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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries On The Ballot In Four Cities

American taxpayers are being forced to pay $40 Billion a year for a prohibition that causes 10,000 brutal murders & 800,000 needless arrests each year, but which doesn't even stop CHILDREN getting marijuana.

After seventy-five years of prohibition, it's obvious that the federal marijuana prohibition causes FAR more harm than good and must END! Drug Dealers Don't Card, Supermarkets Do.

October 1, 2012 at 10:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Marijuana Shops Closing Amid Federal Crackdown

We have a right to know that our laws are based on logic, and we have a right to know that our laws create more good than harm. The federal marijuana prohibition fails on both these counts.

Eight hundred and fifty thousand people a year are arrested for possessing marijuana, meanwhile, six thousand people a day start using marijuana for the first time. The prohibition does *not* prevent people from buying, selling and using marijuana.

It was sheer madness of President Nixon to create a massive illegal market for marijuana and then try to contain the violence and smuggling that it generated. A far saner plan would’ve been to prevent the illegal market from forming in the first place by allowing supermarkets to sell legally-grown marijuana to adults at prices low enough to prevent illegal competition (the same successful policy we use for beer and wine).

We parents do NOT need to support the failed policies of President Nixon! He is long gone now and our responsibility is to the safety of our children. Our only choices on this issue are to have drug dealers selling marijuana to kids, or to have supermarkets selling marijuana to adults. As a parent, I choose the latter.

October 24, 2011 at 2:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Drug Cartels Move Cash Across The U.S.-Mexico Border

Most cartel money originates from selling marijuana in the U.S., and as marijuana is about as addictive as coffee your description of the source of this money as "addicts in the United States" is not exactly accurate. It'd be more accurate to say that its source is recreational American users of illegal marijuana.

Anyway, even if the federal marijuana prohibition does cause this type of money laundering and even if it does divert billions to the cartels and encourage them to brutally murder thousands of people every year, is that the fault of non-smoking American people? What are we supposed to do about it??

May 23, 2011 at 2:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Insight Into The Latest Drug Violence In Mexico

Arresting adults for possessing marijuana is as ridiculous as arresting adults for possessing alcohol! The federal marijuana prohibition empowers local drug dealers and the Mexican drug cartels by preventing any form of legal competition to their activities. Instead of protecting children from marijuana, these laws create an environment of zero legal supply amidst massive and unrelenting demand that makes our children LESS safe.

The prohibition costs taxpayers $40 billion a year, generates 700,000 unnecessary arrests every year, diverts $10 billion a year to the Mexican drug cartels, has caused the death of more than 35,000 people in Mexico in just the last four years, and lures drug dealers into our neighborhoods selling their stinking weed to our children. And worst of all, it doesn't even stop kids from smoking marijuana!

We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales - to keep unscrupulous black-market criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. Marijuana should be legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.

April 20, 2011 at 7:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego City Embarks On Regulations For Medicinal Marijuana Dispensaries

$113 billion is spent on marijuana every year in the U.S., and because of the federal prohibition *every* dollar of it goes straight into the hands of criminals. Far from preventing people from using marijuana, the prohibition instead creates zero legal supply amid massive and unrelenting demand. The scale of the harm this causes far exceeds any benefit obtained from keeping marijuana illegal.

According to the ONDCP, at least sixty percent of Mexican drug cartel money comes from selling marijuana in the U.S., they protect this revenue by brutally torturing, murdering and dismembering countless innocent people.

If we can STOP people using marijuana then we need to do so NOW, but if we can't then we must legalize the production and sale of marijuana to adults with after-tax prices set too low for the cartels to match. One way or the other, we have to force the cartels out of the marijuana market and eliminate their highly lucrative marijuana incomes - no business can withstand the loss of sixty percent of its revenue!

To date, the cartels have amassed more than 100,000 "foot soldiers" and operate in 230 U.S. cities, and it's now believed that the cartels are "morphing into, or making common cause with, what would be considered an insurgency" (Secretary of State Clinton, 09/09/2010). The longer the cartels are allowed to exploit the prohibition the more powerful they'll get and the more our own personal security will be put in jeopardy.

September 14, 2010 at 7:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego DA Wants Rewrite Of Medical Marijuana Laws

Here let me help with that Ms. Dumanis. You take the laws controlling alcohol, cross out the word alcohol every time you see it and replace it with the word marijuana.

There, how long did that take, 30mins max?

December 3, 2009 at 1:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should California "Medicalize" Illegal Drugs?

Wait a minute! The problem with the Dutch model is they never legalized the production of marijuana. It's like legalizing sodas but not legalizing their production. Where do you think the stores are going to get their inventory?

It's a completely ludicrous situation and is embarrassing in the fact that it's far superior to our own. Marijuana's prohibition in our country has done nothing to reduce its use. All it's done is encouraged drug dealers to operate out of our schools, made marijuana easily available to children and continues to divert $7 billion annually to the Mexican drug cartels. You can't tell me that that was the long-term goal of the prohibition!

When the production of marijuana is legalized, marijuana will be produced under the same under the same sort of security as sodas and beer are today. Take a look at some of these facilities and you'll see 24-hr security and high fences. That's what keeps many of our industries safe and it's what will keep the cartels and organized crime out of our legalized marijuana industry.

Save a life, end cartel killings. Tell your legislators to legalize the production and sale of marijuana to adults!

June 1, 2009 at 3:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )