $68,747,203,000 was spent on corrections, or $22,650 per inmate. Keep in mind that these are people who are not working, paying taxes or paying rent. They are not doing anything but learning from their new friends how to get better at committing crime. The war on drugs results in the yearly imprisonment of a quarter million people for marijuana. Currently, the United States has the second highest rate of imprisonment in the world. Clearly this is not working. If marijuana is legalized  in even a portion of the states the drug cartels will collapse immediately. Who will buy marijuana from a shady dealer on a corner when they can buy it from a store? Which would you choose? A ziplock baggie or a sealed package with an ingredient label and receipt?

In addition, the big banks launder billions for the drug cartels and are never touched. Wachovia, now part of Wells Fargo, was caught laundering money for Mexican cocaine cartels. But even though they laundered upwards of $400 billion (and profited on the lending of that money) they only had to pay a fine of $160 million. In addition, once the firm was acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008, they were rewarded during the financial collapse with a bailout of $25 billion more from the feds.

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that hemp was lumped into prohibition as well. Not because it’s a drug (it is a cannabis plant, you can’t smoke it), but because it is a completely renewable resource that can be used to make durable fabrics and paper. It is also a great nutritional food source. At the time, Du Pont chemicals was about to popularize its wonderful invention polyester, a synthetic petroleum derived fabric. Of course they didn’t want any competition. In true US government form, it is legal to import if that makes any sense. Legalizing hemp growing in this country would introduce a great renewable alternative to cotton and wood pulp paper and would open up a whole new farming industry.

This whole system of corruption must end if the republic is to survive. Some would try to frame the debate around whether or not it should be legal to get high, but it’s really about who’s profiting from the prohibition.

For more, please see Mike Adams’ great article on this topic at Natural News.

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2 Responses to Rep. Ron Paul and Barney Frank introduce bill to send marijuana regulation back to states

  1. chris says:

    Dear Gus,
    You claimed in another post’s comment that, and I quote, “I’ll leave the grammar aside since it’s not really the point of the article. I’m not writing poetry.” Very deep, very profound…
    In my humble opinion (or in stead), you should have said: look, folks, I do not really care about you, so I will right (after consulting with Ken, of course) what ever, how ever, using words that sound goodly about what I dim important, then draw some conclusions and wait for your praises: if they come, its OK, if not , not. But please, do not aks me to give up poetry, I will never do it!

    For a native speaker of English such as you (I’m going on a limp here) this altitude is a bit troubling… On the other limb, it may very well be an illustration of the poor education you resieved due to the inadequate funds allocution i.e. too much for the “War on Drugs”, to little for schools.

    Besides, in this article you contraindict yourself, be cause the poetry abounds; fortunately its (as in “it is”) very well camouflaged by the gramatical/orthograpedical mistakes.
    Since the review you made before posting [did you do a review BEFORE posting? Will (as in “we will”) never no (as in “know”)] did not raise any flags I selected for your delightfulness a few examples from the post:

    “Meanwhile,
    taxes that could be collected
    on the legal sale of regulated pot
    are being missed out on.”

    Not quite rhyming but hey, blank verse is all right…

    “Beside, has any drug addict ever been helped by going to prison?
    Yet it costs taxpayers:
    addition: tens of billions of dollars
    to keep people in jail after we,
    spent all
    that
    money
    chasing them down and
    prosecuting them!”

    Beside the liberty I took to adding some missing punctuation (just for the atrical affect)… I rearraigned the words, to luke nice…

    “Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that help was pushed into prohibition as well,”

    Self-exculpanatory, no knead for comment…

    “At the time, Du Pont
    chemicals was coming out
    with:
    `It’s a wonderful invention, Polyester!`
    a synthetic petroleum derived fabric
    and didn’t want any competition.”

    If this is not poetry, then it’s appeal to us all its not!

    “This whole system of corruption must end if the republic is to survive. It’s not just about the public’s freedom of getting high or drunk, it’s also about who’s controlling the profit from the drug trade, the alternatives, the enforcement and the bribes.”

    Here, for the less familiar eyes of your other reader of this post, I, Will, rephraze this passager to better empha-size your poetic genius:

    a. This whole system of corruption must end if the republic is to survive.
    Majestic, grand and patriotic! Bravo!

    b. It’s not just about the public’s freedom of getting high or drunk, = This whole system of corruption it is not just, or about getting drunk or even climbing the slopes! (see c.)

    c. it’s also about who’s controlling the profit from the drug trade, the alternatives, the enforcement and the bribes.
    So, the corruption system its also a bout of controlling the profit:
    – from the drug trade;
    – from the alternatives;
    – from the enforcement; and,
    – from the bribes.

    I do not know of a more poetic exprimation besides this! Aim in owe, shock and bewilderment, beside dis-Gus-t (no Pun unintended)… Besides, even though I weisted a good 2 hours on this comment and, in addition, even though eye know that it will fall on deft ears, beside the fact that even though we all try our best and times are Taft, its with great disappointment that I ak now ledge the dire state we, the Republic, are in. I, hope fully, even though will continue to read this posts, the quality will improve for the average reader or even for the below average.

    Also, I hope that after reading my comment you will be as annoyed as I was after reading yours.

    Sincerely yours,
    Chris

    P.S. If for some reason you are too busy to review your material before posting it I happily, voluntarily, and anonymously offer my FREE service of editing your intended post(s). And before you say no, remember that Pride is not only “a company of lions” or “spirit in horses” or a bride with it’s (wink-wink) head twisted (nudge-nudge) but also one of the seven deadly sins…

  2. Gus says:

    Hey, thanks for being a loyal reader, and listener I assume. It would be great to dedicate my life to this to this blog and radio show so I can give the time these posts deserve. I’d even like to re-read them to savor the flavor. Alas, work is a full time endeavor. I’m flattered (concerned, worried, etc.) you take so much time to break down my grammatical misgivings. Please rest assured it’s not a result of poorly funded education, but rather from hasty efforts. Yes, “haste makes waste”, but someone told me once that “anything worth doing is worth doing poorly”.

    Poetry

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