Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Can Legalizing Marijuana Save California, Our Republic?

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Eric Blair
Activist Post

America, and especially California, are in dire economic straits.  Their day of fiscal reckoning is coming and it's not going to be pretty.  Consequently, it has been suggested that something dramatic will have to happen for Congress to pass any form of relief because the American public was bitterly against the TARP and the Stimulus bill.  I'm not advocating another massive bailout for the states, but it seems that if something meaningful is not done soon to restore economic viability to the United States,  it will shatter into a million pieces.

Perhaps a shattering of current systems is what is needed to rebuild local economies with truly free markets. We certainly can't count on the anti-capitalism mega-monopolies, who have merged with Federal and state governments, to fix this mess and provide for our local well-being.  The economy must grow one town, one city, and one state at a time in a free and organic way.  Incidentally, our Republic was designed to allow this local freedom to govern and grow the economy as they see fit.


California, because of its rivers of red ink, is the first state making a serious attempt to challenge Federal drug laws by voting on Prop 19 decriminalizing marijuana.  Less than a decade ago, ending prohibition of marijuana would have seemed like a radical idea, but today it seems like a harmless pragmatic solution to an economy in crisis.  Furthermore, the public is beginning to realize that the prohibition of anything we wish to ingest, especially something as mellow as weed, is anti-freedom.

California has already proven that well-regulated medical marijuana markets can work.  It has created jobs, business opportunities, and has helped thousands of ailing citizens who wish to have a healthier alternative to pharmaceuticals. But many pot smokers, dealers, and growers are still considered to be criminals.  Russ Belville of NORML described the current situation as follows:
Most marijuana smokers, believe it or not, are healthy and aren’t comfortable spending money for a doctor to give them permission to use cannabis.  Currently we face a ticket, fine, and misdemeanor drug conviction record for possession an ounce or less of cannabis.  That record prevents us from getting student aid and can cost us our jobs, child custody, and housing, or if we’re on probation, our freedom.  (Even if California succeeds at downgrading possession to an infraction from a misdemeanor, a $100 ticket is a lot of money to some people!)  We face a felony charge if we grow even one plant at home.  For us, Prop 19 is much better than “what we have now”.
Despite the Federal government's call to halt DEA raids of medical marijuana under Barry "Bong Hit" Obama, they've continued to sporadically raid legal medical marijuana grow-ops and dispensaries.  Prop 19 is a major battle for states' rights as well as for individual liberty.  Decriminalization of weed would be a huge blow to the Federal government -- unless of course they finally realize marijuana's time has come.  It will be very interesting to see how the Feds will manage such a defeat in terms of controlling the flow of legal marijuana out of the state, and their overall approach to enforcing marijuana policy nationwide.

It seems clear that legalizing marijuana will help California's decimated economy by creating much needed tax revenues, easing the pressure on the expensive law enforcement system, as well as likely creating a massive tourism industry.  It has also been argued by the former Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, that legalization of marijuana will also work to reduce the violent drug wars along the Mexican border that spills deeper into the United States everyday.

So perhaps ending prohibition of marijuana can save California, and indeed solve a few problems at the Federal level as well.  Passing Prop 19 would be a huge win for the Liberty Movement, states' rights, California's economy, the border drug wars, and restoring basic sanity to our justice system. It seems like a no-brainer, but will it pass?  With the polls being mysteriously "all over the map" it's anyone's guess.

Personally I hate to be this cynical, but I'd wager that no matter what the actual vote is, the powers that be will present a very close final vote of 49% to 51% to the public, a la anything controversial or detrimental to the establishment in the face of public support for pragmatic solutions.  It will be considered an oh-so-close valiant effort -- but, sorry, maybe next time. I hope I'm proven wrong and the polls become so overwhelmingly in favor of the measure that the establishment won't be able to get away with funny business at the polls.

Prop 19 is the liberty and states' rights battle of our time.  Restoration of our rights has to begin somewhere.  Please suit up and join the fight for liberty!


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11 comments:

pod said...

The short answer to the question in your header is no. Anything done under the term "legal" can only get you deeper in debt. There is no "republic" all of the states became bankrupt in 1933 and you have been controlled in receivership since then by international bankers. This is why president Obama does not need to show a birth certificate. He is not operating under the old constitution "for" the bankrupt United States. The bankers will keep finding new and interesting ways to bleed you dry until you wake up, read the 1993 speech by James Traficant (Rep. Ohio) concerning your plight and do something to change the situation. There is a link to the speech at whatisknown.com but you need to know that you are under maritime law. (guilty until proven innocent).

jbpeebles said...

