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    UN Official Calls for Marijuana Ballot Rollback

    VIENNA -- The head of the United Nations drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Washington and Colorado that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.
    Raymond Yans says the approvals send "a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad.”

    Yans heads the International Narcotics Control Board. He told The Associated Press on Tuesday he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder "will take all the necessary measures" to ensure that marijuana possession and use remains illegal throughout the U.S.


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    So it's ok for The Netherlands and Portugal, but if we allow it the UN needs to step in?

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    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his paycheck depends on his not understanding it!"

    --Upton Sinclair

    It's not just the private prison industry that's going to fight this tooth and nail. The enforcement side has a lot invested in it as well. How many officers will the DEA lose if this thing goes down? 70%?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWalrus View Post
    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his paycheck depends on his not understanding it!"

    --Upton Sinclair

    It's not just the private prison industry that's going to fight this tooth and nail. The enforcement side has a lot invested in it as well. How many officers will the DEA lose if this thing goes down? 70%?
    I believe it's about 70-75% of the DEA budget that is used on cannabis enforcement. Similarly, about 50% of the prisons are filled with non-violent drug offenders; 90% of those 50%being cannabis users.

    Privatized prisons is modern day slavery. This is an enormous work force that is paid virtually nothing.

    Private prisons are one of the largest corporations in history to profit directly from the misery of people, and now they want to buy out state-ran facilities. The main stream media is not helping matters either as they simply sweep the details under the rug, and promote the false notion that criminals get what they ask for. Most American citizens live under the philosophy simply because they grew hearing, “Lock them up and throw away the key.” What would you think if you found out that most of the inmates in private prisons really do not belong there? Not in prison, anyway. Laws are being created due to the heavily financed lobbying by CCA and GEO Group which are purely passed to increase the prison population. Why? Because for every inmate housed, those who own stock in a private prison profit each day per each inmate. There are no losses… pure profit.
    http://montanacorruption.org/2012/02...n-day-slavery/

    Privatized prisons are baaaaaad news. & I told you guy's this legalization process wasn't gonna go on without a fight.
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    I don't smoke, but i don't begrudge those who do. It's simply a personal choice. I know for a fact Altria already has equipment to refit their automated systems so they can mass produce joints when it's legalized. And Altria can't wait to get into that pit of money.

    The only way Mary Jane is gonna get legal is by Constitutional Amendment. Theres simply too many states that will say now and the only way to push through legalization is going to be by Federal mandate. The Pres. ain't gonna be able to consciously decide NOT to enforce this law.....he wont take the heat.
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    I sincerely doubt it's gonna happen on the Fed's volition. It's legalization would call for a drastic reduction in law-enforcement, in the DEA, in prisons, etc. There's also a few very powerful corporations whom would use their sway & lobbying power to have it remain illegal. Tobacco companies, Alcohol companies, Pharmaceutical companies, Cotton companies, Clothing companies, Rope companies, Paper companies, Big Oil companies (who don't want hemp being explored as a fuel source), etc.

    2 States have (at the moment) legalized it. Another 18 have made it medically legal. This is going to be a state-by-state process.
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    Funny thing is that there are never any big heroin busts, which I'm sure has nothing to do with the CIA being the country's biggest heroin distributor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob19 View Post
    I sincerely doubt it's gonna happen on the Fed's volition. It's legalization would call for a drastic reduction in law-enforcement, in the DEA, in prisons, etc. There's also a few very powerful corporations whom would use their sway & lobbying power to have it remain illegal. Tobacco companies, Alcohol companies, Pharmaceutical companies, Cotton companies, Clothing companies, Rope companies, Paper companies, Big Oil companies (who don't want hemp being explored as a fuel source), etc.

    2 States have (at the moment) legalized it. Another 18 have made it medically legal. This is going to be a state-by-state process.

    The states that legalized it just did...wait till Mr. Or Mrs. Concerned citizen challenges it on the federal level.

    And, the tobacco companies are dying for it to be legalized. Their Cig sales are dropping every year because of the oppresive taxes on this legal product. Isn't it funny how the taxes were raised in part to raise revenues, now the pols beech because the revenues arent there because the tax is too punitive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoFinz
    And, the tobacco companies are dying for it to be legalized.
    No one "dying" for something to be legalized, would be one of the original funders for 'Partnership of a Drug Free America' (as ironic as that is). Nor spend the money they do lobbying to keep it illegal. I believe their mind set is that they don't want to compete with a recreational drug that's A) A billion times more healthy than tobacco, & B) Can easily be grown in your own back-yard.

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    The states that legalized it just did...wait till Mr. Or Mrs. Concerned citizen challenges it on the federal level.
    So what? It's always been federally illegal & that hasn't squelched any of the growth of the medical cannabis industries in several spots across the country.

    The Federal Government will be late to the party on this issue. They have no reason to legalize it on their own volition because they have no incentive to do so. Picking on California at this present moment in time is one thing, but when 30-40 states have it medically legal it will be a different story. It's similar to gay marriage in that respect. The Fed's aren't going to amend the constitution for gay people until the majority of the state's have already legalized it.
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