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Tue Sep 25, 2012, 07:08 PM

 

Tom Tancredo Backs Legal Weed: 'Marijuana Prohibition Has Failed Us'

Source: Huffington Post

Tom Tancredo is many things to many people: a conservative firebrand, staunch anti-immigration activist, a 2010 Colorado gubernatorial candidate, a former Republican congressman, but last week he took on another provocative title -- marijuana legalization advocate.

Tancredo, a surprising ally of the progressive movement to legalize marijuana, wrote a column for The Gazette on the "pro" side of a marijuana legalization debate. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers served as the "con" point of view for the piece. Tancredo writes:

"I am endorsing Amendment 64 not despite my conservative beliefs, but because of them.

Throughout my career in public policy and in public office, I have fought to reform or eliminate wasteful and ineffective government programs. There is no government program or policy I can think of that has failed in such a unique way as marijuana prohibition."



Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/25/tom-tancredo-backs-legal-_n_1913192.html



The tide is turning, gents..

If Tancredo can support marijuana, then so can all of us - and marijuana can easily help the state's coffers especially in education and public trust.

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Reply Tom Tancredo Backs Legal Weed: 'Marijuana Prohibition Has Failed Us' (Original post)
Panasonic Sep 2012 OP
gopiscrap Sep 2012 #1
Agnosticsherbet Sep 2012 #2
kag Sep 2012 #3
Panasonic Sep 2012 #4
earthside Sep 2012 #7
Panasonic Sep 2012 #9
olddad56 Sep 2012 #11
KamaAina Sep 2012 #5
musiclawyer Sep 2012 #6
bupkus Sep 2012 #10
brazil Sep 2012 #12
Le Taz Hot Sep 2012 #22
Uncle Joe Sep 2012 #8
Canuckistanian Sep 2012 #13
Alamuti Lotus Sep 2012 #14
oldsarge54 Sep 2012 #15
duhneece Sep 2012 #16
Kolesar Sep 2012 #17
Samjm Sep 2012 #18
RainDog Sep 2012 #19
Comrade Grumpy Sep 2012 #21
rks306 Sep 2012 #20

Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 07:09 PM

1. That surprises me that he

would advocate that...good going!

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 07:15 PM

2. Prohibition always fails, Tom...

Always.

It's good to see some sense break out over there.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 07:20 PM

3. As the saying goes...

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Tancredo is a moron.

When I read this aloud to my sixteen-year-old son, he came up with the most plausible explanation for why this idiot is doing something right:

"He probably smokes it."

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Response to kag (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 07:25 PM

4. I wouldn't be surprised

 

if he does in fact smoke it.

Republicanism is a mental illness, and the only cure apparently seems to be marijuana.

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 07:41 PM

7. Probably not.

Tancredo has tinnitus -- he does a radio commercial for some doctor that helped him.

A quick Googling of tinnitus and marijuana seems to indicate that marijuana use may actually make tinnitus worse.

Which is kind of surprising because the medical marijuana industry (and we have that in Colorado) makes it sound like marijuana cures just about everything.

Still, I'm glad Tancredo is public in his support for Amendment 64, maybe this will make it easier for other rightwing nuts to vote 'yes'.

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Response to earthside (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 07:59 PM

9. I have tinnitus as well

 

Have to lay off the caffeine then it reduces itself..

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 08:37 PM

11. my thoughts as well. It relieves the symptons of narrowmindedness,

which most republicans suffer from.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 07:32 PM

5. Cool! He can blaze up with Pat Robertson!

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 07:34 PM

6. Lots of Pubs do dope

Not surprising. he probably has some land that will be a very nice grow area. Heck, he probably has investors for commercial hemp. Both are much needed adrenaline for the economy. As I have said many times here, if even one of these measures passes, the war on drugs begins to wind down. POTUS and DOJ can't afford to fight in a court of law because they will lose and they know it! There is an avalanche of scientific evidence in favor legal weed and hemp. They don't want to be buried by it. I think the crackdowns in CA are happening now as a last gasp attempt to confiscate property for revenue. Plain and simple. They undertand the jig is up.

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Response to bupkus (Reply #10)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 08:46 PM

12. Downgrade to schedule II?

I wouldn't be surprised to see a downgrade to Schedule II magically come about before election day, if it looks like the ballot measures might win.

That way, it would still be a controlled substance, and the DEA might stand a fighting chance of keeping the genie in the bottle.

They could then say to voters, "no need to legalize it, just get a prescription..."

Though I think that rescheduling at this point in time would be too little, too late for the DEA.

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Response to brazil (Reply #12)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 04:17 AM

22. Not likely.

Read it and weep:

"Feds target 71 medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A county"

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/russia-suspends-import-use-of-genetically-modified-corn-20120925-00065

Obama's views on cannabis are EXACTLY the same as Richard Nixon's and Mitt Romney.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 07:49 PM

8. Kicked and recommended, pass it on.

Thanks for the thread, Panasonic.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 09:09 PM

13. Jesus Christ on a trailer hitch

I'm all for MMJ and decriminalization, but...

But Tom freakin' Tancredo as an advocate?

Talk about cats and dogs living together....

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 09:10 PM

14. Must've realized how much money can be made off of it..

 

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 09:19 PM

15. Consider

Stoned conservatives might be more mellow than those wanting to control everyone's lives.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 09:29 PM

16. Be still my heart

I feel little hearts in my eyes...and I know I can't stand this guy, but the idea, the concept, the sheer fact of his stand makes me happy.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 09:40 PM

17. No government program has failed as badly as war spending

Marijuana prohibition is locking people up unfairly, but the warmongers are looting our treasury and killing millions.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 12:25 AM

18. Most sane thing he's ever said

Tancredo is a hack, but this may be the only thing I agree with him on. Ever. I'm in CO, and I'll be voting yes on this Amendment.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 12:41 AM

19. Support for legal mj must be strong in Colorado, still

and the libertarians must outnumber the panty sniffers among Republicans.

Hopefully this is a good sign that Colorado will be the first state to legalize.

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Response to RainDog (Reply #19)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 02:34 AM

21. It's polling well in Colorado, but not as strong as Washington state.

In Washington, they're around 57%, in Colorado it's around 50%, but still with a 10-point lead over "no."

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 01:36 AM

20. Say no to Nixon drug war

The drug war has been a failure. Other countries legalize drugs and tax them. They don't have drug epidemics in other places.

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