• Can Legalizing Marijuana Save California, Our Republic?

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    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 is 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.

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    September
    8, 2010

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