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Reefer madness

"Herb is the healin' of the nation."

Today’s New York Times reports that the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing the state of Colorado.

As you have guessed, the attorneys general say the residents of their states are visiting Colorado, where they can legally buy marijuana, and taking it home with them. The Times reports:

“Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states,” the suit says, undermining their marijuana bans, “draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems.”

The lawsuit is being filed in U.S. Supreme Court because it involves a dispute between states.

The story focuses on the back-and-forth arguments and makes for an interesting read. (To the high court we go) I tilt toward Colorado’s side for four reasons: first, the people bringing pot across the border are from Nebraska and Oklahoma, not Colorado; second, what I do with my body is not the state’s business unless I load it with liquor or other substances and commit a crime; third, maybe Nebraska and Oklahoma ought to get with the times, decriminalize marijuana, and ease the burden on their treasuries and criminal justice systems; and fourth, no state should have a hand in making law for another state. (I should note that I have not smoked pot since 1981.)

I was keeping an open mind, though, until I reached this paragraph at the end of the story:

Colorado’s rules have no way to prevent “criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels from acquiring marijuana inventory directly from retail marijuana stores,” the lawsuit says.

As if. Do the attorneys general really think a drug cartel is going to fan out its criminal employees to buy small amounts of weed from Colorado stores that legally sell pot—enough weed to make it worth the effort for cartels to traffic in it? I mean, does anyone really think the cartels will willingly pay the retail markup on pot?

The two attorneys general need to buy a couple of loose joints and smoke them, and then they'll realize how ludicrous their position is.

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anita_margarita
Dec. 22nd, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
I mean, does anyone really think the cartels will willingly pay the retail markup on pot?

I know plenty of people who will buy any story as long as it's anti-pot. (Note: I myself do not partake: it renders me stupid.)
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 22nd, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
In the immortal words of Joe Friday, "Marijuana is the flame, heroin is the fuse, LSD is the bomb."
anita_margarita
Dec. 22nd, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
I believe I might need a drink for that to make sense.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 22nd, 2014 03:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for the chuckle.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 23rd, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the sales tax revenue - it is a boon for the state and exceeds all expectations. Education spending has been increased after being axed in previous years and that's just one good thing toward which the revenue contributes. I'm probably not as educated on all of the financial benefits as I should be, but it's cool to live where weed shops are a new tourist destination
:-)

I remain, YLADSL
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 23rd, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
It amazes me—well, actually, it doesn't—that the people who speak loudest against the herb superb are the same people who resent government intrusion into our lives. They all need to buy a one-hit bong, some fine weed, and chillax.
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