Sunday, August 09, 2009

Gov Hopefuls Oppose Legal Pot?

The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look this morning at the known 2010 California gubernatorial candidate's positions on legalizing marijuana. According to the Chron, all of them oppose legalization. I can't help but wonder if they're misquoting or taking comments out of context with at least one candidate?

They say Tom Campbell is opposed to legalization because " could open the door to organized crime.". That's the first time I've heard that from him, if true. He has said before that he doesn't think we should necessarily legalize pot just for the taxes it would provide but should consider it as being the right thing to do (my words). That makes sense.

I've written Tom Campbell asking him to clarify his position on the issue. If he responds, I'll post his answer here.

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At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Humboldt Heretic said...

There are two things that should be made legal in Kalifornia: dope and offshore drilling. The down side to those legalizations is that Sacramento would tax the shit out of them to keep funding the rest of the bullshit.

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Mr. Nice said...

This must be some kind of misquote.

They probably asked Campbell something like "Do you support taxing cannabis sales to the point where the tax is actually higher than the cost of production in order to make a few ducats for our bankrupt state?"

And he probably responded just as any sensible person would.

Campbell commented about the "right" reason as a comment response mentioning the state wanting to turn Q into condos.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger charles said...

It would seem to me that organized crime, Mexican Mafia, is already in charge of the weed program

Charles Martin

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Mr. Nice said...

The group that actually calls itself the "Mexican Mafia" is a prison gang whose main rival is "Nuestra Familia."

FM is the group that most people think of when they think of Mexican drug syndicate wars as they are notorious for corrupting officials and throwing human heads on dance floors, etc.
This article about La Familia shows that the conflict among cartels is highly complex.

The estimate floating around is that 2/3 of the money that funds the narco groups is made directly from cannabis sales.

I tend to believe that the media hypes up the situation in Mexico well beyond what it is. The legalization of intoxicated substances would eliminate the ability of these organizations to acquire funds, not to mention cripple powerful groups in Columbia and Afghanistan.

Of course, gifting money to these groups sends the right message to kids.


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