Keith Humphreys has apparently decided to go all out with this bizarre rant about dead tobacco consumers.
It apparently goes like this:
- Tobacco companies cause 40,000 deaths per year from cigarette smoking; therefore, don’t legalize marijuana.
Apparently, part of this strange equation involves big businesses that are unhappy with the low numbers of consumers that they’ve killed and want to increase that number. They will then hijack the legal marijuana business, make everyone want to buy an inferior product through advertising, and poison the product so that people, who have never died from marijuana, will start dropping dead all over the place.
To Keith (in an otherwise good post), it’s like big business is worse than the combination of Mexican Drug Cartels and Al Qaeda.
The other possible outcome is that AG Holder (and note this is rank speculation, I have not discussed this with him and have no idea what he will decide in the end) does not intervene at all. In that case the coming years will see either Big Tobacco having a line of lucrative, well-marketed cannabis products, or, a new industry created that more or less conducts itself like Big Tobacco.
and that links to…
â€œThis law hands another product to market to tobacco companies or creates a doppelganger that will lobby with them,â€ Humphreys said. â€œI donâ€™t want to see some 16-year-old kid who smokes a joint have his life ruined, but . . . this law is not just legalized use, itâ€™s legalized corporate ownership [and] legalized marketing.â€
Humphreys predicts that tobacco companies, which have been poised and ready to accept cannabis into their product line since the 1970s, will align their aggressive marketing tactics and billions of dollars in lobbying power to gain control of cannabis in California.
â€œItâ€™s taken us 40 years to bring tobacco companies even modestly to heel, and tobacco still kills 40,000 people per year,â€ he said. â€œHow about letâ€™s show we can regulate one industry that sells an addictive plant before we take on another.â€
What a scary concept: “legalized corporate ownership [and] legalized marketing.â€ That sounds like something that some kind of Capitalist Society might have. Not like a nice benign Nanny State that tells its citizens what’s best for them, and that sends armed and hooded peacemakers through the front door of their homes to make sure they don’t do something that’s bad for them.
Thank God we have Keith Humphreys here in the states to protect us from the horrors of consumer choice.