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Pubdate: Thu, 03 Nov 2011

Source: Sacramento News & Review (CA)

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NO ON PROHIBITION

 

In their recent effort to shut down dispensaries in the state, the U.S. attorneys in California seem to want to drive the marijuana industry back underground. In choosing to assert the primacy of federal law, they ignore the fact that the voters of California approved Proposition 215 and deny the state the right to determine its own destiny. They also willfully ignore the fact that prohibition simply does not work.

 

Let's state this clearly: The people who would benefit most from reinstating prohibition are, of course, the Mexican cartel bosses whose laborers grow huge illicit gardens in the forests.

 

So now what? We seem to be at a tipping point. Either we go backward to prohibition, with its reliance on police and prisons and its corrupting black market, or we move forward toward a better system of distributing marijuana.

 

A few weeks ago, the trustees of the California Medical Association, which represents 35,000 physicians, called for the nationwide legalization of marijuana. The organization proposed that marijuana be regulated along the lines of alcohol and tobacco. As Dr. Donald Lyman, the physician who wrote the new policy, told the Los Angeles Times, current laws have "proven to be a failed public health policy."

 

Then, on Monday, the Gallup Co. released a poll showing that 50 percent of Americans think it's time that marijuana become legal in the United States-up from 46 percent last year, and just 12 percent in 1969.

 

The ball is now in the Legislature's court. It can try to create clear, consistent and fair regulations and oversight, or it can simply legalize marijuana. Arguments can be made for both. Neither would eliminate the conflict between federal and state law unless marijuana was legalized nationwide.

 

Pot is now California's No. 1 cash crop, estimated to bring in $15 billion annually. Lawmakers should be looking for ways to regulate and tax the herb-thereby creating jobs and generating revenues-not drive its production and distribution underground.

MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

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More Devisive propaganda:

 

"Let's state this clearly: The people who would benefit most from reinstating prohibition are, of course,

 

the Mexican cartel bosses whose laborers grow huge illicit gardens in the forests."

 

 

How about all the Gun Dealers selling Guns ? And the 50 billion a year we spend on this Charade ?

 

on this side of the border: Property siesures, Incarceration, Harrasement, fines...

 

 

 

As for CAs largest cash crop ? Would you believe Milk ?

 

" Agriculture (including fruit, vegetables, dairy, and wine production) is a major California industry. In fact, California is the world's fifth largest supplier of food and agriculture commodities. Agriculture accounts for just slightly over 2% of California's $1.85 trillion gross state product.Airborne exports of perishable fruits and vegetables amounted to approximately $685 million in 2007. By way of comparison, California exported more agricultural products by air that year than 23 other states did by all modes of transport.

 

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, "California agriculture is nearly a $36.6 billion dollar industry that generates $100 billion in related economic activity."[23] The state’s agricultural sales first exceeded $30 billion in 2004,[24] making it more than twice the size of any other state's agriculture industry.California is the leading dairy state. Milk is California's number one farm commodity.[24] California's dairy industry generated $47 billion "in economic activity" in 2004 and employed over 400,000 people."

 

Wiki Economy_of_California

 

 

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