Reason TV interviews Gary Johnson. He talks about drug policy around the 4 minute to 7 minute mark.
“I’ve found, people armed with just a little bit of knowledge on this topic, move… move to a more rational position.”
â€˜We Must Win the Battleâ€™ Calderon shows that he still doesn’t get it. Newsweek’s Lally Weymouth fails to ask the $64,000 question.
Drug Czar Should Go by Timothy Lynch
Voters are disgusted by the reckless spending of politicians in Washington. The backlash is coming, so policymakers are now scrambling to do something, or at least be seen as doing something, about the enormous federal debt. Now is a good time for Congress to abolish government agencies that are outdated, dysfunctional or just unnecessary.
A prime candidate for abolition is the office of the so-called “drug czar.”
Businesses Should Stay on Marijuana’s Good Side by Mason Tvert
Sooner or later, these companies will come to realize that they must respect the fact that marijuana consumers and supporters of reform are everywhere. And if they expect to keep their business, maintain their market-shares, and ensure healthy bottom lines, they must end their anti-marijuana madness.
After all, it’s not just those prime-time athletes who enjoy marijuana, but in many cases the fans… and the bank account holders… and the on-line video watchers… and the mountain climbers… and, of course, the coffee drinkers.
People who will never make a living teaching economics.
Harmon says making legalization work is based on a mistaken assumption that the people growing it now will allow themselves to be taxed.
â€œTo me itâ€™s akin to saying, â€˜I grow tomatoes and youâ€™re going to tax tomatoes in my backyard. Am I going to voluntarily disclose Iâ€™m raising tomatoes and pay a tax to you?â€ he says.
Legalization, according to Chris Gibson a top antidrug trafficking official, does nothing to reduce the criminal element for marijuana. He cites the Mexican drug cartels as an example. Theyâ€™ve been growing marijuana in Americaâ€™s national forests for years.
â€œTheyâ€™re going to be able to undercut that price and there is still going to be a black market out there for marijuana grown by them,â€ he says. â€œWho do you think people will go to: The taxed product or the cheaper (and) potentially more potent version?â€
Looks like there’s no point taxing anything then, because people won’t pay it â€” they’ll just pay criminals to supply it for them.
The truth is that people will pay rather significantly more to get it legally. In a legal market, the criminal has to undercut by a lot to get any significant share of the market, and that doesn’t give them enough profit margin to run a successful criminal enterprise. The trick is very simple â€” to make the tax reasonable enough so criminals can’t both significantly undercut and get rich.
Interesting series by David P. Price at Wilson County News.
Burglars who break into our homes, ransack and steal our prized possessions are deemed lesser criminals than someone whose â€œvictims go to himâ€! This is clearly distorted. Distorted by those who cling to the Ignorance of Power. They believe the way to stop drug use is arrest everyone involved and â€œthrow away the keyâ€. Forty years has shown this approach doesn’t work.
CBS representatives won’t let NORML purchase a Times Square Billboard during the Superbowl.
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