palladin9479 wrote:I like how Colorado is providing us so much concrete useful data on the effects of ending prohibition. I know we had the info from the 1920's era but that was a nation wide issue on multiple levels. Colorado gives us a much better localized experiment that we can compare and contrast with both itself and other nearby states. Ultimately, from a pragmatist point of view, I believe full decriminalization is a net positive for everyone involved. Government resources (tax dollars) not spent on enforcement can be better spent on rehabilitation and economic improvement. The legal sale itself turns a previous black economy into a white one where it can be regulated, taxed and most importantly produce capital gains that are reinvested into the economy into of into gangs and drug cartels. Then the third order social costs are reduced, less crime and other negative economic activities create a better market and better use of resources.
Wow more intelligent commentary, wouldn't disagree with any of it. But on a related subject its not just the 2nd Amendment that is under attack it is all of them.
This is the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution from Wikipedia:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Ame ... ution#Text
And from the 14th Amendment:
Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides:
[N]or shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law . .
I would welcome anyone here to explain to me how Civil Asset Forfeiture depriving someone of their property without charge, trial, conviction could possibly be "due process of law" and therefore Constitutional?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_for ... ted_States