Video: Oregon bill would make cigarettes a “controlled substance”

posted at 2:31 pm on January 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

If you think the War on Drugs has been a huge success, then Oregon state representative Mitch Greenlick has a bill you’ll love.  Greenlick wants to classify cigarettes as a Schedule III “controlled substance” in Oregon, on the same level as ketamine and anabolic steroids, and force smokers to get a prescription to buy them:

KPTV – FOX 12

If you’re a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor’s prescription.

Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both.

If you get caught smoking without a prescription, you’d have to pay a fine of up to $6,200 and/or serve a year in jail. For smoking a cigarette without your doctor’s permission. What’s the fine for smoking pot, I wonder, in Oregon?  I’m pretty sure it’s not $6200 and a year in the hoosegow. What’s next — a doctor’s note for eating burgers?  Maybe I shouldn’t give them any ideas.

As a former cigarette smoker and someone who enjoys a cigar three or four times a year, I’m well aware of the health issues linked to smoking.  We have had (and are having) issues with those in my family right now.  But throwing smokers in jail is not the answer, nor classifying nicotine as a drug on the same level as horse tranquilizers and anabolic steroids.


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They ban menthol cigarettes and grape Nehi and they will unleash some serious rioting. What next…KFC?

trs on January 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM

When idiots elect idiots…

hillsoftx on January 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Fascists legalize what they like and criminalize what they don’t…

d1carter on January 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I’m looking forward to the date when all the pro-legalization liberals realize what it means to have cannabis regulated the way tobacco is.

I think a good number of them will pine for the days when pot was black market only.

Nessuno on January 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

7 1/2 weeks since my last cigarette and I say screw that.

Flange on January 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

No wonder Chip is leaving Oregon…

right2bright on January 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

It appears the time is drawing nearer. The time when we’ll have to take our rights back and evict the scum inhabiting government at all levels.

darwin on January 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Newports will be exempted because of affirmative action considerations.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

7 1/2 weeks since my last cigarette and I say screw that.

Flange on January 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Hey, good for you…I bet you didn’t do it because the government is telling you to.

You are doing what every American has the right to do…smoke or not smoke…and, eventually, the smart ones don’t.

right2bright on January 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

There was a hidden camera gag nearly 10 years ago on the Jamie Kennedy Experiment where he busted people for smoking without a permit. Little did he know how prophetic he was.

Doughboy on January 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Greenlick wants to classify cigarettes as a Schedule III “controlled substance” in Oregon, on the same level as ketamine and anabolic steroids, and force smokers to get a prescription to buy them:

Maybe this will help popularize steroids… quite honestly, men 35 or older should have their testosterone boosted.

ninjapirate on January 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Just claim family lore makes you 1/32 Cherokee and it’s part of your culture. A lot of Oregonians are really soft–they’ll cave.

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Do you see a NAACP lawsuit coming down the pike? If they were upset about 32 oz. soft drinks, this is will really get them.

A racist bill aimed at controlling the minorities…

right2bright on January 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM

They ban menthol cigarettes and grape Nehi and they will unleash some serious rioting. What next…KFC?

Hey, don’t give ‘em any ideas, but KFC and the like are probably already in their sights.

hawkeye54 on January 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Is this guy in some kind of “top this” contest for stupid ideas?

Bitter Clinger on January 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

quite honestly, men 35 or older should have their testosterone boosted.

ninjapirate on January 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

…quite honestly, that’s about as stupid of a post as I have ever read…good grief…

right2bright on January 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

But Marijuana is a-OK!

gullxn on January 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

So alcohol causes more havoc than probably any two or three “substances”…notice how they stay away from that issue?

right2bright on January 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

gullxn on January 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Oregon’s #1 cash crop.

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

So it would be easier to get an abortion than buy a pack of smokes?

steebo77 on January 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

It flies in the face of the Hippocratic Oath. Doctors prescribe things for you in order to get you healthy, not to give you lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease.

rbj on January 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

The time when we’ll have to take our rights back and evict the scum inhabiting government at all levels.

