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OK, This is WAY Out There, But…

June 9, 2012

 

To pay down the federal deficit:

  • Legalize and regulate marijuana.
  • Any farmer getting a subsidy must grow marijuana (those with moral objections to drug-use have their crops earmarked for rope and industrial use; it was good enough for George Washington, it’s good enough for you).  If the farmer won’t, they don’t get a subsidy (actually, the subsidy would be to pay for the crop).
  • Pot is ONLY sold by the government in stores similar to gov’t owned liquor stores and all profit goes to paying down the debt.
  • Release pot-related criminals from jail unless there was more to the charge.
  • Companies retain the right to fire people under the influence of pot.
  • Private selling and selling to under-age buyers or driving under the influence sends you to jail for a long time (DWI also goes to jail for a long, long time; longer and harder than it is now).
  • Fine private growers and seize their crop.
  • Stoned in public (not driving) and you get a big whopping fine.

I wouldn’t buy it or use it (didn’t enjoy it at all the two times I tried it in college), but we’re spending so much money and failing to stop it’s use, why not make it work for us?

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. dawn permalink
    June 9, 2012 8:02 pm

    Makes sense, although do your research on the difference between marijuana and industrial hemp. They are only marginally related and the stranglehold on growing industrial hemp is a real travesty given its usefulness (and the fact that you CAN’T get high on it). From what I’ve read, it could replace about five different industries (which would explain the powerful lobbies against its legalization).

  2. June 11, 2012 12:20 pm

    Pretty much agreed here. I’d sum it all up quite simply by just saying, “Treat marijuana just like we treat alcohol.” In other words, legalize it, tax it, regulate it, and if someone does something bad while under its influence, that’s a crime. Our stance on pot is pretty ridiculous given how (relatively) innocuous it is, and not only are we passing up a great source of tax revenue, we’re wasting untold tax dollars and clogging the corrections system policing marijuana and locking up otherwise law-abiding, nonviolent people. It’s yet another case of money trumping common sense, seems like, and politicians who fear appearing weak on crime in general by softening their stance on pot.

  3. June 13, 2012 4:55 pm

    When you said this was way out there, you weren’t kidding!

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