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Five 2020 Democrats Back Sweeping Bill to Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and Aid Impacted Communities

Five 2020 Democrats Back Sweeping Bill to Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and Aid Impacted Communities

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Five senators who are running for president in the 2020 race are supporting what advocates praise as the most sweeping marijuana legalization measure ever considered by Congress.

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Well legalization of cannabis is a start. Now when are you going to finish the job and and legalize the rest also? Legalizing just cannabis won’t do squat to end the criminal cartels. They prefer to deal in drugs like cocaine and heroin anyway because there is more money to be made off of much smaller packages. The hard drugs are far easier to import illegally that is cannabis.

In addition, keeping the other drugs illegal still creates a black market albeit a far more dangerous black market. This can be seen as the feds cracked down on prescription opioids as a knee jerk reaction to the opioid “crisis”. (Hint:The opioid crisis is merely a symptom of a much deeper problem and that problem is poverty , unemployment, poor wages, economic inequality, lack of adequate child care, lack of adequate healthcare, food insecurity, homelessness, crumbling infrastructure, and poisoned drinking water, racism, sexual inequality, and militarized police to keep everyone inter place.) When the law cracked down on prescription opioids heroin use and fentanyl use exploded and continues to do so to present. Now tell me, is a person better off and safer using a prescription opioid where the strength and purity are known and doing so under doctor’s supervision or are they safer using a street drug with unknown strength, dosage, and purity? Furtherby by cracking down on prescription opioids they are giving the cartels a big shot in the arm. I’ve never used street opioid but I have heard its cheaper to get a day’s supply of heroin that it is a twelve pack of beer. The bottom line folks is we should legalize and regulate ALL currently illegal drugs. How much we regulate them is up for debate but of course again, with too much regulation a black market will return. All of you out there who say “oh, but what about the children?” Drug dealers don’t card. I remember when I was in high school or even Jr. High I could score anything I wanted within the 10 minute break between classes. It’s time for everyone to face the facts. No amount of law enforcement effort is going stop stop people from using whatever drug they choose. So why not legalize all currently illegal drugs, regulate them for safety and purity and tax them. The tax revenue plus the savings realized from taking all of those cops currently enforcing drug laws and placing them in an area like white collar crime and corruption would create a huge pool of funds that could be used for addiction treatment, safe injection sites, education, or whatever the fuck they want. The cartels would be wiped out overnight, property crime would decrease, and if things go as they have in Portugal, Vancouver, the Netherlands, and Switzerland where all drugs have been legalized (not decriminalized…that’s not the same thing) addiction rates would drop significantly as well. Maybe not immediately but within a short time after legalization they will find addiction rates dropping rather than as they would expect increasing. Anybody interested in reading an excellent book on this subject I highly recommend “Chasing the Scream” by Johann Hari. It’s an outstanding look The War on rugs and how and why it has failed so miserably.

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Sorry aussidawg, I can personally agree with the premise of you’re post, as would most people, but you’re post and the book you reference miss the mark on the goal of the War on Drugs. From the stand point of why the war was started, it has been a resounding success. It was never the intention of those who started and inflated the war to rid the streets of drugs, only to keep the value of illegal drugs as high as possible for maximum profits, by keeping them illegal. Some will point out that Nixon started it for the sole purpose of hurting the people in the counterculture, and while that’s true, the real “War” didn’t kick in until the Raygun administration, under VP Bush. Bush knew the value of this plan, he saw it’s effectiveness in moving heroin out of Southeast Asia to produce money for the intelligence agency’s dirty little wars around the world, without Congress’s knowledge. When the Contra saga came up, for them it was a win, win, win. Why fly cargo planes back from Latin America empty? Fill them with coke, flood the US streets with coke, make tons of money for more wars for the US capitalists, destabilize neighborhoods of the poor, even more than they were already (these people don’t vote republican anyway), invest in the prison industry that would soon be exploding because of stricter drug laws. The perfect storm. Just one of the reasons “Poppy” Bush should have been crucified in public until death, instead of relegated to hero status. Sadly and contrary to what most think, the War on Drugs/people has been a complete success.
(Did I mention the huge increase in heroin coming out of Afghanistan, shortly after the CIA arrived in the early 2000’s?).

