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posted by on Thursday March 02 2017, @05:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the ideology-vs-scientific-analysis dept.

The Center for American Progress reports

On [February 27], days after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters to expect stricter enforcement of federal pot law, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recycled discredited drug war talking points in remarks of his own.

"I believe it's an unhealthy practice, and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago, and we're seeing real violence around that", Sessions said. "Experts are telling me there's more violence around marijuana than one would think and there's big money involved."

In reality, violent crime rates tend to decrease where marijuana is legalized.

Denver saw a 2.2 percent drop in violent crime rates in the year after the first legal recreational cannabis sales in Colorado. Overall property crime dropped by 8.9 percent [PDF] in the same period there, according to figures from the Drug Policy Alliance. In Washington, violent crime rates dropped by 10 percent [PDF] from 2011 to 2014. Voters legalized recreational marijuana there in 2012.

Medical marijuana laws, which have a longer track record for academics than recreational pot legalization, are also associated with stable or falling violent crime rates. In one 2014 study of the 11 states that legalized medical pot from 1990 to 2006, there was no increase in the seven major categories of violent crime and "some evidence of decreasing rates of some types of violent crime, namely homicide and assault."

[...] Elsewhere in his remarks, Sessions unwittingly made the case against treating pot activity like serious crime. "You can't sue somebody for drug debt". he said. "The only way to get your money is through strong-arm tactics, and violence tends to follow that."

Legalizing, regulating, and taxing the sale of marijuana is the surest way to remedying that exact tendency for pot commerce to trigger violent score-settling. Legalization invites pot business into the light, granting cannabusinesses at least partial access to official modes of recourse when they are defrauded.

8 states and the District of Columbia have legalised marijuana for recreational use.
Ever see anyone use cannabis and become more aggressive rather than more mellow?

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  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Thursday March 02 2017, @09:39PM (1 child)

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Thursday March 02 2017, @09:39PM (#474127) Journal

    Yes, what you're saying rings true to me. I ripped up my Democratic party registration after it came out they rigged the primary for Hillary. I mean, I knew they had before it came out, because I know how the Clintons play, but the leaked emails confirmed it. I then proceeded to vote for Trump, because he said he was opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and I believed him (a promise subsequently kept), whereas Hillary is a lying sack of shit who can't even tell the truth about having a cold. I also voted anything but Democrat in every other race on the ballot.

    Bernie would have won easily over Trump, because he was speaking to the same economic issues Trump was, was as anti-establishment as Trump was, but was far less scary than Trump for a lot of people.

    But really it's a moot point. Even had Bernie gotten the nomination and beaten Trump, the DNC is so shot through with corrupt failure that it would not have helped him realize his policy agenda. In fact it is so broken, as proven by whom they selected as their new chairman, that it cannot be salvaged.

    Progressives can rally, but they have to do a few things first. First, they have to jettison the DNC. Second, they have to step outside their echo chamber and psycho-linguistic bubble and listen, really listen, to what Trump's supporters and many others are really talking about. They'd quickly realize that materially they're pretty much on the same page as progressives, but they choose different language and metaphors to talk about it. Third, they have to be willing to let go of their own forms of cognitive dissonance (such as, braying about Trump's horrible, stupid, racist wall between Mexico and the US while saying nothing about Israel's wall that has turned Palestinian territory into an open-air prison) and their own linguistic forms and try to actually communicate with others who speak differently. In other words, stop behaving like the people in the Tea Party they spent the last 8 years deriding.

    Washington DC delenda est.
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  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday March 02 2017, @11:57PM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday March 02 2017, @11:57PM (#474184) Journal

    Agreed. The DNC needs a 45-year enema. They need to get back the spirit they had in 1972 when they ran McGovern. Since that loss, to Dick fucking Nixon of all people (and I use the term lightly), the Democrat party has decided they'd rather sell their soul and win than be correct. And we're all paying for it, all of us. No one speaks for the poor in the major parties now, and no one has since Mr. "it's not illegal if the president does it" Nixon won. ...and when he was given a blanket pardon by Ford, that was the mortal wound. Reagan was Trump before Trump, if you think about it.

    I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...