Okay, I sorta promised the Friggin Loon some kinda’ post about pot saving America. I’m sure everybody expects some snark and humor, and we’ll get to that. First though, let’s go to POT CLASS 101. In a quick search for some jokes to steal, I came upon much more serious journalism on the subject than anything else. Seems that Cheech and Chong classic bits have been eclipsed by world economists and scientists. Kinda takes the fun out of it. Also for any ‘active’ users out there, let me remind you, today is NATIONAL DONUT DAY. Support your local Donut dealer.
FORBES MAGAZINE, POT & THE ECONOMY: Milton Friedman leads a list of more than 500 economists from around the U.S. who today will publicly endorse a Harvard University economist’s report on the costs of marijuana prohibition and the potential revenue gains from the U.S. government instead legalizing it and taxing its sale. Ending prohibition enforcement would save $7.7 billion in combined state and federal spending, the report says, while taxation would yield up to $6.2 billion a year.
The report, “The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition,” (available at www.prohibitioncosts.org) was written by Jeffrey A. Miron, a professor at Harvard , and largely paid for by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a Washington, D.C., group advocating the review and liberalization of marijuana laws.
At 92, Friedman is revered as one of the great champions of free-market capitalism during the years of U.S. rivalry with Communism. He is also passionate about the need to legalize marijuana, among other drugs, for both financial and moral reasons.
If the laws change, large beneficiaries might include large agricultural groups like Archer Daniels Midland (nyse: ADM – news – people ) and ConAgra Foods (nyse: CAG – news – people ) as potential growers or distributors and liquor businesses like Constellation Brands (nyse: STZ – news – people ) and Allied Domecq (nyse: AED – news – people ), which understand the distribution of intoxicants. Full article here – http://www.forbes.com/2005/06/02/cz_qh_0602pot.html
THE ENVIRONMENT; Industrial Hemp for Paper: One acre of hemp in annual rotation will produce as much pulp for paper as 4.1 acres of trees during the same twenty year period. Hemp can be grown and harvested every year, unlike trees that take fifty to one hundred years to grow back. Hemp can be grown in more areas of the world than trees. Making paper from trees creates over five times more pollution than making paper from hemp. Since 1937, 70% of our national forests have been destroyed.
Industrial Hemp for Clothing: Hemp produces three times as much fiber per acre as cotton. While cotton is grown on only 3% of the world’s farmland, it uses a devastating 26% of the world’s pesticides per year. Hemp requires no pesticides or herbicides to grow.
Industrial Hemp for Energy. Since pre-industrial times, carbon dioxide levels have risen by almost 30% due to deforestation and fossil fuel combustion. The United States currently burns fossil fuels for 93% of its energy needs and consumes 25% of the world’s supply. The hydrocarbons in hemp can be processed into a wide range of biomass energy sources, including fuel pellets, liquid fuels and gas. Development of biofuels could significantly reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and nuclear power.
Eco-friendly hemp can relace almost all toxic petro-chemical products. Research is being done to use hemp in manufacturing biodegradable plastic products. more here http://www.hamline.edu/personal/dhudson/eng3370/3370s01/lutterman/hemp5.html
Medical Marijuana is frequently beneficial in the treatment of serious medical conditions. Medical marijuana has been deemed legitimate (by at least one court, legislature, and/or government agency in the United States) for treatment of the following medical conditions: AIDS, Glaucoma, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Chronic Pain. more here http://www.compassionatecoalition.org/mmjinfo/uses
(ok, snark on) CALIFORNIA; Cali is in dire straits. I’m not into surfing, Beach Boys, or the Hells Angels. But what the hell, whatever happens in Cali eventually gets to Kansas so we better nip it. Nip it in the bud. ;~) sekanblogger
A California state assemblyman from San Francisco has introduced legislation that would legalize and tax marijuana, a move he hopes will help shore up the state’s dire finances. The bill by San Francisco representative Tom Ammiano, would legalize the cultivation, possession and sale of marijuana by people 21 and older. It would charge growers and wholesalers a $5,000 initial franchise fee and a $2,500 annual renewal fee, and would levy a $50 per ounce fee on retailers. The law, which would make California the first state to legalize marijuana, would inject an estimated $13billion a year in revenue into California’s empty coffers. Naturally, Republicans are expected to oppose the bill.
Top 10 reasons to legalize: http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/60959/
MY Top 10 reasons to legalize:
1o) Give Mexicans a legal job. Lots of jobs.
9) Spike the junk food market. More jobs. Stoners need cheetos, tacos and ice cream. Often.
8) Improve international relations. Barry could be getting ‘faded’ over a few hookahs with some Kings and Shahs, then a couple of kosher doobs at the wailing wall. Next thing you know, the whole middle-east is singing Bob Dylan tunes and sharing roast goat.
7) Improve driving skills. Most stoners think they can drive or ride a motorcycle better when high. Never mind you forget where you were going. …..hey, there’s a donut shop!
6) Improves relationships. It’s really hard to stay mad at anyone who just keeps grinning at you!
5) More productive workers. That’s right. They can feel safe sharing a spliff with their sweety, sleep well, eat healthy, and relieve stress (off-duty).
4) It would make Conan O’Brien funnier. Something has to. Anything.
3) Promote home horticulture. Let’s face it. The stuff is really a weed. It will grow damn near anywhere. After you get the hang of it, plant some peppers and tomatoes. You should be hungry.
