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Democrat presidential hopefuls seek a stoned America

Democrat presidential hopefuls seek a stoned America

Six of the burgeoning crowd of Democrats want a stoned America. They want your kids to be stoned. They probably would even want your dogs and cats to be stoned, too. We are talking about cannabis, of course, a.k.a. “pot”, “marijuana”, “weed”, and it is significant who supports this, because some of them are leading in the candidate polls right now.

These candidates are:

  • Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Sen. Cory Booker
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Sen. Tusli Gabbard
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders

These people are not outliers. They represent the “mainstream” of the Democrat field. They are all widely known to the entirety of the American public, especially Bernie Sanders, who was cheated out of the nomination for Democrat candidate for President by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign in 2016.

While the claim of the headline may seem sensational, it really is not. Kamala Harris is on record for saying marijuana brings people joy. She leaned into the issue so strongly on a radio interview that she actually noted that “half my family is from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?” – of course, teasing the Bob Marley loving crowd.

This earned her a sharp rebuke from her own father, Donald J. Harris, who made a statement to Kingston, Jamaica’s Global Online, in which he was unequivocal in his criticism:

“My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics.

Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”

This earned silence from his daughter’s campaign, understandably so.

Many people may think that the times are changing, so the idea of legalizing marijuana for recreational use or even just totally making it legal is at least inevitable. For the Democrats, it is a sign of progress.

But for what purpose? Alex Titus and Alex Entz, writing for Fox News, gave their take on this issue, and it is instructive. We have added emphasis in our aggregate of points from their piece:

Four Democratic presidential hopefuls have signed onto a marijuana legalization bill that Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., also a presidential contender, introduced last month. In explaining the bill, Booker assailed marijuana prohibition as an “unfair, unjust and failed policy.”

The aim of these candidates is misguided. Legalizing marijuana will only further undermine poor communities and foster addiction. It is time for progressives to choose between social justice and legalizing marijuana.

Consider Washington state, where legalization did not decrease racial disparities in marijuana-related arrests. A University of Washington report noted that such “criminal justice rhetoric” had “yet to be supported by data.” In Colorado, the number of Hispanic and African-American youth arrested for marijuana-related crimes has risen after legalization.

Furthermore, marijuana companies target the most vulnerable communities. Nearly one-third of marijuana is consumed by people in homes with incomes below $20,000, and marijuana dispensaries overwhelmingly locate in low-income communities. Marketing tactics target children by offering THC-infused gummy bears, brownies and other treats.

Advocates frequently argue that marijuana should be legalized as a source of new tax revenue. But considering that most marijuana is smoked by low-income individuals, such a tax would be regressive in nature. Increasing harmful consumption taxes on poor communities does little to advance social equity.

Legalization would also contribute to poverty by hindering a user’s ability to gain meaningful employment. Business owners simply do not want to hire individuals who fail their drug tests. Research backs up this point by showing that marijuana legalization has negatively impacted labor productivity by nearly $1,300 per worker.

Legalization’s social impacts are damning, too. In Pueblo, Colorado, the percentage of newborns testing positive for marijuana increased 17-fold from 2013-2017.

Perhaps even more concerning for the state of our communities is that marijuana is extremely habit-forming. “Adults who use fewer than 10 times per month and who suffer no problems with substance abuse or dependence account for less than 5 percent of consumption. More than half of marijuana is consumed by someone who is under the influence more than half of all their waking hours,” according to drug policy expert Jonathan Caulkins.

By this measure, marijuana creates significantly more dependence than alcohol. Given the number of Americans who suffer from marijuana addiction, it is remarkable that Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., would advocate for legalization on the grounds that marijuana brings people “joy.”

Easy access to pot would harmfully impact young people too. Studies show that nearly 25 percent of high school seniors would smoke marijuana if it was legalized. In addition to negatively impacting the teenage brain, evidence from Colorado shows that youth emergency room visits would likely spike. Worse still, one recent meta-analysis showed that, across 11 studies, the use of marijuana in adolescence was linked to “increased risk of depression and suicidal thoughts.”

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Research has also continued to show marijuana’s connection to psychosis. In January 2017, the National Academy of Medicine declared that “Cannabis use is likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychoses.” Higher rates of psychosis will likely lead to higher rates of violent crime.

So, why do progressive politicians continue to ignore the facts behind marijuana legalization?

While the authors make one correct conclusion – that “supporting legalization” is a play to win the support of a segment of the voting population that wants this, it is perhaps more sinister.

From the facts elicited in the Fox piece, marijuana is shown to impair thinking, create psychosis, render people unemployable, make poor people even more poor, and to foment and increase addiction. In other words, to numb as many people as possible.

