amyjared wrote:but I've not heard a valid and rational argument against legalization.
phpbb wrote:The major issue with the colorado law, as it was written, is that there was a clause in it that made it legal for a person 18 or older to transfer marijuana to a minor as long as no cash was exchanged. That was the issue that everyone got hung up on.
strumminsix wrote:Makes no difference what they do locally
Crazy 9.5 Fingers wrote:Lazy L, that was a great post and you hit it on the head. I think the pro legalization lobbyists have gone about this the entire wrong way. As you so eloquently noted, the crux of this issue is $. That is the bottom line for everything in this nation. And that is fine, it is what it is. But simply stated, the govt. has more to gain with pot being illegal and sadly, the unenlightened voters don't see the flaws in our legal system regarding drug laws, sentences, etc. People can get wacked out on pharmaceuticals, I know I have, and it is pretty much no biggy. Govt/Insurance/Pharm. companies all sleep in the same bed. My point is thus, the lobbyists need to come up with a plan that gives the govt. an opportunity to really cash in on legalizing. How about you pitch a plan where you have to pay a monthly fee to have a pot license. Smoke without the license, get a fine. I know the purists would say, "how wrong it is to have to pay for that, the government has no right, blah blah blah." Get that hippy rhetoric out of here. I would gladly pay plenty of bucks to be granted the privilege to smoke weed. Maybe I would apply for the grower's license, which naturally would require significant fees and licensing fees, and govt. regulated inspections at my expense to operate the high powered sodium lights, the hydroponic system, etc. Not a problem. Someone needs to make this plan a reality. And yes, I am high at this moment.
It could kind of be like American Express. The heavy hitter smokers would pay a higher rate and annual fee to have the Platinum, or even the coveted Black card membership. We could rebuild an entire New Orleans with the money this concept would generate. We could build another backup New Orleans in case this one floods again. Kind of like in Blazing Saddles though that was only a facade of Rock Ridge. But I digress..
We could rid ourselves of unemployment. And we could have a president, who late at night, smoked a doob and his wife would give him a BJ and he could relax, and we would stop the urge to go to war. We would rid ourselves of our crude oil need becuase everyone would be too stoned to get up and go drive somewhere. Not to mention, you would feel so great stoned on your couch, why go drive anywhere? And no one would get hurt except the drug dealers on the street who charge $60 for 2.0 grams. Screw them.
I'll keep working on the plan in the meantime. I think if the pot lobbyists and a group of entrepreneurs could brainstorm this thing for a few weeks out in Arizona on a golf course, we would be all right. Who's coming with me?
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