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Writer's Block: 420 friendly?

A number of U.S. states are planning to legalize marijuana. Do you agree or disagree with this policy, and why?
I'm with bart_calendar on this one: "As long as they tax it, it's fine with me. We've got to pay for health care and other shit somehow."

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christinaathena
Mar. 9th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Hell, even if they didn't tax it (not that they'd be likely to overlook a tax source like that if they legalized it*), we'd be saving a buttload of money by not putting people in jail for smoking a few joints. Not to mention the lost potential of the jailed smokers. Having a drug conviction on your record makes it a lot harder to find a job. And in addition to the obvious suffering of the individual, every time you make it harder for any group of people to find work you add a burden to the whole economy.

*Incidentally, King James II initially opposed tobacco and wanted to ban it until he realized how much tax revenue was coming from it.
fayanora
Mar. 9th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Indeed. It would be a huge boon for the economy for many reasons.
kengr
Mar. 10th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
also, if pot is legal, we could start growing hemp commercially again. It's a far superior source of fiber for making paper, as well as being useful for cloth and rope.

In fact, marijuana became illegal *because* a process for making cheap paper from it was discovered. William Randolph Hearst had just invested a lot of money in buying a number of tree farms so he'd have a steady supply of paper for his newspaper empire.

He didn't want to lose the investment, so he started a propaganda campaign to make pot seem far worse than it is.

fayanora
Mar. 10th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Whadda you mean "again"? There've been hemp products on the market for at least 10 years.

Besides, hemp and marijuana are two entirely different species. Related, yes, but different. Hemp has no THC in it, smoking it will only give one a headache (or so I've heard).
kengr
Mar. 10th, 2010 09:12 am (UTC)
http://www.houseparent.net/information/Hemp.htm
Hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the *same* species.

Hemp is not legal to grow in the US. All that hemp stuff is imported.

mikya
Mar. 9th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Damn straight!
fayanora
Mar. 9th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
*Cue Peter Tosh's song "Legalize It"*
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