The fact that these retail outlets in states that legalized pot sell THC-infused products to children indicates something thoroughly evil – they want to get our kids stoned from youth.

And, here is the rub: Do you not notice that people who get high all the time seem remarkably astute at not taking responsibility for their lives? Who will they look to to take care of them?

Probably not conservatives and Republicans, who uphold personal liberty and responsibility as of extreme value.

This is a play to create a dependent class unlike anything the world has ever seen. And having a nation of psychotic idiots, armed with nuclear weapons to boot, just cannot possibly be good. We already have examples of this madness. Just consider Russiagate.

 

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The argument for legalizing Marijuana should not be conflated with the question of whether Marijuana is good or bad. Liberty means being free to do as we choose as long as we do not cause material harm to others. Television is more destructive than marijuana; it not only incapacitates the mind, as does pot, but also negatively influences thought. Neglecting to exercise is also harmful, as is eating sugar and taking prescription drugs. Yet none of these self-sabotaging habits should be outlawed. It is up to the individual to exercise judgment. Without freedom of judgment, we cannot explore our true… Read more »

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You can call me AL

I want you to take a day off and look at a multiple series called Drugs Inc.. Then come back and and comment.

You view like “Television is more destructive than marijuana” are not only WRONG, verging on the insane, you sound like a libtard puff head to me (maybe you are correct, but facts prove otherwise).

Watch that series, it is terrifying.

Joe
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Joe

Provide us one fact you learned from this series that would support the argument that cannabis should remain illegal.

You can call me AL
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You can call me AL

My original comment came out terse, it wasn’t meant to be, my apologies.

Let me come back to you on it sometime and I shall try and explain my case.

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lizzie dw

Would you re-write this article? Include – side by side with information about the evil effects of marijuana on our society – information about the evil effects of alcohol on our society. I am interested in statistics about alcohol. Do members of the lower socio-economic groups drink more/less than those of higher socio-economic groups? Does anybody go to work drunk? What about automobile deaths – by alcohol impaired drivers r/t marijuana impaired drivers. Do 25% of high school seniors drink alcohol? What about the statistics about fetal alcohol syndrome? What are those numbers? It seems to me that your article… Read more »

You can call me AL
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You can call me AL

No one is justifying alcohol because this is about being stoned on dope. Smoke yourself daft as the World goes by.

Joe
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Joe

What do you care if someone smokes pot all day? How does that affect you? You know if it becomes legal, you can simply choose not to do it, right?

You can call me AL
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You can call me AL

Just worries about my kids, the older lad especially.

Joe
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Joe

Cannabis is easily accessible to kids under the status quo—prohibition. Because there is a large demand, there is a thriving, unchecked and unregulated black market. 85 years of prohibition attempted to destroy that, however it has only gotten stronger.

The best approach for the kids is to legalize and regulate. It’s harder (admittedly not impossible) for kids to get a bottle of liquor than it is a bag of weed.

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Serg

Cannabis is far, far, far less dangerous than alcohol. People who think otherwise are steeped in propaganda like that old movie Reefer Madness, full of lies, inaccuracies and exaggerations. Getting this plant classified as a schedule 1 narcotic, worse than cocaine, apparently, was a lobbying effort from the alcohol and pharma industries. Cannabis has many medicinal uses, being a schedule 1 drug prevented research on it but researchers outside the US found that out anyway. It is laughable to suggest that Cannabis is somehow dangerous to society, just utterly ridiculous. Nearly every argument that is made against Cannabis these days… Read more »

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Darryl Secret

Reefer Madness is the only other”conspiracy” that has a longer life than “Mueller-Gate”.

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Ammon Ammon

THIS ARTICLE: Exceptionally ignorant to the science of cannabis, and deeply rooted in misappropriated stigma and an out-dated status quo. I understand people that insist on a conservative, moral, even religious ideology in regard to molecules that have any psychotropic influence i.e. caffeine, ethanol, or THC, but your ideology is not science, is not fact, it is only YOUR ideal perspective on something – it shouldn’t be imposed on others through propaganda and/or coercion.

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Conservative Republican here. This article was infuriating to read. The entire basis of this argument is personal anecdotes. “Trust me, I’m a drug counselor, it ruins lives.” Thankfully, when our country’s leaders make policy decisions, they do so based on data, not personal opinions. There was never a good reason for cannabis to be illegal in the first place. Prohibition is an expensive and ineffective big government program. It is the epitome of the nanny-state. Most people recognize that it does far more harm than good. Legalization is nothing more than ending a failed government program—something conservatives typically like to… Read more »

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