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State Lawmakers Want To Ruin 4/20 For Everybody

Categories: Luke's Gospel
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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man who made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke says its time to legalize medical marijuana.

Florida lawmakers need to roll up a fat joint and chill out. While the Republican-dominated state legislature moves full speed ahead to ban the sale of bongs and glass pipes, they are ignoring a measure to legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State. Legislators must think we're still living in 1936, the year the anti-marijuana film Reefer Madness hit movie theaters across the country.

Florida is being left behind in the growing national movement to end pot prohibition. Since California became the first to legalize medical ganja in 1996, 19 other states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws making it okay for doctors to prescribe kind bud to patients suffering from all kinds of debilitating ailments, from Lou Gehrig's Disease to AIDS. A February poll by People United For Medical Marijuana (PUFMM) revealed that seven out of 10 Floridians support medical marijuana.

In addition, 14 states have enacted laws that eliminate criminal penalties for people caught with small amounts of weed. Heck, it's now perfectly legal to use marijuana recreationally in Colorado and Washington. There is even a bill in Congress that would end the federal government's prohibition against pot.

Yet, Rep. Darryl Rouson from bible-thumping Brandenton, wants Florida to continue screwing the populace with his anti-pot measures. In 2010, he backed a bill that became law limiting bong and pipe sales to stores that did 75 percent of their sales from tobacco. Now he's championing a more hardcore ban.

Stoners would have to travel outside of Florida to buy bongs and glass pipes if Rouson's more draconian measure passes. Meanwhile, a bill that would allow patients to possess up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight plants has not gotten a hearing in either the House or the Senate.

State legislators would rather let sick people continue spending thousands of dollars on prescription pills, as well as pass up an opportunity to generate millions of dollars in marijuana tax revenue. California's medical cannabis industry took in about $2 billion a year and generated $100 million in state sales taxes in 2008.

magine what it could do for our cash-strapped state, which is already home to the most illegal indoor growhouses in the nation. Florida pot dealers are already the largest suppliers for the United States East Coast.

If the politicians in Tallahassee really want to fight the war on drugs, they should ban crack pipes. But then again, that's what they are probably smoking themselves.

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malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

Prohibition has finally run its course: our prisons are full, our economy is in ruins, the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of Americans have been destroyed or severely disrupted. What was once a shining beacon of liberty and prosperity has become a toxic, repressive, smoldering heap of hypocrisy and a gross affront to fundamental human decency. 

Former and present Prohibitionists shall not be allowed to remain untainted and untouched by the unconscionable acts that they have viciously committed on their fellow citizens. They have provided us with neither safe communities nor safe streets. We will provide them with neither a safe haven to enjoy their ill-gotten gains nor the liberty to repeat such a similar atrocity.

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ibybfiygmh

Preach! Uncle Luke knows what's up. Problem is both the pharmaceutical & private prison industry buy too many dinners in Tallahassee & each of the "illegal indoor growers" only representation is a single vote.

Dennis Barranco
Dennis Barranco

Good article Luke. It's a shame Florida is so backwards.

Kathleen M Serafin
Kathleen M Serafin

LMAO how many people really use it for medical purposes? Some of us have not killed our brain cells by smoking weed!

floydianslipped
floydianslipped

You are right, the government will never be able to regulate morality! It failed with prohibition and eventually so will this. States are responsible for making sure alcohol isn't sold to minors right? And parents that let underage kids consume alcohol go to jail, bars that sell to underage teens or drunks face legal consequences. Its up to us to not drive or let our friends/family drive drunk-You can't get a narcotic drug without a legal piece of paper from a doctor that says you can and if the cops catch you with those meds in a bottle without that RX label you've got trouble.. We hear about this sort of thing everyday. What would be so different about legalizing marijuana? NOTHING it would be just one more item on this regulated list! The reason they don't want it is because the war on drugs makes too much money for these politicians: the prescription drug industry will lose billions because will folks will need LESS of their products which is why you'll notice its their money backing these anti legalization congressional lobbies

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

@Katie Serafin, Prohibitionists like yourself dance hand in hand with every possible type of criminal one can imagine—An unholy alliance of ignorance, greed and hate which works to destroy all our hard fought freedoms, wealth and security.

We will always have adults who are too immature to responsibly deal with tobacco, alcohol, heroin amphetamines, cocaine, various prescription drugs and even food. Our answer to them should always be: "Get a Nanny, and stop turning the government into one for the rest of us!"

Many of us who wish to see an end to prohibition, but not because we wish to use drugs - they are already available 24/7. We wish to see proper legalized regulation because we are witnessing, on a daily basis, the futility of this dangerous policy. 'Legalized Regulation' won't be the complete answer to all our drug problems, but it'll greatly ameliorate the crime and violence we are seeing on our streets.

The whole nonsense of 'a disaster will happen if we end prohibition' sentiment sums up the delusional 'chicken little' stance of those like yourself who foolishly insist on continuing down this blind alley. As if a disaster isn’t already happening. As if prohibition has ever remotely worked?

Your support for prohibition is such a strange mind-set. In fact, It's outrageous insanity—Literally not one prohibitionist argument survives scrutiny. NOT ONE!!!


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