Saturday, November 10, 2012

Marijuana Was Legalized In Two States, What Do The Feds Think? What Can They Do?



On November 6th Colorado and Washington state voters voted in favor of state wide legalization, Massachusetts voted in medical marijuana, and numerous cities have decriminalized posession of marijuana (see here for a full article). Colorado and Washington made history that day by being the first states to tell the nation that they want marijuana prohibition to end. Now, though this is an amazing thing the feds don't agree. In their eyes the legalization, or even loosening of penalties on cannabis, is a threat. If you know much about the corruption our government is in with the big businesses, pharmaceutical companies, etc. then you should understand why they're so angered. Not all politicians are against cannabis but a majority still are. With all this going on, the federal government is going to need to take action if they want to preserve prohibition, but what are their options? Well, they're slim and extreme but here are a few scenarios that could happen, but most likely won't.

1.

Militarization


Now, this is very very extreme but it's still a scenario. If the government wanted to get extreme, they could send in the national guard or have federal agents patrol the area. The federal government could also use the DEA to raid dispensaries like they're currently doing with medical marijuana states. With the advancements in technology and massive amount of drones at the government's disposals finding cannabis crops could take very little effort. It also takes very little effort to abuse your physical powers to piss off the people of Washington and Colorado, or any state for that matter. People in California and Colorado are already irritated by the DEA's powers being used on their medical marijuana dispensaries.

2.

Heightened Propaganda


Someone from the Google Plus page suggested something along the lines of this. Now, current propaganda is already crumbling and releasing a dumping ground of lies would certainly not work, but what would this major set of lies look like, and how would the information meet the people and local government? Simple: advertising. The US government has billions of dollars and advertising, though already common, still somewhat works. There was an advertisement in California back in 2010 that was against the legalization of marijuana and the ad, that was aired on television, had a website shown on it. On that website there was a picture of a crashed school bus that said if marijuana was legalized bus drivers could drive high even though driving while under the influence of any drug, including cannabis, would remain illegal. It would be treated like drunk driving.

3.

Extreme Taxation by Federal Government


Some say that marijuana can't be taxed by the government. I don't know why they think that but it sure as hell can be taxed. Alcohol and tobacco are taxed. Now, this scenario, once again, will most likely not happen. The government could threaten to tax the living hell out of it to the point where it's cheaper to buy cannabis from drug dealers. Would the federal government do this? No. They're getting desperate to keep prohibition in tact but pathetic acts suck as these would not last long.

There you go, three really extreme scenarios the federal government could do. I highly doubt any of these ever happening but it's always good to wonder about what the feds could actually do to us to prevent our freedom.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Marijuana Policy Hits Major Jump


Last night voters across the United States re-elected Obama but voters from certain parts of the country decided on new marijuana laws for their state and their cities. Two states legalized marijuana, one state passed medical marijuana legislation, and three cities in another decriminalized possession of marijuana.

Three states, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, all voted on the legal status of cannabis for their states. Colorado and Washington voters voted in favor of legalization of marijuana, though Oregon's proposition 80 failed. Many said the proposal was poorly put together and very little information of regulation was added to prop 80. In Colorado, people aged 21 and up may be able to legally purchase up to an ounce of marijuana which will be taxed and expected to generate tens of millions of dollars a year. In Washington, the tax system is a bit different. According to For 43 there will be a triple tax: " when the grower sells it to the processor, when the processor sells it to the retailer, and when the retailer sells it to the customer." This level of taxation may steer people away from buying regulated cannabis but even with the hefty taxes, cannabis should still cost less to purchase opposed to buying from drug dealers.

Colorado and Washington are not the only two celebrating a victory, Massachusetts, the state Mitt Romney's current state of living, had a medical marijuana proposition passed b voters. The irony comes from the fact that Mitt Romney vowed to fight medical marijuana aggressively if elected president of the United States. Arkansas also voted on a medical marijuana proposal. If passed, Arkansas would be the first southern state to allow medical marijuana, though the proposition failed.

Another victory, though much smaller, passed for three cities in Michigan. Michigan's largest cities, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Flint (in order from largest to smallest respectively) all passed decriminalization of marijuana measures, one of which is modeled after the Ann Arbor, MI decriminalization measure. In Detroit, persons aged 21 and up can posses up to an ounce of marijuana on personal property. In Grand Rapids people 19 and over can have an unspecified amount of marijuana on them (in many was, a great thing) with the first infraction being a $25 fine, second infraction $50, and third being $100. The fine doesn't exceed a $100 fine. In Flint, people 19 and up can posses up to an ounce of marijuana on private property, similar to Detroit's new decriminalization laws.

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Edit: Fixed grammar issues