More easily said than done when there are too many who willingly put that scum in office time after time.

Gotta change the hearts and minds of the voters who keep electing the scum, if you want to evict the scum peacefully.

hawkeye54 on January 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Then where will all that lost tax revenue come from?

One state, and I think it’s Oregon, is losing revenue from gasoline taxes because people are driving less and more are using fuel-efficient cars. So, a per-mile tax is now being considered to make up the shortfall.

Rush said it years ago: The reason states don’t ban tobacco is because they would have to make up the difference by spreading the loss elsewhere, to everyone. And that will never do for election season.

Liam on January 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

But Marijuana is a-OK!

Absolutely. A highly valued product with many Oregonians….or so I hear.

hawkeye54 on January 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Doesn’t the cigarette tax pay for CHIP?

docflash on January 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

So doctors who take the Hippocratic oath to “first do no harm” are going to write prescriptions for cigarettes?

hopeful on January 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

So – if I have a doctor’s prescription does insurance (Oscare) cover cigs and/or my co-pay. Birth control, abortions, pot and cigs – all with little to no copay. Gotta love our brave new world//

koaiko on January 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

However will they fund children’s health programmes now?

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

One state, and I think it’s Oregon, is losing revenue from gasoline taxes because people are driving less and more are using fuel-efficient cars. So, a per-mile tax is now being considered to make up the shortfall.

Many states are losing revenue because of that very situation and considering the per-mile tax to enhance the revenue stream. And for those considering relocating elsewhere, an exit tax on those so disposed to leave has been discussed as a possible option as well.

hawkeye54 on January 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Someone should counter with a proposal to make pinot noir and micro-brews available by prescription only.

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

well this doesn’t surprise me a bit.

Fascists are just pagan puritans & operate on the mob principle.

Target & Isolate a group…blame them as scapegoat…coerce and bankrupt and shame them…yada yada yada

If they do this with nicotine…why not with alcohol?

They’re coming after fatties…christians…gunowners…whatever.

They’re already spinning the gun debate into a renewed confederate debate.

Defending the 2nd amendment now means you’re racist & want to continue some pogrom of white privilege or some such drivel…just like defending marriage means you’re a homophobe…

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 2:50 PM

20 years ago when we still lived in NY, my husband got a ticket for lighting a cigarette on the top of the escalator leaving Penn Station. He was right at the open air exit. He decided to fight the $250 ticket and went to court. While he waited, he saw a case for smoking marijuana which was a $10 ticket and a urinating in public ticket which was also $10. Unbelievable, that smoking pot and urinating inside Penn station were $240 LESS than smoking. He did beat the fine though because it could not be determined whether he was still inside or already outside.

BeachBum on January 25, 2013 at 2:51 PM

However will they fund children’s health programmes now?

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

By going after fatties & drinkers.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Greenlick, who is obese, should need an Rx to visit Burgerville and Voodoo Donuts.

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I believe this is proof positive that ALL political positions (state, local and fed.) should be part time. If they have too much time on their hands, they think up crazy stuff like this or spend their time destroying freedom with nonsense like Obamacare.

hopeful on January 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

States’ Rights?

@AsalamaTweetum

Opinionnation on January 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

right2bright on January 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Thank you. It’s my struggle and I knew what I was getting into when I started. Although the government taxing tobacco so heavily did help motivate me to quit. I’d prefer the government back off on the taxes and get their noses out of everyone’s business, but that’s not going to happen any time soon.

Flange on January 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

All of these government restrictions-no matter at what level and no matter the subject-cigarettes, booze, guns, music and movie downloading, air emissions, food, noise, derogatory commentary by word, print or electronically, salt, sugared soda and even obesity have ONE COMMON DENOMINATOR-increasing the yoke of government oppression and dictatorship.

