Guest Post: Colorado Legalizes Marijuana: Your Move Eric Holder

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The one election outcome I actually cared about yesterday went the way I wanted it.  I am referring to Colorado’s Amendment 64, which regulates marijuana in a similar manner to alcohol.  It is basically full legalization of pot for adults over 21.  It essentially:

  • Makes the personal use, possession, and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older;
  • Establishes a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol; and
  • Allows for the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp.

I’m proud to say that my state of Colorado led the way nationally by becoming the first state to legalize marijuana (although Washington passed a similar measure shortly after).  I supported this Amendment and voted yes on it for several reasons.

1) Based on personal experience as well as observations of others I believe that marijuana is a much more benign drug than alcohol, and in fact I think its benefits to society outweigh the negatives.  Like with anything in life, moderation is key.

2) I philosophically do not believe the Federal government should have any say in what people put into their bodies.  This is not to say that I believe the full legalization of all drugs is ideal.  For example, I would vote against the legalization of harder drugs like cocaine or heroin in Colorado if that was on the ballot.  That’s not to say I don’t think it has a right to be on the ballot, it’s just that I would vote against it.  We have 50 states for a reason.  These individual communities should be able to decide for themselves what they want to allow within their respective borders.  The Federal government should have absolutely zero say on this matter.

3) It’s about time we had a little confrontation with the Federal government on the issue of States rights.  As has been documented endlessly, civil liberties have been decimated since 9/11 and the overreaction to the endless “war on terror.”  The Federal government has become bolder, more aggressive and increasingly tyrannical.  While the degree is debatable the trend is not.  Marijuana legalization provides the ideal battleground on the issue of States rights at the moment.  The measure passed in a landslide in Colorado.  55% voted yes and 45% voted no.  The people have clearly spoken.

So now this sets up a potentially epic battle. The Huffington Post put out a great article highlighting the potential confrontation in its article “Amendment 64: Will Colorado Voters Legalize Marijuana On Election Day 2012?”  Here are some of my favorite passages:

However, the big unknown still is if the federal government would allow a regulated marijuana market to take shape. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was a vocal opponent of California’s legalization initiative in 2010 saying he would “vigorously enforce” federal marijuana prohibition, has continued to remain silent on the issue this year.

In September, Holder was urged by nine former heads of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to take a stand against marijuana legalization again. “To continue to remain silent conveys to the American public and the global community a tacit acceptance of these dangerous initiatives,” the nine said in the letter to holder obtained by Reuters.

The drug warriors say that states that legalize marijuana for recreational use will trigger a “Constitutional showdown” with the federal government.

Bring. It. On.

4) The “war on drugs” is violent, expensive and idiotic. As the years have passed, people have come to realize how ridiculous the “war on drugs” really is.  The Economist recently published an excellent article titled: “Legalizing marijuana: The View from Mexico.” In the article we discover the biggest losers would probably be the Mexican Drug Cartels:

The impact on Mexico could be profound. Between 40% and 70% of American pot is reckoned to be grown in Mexico.

In Mexico relatively few people take drugs. But many are murdered as a result of the export business. About 60,000 have been killed by organized crime during the past six years. Thousands more have disappeared. Many Mexicans therefore wonder if America might consider a new approach. Felipe Calderon, the president, has said that if Americans cannot bring themselves to stop buying drugs, they ought to consider “market alternatives”, by which he means legalization. Vicente Fox and Ernesto Zedillo, the two previous presidents of Mexico, have reached the same conclusion.

As a result, it estimates that Mexico’s traffickers would lose about $1.4 billion of their $2 billion revenues from marijuana. The effect on some groups would be severe: the Sinaloa “cartel” would lose up to half its total income, IMCO reckons. Exports of other drugs, from cocaine to methamphetamine, would become less competitive, as the traffickers’ fixed costs (from torturing rivals to bribing American and Mexican border officials) would remain unchanged, even as marijuana revenues fell.

It’s interesting that the two states to legalize marijuana both voted for Obama in this election.  Will he now betray all these faithful voters?  Based on his first term performance, you can count on it.  Your move Mr. Holder.

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Yen Cross's picture

HOLA from Oahu...   I'm so retarded right now...    B. Man

john39's picture

Weed smokers are obviously terrorists and must be stopped by our dear leaders...

My take, has everything to do with protecting big pharma and big alcohol. Raw hemp is a potent healing plant, that can never be permitted... Just like raw milk.

DeadFred's picture

Of Holder will go after them. Obama hates competition.

john39's picture

Ironic given that obomber did more than a little bit of drugs, but is perfectly fine having the government destroy lives by prosecuting people who do the same as he did. Scum.

Zer0head's picture

and in that other communist country

this live stream of the opening of the China Congress

 

http://media.smh.com.au/selections/live-china-in-transition-3778721.html

Michaelwiseguy's picture

I want to move to Colorado.

In other news;

Fat lady has epic meltdown over Obama win, Blames Libertarians and Ron Paul Supporters.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=1f3_1352328148

 

Deo vindice's picture

What a fine kettle of fish for Obama!

Now, if pot calls a kettle black, will that be racist?

James_Cole's picture

Anyone watching CNN today saw stock footage of people smoking up, oh about 100 times or so. 

tickhound's picture

"There's a war being fought, and the people on drugs are winning it."

Pladizow's picture

If legalized, how will the FBI, CIA, and NSA fund their operations?

