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Today's Washington Post has an article talking about 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush's opposition to Florida's upcoming Medical Marijuana legalization vote:

The legalization of medical marijuana has broad support from the American public. But Republican presidential contenders aren't so high on the idea.

Former governor Jeb Bush just came out against amending the Florida constitution to legalize medical marijuana. In a Thursday statement, the Republican said the move could reduce the number of tourists and businesses that come to the state.

“Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire,” Bush said. “Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts."

Polls show fewer than 43% of Floridians oppose Marijuana legalization, but that isn't stopping Jeb and the Chamber of Commerce types from standing up against overwhelming public sentiment supporting marijuana legalization:
You'd expect presidential candidates to be on board with an idea that's literally more popular than apple pie. So why isn't the crop of potential GOP White House hopefuls -- including Bush -- on the same page as the rest of the public (and really, the rest of their party)?

One answer is that candidates can be pretty slow to shift their position on social issues. Another is, well: the money. Medical marijuana has encountered opposition from the business community, which is a very influential donor pool for Republican candidates. The Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida and the Florida Trucking Association are each, along with Bush, part of the coalition opposing Amendment 2.

What does this mean for the Democratic Party's 2016 potential candidates?

Do they support medical and recreational cannabis, or do they fall in with reactionaries like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie in opposition to legal weed?

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

    by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:32:09 PM PDT

  •  No worse than alcohol (3+ / 0-)
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    Citing his own experience as a kid with marijuana, President Barack Obama is weighing in on the legalization debate, saying it isn’t more dangerous than alcohol or different from cigarettes.

    “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” the president told The New Yorker’s David Remnick in a lengthy profile published Sunday.

    http://www.politico.com/...

    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

    by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:35:26 PM PDT

    •  People eat marijuana all the time (0+ / 0-)

      its never killed anyone, and its just about legal (and safe too) Safer than alcohol.

      so that quote got me thinking:

      Kids and teenagers watch NFL football, its considered "family entertainment"

      They have Beer and Alcohol ads all the time during NFL football, OK, what about (edible) marijuana ads during NFL football games?

      (I know, I know, "what about the little kids seeing legal weed". We all know "booze doesn't hurt little children and impact families", so let's keep advertizing that shit on Television, next to the truck ads, and put some titties next to the Beer bottles too, that won't effect the kids either. Its free speech/corporate speech.)

      (let's not forget the NFL's Military recruiting ads, they don't impact little kids and families either..)

      "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

      by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 03:23:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  the NFL: the national "wife beater" league (0+ / 0-)
        NFL star Ray Rice was recently suspended two games for getting caught physically abusing his wife on camera. The punishment seems pretty incongruous, as players like Ricky Williams and Von Miller have been handed far longer suspensions for marijuana use.

        The Daily Show host Jon Stewart pointed out the stark contrast in last night’s episode.

        “The league suspends you for four games if you get caught smoking pot, which is actually legal in one of the cities the NFL operates in,” said Stewart.

        “To be clear, the NFL suspends you for twice as long if what you hit is this,” added Stewart as a graphic of a bong showed up on screen.

        http://blog.sfgate.com/...

        "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

        by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 03:37:22 PM PDT

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        •  fuck the pigs.. (0+ / 0-)

          i'm smoking ganja right now while i babysit.

          fuck ALEC and the white cops..

          "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

          by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 04:34:40 PM PDT

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          •  prez (0+ / 0-)

            that other thread is closed so i gotta talk here OK.

            i don't know if you guys saw this yet, its from Mike Brown's family (my condolences too)

            Michael Brown’s family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piece mil information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.

            There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender.

            The prolonged release of the officer’s name and then the subsequent alleged information regarding a robbery is the reason why the family and the local community have such distrust for the local law enforcement agencies.

            It is no way transparent to release the still photographs alleged to be Michael Brown and refuse to release the photographs of the officer that executed him.

            The police strategy of attempting to blame the victim will not divert our attention, from being focused on the autopsy, ballistics report and the trajectory of the bullets that caused Michael’s death and will demonstrate to the world this brutal execution of an unarmed teenager.

            prez i don't give a shit if the cop's prove this kid did a goddamn thing wrong, the white cops still murdered him in cold blood prez. The fact that he was black played a role too prez. You, Eric, and Valerie all know that kid was murdered. The question in my mind is what the f you people gonna do about it?

            "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

            by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 09:27:39 PM PDT

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            •  prez this is historic civil rights shit wtf (0+ / 0-)

              those cops are lying now too. telling conflicting stories. what the fuck is this prez, get on this stuff fuck golf.

              prez this is bad:

              Police chief gives slightly differing accounts of Brown encounter (USA Today 1hr ago..)

              FERGUSON, Mo. — Protests over the fatal police shooting earlier this week of an unarmed teenager remained calm Friday night in Ferguson, Mo., despite anger from residents over new claims made by local police earlier in the day.