MaiDee on January 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The hatred runs deep.
The stupid runs deep.

ss396 on January 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

However will they fund children’s health programmes now?

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

They’ll find something else to tax.

conservative pilgrim on January 25, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Imagine the nearest emergency room: The place is SRO 24/7 because most people there need a scrip for their Marlboros. At that point, it would be a question of who riots first–the staff or those ‘patients’ jonesing for a smoke.

They could remake the old movie Cold Turkey with this scenario as the plot.

“For God’s sake, let him smoke!”

Liam on January 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Just claim family lore makes you 1/32 Cherokee and it’s part of your culture. A lot of Oregonians are really soft–they’ll cave.

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Sign next to cash register:

“Your cheekbones must be THIS HIGH in order to purchase cigarettes.”

The Rogue Tomato on January 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Mr. Greenlick would have more credibility as a health warrior if his gunt wasn’t the size of my retriever.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Greenlick

I wonder if Greenlick and Meathead hang out?

Kungfoochimp on January 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I believe this is proof positive that ALL political positions (state, local and fed.) should be part time. If they have too much time on their hands, they think up crazy stuff like this or spend their time destroying freedom with nonsense like Obamacare.

hopeful on January 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Yeah.

I couldn’t live in a place where 3 fishes or an owl are more important then a family farm.

It’s plain lunacy and misanthropic.

The whole left coast has been a lunatic asylum for decades and it’s all a money laundering sham anyhow.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

rbj on January 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

THANK YOU, I`d like to the response on this from Mr. ButtGreenlick, what a bunch of power mad idiots.

NY Conservative on January 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Sign next to cash register:

“Your cheekbones must be THIS HIGH in order to purchase cigarettes.”

The Rogue Tomato on January 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Actual sign of Jerry Garcia at entrance of Oregon Country Fair: “You must be this high to enter.”

Gotta love Mister Kaiser Permanente being obese and trying to control others’ health choices. If he can’t control what goes into his mouth, then why should anyone expect him to control what comes out of it? My body, my choice–remember Dems?

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

scratch a liberal find and reveal a fascist

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

If you support the criminalization of marijuana and oppose this measure you are a hypocrite.

libfreeordie on January 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

It flies in the face of the Hippocratic Oath. Doctors prescribe things for you in order to get you healthy, not to give you lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease.

rbj on January 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Doctors gave away the right to cite the Hippocratic Oath the day they decided their peers were fine preforming abortions.

Dawnsblood on January 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

My body, my choice–remember Dems?

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

That only applies to the lady parts…

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

They ban menthol cigarettes and grape Nehi and they will unleash some serious rioting. What next…KFC?

trs on January 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM

You may not be aware of this – but there is not one single solitary neighborhood, township, or city anywhere within the entire State of Oregon that is even a fraction of resembling South Central Los Angeles. Not even the King neighborhood of Portland which used to be way way ghetto back in the day.


http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/41000.html

White persons, percent, 2011   88.6%
Black persons, percent, 2011   2.0%
American Indian & Alaska Native persons, percent, 2011   1.8%
Asian persons, percent, 2011   3.9%
Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander persons, percent, 2011   0.4%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2011   3.4%
Persons of Hispanic/Latino Origin, percent, 2011   12.0%

I think that maybe it’s because of the most-of-the-year-round wet and mostly cold weather.

SD Tom on January 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I quit a few years ago and very happy I did.
With that said, I can not believe ( okay I can ) that something like this would get floated out there.
They want to legalize pot, yet ban tobacco? I do not KNOW OF ANYONE who has robbed their buddies or family members for money to get smokes. On the other hand, I know of many people who have friends or family who are addicted to pot, coke, drugs, that have gotten stolen from for money to buy said drugs.