In an age where Fedgov claims to control every facet of our lives, any dissent is considered criminal. For the millions of American pot smokers out there, they're used to being victimized by laws making them criminals for smoking pot. The negatives aren't there to justify the punishments; compared to alcohol, pot is virtually victimless (excepting of course enforcement that impacts hundreds of thousands annually who are busted for pot possession.)

To make our way out of this mess, we need to advocate sensible drug policies, not those that have been implemented throughout the nation as part of the War on Drugs, a flop which has cost hundreds of billions and ruined lives, with ZERO effect on the consumption of drugs. Until fairness and treatment are seen as the tools of fighting dependence, marijuana laws will also be likely unjust and unnecessarily punitive.

As much as I'd like to position Prop 19 as a states rights issue, the fact is Fedgov doesn't see any of its laws as open to discussion or interpretation. Hence the continual war on drugs despite its ineffectiveness. Now maybe if the financial resources (read your taxes) expended on W.o.D. are imperiled, Fedgov will reconsider its policies.

I don't know how extensively voting in California has succumbed to the "black box", but the idea of a predetermined 49-51% outcome intrigues me. (Objective analysis of black box voting in 2004, for instance, supports this thesis.) Safe to say, there will be those in the pharmaceutical industry who oppose marijuana for its many medical benefits, which challenge high margin, synthetic alternatives while offering NO side effects (munchies aside.) Oddly, police might come down in favor, corrections industry a big NO. Some within Fedgov might acknowledge the relative innocuousness of the drug and vote for its legalization, exempting of course the agencies whose budgets are tied to enforcement, which we know doesn't work, but does fill a trough.

Legalization would hurt the mafia, and we know whom they share their drug profits with, PLUS how well things are going down in Mexico under the current status quo. This said, I think new funds from pot sales would need to be directed into growth interdiction in places like National Forests. Unless such grow ops were officially marked and regulated, they'd likely continue to be raided by "revenue agents."

Activist said...

JBPeebles:
Great comment. Thanks for your intelligent insight. Feel free to submit blog articles to us for publishing at activistpost@gmail.com

Eric B.

John said...

Way too much money at stake keeping it illegal. The Mexican drug cartels make over half their profit from cannabis. A large part of the whole War On Drugs Inc. owes it's existence to illegal cannabis. Many (most) of the large American growers in Northern California want to keep it illegal.

The other day my girlfriend commented, "If they legalize pot in California will that encourage people from other states to move here just so they can avoid getting busted?" Hmmm, good question. Maybe a reason to vote against this.

sovereignthink said...

Prohibition of Fundamental Rights only ever empowers Evil Men and Criminalizes Civil Men.

The Constitution does not specify the Inalienable, Uninfringeable, Indivisible Rights of the Individual to choose their crops, choose their merchants, choose their clients, choose their merchandise, choose the way to process their crops, choose their food, choose their vitamins, choose their treatments, choose their diet, etc, etc,

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has moved toward enacting a complete ban on flourishing businesses that may be targets of robbery in a Depression economy in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Loss of industry will remove new tax dollars, jobs, local economy growth, industry development and lawful regulation of an industry currently run by criminals.

In a unanimous vote, the supervisors directed county staff to prepare an ordinance banning pot dispensaries. The ordinance would first need to be considered by the Regional Planning Commission and then by the Board of Supervisors, a process that would probably take at least three or four months.

Mike Antonovich is the author of a motion to Criminalize Medical exo-cannabinoid Clinics. This would criminalize the regulated commerce of prescribed and controlled distribution as well as agricultural processing and development.

As the County board of supervisors he is the acting city council for the unincorporated communities of Los Angeles County in this Decision. Spearheading the decision of Prohibition for all of the people in the unincorporated areas that exo-cannabinoids and the Hemp industry in general is not welcome in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County’s Economy.

“It leaves the unincorporated portion vulnerable,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, author of the motion. The board, he said, needs to protect residents’ “safety and property values.”

Antonovich believes this Industry is Dangerous on its face and the Unincorporated communities and population of LA County are in danger from it.

Attorney Tulane M. Peterson, added: “This is a public safety issue. It is not a debate over the medical properties of a drug.” An official with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said pot-dispensing locations tend to draw crime and violence.

