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September 14, 2012

"Three views on whether states should legalize marijuana"

The title of this post is the headline from this Christian Science Monitor "One Minute Debate" page. Here is how CSM sets up what follows:

This November, voters in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington will consider ballot measures to legalize and regulate marijuana, much as alcohol and tobacco are taxed and regulated. In this first in a series of "one minute debates" for election 2012, three writers give their brief take on the issue.

The 'yes' case is argued by Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).  The 'no' position is offered by David G. Evans, a special adviser to the Drug Free America Foundation. And a middle path is suggested by Kevin A. Sabet, who has worked on drug policy under three presidents of both parties.

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NO, NO, NO! we must fight against this dangerous course. Marijuana must remain illegal--look at the bad effects on health--look at all the people who have died from marijuana as compared to alcohol and tobacco! No, besides you will ruin my business and that of my friends. What will happen to my haciendas, to my beautiful, sexy women? To my handsome young men? No, No. Keep marijuana illegal so I can continue to make millions and millions of dollars from growing and selling. America is great country. Do not be fooled.

Pablo

Posted by: Pablo Miranda Escobar | Sep 14, 2012 5:08:10 PM

Pablo --

"What will happen to my haciendas, to my beautiful, sexy women? To my handsome young men?"

Nothing. You'll just move into cocaine and other drugs (which you're already doing), alien smuggling and human trafficking.

So relax and have another joint, my good man. A fellow like you will always find the path to an easy buck.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 14, 2012 6:20:25 PM

Bill! mi amigo!!

You write "So relax and have another joint, my good man. A fellow like you will always find the path to an easy buck."

Es la verdad, mi amigo. You Americans are wonderful. You make illegal everything that people want. You make drugs illegal--so I make millions and millions. You make prostitution illegal, so I make more and more millions. I LOVE AMERICA!! Long live CAPITALISM!

Pablo

Posted by: Pablo | Sep 14, 2012 7:36:43 PM

@Pablo
Can you go troll for another cause? Cuz you're not helping this one.

Posted by: MikeinCT | Sep 14, 2012 8:41:32 PM

Pablo --

"You write 'So relax and have another joint, my good man. A fellow like you will always find the path to an easy buck.'"

Yes, I did write that, and you don't deny it.

I also wrote that, when dope becomes legal, "you'll just move into cocaine and other drugs (which you're already doing), alien smuggling and human trafficking."

That part you just whistle past. Got an answer, Pablo?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 14, 2012 9:29:23 PM

Actually the CSM stories struck me as on in favor of legalization and two opposed, with the third disingenuously framed as a middle path but really advocating more of the same.

Posted by: Gritsforbreakfast | Sep 15, 2012 9:10:30 AM

Bill Otis,

Marijuana is the bread and butter of the multinational drug trafficking organizations, subsidizing the more capital-intensive and riskier ventures: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/magazine/how-a-mexican-drug-cartel-makes-its-billions.html?pagewanted=all&_moc.semityn.www.

The demand for those other commodities you list is not nearly as great as the demand for marijuana. Give the American people some credit.

Pablo is going to be very sad when U.S. marijuana policy finally relearns the lessons of alcohol Prohibition.

Posted by: Jane Roe | Sep 15, 2012 8:54:38 PM

Jane Roe --

"Marijuana is the bread and butter of the multinational drug trafficking organizations..."

Then it's obviously immoral to patronize those murderous organizations by buying and using their wares. So don't.

"The demand for those other commodities you list is not nearly as great as the demand for marijuana."

The demand for them is easily big enough to keep Pablo in his luxurious life style, which is all he cares about.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 15, 2012 11:08:27 PM

@Bill
"Then it's obviously immoral to patronize those murderous organizations by buying and using their wares. So don't."

Perhaps, but (if you'll forgive the cliche) it's an unpleasant fact that oil money finds its way to despots and terrorists in the Middle East and Venezuela.

And if marijuana was legalized it would take a small part of the income out of various cartels without introducing something substantially worse than legal drugs.

Posted by: MikeinCT | Sep 17, 2012 12:31:48 AM

MikeinCT --

"Perhaps, but (if you'll forgive the cliche) it's an unpleasant fact that oil money finds its way to despots and terrorists in the Middle East and Venezuela."

The difference is that we need oil, but we don't need pot. Still, you have a point, so I'll be supporting legalizaion of the Keystone Pipeline!

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 17, 2012 8:44:51 AM

Billo, sounds live you've done a 180 and are advocating dropping prohibition of any activity involving consenting adults.

Posted by: Bill K | Sep 17, 2012 2:19:58 PM

Bill K --

"Billo, sounds live you've done a 180 and are advocating dropping prohibition of any activity involving consenting adults."

Building the Keystone Pipeline is "any activity involving consenting adults"???

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 17, 2012 3:33:43 PM

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