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  •  The ENTIRE "anaylsis of pro-con arguments" (15+ / 0-)

    in the last big section are a back and forth between hardassed prohibitionist sources - Barry McCaffery, The DEA, and the Drug-Free America Foundation, which most people would not know used to be called "STRAIGHT, Inc".

    It is run by Mel and Betty Sembler, high-ranking GOP stalwarts, friends of the Bush's - Betty Sembler has her own 'day" in Florida, thanks to Jeb Bush.

    The Pro-sources are doctors and lawyers ...and a DEA judge who was ignored for ruling the wrong way.

    And it's very clear what I say: For whatever reason marijuana was originally made illegal, and there a re a variety of intertwining realities, it is because of Richard Fucking Nixon, the CSA and the DEA that we are STILL struggling to get this travesty repaired.

    It is a republican issue through and through and Progressive Democrats have to work for progress on this issue, if for no other reason than to kick dirt in the face of republicans. Given that 25% of American states ahev already moved in a progressive direction and more are on the way, it is a no-brainer for supporting.

    It remains illegal ONLY because of the power and hyperlying of the republicans and the DEA. This is the meme and it is fully supported by a review of this CSR.

    This CSR is a motherlode of an update as to where we are in the war on drugs.

    Excellent material and my new main source for bashing the ignorance.

    And they said a black man would never be President.....

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 07:49:18 AM PST

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    •  It would be really interesting to have access to (5+ / 0-)

      what savings could be realized from legalizing and taxing marijuana (as we do alcohol) as opposed to enforcement costs, including investigation, prosecution and incarceration.

      In order to truly counter the Republicans who support the status quo, we need to show the prohibition of marijuana as an unnecessary government interference with states' rights as well as a costly government spending program.

      Piffle crack eat monkey snow. Really. Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald

      by Susan Grigsby on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 01:43:00 PM PST

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    •  Drug Free -> Drugs, Free! (if you can grow it, (2+ / 0-)
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      kurt, the national gadfly

      that is).

      On the hemp front, something for you to think about:

      What industries, what States,
      would most hate hemp as industrial material or agricultural product competition?

      Oil/fuel for vehicles & mechanical uses?
      Lighting oil, for lamps or cooking?
      Cotton?
      Paper makers?

      Hempseed is used as a protein-rich food (including hemp milk, much like soy milk).  What food growing industries might hate seeing hempseed come up as a competitor?  Corn?  Wheat?  

      Which of the above industries (or any additional) have the most government sourced subsidies coming in?  The States where that money is highest seem like the most likely laggards in supporting legalization/regulation, particularly if these industries have well organized lobby groups.

      All of which doesn't even touch on the medical/pharmaco industry, who might hate an unpatentable, self-growable competitor to any number of patent/prescribe business models that said pharma/med companies might currently leverage to gain outrageous profits.

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