Plus lets not forget the taxes. If that tax money dried up, you think that they are gonna cut that much from spending? YEEEAAAAAhhhhh right.

watertown on January 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

It flies in the face of the Hippocratic Oath. Doctors prescribe things for you in order to get you healthy, not to give you lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease.

rbj on January 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Doctors gave away the right to cite the Hippocratic Oath the day they decided their peers were fine preforming abortions.

Dawnsblood on January 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

And when they began to discuss euthanasia as an option.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Yeah, because making pot illegal sure reduced it’s consumption. Unfortunately, being a native born Oregonian, this nonsense doesn’t surprise me at all. The leftists here just can’t think beyond their utopian dreams. I once had a guy try to get my signature on a petition for Universal Healthcare in Oregon while smoking a cigarette. He honestly couldn’t see what the problem was.

Browncoatone on January 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Listen to this guy pontificate on “mass hysteria” re: a bill to protect pregnant women. Keep Newtown in mind.

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I just checked Oregon’s statutes. This is being classified as a Class A misdemeanor. By comparison, possession of more than an ounce of pot (leaves, stems, flowers, and ready for smoking) is a Class B felony (max prison time, 10 years, max fine is $250,000), however another section states that a conviction under the marijuana possession statute could be reduced to a Class A misdemeanor. If someone is caught with less than an ounce, they can be fined $650; if someone is caught with less than an ounce in a public place, it’s a Class C misdemeanor and they can be jailed for 30 days and fined a maximum of $1250. By comparison, a pack of cigarettes, including packaging, filter, paper, and tobacco, weighs less than an ounce (I would imagine one would have to remove all the tobacco from a 10-pack carton to make an ounce). So the new bill would definitely be a bit harsher than those busted with less than an ounce of pot, but the same or less if a person with more than an ounce of pot is convicted of possession.

Steve Tsouloufis on January 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Why not ban country music…Country music could lead to all sorts of dangerous thinking

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

How’s the economy in Oregon…oh wait Let’s ban cigarettes…

Priorities!

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Pardon me while I go out a light up my Marlboro…

…Hey Oregon, you should be able to see the finger I’m
holding up all the way from PA.

ToddPA on January 25, 2013 at 3:13 PM

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Gov. Kitzhaber called an emergency session a few weeks back and made a sweetheart deal with Nike, so Dems think that everything’s fine.

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Ban PBJs in Portland public schools–they’re RACIST!

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 3:17 PM

SD Tom on January 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

The Country I live in…. Has almost as many people living in it as the entire State of Oregon.

SWalker on January 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

from the bill -

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:
SECTION 1. { + (1)(a) The State Board of Pharmacy may not
adopt rules that exempt a product containing nicotine from
classification as a controlled substance.

From the interwebz –

There is considerable evidence that nicotine is present in certain human foods, especially plants from the family Solanaceae (such as potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant). Castro and Monji,2 Sheen,3 and Davis et al.4 have reported on the nicotine content of foods and drinks.

It gets worse… French Fries would be a controlled substance in Oregon.

rw on January 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

So doctors who take the Hippocratic oath to “first do no harm” are going to write prescriptions for cigarettes?

hopeful

No. I suspect that’s the point. It would be a defacto ban without the cowardly politicians being on record voting to ban them.

xblade on January 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

scratch a liberal find and reveal a fascist

and a lifestyle micro manager who knows better than you do what is best for you.

hawkeye54 on January 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Steve Tsouloufis on January 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM |

You have way too much time on your hands, my friend … ;-)

Ed Morrissey on January 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM

It gets worse… French Fries would be a controlled substance in Oregon.

rw on January 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

They’d be exempted after pressure from the bio-diesel brigade.

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM

It gets worse… French Fries would be a controlled substance in Oregon.

rw on January 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Maybe we could get Ed to change the posts title to…. Oregon’s war on French Fries…

SWalker on January 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Try and pry my Pall Mall from my fingers…

Stupid SOB.

I hate people who interfere with anyones rights to do as they wish.

