Marijuana proposal makes sense

Rep. Barney Frank and others rolled out a proposal today to end federal penalties for the use (not the abuse) of marijuana. The Massachusetts Democrat's plan makes a lot of sense. I especially agree with this quote from his Capitol Hill news conference:
"The vast amount of human activity ought to be none of the government's business."

Hear, hear!

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  1. Pretty interesting.

    The recent Arcata Eye has an interesting interview with Scott Burns, deputy director of Drug Policy that might be of interest. How interesting is it? Pretty very.

  2. It is indeed pretty very interesting, as you say. Thanks for the tip, Jason. It is also pretty very long, which is a shame. I'm afraid only you and I will read it to the end. But we can hope.

  3. Interesting. LOL.

    Yeah, I guess some people have social lives and don't have time to read it.

    I mean, I agree that it shouldn't be the government's business. One of those admendments made alcohol legal, right, which is just as toxic in some cases. I would vote to legalize marijuana and other drugs. That said, though, there are some harsh grey areas, indeed.

    There was an article recently in the New Yorker (another boring long one) where the reporter followed around a medical marijuana grower friend to Mendocino and Humboldt Counties. The farther along I got, the more disgusted I was by the whole scheme. The whole lifestyle thing drives me up the wall. Obviously, some people involved are going to be skeezoids, just like everything else, so there are some very tricky issues. As they say, "just my two cents."

  4. I sure enjoy your sight. I am glad you are still keeping us informed of issues and things that go on with the city, government, etc. I enjoyed reading your comments in the RS and I can still enjoy them. Thanks!
    I wanted to say one thing about the marijuana issue. I was born and raised in Southern Humboldt. Started smoking when I was in 7th grade. It was truely organic back then and it wasn't as bad for a person I don't think. I am in my 50's now and don't smoke. But I did smoke into my 40's. Unfortunately, just like fruits, vegetables, and flowers, people buy for looks not taste, fragrance, or health. The best was grown in the late 60's and 70's but now with all of the chemicals to make it a certain way for selling it just isn't good anymore. It is a way of life in Humboldt and if it were not for that there would be very few businesses thriving there. And since social security pays very little, a senior citizen can supplement the social security at a manicuring job. The problem is the outsiders like the drug cartels and gangs that are involved in it. Those are the ones that the spending of tax dollars should be used to eliminate.