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During the first 100 days of the FDR administration they tried many new ideas.  Some worked, some did not.  The general concept was to get the country moving by changing the way we did things and experimenting.

One example was to repeal prohibition on the sale of alcohol.  The result was saving taxpayers the expense of enforcing the law, increased revenues from sales taxes, and depriving organized crime of profiting from the huge black market.

 

President Barack Obama could emulate FDR and do something really fun and uplifting for the entire country by announcing his unconditional support for legalizing marijuana.  We could legalize it and regulate it.  Just like alcoholic beverages.  

Why not?  Repealing prohibition on the sale and use of marijuana would be popular with millions of americans who already use it (just like the millions of Americans who drank when it was illegal), it would end the wasteful spending on police, judges, prison guards, etc. (just like the days of prohibition on the sale of alcohol), it would deprive gangs of millions of dollars in profits (just like ending prohibition did for organized crime in the nineteentwenties), and it would be emblematic of a new day in America (just like repealing the eighteenth amendment was).

Who would oppose it?  Senior citizens favor legalizing marijuana because they came of age in the sixties and many of them have friends with cancer who have benefited from using it.  Economists  would have to admit it would help decrease the federal defecit.  Business establishments like liquor stores and bars could become more profitable by having a new product to sell.  

The only people who would oppose it would be cultural conservatives - you know , the same idiots who thought this country was on the right path during the George W. Bush administration.  Their condemnation is just one more reason to favor it.

C'mon, Kossaks.  Let's toke up and speak up!  Let's get this administration off on a high note!  Everyone write to the new President and tell him we want him to act in the best spirit of FDR.  Its time to pass the bong to a new generation of Americans!    

Originally posted to John Lilbourne on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 05:18 PM PST.

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