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6 REASONS TO LEGALIZE POT

This post was published in November of 2007.  Reposted on this date, with comments included.

SIX REASONS TO LEGALIZE POT

Posted on November 30th, 2007 by Marshall Frank in Criminal Justice, Edit

The War on Drugs is lost. Our nation has spent nearly a trillion dollars since the 1970’s trying to enforce unenforceable laws, which have only served to fuel the black market and incarcerate millions of otherwise non-violent offenders.

If a football coach sends in a losing play, game after game, and never gains ground, he must either change the strategy or find another job. Lawmakers in America continue with the same losing strategy, year after year, while we pay for it with billions in tax dollars and human life. Tell me please, how much sense that makes.

The drug laws are in dire need of revision. Sitting atop the list: Marijuana.

In an open letter to the president, congress, governors and state legislatures, Harvard Economist Professor Jeffrey A. Miron called for the legalization of marijuana and replacing it with a system of taxation and regulation. More than five hundred distinguished economists from around the nation signed off on that letter, including the most notable, Milt Friedman.

In …

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WAS LINCOLN A RACIST?

Not everything is as it seems, as many of us have learned during our lives.

Here’s a famous quote by Abraham Lincoln:

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.”

Certainly a profound statement by a political leader who has been lionized over the last 144 years as the greatest president in American history and certainly, the beacon for establishing equal rights among the races.

But, is this all true, or simply an image? Was Lincoln that much ahead of his time? Did he really feel that blacks deserved parity with whites?

There is always more to the story, as we have learned about many idolized people of history. Many idols have been worshiped and adored only for us to learn later there was another side to him, or her. May we start with Bill Clinton? Rep. William Jefferson? Mayor Marion Barry? Men of the cloth, like Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart. Sports: O.J. They all have one thing in common: Another side people didn’t see because they were blinded by awe.

We all need

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SCORE ONE FOR DEATH WITH DIGNITY

 

 

On a summer afternoon in Portland, Oregon, 68 year-old Margaret Sutherland kissed her five grown children one by one, listened to her son read the 23rd Psalm, gazed out the window toward the Williamette River a final time then hoisted a glass of water to help her swallow ten, 100 milligram capsules of Seconal. Within five minutes, she was unconscious. In fifteen minutes, she was dead…as she wished.

Cancer had already claimed one of her lungs and eaten her ribs. She had lost control of her bowels and coughed blood constantly. The pain was so intense, she could hardly walk.

Doomed to two, three or four more months of suffering before arriving at death, she also considered the hardships being imposed upon her loved ones. Sutherland decided to take advantage of Oregon’s Death With Dignity law, received confirmation of her doom from two doctors and asked for the needed prescription to end her life. When the day arrived, she put on a dress, a little make-up and said her last goodbyes to friends and family. Love abounded, suffering ended. Everyone was at peace, including Mrs. Sutherland.

How can anyone argue with that?

Obscured amid major political issues this year …

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WELFARE ABUSE; DRUG ABUSE: A COMMON MARRIAGE

For the story, I’ll call him Billie.

Little Billie was one of those bright, hyper kids with an I.Q. approaching genius. He dazzled adults with his sharp wit, toothy smile and exuberant charm. He managed straight A’s without effort. Like many kids of the 1960’s, Billie was the product of divorced parents. Mother Dorothy remarried when he was three, and he grew to love his new stepfather. When he was ten, that stepfather suddenly disappeared never to return again.

The year was 1970, the age of Aquarius, Viet Nam, hippies, rebellion against the establishment and a new culture that would change the complexion of America in future generations: Drugs.

Now liberated, Dorothy thought marijuana was no worse than having a cocktail. Billie watched as Mama’s behavior changed. Pot seemed to make her mellow, and more sociable. A new circle of friends visited. She made no secret of her lure to cannabis, openly toking up with her guests. She kept a hearty supply around. She even offered a toke to little Billie, saying, “Here, I don’t want you doing this behind my back.”

Billie found her stash one day and brought a handful to school where he promptly lined his pockets …

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LEGALIZE ASSISTED SUICIDE

 

On a summer afternoon in Portland, Oregon, 68 year-old Margaret Sutherland kissed her five grown children one by one, listened to her son read the 23rd Psalm, gazed out the window toward the Williamette River a final time then hoisted a glass of water laced with nine milligrams of Seconal and drank it all. Within five minutes, she was unconscious. In fifteen minutes, she was dead…just as she wished.

Cancer had already claimed one of her lungs and eaten her ribs. She had lost control of her bowels and coughed blood constantly. The pain was so intense, she could hardly walk.

Doomed to two, three or four more months of suffering before arriving at death, she also considered the hardships being imposed upon her loved ones. Sutherland decided to take advantage of Oregon’s Death With Dignity law, received confirmation of her doom from two doctors and asked for the needed prescription to end her life. When the day arrived, she put on a dress, a little make-up and said her last goodbyes to friends and family. Love abounded, suffering ended. Everyone was at peace, including Mrs. Sutherland.

How can anyone argue with that?

Early in the Bush II term, …

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Spike Lee Stirs The Racism Pot

Famous African-American person is offended and accuses a famous white person of racial bias. Sound familiar?

When will this ever end?

To his credit, Spike Lee is a first class movie director. He’s also a thin-skinned boob stirring the racism pot. This is the kind of rhetoric that serves to exacerbate race relations, not help them.

Imagine casting Sidney Poitier as Mafia heir, Michael Corleone, in “The Godfather” instead of Al Pacino. Would that make sense? Or, casting lily white Keanu Reeves for a lead role in “The Color Purple?” Better yet, Halle Berry as Queen Elizabeth I.

Politically correct, maybe. But would viewers buy into racial equity instead of historical accuracy?

At a recent conference at the Cannes Festival, Mr. Lee openly complained that Eastwood’s Epic movies “Flags Of Our Fathers” and “Letters From Iwo Jima” were cast without black actors. Spike went on, “There were many African Americans who survived that war, who were upset at Clint for not having them in the films. That was his version: The Negro soldier did not exist. I have a different version.”

Spike picked on the wrong guy who, at the age of 73, two Oscars to his …

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Parenting: To Do It All Over Again

Ever ponder what you’d do different if you had a chance to do it all over again as a parent, now that you are older and wiser?

Hindsight is the only time most of us will truly experience 20/20 vision.

Pre-birth babies spend nine warm months in a cozy environment only to be suddenly thrust into the world of air conditioning, bright light, a cacophony of sounds and to make it worse, a whack on the butt. Now, my child would enter the world in a tub of warm water in dim light, without harsh sounds, and immediately placed upon his/her mothers chest after birth.

I would play recordings of Mozart sonatas softly in the background of his/her room, to present soothing sounds of perfect melody, give the baby a sense of order and instill a love of music.

I would try talking to my child in adult tones, and depart from the goochy goo so many of us introduce as “communications.” Parents often mimic the baby, instead of teaching the baby to mimic us.

I would start introducing the hazards of today’s world before the child ever stepped foot in first grade. He/she would know, in simple terms, the …

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