Fat Bastage…

*phtooey*

:-)

Scrumpy on January 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

OK, so will doctors still be able to prescribe cigarettes if Obamacare won’t cover smokers unless they pay a huge penalty?
http://news.yahoo.com/penalty-could-keep-smokers-health-overhaul-205840155.html

suzeecue on January 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Stupid gutless wonders. They don’t ban them because they use the exorbitant taxes to fund stuff like children’s health programs. This greed on display. In what universe is a doctor going to write a prescription for cigarettes?

Cindy Munford on January 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

The unintended consequences will be catastrophic to the economy and politician’s within 50 feet of that proposal.

I don’t even think Pelosi and Reid are that stupid, though they’re down there with many other liberal snails.

HopeHeFails on January 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Gov. Kitzhaber called an emergency session a few weeks back and made a sweetheart deal with Nike, so Dems think that everything’s fine.

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Well Obama told Boehner we didn’t have a spending problemo so…full speed ahead…

Left Coast conservatives are welcome in Texas

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

…force smokers to get a prescription to buy them

It’s bad enough that smokers are footing a huge amount of taxes on cigarettes…here in NY one pack of Marlboro goes for $13-$14…for one pack. In South America the same pack is like $2-$3. Now Oregon wants to do this crud?

Thing is, it’ll probably happen. Besides the cigarette lobby, and angry smokers, there’s usually not much resistance in the state legislatures. Same with drinking…no one will lower the drinking age either.

JetBoy on January 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

The mob is going to LOVE this one. This is going to expand the illegal untaxed cigarette market to a huge new extent. This will make billions for the mob.

So they try education, people still smoke, so the government feels a need to play a parental role? When are people going to have enough of the government telling them what to do?

crosspatch on January 25, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Thank you. It’s my struggle and I knew what I was getting into when I started. Although the government taxing tobacco so heavily did help motivate me to quit. I’d prefer the government back off on the taxes and get their noses out of everyone’s business, but that’s not going to happen any time soon.

Flange on January 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

It shouldn’t be difficult, everyone I know who smokes have quit dozens of time…good luck.

right2bright on January 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Let ‘em pass it …. Let the fit hit shan!

HondaV65 on January 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Left Coast conservatives are welcome in Texas

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Ya’ll know what else moves into places that have a good economy ?
Parasites and moochers.
Beware my friends in TX, you might turn into CA in a few years :(

burrata on January 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:
SECTION 1. { + (1)(a) The State Board of Pharmacy may not
adopt rules that exempt a product containing nicotine from
classification as a controlled substance.

This is an interesting inclusion. This means that nicorette gum and e-cigs would also require a prescription. This despite the fact that nicotine is not regarded as a carcinogen. These idiots believe these things are a gateway to cigarettes. They aren’t, in fatc just the opposite.

Rocks on January 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Fascists legalize what they like and criminalize what they don’t…

d1carter on January 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Not even the Fascists banned tobacco.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Sorry, but none of you “stop the failed drug war” folks can oppose this, because it’s regulating nicotine at the state level where you claim you want it.

JannyMae on January 25, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Evidently Oregon has a lot of OPEN jail space right now.

GarandFan on January 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Mr. Greenlick would have more credibility as a health warrior if his gunt wasn’t the size of my retriever.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Greenlick

I wonder if Greenlick and Meathead hang out?

Kungfoochimp on January 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

If your retriever is 6′ tall and weighs 300 lbs you really need to have a talk with your vet.

CorporatePiggy on January 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

The Tobacco Industry made a HUGE mistake when the BIG lawsuit was levied against them.

They should have simply stopped selling cigarettes to the states that were suing them. I mean the states were holding them responsible for Health Issues within the borders, so they comply with the state’s wishes by not selling there any more.

They would have only had to do the first two or three states to sign on, and the outcry would have put a halt to most of the nonsense that goes on now.

jaydee_007 on January 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

the problem is, Ed, lots of your regular readers love the war on drugs. I’ve never seen you speak out against it either.

