1/2 of NFL players are using weed. What this really means is that the other half lie about it.
Joining the general trend, DC is considering decriminalizing weed possession. I am generally in favor of this. I favor law makers allowing the common people to do the things that the lawmakers are themselves doing anyway with impunity. Possession would still be illegal, as it should be, but the penalty will be miniscule.
What we are learning is that the Libertarian argument of “taking the profit out of crime” simply isn’t working. Criminal gangs are still the number one point of sale for weed in places like Colorado and California. Banks won’t do business with legalized weed sales offices because they fear federal criminal penalties for assisting in trafficking and money laundering. So credit and debit cards can’t be used. The all cash businesses are having to resort to paying their bills in all cash, just like [illegal] drug dealers do.
Legitimate businessmen will still not go into the pot business. Pot is a dangerous drug and any legitimate business that grows, sells or distributes it will eventually face civil liability for the harm their product does. They only thing that has shielded them so far from this is the fact that use was illegal. You are never going to see weed sold at Walmart or CVS. So the drug gangs will still be selling it on the streets to their normal customers.
Further, we have all benefited a small degree from having weed illegal. It’s status as an illegal substance has forced its consumers to consume privately in private homes and thus we have not all been forced to smell that reeking odor outside of every public building like we do for cigarettes.
I personally am in favor of there being fewer restrictions on private behaviors of all kinds. In the rollback on the “war on drugs” there are several major important campaigns that need to be waged:
1. Eliminating the current confiscation laws that permit police to keep the private property that is seized in drug raids. The notion that some gains are Ill-gotten and others are pure is an evil idea that legalizes theft and looting. Drug dealers should pay fines, when found guilty in court and the amount of the fines set by law, not an arbitrary amount set by the arresting officer depending on everything he sees when he makes his arrest.
2. Make the possession and distribution of antibiotics legal. “good drugs” need to be legalized long before bad drugs. good drugs have good benefits and free people should have free access to them without having to get government permission.
3. Ditto for pain killers. I don’t care if people abuse them. I really don’t. I am far more interested that people in pain can find relief. Every home first aid kit should have an assortment of pain remedies in them: Lidocain, Percoset, Oxycontin, and morphine to name a few. And if drug companies can convince me on a 30 second TV commercial that their pain killer is good, then I want that too. Accidents happen. Pain happens. When it does, it is too late to wait for a licensed doctor at an emergency room to see you, after seeing all the illegal immigrants having babies, to get some pain relief from whacking your hand with the table saw.
4. Stop forcing drug companies to play those stupid disclaimers in their 30 second advertizements, or those extra pages of dense fine print in magazine ads. An ad should not have to be a full disclosure. It’s just a tease. If you want the whole list of possible side effects, look it up on the internet.
5. Shut down the FDA. They do nothing useful and they do it at a very high cost. put all drugs out into the market place and let doctors advise sick people what they really need. And sick people can make their own informed choices.
6. State and federal laws need to be harmonized. it is unintelligible for a state to say, “smoke it up” if it is still a violation of federal law to do so. And make no mistake, it IS still a violation of federal law. So, even if state LEO won’t enforce it, federal LEO (and there are a lot of them living in the states) will. Federal prosecutors will. federal courts will. And there are plenty of federal prisons to hold the violators. This eventually must result in a supreme court case on whose law prevails. If a state can can make POT legal, they can also make Obamacare in it’s entirely illegal (not that they would).