“(Dispensaries) are turning a lot of money and have attracted the attention of armed robbers,” Assistant District Attorney Jacquelyn Lacey said.

http://sovereignthink.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/antonovich-and-la-county-bos-ban-successful-industry-for-fear-of-robbery-and-to-keep-crime-down/
Not to mention Ending the Reign of Mobster Cartels that have been empowered and corrupting Mexico ever since the War on Drugs Started.

US Army War College MEXICO STRATEGY RESEARCH PROJECT (CIVILIAN EDIT)
http://sovereignthink.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/usawc-mexico-strategy-research-project-civil-edition/

'War' is indeed a Racket
-sovereingthink

AMDAthIon said...

No more excuses folks, let's end the insanity.

RichardC said...

If you get hard core prohibitionists talking freely, perhaps under the influence of legal alcohol, they will tell you that legality of marijuana, as well as cocaine and opiates, is NOT a policy choice that the voters and their elected representatives are allowed to make. They insist that a law legalizing marijuana, cocaine, or opiates would be invalid. If you ask them how so, they will mention vague "international treaty obligations" that supersede laws passed by Congress. Some of them will tell you that the DEA and FBI will keep right on busting drug users, at least under a conservative President. Conservative Presidents will be happy to extradite American citizens to UN custody for prosecution in international courts, just as Slobodan Milosevic was tried.
Interestingly, I have heard the same strategy advocated by European gun haters who claim that eventually American gun owners will face arrest and prosecution once they leave American territory.

King of the Paupers said...

Jct: Curing people with herb takes away victims from the pharmaceuticals who won't like losing the business.

calfotogal said...

There are several points missed in this article. I put together a compendium of articles for those that are interested in the real reason Marijuana was made illegal. Please visit:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/29021914/The-Politics-of-Hemp-and-How-It-Can-Save-America

Did you know that a very exciting cancer cure has been developed from the resin of cannibus?

Did you know that industrial hemp, which was legal and encouraged by a less corrupt government in the old days can produce more than 20,000 products? Did you know our government was bribed by DuPont to make industrial hemp illegal so they could exploit their less environmentally friendly products? Talk about giving our economy a boost. Look at the industrial hemp section in this download!!

jkingexe1 said...

Basically, the government doesn't care about YOU at all. They don't care about making this country a "better place to be". They don't care about who's getting their rights taken away from them in a court of law. They don't care if THEY uphold the law at all. They don't care if this country is goin to shit in a handbasket via this "economy". They don't care if you're broke and on the side of road begging to work for food.
Its all a facade, my friends...a house of cards. This economy is not even real. As Pod said, this is NOT a republic, we HAVE been bankrupt since 1933, and we ARE under maritime law.
Do you actually think your taxes go to paving roads? Think again, my friend. It goes to pay back the ultimate "loan" the govt has on your head. You are property of the US Govt via "citizen" (sorry about all the ""), and they could care less about Prop thingamajiggy.
They want this land to stay just as it is, just as long as...wait for it...wait for it...
THEY GET PAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As long as they have their money, everything is alright with them......don't know why tho, money isn't real either, ha!!
They want to keep you dumb, watchin your corny shows on tv, and oblivious to the [[ MATRIX ]].
YOU are making THEM money, and part of that is having your civil wars on these types of issues.
Until you realize that the only criminal acts out there are Personal Injury and Property Damage, and that no law enforcement officer (or statute enforcement officer - which has nothing to do with you) has jurisdiction over you, then you will forever succumb to them, and will always pay them their "money" that they brainwash you into thinking that they are owed for these statute violations that mean absolutely nothing.
WAKE UP AND SMOKE IT!!!!!!

sovereignthink said...

Total Prohibition of a Private Voluntary Commodity, Market or Personal Activity is a Violation of the 9th and 10th Amendment of the Constitution and a Tyrannical Affront to the Natural Rights and Responsibilities of Liberty and Justice Endowed to Every Sovereign Individual and For the Protection of Which Our RePublic Stands.

Just because it’s not explicitly there doesn’t mean that it’s not there.

The Right to Select, Grow and Process the Crops and Agricultural Products of the Individual Farmers Choosing; as well as Maintaining and Selecting the Buyers, Prices, Trades and Exchanges, There of; from Personal Efforts, Activities and Lands shall not be Lienable, Prescribed or Infringed. Congress may find, during times of war or for the Execution of the RePublic’s Duty, that Incentives may be offered to increase National Production of a Crop or Commodity, Regulation and Uses within the Public Domain is reserved for the States, Counties and for the People.

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