Medicinal marijuana

The federal legalization of medicinal marijuana is favored by the vast majority of Americans:(http://justsaynow.firedoglake.com/2011/11/18/77-percent-support-medical-marijuana/). But many if not most republicans are against this. They hypocritically scream about liberty and freedom but then insist that they be able to get in between a doctor and his patient. This is absurd. Just as it is absurd for marijuana in general to be illegal when about half of Americans want it legalized in all cases: (http://www.livescience.com/16591-record-high-americans-legal-marijuana.html). To be fair, many democratic politicians are stubbornly against legalization as well.

The reality is that marijuana use is rarely dangerous. How many people die from a marijuana overdose each year? If your answer is zero you would be very close. How many people smoke pot and cause a car crash or start a fight? Again, the answer is close to zero. At worst it makes users tired, goofy and lazy. Good things? No, but don't people have an inalienable right to be tired, goofy and lazy? Additionally, we spend tens of millions of tax dollars each year enforcing anti-marijuana laws. Police waste thousands of hours arresting people for possession. Incarceration costs us tens of millions as well and for what exactly? Why do so many insist they be able to tell others what they can and cannot do in their private lives? If you believe in individual liberty you have no basis to be against marijuana use, especially when it is used in the privacy of someones home.

The legalization of marijuana and regulation of same, will both increase liberty and raise tax revenue. Legalize. Regulate. Tax. It is a win-win.

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    Born in Charlotte NC, raised in Atlanta Ga and attended college at Auburn University in Alabama where I earned a bachelors degree in political science and public administration. I had planned to attend law school after graduation but after four years of undergrad work the thought of getting right back into a classroom held little interest for me. Instead I spent several years in a variety of positions in customer service, retail and the financial industry. Eventually I ended up in aviation, specifically as a pilot, earning the ratings of instructor, commercial and Airline Transport Pilot. With that came jobs flying single engine trainers, light multi-engine aircraft, turbo-props, regional jets and my current job at the helm of an MD-83. Besides the aforementioned cities I have also resided in Houston, Dallas, Boston, Miami/Ft Lauderdale, Orlando, Cincinnati and now the City of Chicago. I've traveled extensively, having been in every major American city at least a dozen times and also many international destinations. While I enjoy flying jet airplanes I've realized over the years that my true love is government. I read voraciously every day, various newspapers, periodicals and non-fiction publications. Some of my favorite authors are great thinkers like Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Friedman, Deepak Chopra, Fareed Zakaria, Dr Sanjay Gupta, Christopher Hitchens, Steven Levitt and of course the geniuses Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. I have a great admiration for intelligence, educational achievement and a thorough knowledge of the world and its peoples. Finally, I must also admit spending a significant amount of time listening to talk radio and TV, both liberal and conservative. Unfortunately most of it is juvenile and misrepresents reality but listening to it keeps me informed of what the average Joe on the street is thinking. In summary, I love studying and debating politics. My education, both formal and informal, combined with extensive travel and exposure to various cultures and people, gives me significant knowledge and experience on which to base my opinions and arguments. My goal with this blog is to engage with other rationale and reasonable thinkers who love our country and wish to see it move forward via logical public policy initiatives.

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