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Recon I don’t disagree with your stated purpose on the drug war, at least from Nixon forward. The actual war against drugs actually began way back in 1914 with the passage of the Harrison Narcotic Act. You see the prohibition of drugs has served a lot of different political functions. Unfortunately public safety isn’t one of them. In the 1900s, under the first Chief of the Federal Narcotics Bureau Harry Anslinger drug laws were intended to keep minority (inferior) races away from white women and eliminate competition from certain industries. Opiates were the first to go because of fear that Chinese railroad workers in California were luring white women into their opium dens, getting them high, then raping them. Anslinger was a horrible bigot that would make Trump look like a member of the NAACP. He hated esp. blacks and Mexicans as well as “The Devils Music” of blues and jazz. Cocaine was outlawed because Anslinger feared black longshoremen in New Orleans we’re leaving work and going to blues clubs where they would get high on cocaine then prey on white women. He was a cruel bastard. The blues singer Billy Jean Walker was a fierce heroin addict and wound up in a New Orleans hospital being treated for severe withdrawal with methadone. Anslinger learned of this and ordered the hospital to immediately cease giving her methadone. She died about 18 hours later in agony from complications of heroin withdrawal. Anslinger was related by marriage to the newspaper mogul William Randolf Heart. Hearst also hated Mexicans but he also owned some 100,000 acres of pulpwood trees for making paper. Well hemp makes better paper, is less damaging to the land, and is both cheaper and faster to grow making it a boon to pulp producers. That’s when the issue of “marihuana” came up. Everyone knew that Mexicans smoke marihuana and when they do they go crazy and rape white women so marihuana (that’s how it used to be spelled, seriously) was federally banned as well and Hearst’s pulpwood trees were once again profitable. One more factor in the outlawing of hemp was at the same time J.D. Rockefeller had learned that a waste product of petroleum refining that had been previously flared off was excellent fuel for Henry Ford’s Model A. That was product came to be known as gasoline. Unfortunately the Model A was originally designed to run on methanol made from hemp and was less costly to produce and use than gasoline. No problem, just outlaw hemp and take care of three problems at once…make Rockefeller happy which was a real plus then, make Hearst happy, again not a bad thing for Anslinger, and keep the Mexicans in their place and away from the white ladies. So you see the drug war has been used for a lot of political and economic purposes. Unfortunately, just like alcohol prohibition all of them were and continue to be malevolent and both created far more problems than they solved.

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I’ve been an advocate of legalizing all drugs, then using revenue raised from taxing the regulated trade of ‘drugs’ to also fund rehab clinics. The model had been tested in other countries such as Switzerland and found to work. Then the USA stepped in, cast some threats to those countries, so that they’d shut down those clinics which they did of course.

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Translation: Big pharma has finally found a way to corner the market on marijuana and their loyal lapdogs have begun laying the groundwork for their impending monopoly.

Agree with you’re history, a few main events let out, but you could write a series of books on the subject and still not cover all of the evil of the drug war. You and I are on the same page, and I think agree, this shit needs to end. Too many people believe the propaganda about the Drug War, I glad you’re not one of them.

IIf you agree that it must end and yesterday yes sir we are indeed on the same page. Admittedly, I’m a bit predudiced because I’m a chronic pain patient who has undergone five lumbar fusions, the first resulted in failed back syndrome and been in two motorcycle accidents of which neither were my fault. The first merely left me with a broken right leg after I was hit in a motel parking lot by this fool who entered the parking lot off the I-H 10 access road in Beaumont, Texas and was reaching over picking something up off the floor of his pickup and not watching where he was going so he plowed into me. The second however involved a hit and run driver on IH10 in San Antonio. He came across like three lanes of traffic to take the exit I was also going to take. I had a vehicle in front of me but was staying the recommended 12 sec. space behind him. This jerk came into my lane in front off me and when he did he clipped my front wheel. He immediately determined he was was too close to the vehicle in front of him (the one I had been following) and slammed his brakes on. I was too close and already trying to regain control after hit clipped my front tire so I had to lay the bike down to avoid rear ending him and either being thrown over his car into its path or under the back tires. I saw my speedometer as I was going down and it was right at 70 mph. I hit the pavement and took one really violent roll then managed to sit up where I slid on my ass under two overpasses and one for about a total of 159 yards. As I was sliding I noticed I had broken my left leg and right arm but couldn’t tell anything else bcz adrenaline was stopping any pain.!It only took EMS about 3 min. to get there and they took me to the trauma unit of University Hospital. There they told me the extent of my injuries. I had a broken collarbone on the left side, punctured my left lung, broke seven ribs all in 3+ places all on the left and one of which penetrated the lung, broke my left tibia/fibula in six major places but the indvidual pieces were basically splinters, and broke my right arm and wrist both in six places. Oh yeah, I was wearing a tee shirt and New Balance sealers ad wound up with road rash from my mid left bicep to my left wrist. Virtually all the skin was gone as was it on the top of my left foot. I was wearing a bandana on my head instead of a helmet but didn’t suffer any head injuries which is a miracle. Anyway, with the combination of the back surgeries, failed back syndrome, the broken right leg, and all of the injuries from the second bike crash (the injuries didn’t heal well so if I so much as bump into a wall or something simple like that my ribs will refractive where bumped and I’m still having major problems with my left leg because of the soft tissue damage and lack of oxygen to the fractures. I slipped on some doggy drool on our Saltillo tile bathroom floor last June and my left rib/fib snapped on the way down. I heard it snap and felt the ends of the bones penetrate the skin on the front of my leg. Turned out to be a compound fracture that tore thru a couple of minor arteries. My wife was fortunately off work that afternoon which was literally a lifesaver bcz I couldn’t get to my cell phone to call 911 and had she not been there I would have bled out. I also broke two vertebrae in my middle back so more back pain. Anyway, my point through all this rambling is I have some real problems with chronic pain. Fortunately I have an established pain management specialist who hasn’t cut my meds. back (yet at least!) because of he opioid “crisis”. He’s pretty strict with meds. in the first place and will not under any condition except for temporary post surgical pain increase dosage because of tolerance. The pain clinic did put out a notice that in the wake of the opioid crisis the CDC was recommending cessation of prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines like Xanax or Ativan together and limiting opioids to no more than a daily equivalent of 12 mg. of morphine. M currently being prescribed 145 mg. of morphine/day so that wouldn’t help at all. Most pain clinics here in San Antonio are doing the same thing r stopping the use of II odd all together. The result of course is heroin use is exploding as is street fentanyl which is 100 times more potent than morphine. Heroin gere is frequently cut with fentanyl but when you purchase some from a street dealer neither he or you know what the ratio of fentanyl to heroin is, neither of you know the purity of either the heroin or fentanly is which means the person using the drug has no clue as to what they are shooting into their veins. If it’s mostly high quality fentanyl naloxone is worthless because the user will be dead as a hammer before he can get the needle o-35t of his arm. DEA and San Antonio PD just recently busted a clandestine fentanyl lab in South San Antonio and netted 2,400 lbs. of pure fentanyl. That bust probably didn’t put a dent in the local supply given our proximity to the Mexican Border plus the other functioning labs in or near the city meaning there plenty of both cheap heroin and fentanyl to go around many times over plus supply many other cities fartheHr up IH-35 to the north. As I mentioned before (you did too) trying to crack down on legitimate pain w e heard good “Christians”I’ve many times clinics is just plain stupid and a textbook reaction typical of fear filled knee jerk conservatives to throw law enforcement and punishment at the problem thus making it worse which it did. The idiots have managed to put so much fear in pain specialists that they are now afraid to practice no matter how legitimately. That was the one safe and legal source for people who suffer from intractable pain to get help. Of course I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that chronic pain is just an excuse to use drugs. Now many of those who used to get safe meds. and use them under a doctor’s supervision got thrown under the bus and as a result are buying heroin and/or fentanyl on the street and dying of overdoses. This has increased exponentially since the witch hunt on pain management begin. Way to go DEA, Trump, conservatives and centrist Dems. If people would just sit down and think about this for a minute they would find the idea of ending prohibition of all drugs logical and if they would immediately implement legalization they would see the end of criminal cartels, a reduction of property crime, an immediate drop in overdose deaths (especially if they included naloxone automaticallly with each opiate purchase), and an overall drop in addiction within a short period of time. Of course I guess those trade offs aren’t worth decreasing revenue to the prison industrial complex, revenue and assets seized during buststhat go to law enforcement agencies, all those good cop jobs, the profits generated by keeping drugs illegal, etc. Greed is an addition to money and the power it enables. It is most definitely to root of all evil and is probably the ugliest addiction known to mankind.

Sorry for you’re chronic pain, that sucks, and don’t get me started on the DEA, I wont finish this post before midnight, and believe they should be abolished.
You’re story is ironic for me, I was literally run off the road going to work one morning on a motorcycle. Thought I could still pull out of it on the edge of the road, till he hit my saddlebag, and into the ditch I went, still thinking I could come out ok. Front wheel hit the soft mud, and the bike stopped, sending me flying, into the dirt thankfully. Broken clavicle, bunch of ribs, and torn peck muscle. Mostly healed now, but had to quit my job, couldn’t keep up with the high pace of this commercial cabinet shop I worked for. After 6 yrs. in the Marine Corps toughest unit, and 15 yrs. as a professional firefighter, having to quit a job because of physical limitations took a toll mentally, but life goes on.
You’re probably aware of this, but just in case, have you tried mixing you’re pain meds with CBD forms of marijuana? It was taken away from the DEA in the last farm bill, and is legal throughout the country now. A few pain clinics have found they can lower the amounts of the hard meds, mix with certain CBD’s and achieve the same pain numbing results as larger amounts of hard drugs, different strains of THC marijuana can do the same thing, though you’d have to hit the black market, where you live. If you haven’t tried this already, it might be worth a shot. In my opinion any reduction in the hard stuff, is healthier for you’re body. I say this strictly from a health angle, I don’t have a problem with people putting whatever they want into their own bodies (who am I to judge, I used to grow weed). Hope you can find a balance with you’re pain problems in the future, good luck.

Thanks for the suggestion Recon! I appreciate it and will give it a try. Yeah I want to keep my doseage of morphine down as much as possible if for no other reason than to keep tolerance down. I had a pain doc back about seven years ago that got me so tolerant nothing would work and if I ran short the withdrawal was horrible. He had me on four 100 mg. MSContin per day plus 60 mg. of Oxyfast (immediate release oxycodone) every four hours for break through pain. I quit him about two year before my motorcycle crash and man am I grateful I did! I’m sorry to hear you had a similar experience. I just wish people in cars, trucks, etc. would learn to watch what they’re doing and if they won’t watch at least listen. My pipes on both bikes were loud enough to know I was there plus I was on a Harley Softail the first time and a Harley Electraglide the second with all my lights on and stereo blasting. The idiots just weren’t paying attention. Take care my friend and if you still ride we will have to do a roadtrip sometime :slight_smile:

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