Eliot Spitzer For Legalized Marijuana


On Friday night’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” said Spitzer:

To spend prosecutorial resources on pot is ridiculous…I’d be in favor of legalized pot. Legalizing pot is the right way to go.

Recently I heard a story that some odious nation is spying on its citizens. This story from the valentine’s edition of This American Life popped to mind:

Last year at three high schools in Palm Beach County, Florida, several young police officers were sent undercover to pose as students, tasked with making drug arrests. And this, this is the setting for a love story, reported by Robbie Brown.

Listen up. A high school honor student’s life is ruined over a $25 bag of pot. We don’t call that spying. We call it law enforcement.

I bet the odious nation mentioned above has some similar euphemism for what we claim is spying on its citizen’s, too.

Goose, meet gander. Our drug laws are making criminals of decent citizens and degrading the legitimacy of our democracy.

Prohibition must end.

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  • slamfu

    I am so with Spitzer on this one. Who is it that is reall against legalizing pot anyways? Oh yea, those guys.

  • RP

    Bill Maher is a jerk!
    Eliot Spitzer makes some good arguements.

    Before jumping all over the issue of legalization or not, do some research. Don’t listen to the talking heads that say pot is this, that or leads to something else.

    First, compare the laws that were in effect during prohibition. Compare them to the laws concerning pot. Were the laws regulating alcohol effective? Who controlled alcohol profits during prohibition? Did alcohol lead to the arguements given by those against it legalization.

    You may find in this research things very similar in both situations.

    But I will point out one thing. Hemp was a legal product in the country until prohibition, but was not legalized after prohibition was eliminated. Why? Dupont and Hearst. Dupont did not want the competition of cheap textile products that hemp could provide. Hearst owned millions of acres of timber and did not want the competition for cheap paper pulp. They “bought” the votes in congress to keep the prohibition of hemp, thus making marijuana illegal.

    So now we have a product that is legal that kills millions (tobacco), but provides billions in tax revenues to states and federal agencies, but pot is illegal, does not cause the health problems that tobacco causes, but is illegal due to influence from large corporate giants at the time.

    And with so many states not enforcing the laws, legalizing it, taxing it, and controlling it might be a better answer. It will never be prohibited and getting the cartels out of the profits by growing it at home might fix some other gang related activities.

  • dduck

    I was for legalizing pot, but if Spitzer is for it, I have to rethink the whole thing.
    RP, thanks for that interesting information, fascinating.

  • zephyr

    Well sure RP, Maher is a jerk, especially if you’re on the wrong side of his positions… which I’m usually not. ;-)

    “Our drug laws are making criminals of decent citizens and degrading the legitimacy of our democracy.” – JW

    Hear hear!!! This IS a government sponsored assault on decent citizens. Unfortunately there seems to be enough incentive on the part of law enforcement (think assett forfeiture laws – legalized theft in otherwords) to continue the practice. Never forget, the War on Drugs – including pot, is a Ronald Reagan legacy. It is going to take some courage on the part of leadership to end this nonsense. Obama is NOT providing it in this case.

  • STinMN

    Z, the War on Drugs is a Richard Nixon legacy, or at least the phrase is. His admininstration really just continued existing prohibitions on drugs but he coined the phrase. He was the first president to assign a Drug Czar.

  • zephyr

    ST, technically you are correct, however… from wiki:

    “the Nixon Administration also repealed the federal 2-10 year mandatory minimum sentences for possession of marijuana and started federal demand reduction programs and drug treatment programs. Robert DuPont, the “Drug czar” in the Nixon Administration, stated it would be more accurate to say that Nixon ended, rather than launched, the “war on drugs”.”

    The “war on drugs” was significantly ramped up under Reagan and for all practical purposes it was his (and Nancy’s) baby.

    “In 1986, Reagan signed a drug enforcement bill that budgeted $1.7 billion to fund the War on Drugs and specified a mandatory minimum penalty for drug offenses.[206] The bill was criticized for promoting significant racial disparities in the prison population[206] and critics also charged that the policies did little to reduce the availability of drugs on the street, while resulting in a great financial burden for America.”

  • dduck

    Again with the Nixon did something good stuff.

  • zephyr

    Hey dd, Nixon is starting to look better and better all the time eh? (at least when compared to todays bizarre GOP strain)

  • dduck

    Next thing you’ll be lying about is that he cared about the environment and started the EPA.
    Have you no shame, there are liberals right here in America that can only afford one iPhone or one Blackberry; I’ve seen them.

  • zephyr

    Dd, I still have an old flip phone. Don’t want any “smart” phones made by exploited and abused chinese workers. I still have an old rotary phone for power outages too. I hear they have these new things called microwave ovens. Where will it all stop?

  • VeratheGun

    And next, Spitzer wants to work to make sure he can purchase his poontang legally.

  • slamfu

    Nixon was a pretty good president up until Watergate. There, I said it.

  • dduck

    VTG, and is that bad?

  • dduck

    OK, in that spirit, and Clinton was a good president up til Whitewater/Monicagate.

  • ShannonLeee

    being a quick flight away from Amsterdam does have its advantages….

    Maher is a douche. I like his show, even been to one, but he is a raging douche.

    RP drops some great info. Many of our drug laws make absolutely no sense.

    I find it interesting that no one talks about prescription drug abuse, particularly after the number of high profile deaths we have seen.

  • dduck

    SL, the U.s. is a disaster area for “prescription” drugs. 0ver 40% on Zanex, very heavy use of Oxy, etc.

  • zephyr

    Speaking of prescription drugs… here’s something the pharmecutical companies don’t want you to know about:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7399362n

  • dduck
  • http://www.dregstudios.com dregstudios

    Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws. I drew up a very cool poster featuring Uncle Willie Nelson and The Teapot Party for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/vote-teapot-2011.html Drop in and let me know what you think!