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White House: Feds will step up marijuana law enforcement

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    Guy in Arizona said:

    "As you know by now, the "war on drugs" has been a disaster -"

    Cigarettes and alcohol are the biggest drug money makers. I wonder how many antitrust people drink and smoke???

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    As you know by now, the "war on drugs" has been a disaster - but there IS hope for the future, due to the fact that Canada just legalized marijuana use earlier this year. One of the unexpected benefactors for the change in policy is a company that we all know very well - Marlboro:

    http://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-marketing-genius-of-marlboro.html

    Friday's bombshell from Mueller is just a prelude to the next one (possibly involving Donald Jr.) that will apparently be released before Christmas.

    If Trump actually gets booted from office, that leaves us Mike Pence (at least temporarily) and his position on marijuana is just as backward as his other positions:

    https://www.weednews.co/republican-vp-pick-mike-pence-is-bad-news-on-marijuana-policy/

    However, since it is rumored that he knows more about collusion with Russia than we know currently, President Peloski will finally bring us out of the Dark Ages about marijuana.

    Happy

    Correct, the war on drugs has been a failure, and there's a new war on drugs going on right now. Recently, Illinois legalized marijuana and now the bordering state of Wisconsin is going to deal with it the only way they know how, by arresting and fining people who transport the stuff across state lines. And we're not the only two states either, as this article points out in this link,

    tmj4.com/news/local-news/kenosha-county...

    "If they legalize it, what you're going to see is people from Wisconsin traveling right down Interstate 94, going straight down to Illinois and purchasing what they feel they should be purchasing and driving back up," he said.

    Beth points to issues when Colorado legalized recreational pot in 2014. It caused headaches for law enforcement in bordering states like Nebraska. Felony distribution and sale of marijuana spiked 40-percent according to Nebraska Public Television.

    While I was listening to radio today, a sheriff in Wisconsin said that people will be fined $542.00 for illegally found marijuana, first offense I guess.

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    Dock:

    This is truly a case of history repeating itself, since there were periods of time when the drinking age was different in Illinois and Wisconsin.

    In 1957, the drinking age in Wisconsin was 18 for beer and 21 for everything else, but it was 21 for bordering states. In 1977, the border states restriction was removed. As a result, Illinois residents who wanted liquor could buy it in Wisconsin, even though they could not buy it in Illinois until they were 21.

    If you think that might cause a few more car crashes between the two states, you'd be right.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._history_of_alcohol_minimum_purchase_age_by_state

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Dock:

    This is truly a case of history repeating itself, since there were periods of time when the drinking age was different in Illinois and Wisconsin.

    In 1957, the drinking age in Wisconsin was 18 for beer and 21 for everything else, but it was 21 for bordering states. In 1977, the border states restriction was removed. As a result, Illinois residents who wanted liquor could buy it in Wisconsin, even though they could not buy it in Illinois until they were 21.

    If you think that might cause a few more car crashes between the two states, you'd be right.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._history_of_alcohol_minimum_purchase_age_by_state

    My friend, who worked for the local taxi company as a dispatcher told me of tales involving sailors from GLNTC, they'd come to Wisconsin to drink beer, get drunk and party, and the taxi-cabs would haul car loads of drunk sailors back to the base. Some sailors who had the luxury of having wheels ended up wrecking their cars on the way back, hence the Blood Border of Illinois/Wisconsin of Sheridan Road. I was told back then the laws were very lax, in fact, the former owner of the taxi company was so drunk on more than one occasion, he'd be found by the cops passed out behind the wheel of his cab, and all cops did was give him a ride home, no tickets issued. Times have changed though. Cops here will now vigorously enforce the antiquated marijuana laws that are on the books.

    The cops in Wisconsin will have their hands full, this state is notoriously the drunkest in America. Most of America’s Drunkest Cities are in Wisconsin https://www.milwaukeemag.com/most-of-americas-drunkest-cities-are-in-wisconsin/

    There will no doubt be many arrests for inebriated drivers who have used both Maryjane and alcohol at the same time. Nearly everyday, it's common to see local news stories of people who have committed between 5 and 10 DUI's.

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    Chicago marijuana dispensaries just ran out of weed, and will only dispense to people who need the stuff for medical purposes. All the heads will need to go back to street sellers for their dope. It's legal now, so the government should just require street sellers to tax their sales and send the tax monies collected to the state comptroller.
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    Well, that didn't take long, a marijuana dispensary in Chicago was burglarized yesterday or last night, there'll be more of that now that people know how easy it is to break and enter.

    abc7chicago.com/5818723/

    This link shows how much weed is selling for: budzu.com/prices/usa/illinois/chicago

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    NY and NJ wanted to make progress on the topic recently but they could not work out a few details. Now they're saying they're taking another look and will work with neighboring states to make the serious concerns (like buying and transporting over state lines) addressed.

    Cynicism that politicians can't resist millions of tax dollars makes me wonder the true motivation. My long term belief is that those who would buy it legally are 99% those who are already buying without paying taxes and keeping crime stats strong. It's worked for a long while in several states and society hasn't collapsed. Ultimately it will be legal nationwide because while really old white men want to portray it as similar to Heroin, it's actually similar to beer. We know the alcohol industry is quite strong. I believe it should be legal everywhere and it won't cause problems. I also think it should be used or enjoyed at home or without unfocused driving.

    It will be interesting to see how the topic continues to develop.

    Many more died as a result of alcohol versus Opiods but the alcohol lobby is strong and well funded.