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The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Big Pharma, political influence, reforming marijuana laws, marijuana legalization, big business, obama, politics, usa, congress, corruption, news, healthcare )

Cal
- 70 days ago - thenation.com
Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous--but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line.



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Bojan Kunstelj (22)
Friday July 11, 2014, 3:48 am
legalize
 

David F. (14)
Friday July 11, 2014, 3:55 am
> Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist ...
(doubleplusUN)well, Psychedelics (aka. entheogens, which THC is a (minor) examplel of) DO cause psychotoc reactions -- overwhelmingly in those who have never tried them (and --due to their character-defects-- maybe better ought to never try any)
 

Sandra Penna (87)
Friday July 11, 2014, 4:54 am
legalize it!
 

Ashley heffner (458)
Friday July 11, 2014, 6:16 am
Tobacco, Big Pharma, and Alcoholic companies definitely don't want to see marijuana legalized.

We have thousands of people killed every year by drunk drivers.

We have how many people that die of cancer caused by smoking cigarettes?

And we have how many instances of domestic abuse caused by angry drunks?

And all those nasty side effects of prescription drugs?

And I"m supposed to think marijuana is the dangerous drug?!
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Friday July 11, 2014, 7:22 am
Legalize it already.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Friday July 11, 2014, 7:41 am
There is more than just Kennedy's disapproval....
 

Winn Adams (192)
Friday July 11, 2014, 8:18 am
It's now legal is my state . . . . .
 

pam w. (191)
Friday July 11, 2014, 9:19 am
The liquor lobby has been fighting this for decades!
 

Kathleen Mireault (51)
Friday July 11, 2014, 9:40 am
Noted. Very interesting article; thx for posting, Cal. Emphatically agree: legalize pot! Racist attitudes and protectionist commercial interests were largely responsible for criminalizing marijuana in the first place. The status quo reinforces these beginnings, and greatly magnifies them. Make the stuff legal and tax it! Far better use of the revenue than the current applications!
 

John S. (303)
Friday July 11, 2014, 9:57 am
I'm an opponent and it does nothing for my bottom line.
 

Gene Jacobson (252)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:18 am
"But legalizationís biggest threat is to the bottom line of these same special interests, which reap significant monetary advantages from pot prohibition that are rarely acknowledged in the public debate."

And this is why it was made illegal in the first place. Hemp is an incredibly versatile natural substance that can be used to make virtually anything from clothing to paper to furniture. It threatened cotton, it threatened the logging industry, the paper mills and many other rich people and manufacturers, the pharma benefits were not really part of the original decision to ban it, it was just plain greed. The all-American asset. Make it legal everywhere, for any purpose, no one makes anyone use it recreationally, but it can be very useful to us all in myriad ways. This is a train just starting downhill, it will gather steam and eventually we will all see this marvelous plant for the gift it truly is.
 

Ashley heffner (458)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:30 am
Okay John S, you are an opponent. Do you also oppose alcohol, cigarette smoking, and want to ban most prescription drugs? All of which are at least as harmful, if not more than marijuana?

If you don't believe they are as harmful or more harmful, please feel free to say so. And, if you have the time, cite what makes you think that.
 

Howard Crosse (17)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:52 pm
Governments spend huge amounts of money every year trying to control the use and sale of marjhuna, it seems that they are not very successful in doing so. Surely it makes sense to legalise it, allow it to be sold using the same controls as alcohol and tobacco and just like both of these things charge tax on it. Then instead of it costing the tax payer money to try to stop it being sold Government will make money from its' sale. Incidentally, I have never smoked marjhuna or tobacco for that matter (smoking is a pretty dumb idea for a chronic asthmatic like me) so I'm not saying this because of any personal interest, I'll stick to my scotch on the rocks thank you!
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:56 pm
It's always been about the greedy Mega Tobbacco corps.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:59 pm
IT is illegal - except where it isn't. So, where it isn't, now can we see some convictions and sentences overturned? Please?

Ashley, there are always going to be people who are opposed to something that does not affect them personally (or so they think). Some are duped by the interests whose bottom line will definitely be affected. Some are simply anal.
 

Aaron Bouchard (130)
Friday July 11, 2014, 3:10 pm
Noted thanks, legalize it!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday July 11, 2014, 3:46 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. I'm still saying that the bottom line is getting cannabis off Schedule 1. And, I agree that it has been the newspaper industry (Hearst), the tobacco industry, the liquor industry, and Big Pharma...all at different times attacking cannabis for their own bottom lines. Despite all this, cannabis has come a long way in the past couple years. The truth is winning.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Friday July 11, 2014, 4:10 pm
If Monsanto could get their filthy hands on all the seeds, governments would get lobbied to death for legality. .
 

Rosa Caldwell (342)
Friday July 11, 2014, 4:52 pm
Thanks for the information.
 

Colin Hope (244)
Friday July 11, 2014, 10:57 pm
Thanks for sharing!!
 

Stephen D. (8)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 12:23 am
Noted.. ty Cal
 

Juergen M. (1)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 4:48 am
Corruption, so to say is the real reason, nothing else, please stop this.

Cannabis is purest medicine and does not belong into any category cause we are bonded to it since the beginning of time, so stop this nasty prohibition game now.

 
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