Pot moratorium up for public hearing
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Since: Sep 10
#1 Sep 21, 2010
Advocating a continued increase in mayhem & tyranny solely for the purpose of financial gain, like the prison guard's union, the DEA, or the alcohol industry, is both despicable and unconscionable.
May I ask you all to please consider the following very carefully: It wasn't alcohol that caused the surge in crime and homicide during alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, it was the prohibition of alcohol. That's why many of us find it hard to believe that the same thing is not happening now. We clearly have a prohibition fueled violent crime problem. A huge number of these violent crimes are perpetrated by criminal syndicates and gangs who use the proceeds form the sales of illegal substances to further even more of their criminal activities.
The second biggest business during prohibition in Detroit was liquor at $215 million a year and employing about 50,000 people. Authorities were not only helpless to stop it, many were part of the problem. During one raid the state police arrested Detroit Mayor John Smith, Michigan Congressman Robert Clancy and Sheriff Edward Stein.
The Mexican cartels are ready to show, that when it comes to business, they also like to be nonpartisan. They will buy-out or threaten politicians of any party, make deals with whoever can benefit them, and kill those who are brave or foolish enough to get in their way.
If you support prohibition you've helped create the prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords.
If you support prohibition you've helped remove many important civil liberties from those citizens you falsely claim to represent.
If you support prohibition you've helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets.
If you support prohibition you've helped to escalate Murder, Theft, Muggings and Burglaries.
If you support prohibition you've helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.
Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare. We have to regulate and we have to do it now!
Since: Sep 10
#2 Sep 21, 2010
As you all well know, Jerry Brown, democrat candidate for governor of California, has come out against Prop 19. He's also accepted more than $200,000 in campaign contributions from "beverage" companies, according to the California Secretary of State Campaign Finance website http://tinyurl.com/2vddpqg
CALIFORNIA BEER & BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTORS COMMUNITY AFFAIRS $25,900 5/13/10 1487716-16309
ALLIED BEVERAGES, INC.$25,900 5/13/10 1487716-16303
MARKSTEIN BEVERAGE CO. OF SACRAMENTO $25,000 5/18/10 1488493-16496
HORIZON BEVERAGE COMPANY 20000 5/18/10 1488493-16506
BAY AREA BEVERAGE COMPANY $20,000 5/13/10 1487716-16310
CALIFORNIA BEER & BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTORS COMMUNITY AFFAIRS $19,900 5/13/10 1487716-16307
ACE BEVERAGE CO.$17,500 5/17/10 1488493-16448
MARKSTEIN BEVERAGE CO. OF SAN MARCOS $14,900 5/18/10 1488493-16501
MARKSTEIN BEVERAGE CO. OF SAN MARCOS $10,100 5/18/10 1488493-16502
WILLIAM LAZZERINI $10,000 5/13/10 1487716-16306
PACIFIC BEVERAGE $10,000 5/8/10 1486926-16155
MISSION BEVERAGE COMPANY $7,500 5/17/10 1488493-16447
HORIZON BEVERAGE COMPANY $5,000 9/14/10 1518320-33050
#3 Sep 22, 2010
What are all these fools afraid of? Have you ever heard of a violent marijuana user? And, the media likes to "compare" all the other illegal drugs with it. Crap - it's a relaxant; aid for digestive problems; pain reliever. It's not going to kill everyone!
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