The legislation would limit the federal government's role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, and allow people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal.
The bill, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday by Republican Representative Ron Paul and Democratic Representative Barney Frank, would be the first ever legislation designed to end the federal ban on marijuana."
Karl Denninger hat einen fulminanten Kommentar dazu:
"We have...Fueled ridiculously violent criminal gangs worldwide along with banksters who have laundered hundreds of billions of their drug profit dollars, and we don't even bother to indict the banksters! Guns, bullets and similar things are all expensive. We fuel a violent international trade specifically because these drugs are against the law. Marijuana is a literal weed that will and does grow anywhere. There's no "obscene" profit to be made cultivating and selling it unless it's illegal - then it suddenly goes up in price by a factor of 100 and makes violent criminal gangs possible. We learned this during prohibition and immediate forgot it when prohibition was repealed! When prohibition was repealed the rum-runners with their tommy guns disappeared and did not come back until we started the "war on drugs."
Dabei ist Denninger alles andere als ein "progressive":
"If there was reasonable evidence that the "drug war" could or did work I might be convinced to support it. But there isn't. We've spent fifty years attempting to change human behavior with prison and fines and all we've done is fuel violent criminal gangs, destroyed the 4th Amendment to our Constitution, and the drugs are still here."
(Wikipdia: Der 4. Zusatzartikel zur Verfassung der Vereinigten Staaten, das Fourth Amendment, gehört zur Bill of Rights, den ersten 10 Verfassungszusätzen. Er beinhaltet das verbriefte Recht des amerikanischen Bürgers, das ihn vor staatlichen Übergriffen schützen soll.)
By the way: welcher Republikaner außer Ron Paul würde so "progressiv" auftreten: