To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making

bullet image Why I Support Legal Marijuana by George Soros, in the Wall Street Journal.

…In many respects, of course, Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on Election Day. The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago.

These are the reasons I have decided to support Proposition 19 and invite others to do so.

bullet image What the Feds Can Do About Prop 19: The attorney general will have a tough decision to make if California legalizes marijuana. in Newsweek. A pretty good article.

For one, the administration’s cheapest course of action, a challenge to Prop 19 in the courts, looks doomed. Constitutional-law experts say California has no obligation to have the same criminal laws as the federal government, so Holder’s Justice Department can forget any lawsuit compelling the state to make marijuana use a crime. “Arguably a state could decriminalize murder” and the federal government could not force it to do otherwise, says Ruthann Robinson, a constitutional-law professor at the City University of New York. On the legalization question, then, Holder’s hands are tied.

One bit of stupidity in the article:

Prop 19 is, by many accounts, a flawed initiative. “I would rather be talking about the merits of legalization than the demerits of this cockamamie kluge of a bill,” says Kleiman, the UCLA drug-policy expert, expressing his frustration with the slew of media calls he’s received on the subject. “If a law is properly drafted, you know when it’s valid and you know what will happen if it passes. It seems to me neither is the case.”

That’s just nonsense. How many laws have you dealt with, Mark, that involved eliminating a decades-old prohibition against the active wishes of the federal government and replacing it with a brand new system of regulation built from scratch? Gee, could that have something to do with the uncertainties? Mark apparently wants… neatness.

bullet image ACLU Letter To Attorney General Argues There Is No Basis For Challenging California’s Proposition 19

Here’s the actual letter

Threats of federal interference, however, go beyond just poor policy; suggestions of a facial challenge to Proposition 19 misconstrue the preemptive reach of the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and ignore constitutionally-imposed limitations on the federal government’s authority to dictate state criminal laws. Politics should not confuse the legal analysis here. The express anti-preemption provision of the CSA and the anti-commandeering principles embodied in the 10th Amendment plainly foreclose any claim that Proposition 19, if enacted, would be void under the Supremacy Clause because preempted by federal law. […]

Californians have every right to enact Proposition 19 to stop this incredible waste of criminal justice resources and to dismantle one of the most shameful legacies of the war on drugs, the selective enforcement of these laws.

bullet image The Closing of the Marijuana Frontier
California is not just deciding whether pot should be legal. It’s determining the shape of a major new American industry.
by John Gravois

Mendocino County’s second-largest product—wine—may provide the best alternative vision for dope. Thanks in part to a legal loophole that always allowed for home producers, wine has been much slower to consolidate than other industries, and no single winery has the political clout of an Anheuser-Busch. This has been better not only for small producers, but also—more importantly—for the public. So maybe we should all hope that Matthew Cohen is right: that Mendocino will become the Napa Valley of marijuana, and that the premium growers can charge for a sustainably grown, artisanal product backed by a helluva marketing narrative—America’s last frontier! Land of the organic outlaw!—won’t turn out to be too much lower, in the end, than the premium they charge now for growing a crop under conditions of abject fear. It’s not such a bad dream, anyway.

[Thanks, Tom]

bullet image For those of you interested in the Stewart/Colbert Rally this weekend, Just Say Now is organizing a Prop 19 Day of Action to take place all over the country on Saturday, October 30.

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9 Responses to To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making

  1. Ben says:

    It’s probably unfair to quote Kleiman’s anti-Prop19 complaining at the tail-end of an article about the federal vs state conflict in ending prohibition. Kleiman can’t possibly be that dumb. Probably irresponsible editing by the author.

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  3. claygooding says:

    My impression of Kleiman is that he is just that stupid.

  4. Servetus says:

    A new article champions further research and use of cannabis in the medical treatment of breast cancer.

  5. claygooding says:

    Soros kicked in in a big way!

    CA: Multibillionaire investor George Soros backs Proposition 19

    “George Soros, the multibillionaire investor, will donate $1 million to help pass Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization measure, which he endorsed Monday as “a major step forward.”

  6. If I had a rocket launcher says:

    Damn, we really are on the verge of ending life as we know it in the US. But shit, is there even enough time for Soros’ check to clear? Every time I deposit a larger check the banks want to hold my money for eons.
    clay, it really is my impression that Mr. Kleiman is on the verge of figuring it out. He may never do so but he may. Compared to Pink’s mother who we know for a fact will never be able to use reason and intelligence to color her decisions and personal policies.
    Andrew Cuomo announced that there will be no medical cannabis in NY if he’s elected governor. Now let me see, where in the world did I put the polls of New Yorkers attitude toward medical cannabis. I can’t recall if it was just under or over 70% of the voters in favor of medical cannabis. NY shouldn’t elect this guy because he’s just flunked the IQ test. Sheesh, even Governor Paterson can clearly see that telling 70% of the voters that you don’t care what they think is political folly. Tell them you’re also going to make some extremely ill people suffer in order to ignore the people’s preference is monumental stupidity. So stupid I think we need to give Mr. Cuomo a screening for hallucinogenic drugs, cause he certainly must be tripping. No doubt whatever.

  7. DdC says:

    Soros Gives $1 Million To CA Legalization Measure
    By The Associated Press
    CN Source: Associated Press October 26, 2010
    Billionaire financier George Soros has thrown his money behind California’s marijuana legalization measure with a $1 million donation a week before the vote. The contribution reported Tuesday by The Sacramento Bee is the single biggest donation from an individual other than Oakland medical marijuana entrepreneur Richard Lee, the main sponsor of Proposition 19.

    Why I Support Legal Marijuana

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