Is the legalization of marijuana a political ploy?

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  1. slackercruster

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    On the talk radio an author Michael Anton brought up the push for legal grass is being done so the doped populace is easier for the politicians to control.

    I'm thinking it is greed for taxes. Control may be a bonus.
     
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    Or perhaps because the laws regarding marijuana are absolutely ridiculous?
     

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    No, not really. It's more popular demand. Note that in several states it was put to a vote and passed. People want it, and, more to the point, don't see the need to keep it illegal, give that alcohol is legal. They don't see that there's enough downside to it to justify the resources being put it trying to enforce the ban on it.

    In a number of the states where legalization referendums were passed, the state governments, who really don't want to allow it, have imposed a level of regulation that makes legal trade in MJ very difficult.

    So this is very much a bottom up, NOT top down thing. If the OP was correct, the governments would be much more supportive.
     
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    There are a far greater number of people doped up on Liberalism who are easier to control than there are people on drugs and alcohol who are actually much harder to control.
     
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    I’ve been saying this for years...I’ve yet to respond to a domestic where the beaten wife tells me he always gets violent after smoking weed. Booze? Many, many, many times.
     
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    Alas, yes. Not that legalization is bad per se but the left uses it to drive in bad leftists (e.g. Whitmer) and because it’s still scheduled at the Fed level, using can and has interfered with exercise of 2A.

    Again, MI: after pot was legalized, ATF declared that CPL holders were no longer qualified to bypass the background check. Gotta make sure they’re not on the pot list...
     
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    11 states have legalized for recreational, and those 11 states represent half or more of the US population. I don't usually pay mind to polls but they say 66% support. And I do think we passed the tipping point of majority support about a decade ago. The push right now is to get the House to approve it this month, then those stick in the mud Rethugs in the Senate shut it down. The party of No, and all that. Just election year hijinks, unless the Senate has the sense to let the air out of their balloon. They won't though.

    Just my opinion, but I do think Trump2020 would be helped by passing it immediately, before the election. Although he's in the House, you can bet Matt Gaetz will vote Yea. He gets it.
     
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    If politicians really followed the will of the people, weed would already be legal almost everywhere. Yeah, there are downsides but you can't holler freedom and personal responsibility then turn around and say "but you can't smoke this plant because I said so".
     
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    The Gov NEEDS the money, to piss away on something.

    It's gonna come down to the dollar.
     
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    Billions in taxes? That's for sure. I've always said locking these people up for years at the taxpayer's expense was plain stupid.
     
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    It's about the green
     
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    If you think the politicians are the problem, you haven't been paying attention to the people. The problem with a democracy is, the politicians are just a symptom of a defective population.
     
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    What action does a politician ever take that ISN'T a political ploy?
     
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    Increasing tax revenue, putting the illegal drug trade out of business, that's 2 reasons for the legalization of dope.
     
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    The timing is a little odd.
    The bill was written by liberals and Nadler brought it to the limelight just recently for a vote coming next month.
    What purpose does it have now? It has some traction among Republicans in the Senate and Trump may sign it.
    However, it would not likely be passed and signed before Nov. 3rd, so maybe it's a terribly week grasp for attention by house democrats:

    "Hey vote for us to get your weed, young people!"


    As if the potheads are paying attention to this stuff.
     
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    California is pretty much the same with drugs being misdemeanors except for weed which is more or less legal.

    My thought is as long as the laws that remain can be enforced by code enforcement vs law enforcement it will be fine.
     
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    In Aldus Huxley’s Brave New World everyone got their soma at the end of work shift to keep them passive, nothing new to see move along deltas and gammas
     
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    Excellent assessment.

    But Trump thinks it's a losing issue for him.
     
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    The stoners will say no, but the reality is pot removes the motivation from the vast majority of its users to do anything productive, making them the pure definition of the leftists' dream populace.
     
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