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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:18 PM

33. Sort of like the "Drive 55" federal requirement that tied highway funds to lowering the speed limit?

That's how that worked, even though many states didn't like doing it.

I think "federal officials" ought to wake up, smell the coffee, and see the light of damn day.

How long can Big Pharma and the prison industry and liquor producers' lobbyists push them around?

It's a frigging WEED that grows WILD, fachrissake.

It is used as an ornamental plant all over the middle east--it used to grow outside the police station and my bank in Iran. My neighbor had a MASSIVE bush of the stuff, that he shaped to make it look like a giant Christmas-like, pine tree. It added a lot of green to a brown land. They'd cut the worst part of the plant (the thick, woody stem), dry it, and add it to their flavored tobacco in the hookahs for a bit of added relaxation. They'd take the seeds and toast them in sesame oil and salt 'em--in pre-Khomeini Iran, those were sometimes found in downtown bars as a freebie snack, like popcorn or pretzels in USA. No one gave a shit.

The world won't end if the feds just let this go. And if the booze industry and the pharma industry had a brain, they'd start figuring out how to jump on the bandwagon, and create delivery systems that are more efficient than growing/rolling one's own, that would enable them to "get a piece of the pie." Because, in truth, that's what this objection is all about--some businesses will LOSE money if this legalization (of a frigging WEED) is allowed to, forgive the pun, take root.

I hope they "consider" the plan to crack down, and find it wanting.

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