The War On Marijuana Is Lost 7

The government’s war on cannabis is basically lost. We should not be kidding ourselves about what is going on. I know that millions of people will not admit this fact, but it is true.

Medical marijuana is now legal to some degree in the following states and the District of Columbia.

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Delaware
  8. Hawaii
  9. Maine
  10. Michigan
  11. Montana
  12. Nevada
  13. New Jersey
  14. New Mexico
  15. Oregon
  16. Rhode Island
  17. Vermont
  18. Washington

Whatever reasons you have against the use of cannabis, the legalization of weed is gaining strength in the nation. I believe that in the next five years, marijuana will be legal in a majority of the states. A Gallup poll in 2011 showed that over 50% of people in the US favor legalizing cannabis.

Interestingly, a Los Angeles Times article recently reported that eighty percent of Californians support the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Yet fifty percent of Californians oppose the total legalization of the use of cannabis. In most polls the largest group of people opposing any use of cannabis is the Senior Citizens. Why do you thing that is?

There are several other states with legislation favorable to medical marijuana pending. They are:

  1. Illinois
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Missouri
  4. New York
  5. Ohio
  6. Pennsylvania

If the legislation passes in those states, there will be 23 states where medical marijuana is legal or decriminalized to some degree. The half-way mark for medical marijuana is only two states away from reality.

States where medical marijuana legislation has failed are listed below.

  1. Alabama
  2. Idaho
  3. Indiana
  4. Iowa
  5. Kansas
  6. Maryland
  7. Mississippi
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Tennessee
  11. West Virginia
  12. Wisconsin

This is one case where we should not be obsessing over the use of a drug. In my opinion we should totally legalize marijuana and take the criminal element out of it. It has never made sense to put people in prison for using drugs, and it makes even less sense putting people in prison for smoking marijuana. If somebody has an accident while high on a drug, then you can prosecute them as drunk drivers. It is the same principle.

It becomes a real problem for the federal government if most states legalize the use of cannabis. We will have to decide the wisdom and worth of the rights of sovereign states versus the right of the federal government to regulate. Interestingly, Attorney General Eric Holder’s policy is to not prosecute users, but to prosecute dealers. This is his way to not confront the power of the sovereign states, and to keep most of the Department of Justice out of jail.

According to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the ACA case, the federal government does not have the freedom to regulate commerce as they once thought. It will be interesting to see a marijuana case before the Supreme Court, and what the liberal judges say about that. I believe they would vote to legalize pot because most of them lived on weed while in college and law school. That’s what liberals and lawyers do.

What do you think about legalizing marijuana, or any other drug?

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7 comments

  1. All my adult life, while I was living in the States, I was an ardent supporter of the War on Drugs. Simce living in Venezuela and being expose to Latin American news I’ve changed 180 degrees. I’ve done a couple of posts of this topic. I now believe legalizing alll drugs is the only moral thing to do. There is a river of blood and terror from America all the way to Columbia and Bolivia. The war on drugs is like a large tax and the drug lords collect it. They are the biggest proponets of the war on drugs. Portuhal legalized drugs some years ago and there is no evidence of increased drug use. The US is wasting billions of dollars and people are being killed, corrupted, and terroized as a result.

    Thanks for writing this post, Bob. This is a subjet that needs to be aired.

  2. Thanks for you comment, Jim. It is interesting to hear from people who live in South America as to how our actions can influence events all the way down there. For some time, now, I have favored legalizing all drugs as the most effective way to diminish crime. Your comment about legalizing drugs is a moral position makes me rethink some of my positions.

  3. maybe we can start taxing pot and make some money!? But I guess we’d be spending all that money paying for rehab for abusers of drugs……. I’m not sure why ConF’s comment about a moral position would have you change your opinion…is that what you meant? How so, Bob?? ConF’s change since living in V is fascinating. Legalization would either stop drug cartels or step them up as they grow more and more pot and to sell more and more pot to openly fill the demand. That makes me shiver a bit. Am I wrong? I hope so!!

  4. The always alert, Z.

    You don’t stop until you find out what you want to know. The position I was referring to is my position on the moral correctness of doing drugs. I have believed doing drugs was wrong, and immoral since I was a young man, but have been slowly changing my mind.

    Jim brought this issue into focus with his statement on how he saw the morality of legalizing drugs. I have advocated legalization of drugs on economic grounds ( see Friedman), before but have always felt that there was a moral problem with more people getting addicted. I felt responsible for the actions of others.

    Therein lies the fallacy. I cannot be held responsible for the acts of others. What others decide is their problem.

    In support of legalizing drugs, he talks about the trail of blood reaching from the USA to drug producing countries. Legalizing drugs is not only morally sound, it becomes clear that it is the only responsible thing to do.

    Normally, I can get to a decision without going around in these circles, but I have not been paying attention to the drug problem because I didn’t want to face it!

  5. I think we definitely need to legalize it. Legalization provides many economic benefits, such as taxation and a decreased underground economy. Also, it’s not harmful at all, so why not? I think the benefits greatly outweigh the costs in this situation.

  6. Thanks for the reply. Legalization makes more sense with marijuana because nobody seems to have a problem getting it, and there is so much crime depending on it. I may be wrong, but it seems to be the least damaging of the illegal substances.

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