October 31, 2012
If nothing else, pot legalization initiatives in 2012 have produced serious buzz
With now less than a week to go before election day, the mainstream media is starting to discuss more broadly the possibility that one or more state will legalize marijuana. Here is just a sampling of some of the notable recent media stories from outside the trio of states (Colorado, Oregon, Washington) in which voters are soon to have their say on state pot prohibition:
From Governing magazine here, "Marijuana Legalization Close to Passage in Two States"
From NPR's On Point here, "Marijuana On The Ballot"
From The Washington Times here, "Governor fights legalizing of pot in Colorado: Prohibition would be lifted"
UPDATE: This new AP story provides more interesting marijuana reform food for thought. It is headlined "Mexican think tank says Colorado, Washington, Oregon pot legalization would cut cartel profit."
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"Mexican think tank says Colorado, Washington, Oregon pot legalization would cut cartel profit."
...which it will promptly make up with even worse drugs, alien smuggling and human trafficking. Wonderful.
Posted by: Bill Otis | Oct 31, 2012 11:21:10 PM
And you know this how?
Posted by: Anon | Nov 1, 2012 8:43:04 PM
I've never understood the argument that we should keep marijuana illegal to provide a secure revenue stream for drug cartels. We are told that these are highly organized business ventures that will make money illegally wherever they can find it. Why would continued prohibition prevent them from delving into other profitable illegal schemes? Besides, these organizations simply didn't exist in their present form until the war on drugs. They were created by the war on drugs. More war hasn't seemed to put a dent in their power or their profit, so why not try less war? At the very least, we will remove one of their sources of funds.
Posted by: C.E. | Nov 1, 2012 9:46:07 PM
Yep you would think we'd be smart enough to not make the same screw up over and over.
We had in the 1920-30 a war on alcohol...result the Mob!
Now we have had a what 40-50 year war on drugs and now we have the Cartels a bigger more dangerous pain in the ass then the mob!
Posted by: rodsmith | Nov 2, 2012 10:32:25 AM