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Trump Won … What Now For Legalization?

Three steps forward … and one potential “Yuge” step back. Dazed and confused by the 2016 Election Day results, the 420-world rejoices over this week’s winning recreational ballot measures; unfortunately for many, that joy was tempered by Trump’s surprising victory.

High on the list of concerns are President-elect Donald Trump’s potential cabinet picks, according to CBS news.

During the campaign, Trump argued that marijuana legalization should be decided on a state-by-state basis, without being more specific. But in addition to the vice president-elect, some of Trump’s closest advisers, such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, are no “friends of marijuana reform.”

Displaying his own special brand of loathing and twisted logic during the Republican National Convention, Rudy Giuliani went on a pro-police tirade to rally the troops.

“It’s time to make America safe again … What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America.”

And that’s pretty much the problem.

Trump’s Team On Marijuana

In 2001, the year Giuliani left office, the NYPD was arresting roughly 1,100 individuals for simple marijuana possession – every seven days. Antagonistic in nature, these thuggish policies escalated New York City’s annual arrest rate from 1,450 under Mayor Dinkins to 41,521 under Mayor Giuliani. Empowering a new breed of police brutality, this policy ultimately dehumanized all it touched.

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Causing concern when Chris Christie was first tapped to head up the Trump transition team, Mike Pence has just been chosen to replace him. Notorious for calling marijuana-generated tax revenue “blood money,” Pence makes Christie look like a cheerleader for legalization by comparison. Governor Mike Pence was heavily criticized by the ACLU when he “signed a bill into law that would allow anyone to use their religious beliefs to claim that they have a right to refuse to follow anti-discrimination protections and other laws.” Not only did Pence vote against HB 1006 in 2013, he urged fellow legislators to increase marijuana possession to allow a class B misdemeanor — an offense that would carry a $1,000 fine and 180 days in jail for those caught with even the smallest amount of pot.

Asked during the town hall meeting form of the presidential debates whether he “supported drug legalization,” Trump answered in his uniquely incoherent away.

TRUMP: I think that as far as drug legalization, we talk about marijuana, and in terms of medical, I think I am basically for that. I’ve heard some wonderful things in terms of medical. I’m watching Colorado very carefully to see what’s happening out there. I’m getting some very negative reports, I’m getting some okay reports. But I’m getting some very negative reports coming out of Colorado as to what’s happening … so we’ll see what happens.

Indeed.

(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

 

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Nevada Voters High-Five Question 2, Legalization Wins

Move over boozed-fueled gambling, Nevada’s new legalized marijuana is about to cultivate a new economic base. With Tuesday’s passage of Nevada’s recreational marijuana ballot measure, residents and visitors alike will be able to legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve 2016. Passed by 54.47% – […]

 

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Arizona Would Be Wealthier and Safer with Legalization

Arizona’s constituents will be asked an important question during today’s general election.

Should recreational marijuana be legalized?

With a recent poll showing half of Arizona’s voters on board with legalizing marijuana, should Prop 205 pass, state-sanctioned pot will go on sale at licensed stores on March 1, 2018. Taxed at 15%, some of that hypothetical cash would be allocated to cover the costs of administering Arizona’s recreational marijuana program, with additional revenue allocated to funding the state’s K-12 programs.

Potentially legalizing one of many drug cartels’ more lucrative substances, many believe the passage of Arizona’s Prop 205 could accomplish what the War on Drugs couldn’t — the elimination of marijuana as a cash cow for Mexico’s warring cartels.

During fiscal 2015, approximately 15,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents were hard at work scouring the desert from the Tijuana River to Brownsville, Texas for Mexico’s clandestine pot smugglers. Less successful than in years past, data published by the U.S. Border Patrol suggests that 2015 was an abysmal year for marijuana busts along the porous US-Mexican border. Hitting its lowest rate of capture in the past decade, many credit America’s ongoing marijuana reform for the precipitous decline.

Confiscating just over 1,500,000 pounds of Mexican herb along the border during 2015, last year’s busts represented a sharp decline from the 2.2 million pounds impounded during 2012.

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2015 United States Border Patrol Apprehensions Statistics

As the futility of America’s Drug War is exposed by statistics, and a growing number of states press the federal government to wake up and smell our new reality, a top adviser on Nixon’s domestic-policy, John Ehrlichman, posthumously explained the subtext of  America’s war on weed … to marginalize Nixon’s two primary enemies: anti-war hippies and minorities.

Now, after wasting billions of dollars and ruining countless lives, marijuana is projected to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the US economy. Cultivating a 74% increase for 2014, the marijuana industry is projected to hit the $4 billion mark by 2016, according to the ArcView group.

Hoping to join the other civilized states that have legalized recreational marijuana by the end of today, Arizona’s constituents are anxiously looking forward to extinguishing the federal overreach of marijuana prohibition.

(Photo courtesy of TucsonSentinel)

 

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