Hey, Got A Light?
In California, we now have what’s known as proposition 19 on our November ballot (I guess we don’t have enough to get the number up to “420”), it’s a measure that’s trying to decriminalize Marijuana and start collecting taxes on the sales that could amount to tens of millions of dollars annually added to the state fund.
And for those that are fighting against passage, we find that there’s heavy funding coming from jail and prison facilities, and a herd of guards and lawyers that all make serious money off that sector of the population unfortunate enough to get caught.
Full disclosure; in the past I have partaken of this stuff. Yes, hard though it might be to believe, I did try it once for about 15 to 20 years and then I stopped with no assistance or medical support, I just stopped as did most of my friends of that era. Robert, are you listening?
Not to brag, but I have also stopped using hashish, LSD, and Annie Green Springs fruit flavored wine over the years, each in their own time. Pepsi took a bit longer than the rest, but thanks to my avoidance of High Fructose Corn Syrup (New here? Scan back a few months) I ultimately was able to kick it, at least until the good Pepsico folks from Purchase, New York came out with their sweetened only with sugar “Throwback” (again, scan back some, lots to read up on this one), which I can quit drinking anytime. At least I think so.
Ah, but I digress…. The big money interests that are opposed to prop 19 are diverse and difficult to pin down, but the common goal that they share is to keep the prisons fully booked up, and at least as far as the guards care, full of non-violent (most of the time) pot-heads, thereby keeping full employment until retirement.
The big down side to this all is that we have a huge portion of our population trying to get work with a prison sentence on their permanent record, and our trade balance with Germany is all out of whack since these poor bastards have to provide Mercedes and BMW class money to some law school a-hole that’s too lazy to chase an ambulance.
Added the very next day:
With hind sight being 20/20 sometimes, I now think it’s more than a bit odd that “Big Tobacco” hasn’t jumped on to support this proposition, they’ve got the huge plantations of arable land, the harvesting equipment, the packaging, and the distribution chain all in place, and by now they have to realize that their tobacco future isn’t looking great, what with health care reforms on the publics mind. They’ve diversified before, what do you think that “RJR” logo on your Nabisco cookie package stands for? Google it if you need to.
And on the other end, it’s a surprise to me that “Big Pharma” has made no visible donations to stop the votes, think about this; How much will Ambien and similar sleeping aids and calming potions have their stocks drop when it’s easy and legal to just light one up an hour before bed time?
Well, as the Romans used to say “Oy, Vey iz mir!“
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