The Argument Against Marijuana Is Losing Steam.

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Posted by Chico Brisbane | Labels: , , , , , ,

How is it that we have a Federal Law Enforcement Agency dedicated to Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, yet the focus remains on marijuana as if it were the most lethal substance known to man.

Below are the statistics for 2009 in the United Stated for deaths related directly to Alcohol, Tobacco, Fireams, and Marijuana.

Alcohol................................. .85,000

Tobacco ...............................435,000

Incidents Involving Firearms.....29,000

Marijuana ........................................0

There seems to be no logical argument for not legalizing marijuana. I don't mean just for medical proposes. I mean for any adult who cares to use marijuana. There is a shopping center near my home where I can buy a bottle of booze, a carton of smokes, and a God Damn shotgun and box of shells in a matter of minutes. That's perfectly legal and there are folks all over the country where that may seem like a typical day of shopping.

Exactly who is the beneficiary of the war on drugs and particularly the war against marijuana? - What about the more then half a million Americans that will die as a direct result of Alcohol, Tobacco, or Firearms? - Shouldn't we launch a war on those three controlled substances first? - It makes sence if we're trying to save lives. Let's close down all of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearm dispensaries. It's time to make a serious choice. Either Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firarms will have to be outlawed like marijuana, or marijuana will have to be legalized for sales, pruchase, and consumption like alcohol, tobacco, and firearms.

Proponents of an initiative to make California the first state to legalize marijuana have collected about 693,800 signatures, virtually guaranteeing that the measure will appear on a crowded November ballot.

"This is a historic first step toward ending cannabis prohibition," said Richard Lee, the measure's main backer.

Advocates, trailed by television cameras and photographers, dropped off petitions with elections officials in the state's largest counties, including Los Angeles, where organizers said 143,105 voters signed.

Lee, a successful Oakland marijuana entrepreneur, bankrolled a professional signature-gathering effort that circulated the petition in every county except Alpine, which only has about 800 registered voters.

The initiative would make it legal for anyone 21 and older to possess an ounce of marijuana and grow plants in an area no larger than 25 square feet for personal use. It would also allow cities and counties to permit marijuana to be grown and sold, and to impose taxes on it.

Polls have shown growing support nationwide for legalization. In California, a Field Poll taken in April found that 56% of voters in the state and 60% in Los Angeles County want to make pot legal and tax it.

Foes also have started to organize. Paul Chabot, founder of the Coalition for a Drug Free California, said teachers, youth activists, religious leaders, small-business men, law enforcement personnel and elected officials are putting together a coalition. "We're going to fight them head on; we're not going to go away," he said. "We're looking forward to victory in California and spreading that message like a tidal wave across the United States."

On a lighter note: "When it absolutely, positively has to be there tomorrow." don't ship weed to your homegirl via FedEx. I'm just sayin'

- Chico Brisbane


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