|Because it says "nineteen."|
Every single Republican who has ever bemoaned the "nanny state" needs to vote "yes" on this or shut the hell up when geniuses like City Councilwoman Jan Perry want to "protect" people from fast food. This is individual liberty 101, people.
Every single Democrat who claims to be "pro-choice" likewise needs to vote "yes" on this, or shut the hell up when the pro-life people protest outside clinics. Hello?! Do people have a right to control their own bodies, or not? Why doesn't a woman have a right to choose to terminate her crappy mood after a week of living in this recession by lighting up a joint during her weekend "staycation?"
Every single person who has ever complained about taxes, spending and crime needs to vote "yes" on this, too. Why in the world should we tax ourselves to pay for police, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, clerks, jurors, jail personnel, probation officers, diversion programs, etc., etc., etc., when we can just leave people alone and save all that money, and use law enforcement to go after people who hurt other people, rather than supposedly hurting themselves? Also, could that rhetorical question be any longer?
Legalizing marijuana will also deny profits to criminal gangs, who currently charge a premium for it precisely because it is illegal. How many gangs make profits by selling cigarettes? I'm guessing not many. Let's stop giving gangs the means to buy guns and tacky cars.
Legalizing pot would boost our agricultural industry. Furthermore, I gather it takes very little water to grow. Is that drought-friendly, or what?
Legalizing pot would boost employment and commerce. Heck, until the crackdown on "medical" marijuana clinics in L.A., that industry was thriving -- and it was the only industry thriving. You've seen what gambling did for Las Vegas. Pot could do the same thing for everywhere, California. And let's not forget increased sales of snacks. Passing this law, moreover, would boost employment in the legal profession by triggering litigation about the Supremacy Clause and the 10th Amendment.
You say pot causes brain damage. You know what? What doesn't cause brain damage anymore? Plus, have you taken a long hard look around you, like, at the people holding public office, or the most popular TV shows? I'm guessing we're already about as brain-damaged as a group can be. Besides, don't you often think you would enjoy life more if you were just an eensy, teensy bit dumber? Ignorance could be bliss.
Don't even try to play the "driving under the influence" card. It's already illegal, and will remain illegal. Plus, if potheads can load up at home, maybe they'll just stay put instead of driving over to the dealer.
The children? You're seriously going to play the "children" card? We already have to protect children from all kinds of crap, and we do so without denying grown-ups the use of the goods and services we deny children. It's dangerous for kids to drive, but you get to do so because you're a grown-up.
So vote "yes" on Prop 19, okay?