2) It would give millions of non-drinkers something to do at the bowling alley on league night.
AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON TO LEGALIZE POT….1) I could help KEEP IT LIT when it goes around in a circle!
29 responses to “Legal Weed May Save America!”
That is so friggin funny Sekan….I had an extra chuckle over #4 ..it is the best reason to legalize pot ever…it makes Conan funny. And hear was I thinking was I the only one who doesn’t think he is funny. Great post!
I think you’re wrong about one part of this ABSOLUTELY GREAT post — Legal weed may save the WORLD (not just America!). Isn’t this of global importance!?
Thank you, Sekan. Not kidding anymore. I had NO idea of some of this! Fascinating!
If pot is legalized and addresses all the many challenges listed in Sekan’s post, if all families of every configuration are recognized and share the same civil rights, if women aren’t marginalized and are respected, if peace on earth is more important than military dominance — there is NO NEED for the Republican Party in American politics! Ah, all is well.
But we must keep up the appearances of being a Christian nation that upholds the law.
You know those Religious Righties are so pure and sin-free that they will never allow any legalization of pot.
Yeah, and ‘Father Knows Best’ was a real family!
All the above is my form of sarcasm – but the truth still remains that there is a group of Americans that would rather make laws, lock people up and throw the key away but yet go out and tea bag protest because the government is spending too much money.
These people believe in NIMBY and out of sight, out of mind.
. . . . munchin’ a donut . . . “What?”
Also, a net benefit of $13.9 billion is nothing to do shots over.
I’d do a shot over saving less than that!
I was thinking more in terms of dubby over as opposed to alcohol 🙂
Anyone done the math on the savings on incarcerated pot smokers/dealers?
But, I know there some in law enforcement who believe that marijuanna isn’t as bad as other drugs and not any worse than two of our currently legal drugs.
I think that if it were legalized it isn’t going cause anything worse than what is already present. Further, I don’t believe there is going to be a sudden and dramatic increase in its use. I think that it would give law enforcement a break and a chance to regroup on drug issues that are much more serious.
Do you think if pot had powerful lobbyists like tobacco and alcohol that we would not even be having this discussion?
You’re probably right about that.
Maybe we could present it to Republicans as a capitalist money-maker and they would be all for it? Or do you think they are so tied to the Social Conservatives that even mentioning legalizing pot would bring the plague down on their heads?
I believe it’s in one of the links from Forbes Magazine. I forget which one of course.
Higher than my pea brain can calculate. Don’t we need new jails every year or so? And what are a great many inmates charged with?
And no kidding, it really is National Donut Day.
I did my duty at Daylight Donuts.
Wish I’d found that reason to celebrate June 5th. Way more exciting than the environment. Imagine — a national day devoted to donuts.
Sekan….go have another donut for me..
My doctor told me I need to lose some weight because I gained back all the weight (and then some) I lost during chemotherapy.
Well, they told me to eat to keep up my strength – so I did!
Easy call for me, I think they’d vote against it, but not because of a socially conservative value, rather because of corporate interest to keep them illegal. But I can’t put my finger on what those interests are exactly. Tobacco tops my list though.
Budwieser and the international conglomerate that bought them.
You may have a point. It is the corporate way of getting rid of the competition for profits.
Conan, buddy….if you’re reading, sorry. I’ll hafta adjust to your new time-slot.
Have you thought about a red afro haircut?
If they legalize the pot, I wont have near as many stories to write about. Darn it! Oh if George Carlin was still alive!
Good evening Loon!
I actually got to see Carlin here in my own hometown shortly before his death.
1500 seats at the auditorium and it was packed~!
Noooooo, he was one of my favorite comedians ever!!!! Believe it or not I have all of his CD’s but can only play them in the privacy of my car (for obvious reasons). One friggin loon laughing out loud in peak hour traffic…priceless. The other comedian who sadly died before his time Freddie Prinze. He only recorded one album, which I had on cassette as a teenager ( in fact I bought two, just in case one wore out). I now have on CD. What I loved about him, he never swore in his act it was pure storytelling.
Loon, this performance was friggin golden too.
Of course some idiot conservative ‘city father’ type dude actually requested that he tone it down a bit.
You can imagine George’s on-stage response. He cranked it up instead. He started the show with a really offensive incest/stepdaughter joke. Then he addressed whoever made the request like this; “I see it this way, you’re here for me, and I’m here for me, so you don’t figure into this. Fuck YOU!”
I shall be eternally jealous Sekan.
Got to see George in San Diego many moons ago. I’m still laughing.
Weed alone won’t do it, but if it’s the right grade of weed, I think it could enhance and lubricate the efforts. 🙂
Friggin Loon — Iran is about to elect a relatively progressive (for them) president.
Count on it.
And thanks to Obama for the timing of his Middle East visit. Damned shrewd.
Oh Barack? Remember that whole human rights for gays thing? As much as I support your health care agenda, it’s not an either/or thing. I realize the Congress has to pass things before you can sign them, but the bully pulpit can (and must) make a difference.
Momentum builds for broad debate on legalizing pot
By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer – Mon Jun 15, 2:23 pm ET
NEW YORK – The savage drug war in Mexico. Crumbling state budgets. Weariness with current drug policy. The election of a president who said, “Yes — I inhaled.”
These developments and others are kindling unprecedented optimism among the many Americans who want to see marijuana legalized.