JLawson wrote:MSimon wrote:JLawson wrote:There's a lot of unhappy people out here - and I don't think the Dems realize just how unhappy they are.
Problem is the Republicans know just what to do to take the edge off.
Running Obamacare lite in an anti-Obamacare year?
It is the same as saying "You are screwed no matter who you vote for." Brilliant. The devil you know gains attraction.
Well, hell - all we've got to do is legalize pot and all our problems go away, right?
The devil you know, and all that. :roll:
Would it be helpful if just cancer went away?
BTW pot/auto accidents is not quite the correct metric. The correct metric is pot vs alcohol auto accidents. Better vs worse. http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/02/why-medical-marijuana-laws-reduce-traffic-deaths/
How about suicide?
Contrary to the claims of outdated anti-marijuana PSA’s, a new study published in the the American Public Journal of Health claims that legalizing medical marijuana can reduce suicide rates by five percent among the general population and by as much as 10 percent among young male population.
The study, co-written by professors from Montana State, San Diego State, and the University of Colorado at Denver, analyzed 17 years worth of statistics in search of shifts in suicide rates per 10,000 people in states where medical marijuana was legal from 1990 to 2007. Using the statistics of states in which marijuana is still illegal as the control group, the study’s authors concluded that in states with legal medical marijuana, the suicide rate for males aged 20-29 decreased 10.9 percent, and for men aged 30-39 they saw a decrease of 9.4 percent.
How about PTSD? http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/legal-pot/out-options-veterans-ptsd-hit-pot-underground-n64026 It is my contention that most "recreational" use is self treatment for PTSD. And that PTSD is from child abuse/trauma. Of course if it weren't for veterans this whole area would be ignored.
And 9 states recently legalized cannabis just for this: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2643099/Baby-boy-suffers-rare-form-epilepsy-given-liquid-CANNABIS-stop-fitting.html
All our troubles? Hardly. But legalization ends drug cartels. With legalization in some states and pot prices dropping the cartels in Mexico are reducing pot production. You are not one of those who wishes to see criminals continue in charge of cannabis distribution are you?
At least one drug warrior is admitting that marijuana legalization measures in the states are leading to a decline in weed crossing the border from Mexico. An unnamed El Paso undercover narcotics officer tells KHOU in Houston that he's starting to see more marijuana grown in the U.S. in the border town he patrols.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the amount of marijuana flowing across the border since 2009 has been cut in half. The same report also points out that the catels have been busy fighting with each other over the last few years, leaving the door open for American-grown ganja to move in.
But back on topic: I can't imagine a worse idea than running Romney (Obamacare in Mass) against Obama in an anti-Obamacare year. I voted Libertarian. Not that it mattered.