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September 13, 2010


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I think the US needs to implement a "trial program" to implement drug legalization - esp. cannabis. Clearly California seems to be on the forefront for loosening the drug laws, but there's no reason that 5-6 other states could not participate in a trial 2-year program. I don't think that it's necessary to make the doors "wide open" for all legalized drugs. Why not do what they have done in Holland - and allow drug use only at very specific shops and bars that are designated for the purpose? People who want to use marijuana could go to a "smoke shop" and indulge themselves. The rest of the community would be unaffected, and it should be possible to keep the status of the drug illegal on the streets and at most normal venues. This would also encourage taxi services to become available to take people home so they can avoid a DUI.

That being the case ... we are looking at the cartels in Mexico (some of them anyway) branching off and becoming legitimate pharmaceutical suppliers. Why not? It's estimated that 10% of the people in Mexico are already getting some income from the cartels. But the important thing is that the legalized drugs could be checked for quality and purity, and Mexico would collect a tax on their sales. Legitimate suppliers could also be allowed in the USA - so there was normal competition between different brands of marijuana.

I don't see this as undermining the policies of the DEA. More likely it would make their job more practical - they could focus on stopping the seriously illegal drugs that pose much more harmful health effects.

I think the changes would be positive. But I do agree that it's not going to make the cartels go away in Mexico ... they would just diversify into "legal" and "illegal" products.

Marijuana makes up approx 60% of the Cartels profits. 60% of the Cartels entire empire taken away will make a big difference. This will cut their operation by over 50% at least!!! Say what you want---this loss of profits can not be made up by simply going to another illegal trade. They are into every illegal trade already at its fullest volume. This will be a very large blow to the Cartels--make no doubt about it.. YES ON PROP 19!!!

"wants to sue Arizona for doing what it wants with its laws in violation of federal law"

You should actually read Arizona's SB1070. Nothing in it violates federal law nor does it create new immigration law. It actually enforces federal law and mandates that local communities do this enforcement rather than make sanctuary cities. This is the same enforcement that the DHS has been training local AZ law enforcement to do including in Maricopa County. It is the same enforcement that local law enforcement has been doing in many AZ and other communities for years with the Fed gov help.

The truth is that ALL federal drug laws are unconstitutional just as ALL federal gun laws are unconstitutional. These laws should be made at the state level (under the 9th/10th amendment) since the federal government does not have explicit power to make these laws. If we wanted to be a country of laws rather than a country of people like Mexico we would abolish all federal bun/drug/etc laws and leave it up to the states as the Constitution states. I would be the first in AZ to vote for the creation of state laws that make these drugs, including pot illegal.

@anonymous_coward - I totally agree with you. I only worded it that way to go in accordance with what the Circuit Court ruled.

If you have MS but are reticent about cannabis use for legal, moral, performance-related, or other reasons, you would be well advised to investigate synthetic cannabinoids, particularly HU-211. It is highly CB2 selective to avoid psychotropic effects, explicitly not scheduled or considered an analogue, (,) and of proven value along multiple relevant vectors.

This seems to be the most promising area of MS research as the jury's still out regarding things like NZ-2566 and other glyproglu mimetics.

All your topical analysis is spot on.

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