Slade73 on January 25, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I guess eventually the government will be redoing the Capitol building in D.C. This country owes much of its history to tobacco, pot not so much. Read.

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I quit smoking thirteen years ago. My decision — not the government’s. But both before I quit and after I quit, I’ve maintained that I never smoked six or seven cigarettes, then got behind the wheel of a car and killed a family of five.

This whole anti-cigarette thing is stupid. It is legal, and it’s never going completely away. In Nebraska it is illegal to smoke in any public facility, including bars and restaurants. I’ve been against the idea from the git-go. If I own a restaurant or a bar or a bowling alley or whatever else, it should be my choice to allow smoking on premises or not — not the government’s. People are fully capable of deciding whether or not to patronize a place where smoking is allowed and whether or not to accept employment in a place that permits smoking. I find it truly pathetic to drive past a bar in way-below-zero temperatures and spy a handful of people huddled just outside the door sneaking a smoke. I also find it obnoxious to walk through a cloud of smoke to go into the grocery store.

catsandbooks on January 25, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Left Coast conservatives are welcome in Texas

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Ya’ll know what else moves into places that have a good economy ?
Parasites and moochers.
Beware my friends in TX, you might turn into CA in a few years :(

burrata on January 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

The diehard liberals move to New Mexico or stay in Austin.

The moochers eventually move…or stay in Sheila’s district.

Texas isn’t perfect but we don’t try to be…We just want the legislature to do a decent commonsense job and stay out of our hair.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I bet there are a whole host of criminal enterprises that hope that this goes through so that they will have a new revenue stream.

besser tot als rot on January 25, 2013 at 5:13 PM

quite honestly, men 35 or older should have their testosterone boosted.

ninjapirate on January 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

…quite honestly, that’s about as stupid of a post as I have ever read…good grief…

right2bright on January 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

.

Quite honestly, this might be the most well thought out and articulated rebuttal I have ever seen Charlie Brown. Did you major in rhetoric while at Oxford perchance? You are indeed a scholar and a gentleman.

weathermen on January 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Why should I care, I don’t smoke. Yeah, but next the nanny staters are going to come and try to take your Big Macs away, and soda, and unregulated Cheesecake that doesn’t fit the govt spec.

anotherJoe on January 25, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Left Coast conservatives are welcome in Texas

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

We might be willing to take a liberal or two here in East Texas. Gotta feed the ‘gators something.

trigon on January 25, 2013 at 7:20 PM

If we cannot trust people to decide what to put in their mouths how can we trust them to raise their kids?/

CW on January 25, 2013 at 7:27 PM

So what do they do with people passing through on the highway?

I am Mormon and hate tobacco.
I also oppose persecuting smokers.

The Rock on January 25, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I’ve seen Mitch’s pictures. They need to fine him for obesity…just to be fair.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 25, 2013 at 11:43 PM

So they want to legalize pot and criminalize cigarettes?

disa on January 26, 2013 at 7:33 AM

to the people of Oregon, you have earned the gov’t your getting, enjoy. Didn’t they just legalize pot??

mmcnamer1 on January 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

A nosy leftist comes upon two smokers waiting for a bus… the cigarette smoker gets arrested… while the leftist and the other smoker get high as a kite and ride off to their jobs… at the hospital… and the daycare center.
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The insanity of liberalism.

RalphyBoy on January 26, 2013 at 10:56 AM

to the people of Oregon, you have earned the gov’t your getting, enjoy. Didn’t they just legalize pot??

mmcnamer1 on January 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

There are a lot of conservatives here in Oregon. The problem is that we’re vastly outnumbered by the “progressives” that make up most of Multnomah, Washington and Marion counties.

“Medical marijuana” has been legal in Oregon for several years now. It’s Washington state and Colorado that just legalized it.

Sockpuppet Politic on January 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM

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