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Sheriff Says Marijuana Legalization Could Cause People To Fall From Large Buildings


you cant fix stupidby Scott Morgan

Yeah, marijuana legalization sounds like such a great idea…until a bucket of soapy water, or even an entire human body, comes crashing down on top of you and turns your peaceful life into a nightmare.

Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department’s Robert McMahon is charged with enforcing the law on marijuana use. But he is very concerned about the many hidden ramifications of decriminalizing cannabis, making it legal for anyone to grow and smoke hemp. He’s afraid of what the second largest city and most populous state in the country would look like in 20 years if weed is made legal.

“I think that anytime that an intoxicant is made legal there are social costs associated with it. And I point directly to cigarettes and alcohol as examples,” he says. “We’re talking about loss of work and collisions, work-related industrial injuries. Somebody comes to work stoned, and they are working some heavy equipment or up on a high-rise – a window washer that’s stoned – not only could he [or she]injure himself, but some of his or her negligence could cause someone else to be injured.” [rollingout.com]

No, it won’t. This will never happen, not even once. Under California’s current marijuana policy, the number of stoned window washers falling from buildings and f$%king people up on the streets below is exactly zero. Mathematically, even a one-hundred-fold increase in marijuana use would still produce no incidents of buckets, hippies, scaffolding and other random crap collapsing and crashing down on people from above (0 multiplied by 100 is still 0, you may recall).

Yet, as dumb as this all sounds — and it sounds pretty damned stupid, doesn’t it? — I am not at all surprised to find opponents of marijuana reform attempting to exploit the natural human fear of having stuff fall from the sky and land on your head. I would, and I’m being completely serious here, be far more surprised if no one in the fanatical anti-cannabis crowd ever bothered to argue at any point in this debate that the legalization of marijuana could easily result in window washers falling from the sides of skyscrapers and maiming pedestrians on the sidewalks of American cities.

If one were to calculate the totality of idiotic nonsense put forth routinely by these people, you would be certain to conclude that the likelihood of this particular stupid idea being introduced by them is extraordinarily high, higher by far in both literal and figurative terms than any window washer on the planet.

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  1. Dave K, you hit the button on the head. The Marijuana Prohibition Act has really nothing to do with marijuana (sort of). It was intended as a jobs program for the justice department and the new Bureau of Narcotics. As such it has been a roaring success. All across America our police forces were militarized and re-armed against the evil weed. They grew in numbers and strength. The Bureau of Narcotics became the DEA and more. The constant misrepresentation of marijuana by our government helped convince America that without prohibition marijuana use would make our white daughters want to have sex with black men.

    “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”
    ~ Harry Anslinger,
    U.S. Commissioner of Narcotics,
    testifying to Congress on why marijuana should be made illegal
    (Marijuana Tax Act, signed Aug. 2, 1937; effective Oct. 1, 1937.)

    Damn good basis for a law don’t you think?

  2. We currently have 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. Check the facts; this is largely due to the war on drugs. The violence in Mexico is fueled by the money generated by drugs and by our current federal policies. Read some of the Mexican news stories in this regard. Google will even translate them for you. Cannabis may provide a nontoxic cure for some forms of cancer. The evidence is accumulating daily but our current federal policies make it next to impossible to do the research in this country.

    We have already spent over a trillion dollars to fund the war on drugs. As a result we have more people using drugs. Drugs are of higher potencies than when we started and they are cheaper. Adolescents report on the government’s own SAMSHA drug surveys that marijuana is easier to get than alcohol or tobacco. The US is now known for the size of our prison population and the length of our drug sentences rather than for the excellence of our schools.

    Just why should we consider law enforcement to be a credible expert in this regard? The best efforts of law enforcement have resulted in an unmitigated disaster.

    How much more money do you want to spend? How many more people do you want in jail? Shall we jail the 40% of the country that has tried marijuana? Should we confiscate Mount Vernon and Monticello under the Rico act because Washington and Jefferson grew marijuana there? What kind of insanity have we accepted as the status quo?

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