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  •  Eventually, they will... (3+ / 0-)
    And the big money interests (4+ / 0-)

    Will want it legal. Totally legal.

    But as far as corporate support goes, there are many more aspects to legalization of marijuana to consider than just recreational use. And the development and marketability of all those aspects will force corporations to reverse, retool and reinvent the processes and manufacturing infrastructure of all their various product lines, likely made obsolete in the very near future as more and more funded research reveals the mostly still untapped potential of this plant. We already know that with hemp, we can make rope, cloth fabric, paper, certain types of oil and even foodstuffs, just to name a few.

    Add all that to recreational and medicinal uses for the plant and the possibilities are literally endless.

    But considering the fact that most CEOs of large corporations are politically conservative and the very meaning of "conservative" is resistance to change don't count on corporations coming out for legalization right away.

    There's no doubt that marijuana's going to change the world in the 21st Century. Now we just have to drag the plutocrats outta the 20th.

    And you can bet they'll go kickin' & screamin' all the way.

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:22:06 AM PST

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    •  Of course (2+ / 0-)
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      DoctorWho, markthshark

      as soon as the big companies figure out how they can make money, they'll be the ones pushing for legalization.

      Just like the alternate energy technologies. The big reason they haven't been more widely adopted, especially for transportation, is because the big energy companies haven't figured out how they can make money.

      As soon as they get that part worked out (and you know they're working on it, they're not totally ignorant) you'll see a lot more options in vehicles.

      My thought is they're trying to figure out how to manufacture reasonably priced, easy to refill or swap, fuel cells. Once they have that done in a way that gets hooked up like a the tank on a gas grill, it would be dead easy to sell it to the general public. Refueling would take minutes, be no more expensive than gasoline, and readily available.

      Yes, it's easy to plug in an electric, but charging takes hours. Not helpful if you're driving a long distance and need to go more than 50 mi in a day.

      But if you could just swap a tank... anybody can do that, and it doesn't take 8 hrs.

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