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A GOP Mom For Marijuana Legalization

by @ 9:01 am on April 5, 2010. Filed under Individual Liberty, Political Parties, Politics, Republicans, War On Drugs

Jessica Corey, a self-described “GOP Mom” and Republican activist was on Fox News yesterday arguing that Republicans need to get behind the movement to legalize marijuana:

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One Response to “A GOP Mom For Marijuana Legalization”

  1. Julie Anne Burton says:

    It’s absolutely absurd that we continue our policy of criminalizing marijuana. It wasn’t illegal in this country until the 20s and 30s, and then mainly because of racism (anti-Mexican and blacks) and the influence of the Mormon church. Then came Harry J. Anslinger and his empire-building within the government.

    Marijuana has been used for centuries to treat chronic pain. Queen Victoria used it on the advice of her physician. We have millions of people in this country (I’m one of them) who are prescribed massive amounts of opiates to deal with horrific pain. Over time, we build up a tolerance and stronger and stronger meds must be prescribed. Medical marijuana would greatly reduce the need to prescribe addictive opiates. Its other medical uses are many.

    Marijuana also is the source of hemp, a product with literally thousands of uses, including food, fuel, clothing and textiles, cosmetics, paints and cleaners, paper and building materials.

    By legalizing marijuana, agricultural revenues would grow. If California does legalize marijuana, the crop is expected to add 1.7 billion dollars to the coffers. Gang and black market activity take a hit, because even taxed to death, legalized pot would be better, more consistent, and cheaper than street pot.

    But the biggest argument in favor of marijuana legalization is this — we have no right to tell anyone what to do until they infringe upon the life or property of another individual. If you’re against marijuana use, don’t use it. If you don’t want your kids to use it, teach them so. But don’t make a moral case against marijuana when there is none.

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