Texas Democrats Embrace Marijuana, Which Will Change Nothing Because They're Texas Democrats

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When Texas Democrats gathered in Houston last week for their annual convention last week, the mood was glum. Republicans have, after all, held every statewide office since 1994 and, while demographics are likely push the state back into Democratic hands by, oh, 2050 or so, there's not a lot to be optimistic about. Then you have those Republicans celebrating their stranglehold on power by seeing just how far right the state can tip before it falls over.

It's understandable, then, that the Dems would need a little something to help take their mind off things, to just mellow out a bit. So they did what any right-thinking liberal would do: They brought in some Mary Jane.

You can read through all 41 pages of the platform if you like, which enumerates the positions you'd expect on education, healthcare, and a host of other issues, or you can go straight to page 29 where they give the ganja a big wet one.

Every year hundreds of thousands of Americans are arrested for marijuana possession violations, more than all those arrested for violent crimes in America. Societal costs dealing with the ward on drugs concerning marijuana exceeds 12 billion dollars annually. Since the war on drugs began 85% of the arrests for marijuana have been for possession only.

Marijuana is no more dangerous than tobacco or alcohol. Recent polls show over 50% of Americans believe marijuana should be decriminalized. While arrests for marijuana since 1965 have been over 20 million citizens, marijuana is more prevalent than ever before.

There is no evidence that marijuana is a "gateway" drug leading to use of other more lethal drugs. 75% of citizens arrested for marijuana are under 30. Minorities account for a majority of those arrested for marijuana. Criminal conviction permanently scars a young citizen for life.

Texas Democrats urges the President, the Attorney General and the Congress to support the passage of legislation to decriminalize the possession of marijuana and regulate its use, production, and sale as is done with tobacco and alcohol.

They stress that they are only expressing support for decriminalization, not endorsing the use of marijuana, but I think it's clear that what they're really trying to say is "We really, really love weed."

Maybe, though, it's something more calculated. Rodger Jones at the DMN suggests that marijuana might be used as a tool to motivate the base, as he seems to be doing with his pronouncements on immigration and gay marriage.

Bets on whether Obama comes out more forcefully for medical marijuana before the election? If you think his immigration fiat will get him some votes, imagine the landslide if he declares an end to federal pot prohibition.

Yep. Forget about swing states and independents. Potheads will swing this election. I can already envision scores of them lining up before the polling place opens, eyes red from the early hour, waiting to fulfill their civic duty. Assuming of course they make it off the couch.

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Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales

Decriminalization is a scam.  Since it does not provide a way to legally obtain it, the only way to obtain it is through a criminal.

Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales

Remember it is Texas that shot Kennedy.  The same thing could happen to Obama.

Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales

Obama worships the United Nations and their mandate is to exterminate marijuana. Obama pisses on the US Constitution.

Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales

There's plenty of pot and pot smokers in Texas.  All you need to do is bribe the right people.

Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales

They're just puppets, they don't arrest people.

Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales

Quality people like to stir things up a bit and see what happens.  It's called creativity.

Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales

The only reason to vote Democrat is we know Obama will be gone in four years.

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

Democrats: Do drugs because it will help us get votes but ban soda!

Alan Caruthers
Alan Caruthers

What this can do is get the bills out of the health committees where they've all stalled for at least the last 11 years, and onto the floor for debate.  You might find that there are enough libertarian leaning republicans that could push this through... maybe not a veto proof majority, but enough to open some eyes. 

Paul
Paul

 Do Be A Do Bee ...

DarkyD
DarkyD

What's important is that the shift towards marijuana legalization is occurring in both parties.  With libertarians becoming a growing influence within the Republican Party (thanks to Ron Paul) and more social conservatives like Pat Robertson supporting this cause, Texas will legalize marijuana before it allows gay marriage.

seriously?
seriously?

I pretty much agree but......Obama didn't "send" federal agents to raid those dispensaries.  He has failed to stop these raids DESPITE memos from Eric Holder to the DEA advising against it.  Obama is not an all-powerful dictator pulling every conceivable government string.  DEA directors & agents can do what they want to as long as it's still Federally illegal.

Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales

Obama is commander in chief.  Don't try to protect him with a bunch of doublespeak.

Proud Redneck Bigot
Proud Redneck Bigot

In my experience, pot smokers are much more motivated to grow their own "produce" than your average tomato aficionado. Also, most folks that are interested in growing would probably grow enough to share or sell, if they were allowed to do so. Of course, that would be an unregulated and unmanageable market that could never be taxed with any degree of efficiency. In other words, totally unacceptable. How can we sell (and tax) Xanax or Courvosier if folks could just purchase a doobie from their friend or neighbor to unwind when they're stressed out? I agree with you 100% about the quality of tomatoes sold in the grocery stores today, I can only imagine the bunk-weed we'd be sold by the likes of Albertson's or Kroger. You'd probably have to go all-out and purchase your weed from Sprouts, WF or TJ's if you wanted some high-quality chronic.

seriously?
seriously?

Legalizing it will DECREASE human trafficking because it will be REGULATED.  

seriously?
seriously?

You have to be a resident of those states....or atleast have a bill with your name on it from that state.  Unless you're on Venice Beach!

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