June 28, 2010
The picture of Jim Haney in the Wisconsin State Journal showed a smiling WMC boss with the look of a keynote speaker who just sat on a whoopee cushion. The story was more humorous than the picture. Haney regrets that politics has become so divisive. Whoa Nelly, Jim.
Mexico is becoming dangerous. The illegal drug war has become a real war. Thousands murdered; millions of dollars stolen, government corrupted, bodies beheaded. All because of the U.S. and the demand for cannabis. Prohibition didn't stop drinking--just the opposite. Making pot illegal is a dumb idea. Here is What Willie Nelson had to say: "Weed is 50 percent of what's causing the problems along the border with the drug cartels. Legalize weed and it would stop immediately."
Willie Nelson makes more sense than Bill Bennett.
Senator Robert Byrd is gone at 92. Despite a bad opening act, Byrd was a good man, a good senator, and he was not afraid of peace. We will miss him.
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Marijuana is the least of the drug problems coming out of Mexico. You didn't mention cocaine, or speed, which is where the real money is. The truth is that we grow a bunch of marijuana right here in the good old USA and all the legalization efforts for medical use are just a two bit way to get it legal for real. Just bite the bullet and do it.
As much a liberals hate to admit it this is why the Arizona law made sense. Cry all you want but you can't say on the one hand that we share a border with a criminal and dysfunctional nation and then castigate a state who shares a border with that nation for trying to crack down in the face of federal failure and ineptitude.
In the meantime we have the legalized drug of booze right at the "impulse purchase" sections near the cash registers in all of our super markets and convenience stores. And, to add insult to injury a grown up has to ask for the securely held cigarettes and often has to show an ID. Pretty dumb for a 60yr old fart like me and especially galling to one who took the cure and quit drinking 20 years ago. Don't know about you but I never heard of an accident while driving under the influence of nicotine. And booze can't be taxed any more than it already is. Tell me again how our substance and sin tax laws make any sense.
Miss Byrd? Not really. Just another old actor in the club of 100. A windbag supreme. The Senate has always thought it should run America by essentially doing little more than debate and block. His time was long past due. His shelf life wore out a good 20 years ago.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | Egg Harbor, WI. | June 28, 2010
Yes, by all means legalese weed.
Tax it like tobacco and alcohol and control its quality.
Most importantly, one segment of the underground cash'n'carry economy would disappear.
Downside is producers, smugglers and resellers would add to unemployment and cost us more in beenfits.
Some days a fellow just can't win.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Stoughton | June 28, 2010
I haven't had a taste in twenty years and wouldn't be likely to go looking for it even if it was made legal, but I'm pragmatic enough to see the drug war has been a failure of epic proportions. The cost in lives, productivity and resources has been awful.
I can understand people not wanting to make it a cash crop. I don't really want to see ads from marijuana growers on billboards.
At the very least, let the punishment fit the crime. So long as there is no other criminal activity, marijuana crime of any sort should be treated no worse than alcohol.
-Jeff | Madison | June 28, 2010
Jim Haney mentioned the civilized politics of the Warren Knowles and Lee Dreyfus administrations. Maybe it was due to the fact that they were civilized Republicans, putting Wisconsin first, not special interests.
-Dol O'mite | Oconomowoc | June 28, 2010
I think we should legalize the magic weed for industrial and agricultural uses. I think this would drive up production in Mexico, allowing all those corn growers that were put out of work by our cheap corn imports to have a cash crop to sell in the U.S.. Hopefully, it would give Mexican farmers a means to stay in Mexico. It could also be a jobs creation bill in this country. This would drive the price down and take the profit out of it for drug syndicates. We could then develop marketing methods whereby we could produce and tax and distibute it to the public at large. The potential benefits of legalization, now outweigh the cost in dollars wasted, in enforcing ineffective and misguided, drug laws, that have just resulted in more usage and more human carnage.
-Ron | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | July 15, 2010