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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:39 AM

Indiana State Police Leader: 'I'd Legalize Marijuana'

Source: Associated Press

The head of the Indiana State Police is telling lawmakers he would legalize and tax marijuana if it were up to him.

State police Superintendent Paul Whitesell told members of the State Budget Committee Tuesday that he had followed the issue during 40 years in law enforcement and believed "it is here, it's going to stay."

... Democratic Sen. Karen Tallian has proposed decriminalizing marijuana and Republican Sen. Brent Steele said he would consider a similar measure during the upcoming legislative session.

Read more: http://tristatehomepage.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=565182

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Reply Indiana State Police Leader: 'I'd Legalize Marijuana' (Original post)
Newsjock Nov 2012 OP
glowing Nov 2012 #1
davidthegnome Nov 2012 #14
RKP5637 Nov 2012 #2
Chipper Chat Nov 2012 #3
TeamPooka Nov 2012 #4
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #5
duhneece Nov 2012 #10
ReRe Nov 2012 #6
iandhr Nov 2012 #7
LovingA2andMI Nov 2012 #8
Coyotl Nov 2012 #9
CindyinIndy Nov 2012 #11
frylock Nov 2012 #12
truthisfreedom Nov 2012 #13

Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:42 AM

1. Why let the drug dealers reel the rewards, tax it

and they get revenue... And less spent on policing a weed and subsidizing courts and jails and police... It's kind of a no brainer to most.

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Response to glowing (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:52 PM

14. Don't forget the DEA and various law enforcement agencies.

There's a whole lot of money in marijuana for drug dealers and their counterparts. Both of them usually make money off the customers, either by fining (and maybe imprisoning) some poor folks or buy charging them outrageous prices for something that could easily be made much, much less expensive.

Billions of dollars worth of assets have been seized as a result of the war on drugs. It's a huge business on both sides of the law. The question, ultimately, will be whether it is more profitable to legalize it and bring in the revenue... or leave things as they are. Either way, many special interests are involved and they tend to have more money than those of us who aren't special interests.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:43 AM

2. The war against pot has to be among one of the stupidest wars this

nation has done.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:48 AM

3. I can still remember Ed Meese on TV saying

"We are winning the war on drugs." - this was 34 YEARS AGO!!!!!!
I just laughed my ass off.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:00 AM

4. Prohibition is a failed public polcy...again nt

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:00 AM

5. I wish more law enforcement officers would come out for this.

It would end a lot of problems.

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:06 AM

10. LEAP Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has many members

Retired AND active. Please check them out...become a member. It costs nothing.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:12 AM

6. This is a real shocker....

....considering that it's coming out of Indiana. The religious right up there will bury this guy.

But really, if this is coming out of Indiana, it definitely is a sign of things to come. Finally.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:40 AM

7. Wouldn't be ironic...

... if states in after legalizing pot decide to use the tax revenue to hire more cops.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:46 AM

8. FREE THE WEED~~

Then tax it! Me thinks this is an excellent idea way pass its' time!

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:32 AM

9. Tax it! The money for all those prison guard pensions has to come from somewhere.

After it is legalized, you still have to pay for some costs of incarceration for decades to come.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:25 AM

11. Alcohol kills.

Marijuana does not. No brainer!

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:43 AM

12. he'll be walking this back once those assholes at DARE have a talk with him

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:53 AM

13. The Pot Tax will save the US economy.

Time to bring it on. 100% Pot Tax. Of course, pot prices will fall precipitously once we can grow it anywhere, so the tax won't even matter.

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