              Michael Brown was identified as a suspect in a strong-arm robbery of a box of cigars moments before he was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, police said Friday.

              In an afternoon press conference, Ferguson, Mo. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson did not initially make a connection between the robbery and Brown, whose death spurred violent protests and unrest in the St. Louis suburb over the past week.

              Wilson stopped Brown and a friend because "they were in the middle of the street, blocking traffic," Jackson said.

              cont..
              Hours later, however, Jackson told a slightly different story to CNN and NBC, saying that Wilson noticed Brown was carrying a box of cigars that had been reported stolen. Wilson, he said, initially stopped Brown for blocking traffic, but as he began driving past Brown, he noticed Brown was holding cigars.

              At that point, Wilson "made the connection" that Brown might have been involved in a theft that had just been broadcast on police radio, Jackson said.

              Jackson earlier released Wilson's name along with information that Brown was a suspect in the previous robbery. He said he released surveillance video tape and documents related to the robbery to satisfy freedom of information requests from the public.

              cont..
              His decision to release both bits of information at the same time has come under fire by residents and Brown supporters who said the police were trying to divert attention away from Wilson and justify the shooting by blaming Brown.

              Jackson would not say why he released the information when he did the way he did, other than to say he was responding to freedom of information requests from the public about the robbery.

              Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Brown's family, told USA TODAY the release of the officer's name alongside a robbery report naming Brown as a suspect "smoke and mirrors."

              cont..
              "There was nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that would justify this execution style murder by this police officer in broad daylight," Crump said. "It's not enough that they assassinated him in broad daylight in the middle of the street. They also have to assassinate his character to try to get away with it."

              He said police were trying to divert the public's attention from the crux of the issue. He added that police only releasing photos of the robbery suspect and not Wilson shows that the department will not be transparent.

              He said Brown's family believes the police strategically waited to release the officer's name to justify the fatal shooting.

              Residents were angry.

              "So then why did they shoot him?" said Keith Miller, 58. "The way they're putting this out, no one trusts the Ferguson cops. Things are going to stay calm for now. But people aren't going to be patient on this. If they don't charge this cop, it's going to start right back up."

              cont..
              Brown was unarmed when Wilson killed him. Witnesses in the area say Brown had raised his hands to surrender when he was shot. Police have not confirmed that information.
              your making me write shit up here. fuck this, do work motherfucker..

              "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

              by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 11:01:16 PM PDT

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              •  do work prez (0+ / 0-)

                OK,

                this has nothing to do with congress, so work on this. pronto.

                "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

                by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 11:06:29 PM PDT

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                •  not the weed stuff prez (0+ / 0-)

                  i meant the Mike Brown issue.

                  i wouldn't ask you to work on weed stuff during a vacation that would be rude. this is historic civil rights stuff right now, so do something historic. you know what i mean, say some shit, do some stuff, not the usual stuff though, like more stuff because this is more fucked up.

                  think of this kid prez.

                  "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

                  by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 11:14:58 PM PDT

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                  •  oh no prez.. (0+ / 0-)

                    talk about bad flashbacks, i think i have been spotted by the most tiniest and smallest uber-yokels of all time i think:

                    the Mike Mcginn cult
                    *Talk about a tiny small man prez, that nigger is small. He had that fukin tiny bike and shit hahhahahahaha..

                    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

                    by Seattle Socialist on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 11:06:50 AM PDT

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                    •  Rand Paul and Seattle Hempfest (0+ / 0-)

                      Seattle Hempfest is full of right-wing people, they opposed Washington's marijuana legalization that was passed, I-502, they had a bunch of right-wing goons there fighting it i remember. They never wanted the State of Washington to be able to tax marijuana sales because they are a bunch of Libertarian weirdos. And a bunch of lightweights too apparently (*see Mike Mcginn) Mcginn fought and stymied police reform in Seattle tooth and nail. They are still trying to clean up the mess he left behind on that issue. Fuck him and his whole right-wing weirdo crew.

                      "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

                      by Seattle Socialist on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 11:25:40 AM PDT

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  •  The tourist numbers for CO and WA (2+ / 0-)
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    happy camper, Chi

    disagree.

    I am an electrical engineer, run a reasonably high traffic server, and build autopilots and drones for a living. If you have technical questions, ask away and I will try to give a cogent answer.

    by spiritplumber on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:39:26 PM PDT

  •  Straight Inc has a lot to to with that (4+ / 0-)
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    They were a "rehab" that tortured a lot of teenagers back in the 80's. They got away with it for years because they were saving the world from pot and long hair. Their CEO is named Mel Sembler and he's the biggest Republican fundraiser in FL. BTW Straight Inc closed it's last "rehab center" in 1993 and changed their name to Drug Free America Foundation. You may have heard of them under that name.

    “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Lyndon Baines Johnson

    by spacecadet1 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:44:41 PM PDT

    •  I think there's something to the lack of a hyphen (1+ / 0-)
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      There.

