Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Push to legalize pot stalls in Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly yesterday held an extensive set of hearings on a variety of bills dealing with marijuana.  The bills varied from outright legalization to various decriminalization options. Much of the debate was predictable, but a few changes to the script did appear.

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dwb said...

It's unfortunate that redmaryland can see that more tobacco taxes only foster criminal enterprises and smuggling, while simultaneously failing to see the error in drug policy.

We have more overdose deaths in maryland from cocaine and heroin than from firearms. And even more from prescription painkillers like oxycodone.

The democrats opposition to pot decriminalization has nothing to do with science. It is about jobs for the unions that support the Dems.

Decriminalizing drugs is not about condoning drugs. Yes, probably pot is at least as harmful over the long term as tobacco.

But, where there is demand there will always be supply. Prohibition only enriches the drug cartels.

Legalizing drugs is about recognizing that command and control economics does NOT work. Since the trail behind River Hill high school in HoCo is nicknamed "pot head path" (check the urban dictionary), I strongly doubt that there is someone out there without access to pot. legalizing it will not increase demand. Even if it does, the tradeoff is that we reduce drug-related crime and violence. We reduce state spending on law enforcement and prisons. We reduce the size of government.

How many homicides in Baltimore is it worth to pretend we are winning a war that smart conservative economists like Milton Friedman predicted was not winnable?

Smigiel co-sponsored the decriminalization bill with Mizeur. We are out there. Prohibition is anti-liberty, based on bad economics, bad science, and IMO bad for the future of the GOP.

Greg Kline said...

Legalizing pot won't stop any murders in Baltimore City. That is the nonsense being put forward by drug legalization enthusiasts like yourself. By that logic we should legalize murder because predictably our prohibition has not stopped it from continuing.

You give many of the same tired arguments regarding the failed war on drugs while ignoring the real human suffering that will occur with the increased use caused by legalization. We are seeing it already. This worldview is why big L libertarianism will never be a real political force in the US.

dwb said...

I'm sure it will be human suffering of biblical proportions. Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky, rivers and seas boiling, forty years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave, human sacrifice, dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria.

Just like we were told about gambling. And, law abiding people carrying their own weapons (wild west shootouts!). Except none of this actually happened.

I saw a guy fired once for drinking on the job. Smart guy, knew better, but his wife left him. Oh, and he had been given warnings about drinking on the job several times already.

The government cannot save people from bad choices. Not its job. Can't nanny 330 million.

Seriously, watch Alaska and Arizona in 2014 (CA is probably a given)- ballot measures are being pushed in both states, and both are not exactly progressive bastions. In AZ it has about 60% support. Also, watch the revenue numbers from CO. If the revenue numbers come in higher and AZ or Alaska approve it, cash strapped states will rush to get it like gambling in MD.

Human suffering vs money, politicians always choose $$, especially cash strapped states.

If either of those states (AZ,Alaska) legalize pot in 2014/2015, then I predict that *both* the Democratic AND Republican Presidential candidate will be in favor of letting the states experimenting with drug policy and repealing the federal narcotics/drug act, if not out right pot legalization. Mark it down. If I'm wrong I'll donate $50 to the candidate of your choice.

I look forward to being proven wrong with your weekly account of the actual human suffering in CO and WA, and other states that legalize it soon. When I'm proven wrong I've learned something.