Gary Johnson’s got it right on marijuana

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  1. Thomas Molitor says:

    Update Alert No. 2:

    Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance on Reason TV.

  2. Thomas Molitor says:

    Update Alert: Unusually, I’ve received a lot of emails to my personal account regarding comments on my column. I guess there are a lot of people out there that agree with my position but do not want their positions known.

    Anyway, some have given me some links for further information on the topic so I thought I would pass them onto you:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/14/opinion/14kristof.html

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-drug-war-20110307,0,4938130.story

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lopez29-2009mar29,0,88438.column

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6lzFoNaXQg

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2009/04/02/65265/commentary-time-to-start-talking.html

    Cheers,
    Tom

  3. nwcboy says:

    Problem is too many LAWYERS are already involved, defending the criminals, etc.

    Once the Lawyers (RATS) are in, it takes a major EXTERMINATION to get rid of the LEECHES!

    Good luck! I would love to see it legalized and controlled, I think that is the best option!

  4. The Westerner says:

    Thomas, an excellent column.

    Not only would this be the correct policy domestically, I’m convinced it would lead to much less violence on our southern border.

    Frank DuBois

  5. Thomas Molitor says:

    @wedum59 – Thanks for the reference I hadn’t heard of the organization – here’s its website.

    From Wiki:

    Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is a non-profit, international, educational organization comprising former and current police officers, government agents and other law enforcement agents who oppose the current War on Drugs.

    LEAP is a drug law reform organization that believes legalized regulation is the only ethical and efficient way to undo the damage caused by the War on Drugs. Legalized regulation would result in a system in which the sale and distribution of drugs is regulated by a government body similar to the regulation of alcohol and tobacco, thereby inhibiting, and eventually removing, the criminal monopoly on the sale of current illicit drugs.

    Also, here’s a link to NORMAL – National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Probably the oldest organization dedicated to marijuana law reform.

    Update Alert: Perhaps we can apply Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” slogan to prohibition rather than to usage?

  6. Spiro says:

    Can somebody please answer what New Mexico’s #1 growth industry might be?

    From the looks of the “Palaces of Justice” already built in downtown Albuquerque, I suspect that it may be prisons and more prisons.

    Lots of work for prosecutors, lawyers, jailers, and policemen of every variety.

    I have seen the net result. It is the complete destruction of countless lives of those caught up in that vicious web.

  7. wedum59 says:

    So the people imprisoned in the US on drug-related crimes has risen 3 times faster than the population growth? Thanks for bringing these facts to our attention.

    In case anyone would like to learn more about this, there is an organization called LEAP: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

  8. qofdisks says:

    If Johnson ran on this issue, it would garner massive numbers of votes from every political persuasion. People who never voted before would come out to vote. The corporate affiliated mass media will be demonizing and mocking Johnson 24-7 to no avail. It is long past time to have this national discussion.
    Obama laughed off legalization as it generated the most number of inquiries from his early experiments to hear the people’s concerns on the internet twice. His derision of this critical issue may be his undoing in 2012.

  9. tadpole says:

    I tend to agree. But, when you have to overcome the vested special interests of law enforcement (and all its permutaions the author mentioned) AND organized crime, I’m not sure you actually get there from here anytime soon. To bad we have to prioritize the trivial, unimportant, self-serving or hyper-partisan issues ahead of the significant. This issue is too important morally or fiscally to ignore, so rest assured we will.

  10. Rorschach1492 says:

    Finally, a voice of sanity on this issue from the right. Unfortunately, these policies will never be enacted because it is too easy for those in power to label others as “soft on crime” for proposing and implementing them. Until we as people decide that decriminilization and legalization are legitimate options, refuse to buy in to political hype, and translate that opinion to the polls we will continue to spend too much on this problem.

    I know many Democrats and Independents who actually think this is the most important issue currently facing our nation. I wonder how many will change their affiliations to vote for Johnson in a Republican primary.