      Q: But why would they want to drug a free America, anyway? And with what?

      A: Money, power, and ideology. With good old-fashioned tradition, authority, purity and anti-intellectualism.

      Any further questions?

  •  My guess: (7+ / 0-)

    It goes back to privatized prisons.

    Fewer drug inmates, fewer prisoners.

    When your profit is determined by prison population count, it's pretty tough to be for decriminalization of anything.

    Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome. uid:21352

    by pucklady on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:50:02 PM PDT

    •  let me see how that lines up with Jeb's crew (4+ / 0-)
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      It goes back to privatized prisons.

      Fewer drug inmates, fewer prisoners.

      When your profit is determined by prison population count, it's pretty tough to be for decriminalization of anything.

      with this:
      While the overall prison population has grown dramatically over the last two decades, the growth of inmates being detained in private, for-profit prisons has skyrocketed. Between 1990 and 2009, the total number of inmates in federal and state prisons doubled, while private prisons saw its business explode -- the private prison population in 2009 was 17 times larger than two decades earlier. This isn’t an accident.
      cont..
      Through involvement in the leadership of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), private prison companies have played a key role in lobbying for and passing harsher sentencing for non-violent offenses including three-strike laws, mandatory sentencing, and truth-in-sentencing.

      "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

      by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:11:54 PM PDT

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  •  The war on non- white people oops on drugs; (0+ / 0-)

    they need to fill up the profitized prison system, to decrease the completion for white workers.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:11:10 PM PDT

  •  Debbie Wasserman Schultz (3+ / 0-)

    is already opposed to medical marijuana. If I lived in her district and she had a token primary opponent (to her left of course), I would vote for them. She really ticked me off when she announced her opposition for #2.

    As a Florida Voter, I see this as a test vote to go for the whole thing and get Marijuana legalized and regulated like Alcohol.

    Not sure if we can do it on the 2016 ballot ballot but if we go for it, I'd like to try in a Presidential year as it will be hard to get 60 percent in an off year.

    •  who the hell is Debbie Wasserman Schultz? (1+ / 0-)
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      i ain't never heard of this woman.

      who is she, and why would she matter in any way?

      pardon my ignorance..

      "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

      by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 03:29:03 PM PDT

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      •  Are you serious? (1+ / 0-)
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        Seattle Socialist
        Debbie Wasserman Schultz (born September 27, 1966) is an American politician. She is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 23rd congressional district, a member of the Democratic Party and the Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 05:31:52 PM PDT

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        •  who? (0+ / 0-)

          that why i ain't heard of her, i don't know what the Democratic National Committee is either.

          are those guys the leaders of all the Democrats?

          "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

          by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 05:49:26 PM PDT

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          •  Well, read the wiki link (1+ / 0-)
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            The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the principal organization governing the United States Democratic Party on a day-to-day basis. While it is responsible for overseeing the process of writing a platform every four years, the DNC's central focus is on campaign and political activity in support of Democratic Party candidates, and not on public policy.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/...

            No, nobody is the leader of ALL Democrats. As Twain said "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." But she is in a position to be a face and voice of Democratic party values and issues.

            This is why "she matters in any way".

            “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

            by Catte Nappe on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 05:56:30 PM PDT

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            •  thats good (1+ / 0-)
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              because if she is a smart, or even semi-competent, leader for the Democratic Party she would support the marijuana legalization efforts happening in her state right now, so as to be in line with the broader American public opinion on the issue. She doesn't want to seem "out of touch" like Jeb Bush over here.

              "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

              by Seattle Socialist on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 06:13:51 PM PDT

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  •  Republicans are opposed to legalizing Marijuana (1+ / 0-)
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    Because the whole privatized for-profit prison system in the United States would collapse without the steady flow of minority (and generally petty) drug offenders.  And all those companies raking in huge profits from incarcerating people wouldn't have anything to give to their favorite politicians.  It's that simple.  

  •  Republicans (0+ / 0-)

    still remember the hippies and their counterculture, with it's challenge to the established order and the military-industrial bent of the American government, out in the streets protesting the Vietnam war.

    It was all too socialistic and pacifistic for them, and they blamed it on teh weed.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 05:17:36 PM PDT

  •  A desirable place to retire? (0+ / 0-)

    With all the potential health issues that retirement age brings? Health issues that may be alleviated with medical marijuana? He needs to think that concept through a bit more.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 05:26:37 PM PDT

  •  Why are Republicans against (1+ / 0-)
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    marijuana legalization?

    It's simple.

    Drug laws give a lot of right-to-vote forfeiting felony convictions to Democrat-voting minorities.

    “If you want to do something evil, put it inside something boring." -- John Oliver

    by jim304 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 08:24:49 PM PDT

  •  Probably because the Bush family is heavily (0+ / 0-)

    invested in the pharmaceutical companies that fear inexpensive medical marijuana replacing some of their worthless drugs.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 01:59:41 AM PDT

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