For readers of this website, I'm sure its not shocking to anyone to know that the war on drugs is a complete and utter failure. What may shock some readers is the unbelievable racket the "drug war" is.
The private prison system is a money making scheme. So you have a pretty good idea where their interests lie. Mo' prisoners, mo' money.
This effort for legalizing pot goes beyond medical marijuana. Amendment 64 will allow adults 21 and over to purchase and possess up to one ounce of marijuana with no criminal penalty. Period. It also legalizes industrial production and use of hemp.
In a legitimate and untampered election, I think this will pass. Why? Because this amendment is supported by the Colorado Democratic Party and the majority of Denver County Republicans supported Amendment 64. It Just didn't the the 2/3 majority vote needed to be adopted by the party. Sure, it's just Denver County but I think it speaks to the changing attitudes about legalizing pot.Throw in the growing number of voters who identify themselves as Independents and I think legalizing pot could become a reality in Colorado.
A December 2011 study from Public Policy Polling found that out of 793 Colorado voters:
49% legalizing pot should be legal, 40% think it should be illegal.
However, 68% believe medical marijuana should be legal vs. 25% who think it should be illegal.
Among democrats, 78% support medical marijuana use, up from 64%.
Among republicans, 50% support medical marijuana use, up from 30%.
Among independents, 75% support medical marijuana use, up from 54%.
Howevah (and there's always a howevah in life), notice I said, "In legitimate and untampered election, I think this will pass." There is so much funny business at our local level politics, but that's a story for another day. Let's just say Josef Stalin was right: "The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the vote do." And both parties know it.
Some key elements to Amendment 64's efforts for legalizing pot include:
Permitting a person 21-years or older to possess/consume up to one ounce of marijuana. (Note: this is not limited to medical marijuana.)
Existing medical marijuana laws remain intact.
Possess six marijuana plants, three or fewer being mature and flowering.
Capping excise tax on marijuana sold to 15%. (I like this!)
The first $40M in revenue from the tax going to public school capital construction assistance fund. (I don't like this.)
Governing the ability to cultivate, process and sell industrial hemp.
If you are elligible to vote in Colorado, I HIGHLY suggest you check the status of your registration and make sure you are qualified to vote by October 9, 2012 at www.GoVoteColorado.com. Do it now so you don't forget!
Furthermore, I hope you vote for Ron Paul for the next president of our country. If you think there is a difference between Obama and Romney, you are sadly mistaken. They are both about bigger government, fewer personal freedoms, more crony capitalism that benefits the mega-banks and lobbying groups that own both these candidates and more wars. Believe it.