Vince Clortho's picture

Cocaine from S America and Opium and Heroin from ME and Asia.

Does anyone still really believe VietNam was simply about the Domino Theory?

MSimon's picture

See McCoy "The Politics of Heroin" free edition online.

A Nanny Moose's picture

To whom would they sell their guns as well?

JPM Hater001's picture

"There's a war being fought, and the people on drugs are winning it."

We're persistent if nothing else.

Or maybe we've been getting stoned long it enough we figure we might as fight while we're at it.

Freedom

blunderdog's picture

          Anyone watching CNN today saw stock footage of people smoking up, oh about 100 times or so.

Why would anyone wanna watch that shit on teevee?  Guess that's why nobody's watching CNN, huh?

TheCanadianAustrian's picture

"Anyone watching CNN today saw stock footage of people smoking up, oh about 100 times or so. "

So let's see, that's... [opens up calculator and enters 100 * 0]

vic and blood's picture

Move to Wyoming close to CO border. We banned Obamacare, yesterday. Smoke your pot in Colorado and catch a ride home to Obamacare-free Wyoming.

ForTheWorld's picture

Sounds like she's got a bit of a problem with people on Facebook not sharing the content she's sharing. Apparently, people have to "believe" in the things they post on Facebook.

"Learn how to use the internet or GET THE FUCK OFF IT!"

That's the message I've gleaned from this video.

jjsilver's picture

If people would just look at the law, you would see the federal government has no jurisdiction, the problem is the STATES are either complicit or have no balls to challenge the presumption. So it is left to the people, and that is exactly what is happening behind the scenes.

decon's picture

Damn, should'a bought that Papa John's franchise in Denver!

toady's picture

Payton Manning must have inside information...

BLOTTO's picture

Im baked right now

 

ebworthen's picture

"Smoke 'em if you got 'em!"

orangedrinkandchips's picture

"and were gonna smoke an ounce to that....G's up, Ho's down!"

 

See, I drink some but prefer grass. How painful it musta been in the 1st "great depression" with people so down and out and nowhere to hide. Now, when life sucks balls like now, I go have a drink and "escape" reality for a while.

That is why baby jesus put vices on earth for us to do!

Sometimes, you just need a drink or a puff to get away from depressing reality.

 

BRIDGE THE FUNDING GAP AND LEGALIZE IT PERIOD.

pods's picture

MJ will never bridge the funding gap.  

It ain't called "weed" for nothing!

Congrats CO though.  Bout time people beat the government back into it's place. Although this sounds a bit like really codified permission.

Let's hope it opens people's eyes (lol) a bit about what the role of the government is supposed to be.  
Gotta run and change another blown CFL light bulb,..............

pods 

JPM Hater001's picture

"Im baked right now"

I loke posting on ZH too...

AetosAeros's picture

You hit it on the head- Raw hemp is potent..that can never be permitted.

From textile's, paper, biofuel (Henry Ford was a big supporter), rope, and literally THOUSANDS of other uses, the fight for Marijuana was never about MJ, it was about hemp.

The establishment ingrained bias to hemp is at such a level that when I talk to anyone seriously about just hemp, not MJ, they look at me as if I am trying to deal drugs to their kids. And I am not an mj smoker, or supporter, although what you do with your perceptions of reality are not my concerns as long as you don't attempt to affect me while 'high'.

Look for the 'showdown with the Fed' the minute someone plants a hemp farm, not when an mj farm is going. Mark my words- from DuPont to Big Pharma; hemp will not be allowed to grow, and mj will always (as it's been for over 80 years) be the excuse.

Gully Foyle's picture

AetosAeros

And here I was thinking it was all about controlling minorities.

Whitey done been hatin those dope smoking jazz playing Nigra's and those slinky hipped Hispanics.

That Colored music and hot sweaty dancin was a threat to them White chillens.

But hey sure Hemp miracle drug.

I do know that hemp core steel cable works like magic.


john39's picture

Big pharma has nothing that can compete with raw hemp for inflammatory or autoimmune. This is starting to get out now, I believe there is a documentary on it.

AetosAeros's picture

Gully-

In case you weren't aware, and of course one of the reason's I have such a big beef with all these 'corporations' and the humans who lead them, about some of the uses of hemp.  The link is pretty good and isn't a 'shove it down your throat' thing, merely informational:

 

http://azhemp.org/Archive/Package/Uses/uses.html

Clashfan's picture

It's always been about both--and the black market, and the funds and justifications for the police state.

orangedrinkandchips's picture

Potent how?

 

Potent to the status quo?

 

thnx

Bunga Bunga's picture

This is just the beginning. I the end they refuse to drink that flouride and aspartame.

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

...???...HEMP...????

Huh...?

Don't want no rope dope.

 

The trend is your friend's picture

don't forget protecting the publicly traded prisons which profit off of jailed individuals for carrying small amounts of marijuana

ToNYC's picture

Genesis 1:29 swear on the Bible it's ordained meat. God is great and the Sun do shine.

Treason Season's picture
BEST WEED STAND-UP COMEDY EVER! (2 of 2) (THE LATE GREAT BILL HICKS)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T8j18GTa3Q

A Lunatic's picture

Handle it just like hard liquor sales and be done with it.

Midas's picture

I would love to cut into the cartel's revenue as much as the next guy, but the scary thing about them is they still got to eat.  The MO in Mexico and Colombia when the drug money runs out has been to switch to kidnapping and ransom.  So we got that goin' for us.  Which is nice.