Bloomberg: Medicinal marijuana “one of the greatest hoaxes of all time”

posted at 12:01 pm on June 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

We missed this over the weekend, but it’s definitely worth a listen.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg reacted to the New York state legislature’s action to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana by calling medicinal marijuana “one of the greatest hoaxes of all time,” and insisted that marijuana legalization would do nothing to reduce crime and violence.  Why?  Because “drug dealers have families to feed”:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week dismissed medical marijuana as a “hoax,” and called the push to legalize cannabis “wrong-headed.”

“Medical, my… come on. There’s no medical,” Bloomberg said on WOR radio Friday. “This is one of the great hoaxes of all time.” …

“But the bottom line is I’m told marijuana is much stronger today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. I don’t have any personal experience in terms of today. So that’s one problem,” he said.

Bloomberg added that legalizing marijuana does not mean eliminating the black market for drugs, and claimed that marijuana does, in fact, cause dependency.

“And number two, drug dealers have families to feed. If they can’t sell marijuana, they’ll sell something else, and the something else is going to be worse, and the push to legalize this is just wrong-headed. But they say: ‘Oh, well, it’s not going to hurt anybody. It doesn’t lead to dependency.’ Of course it does,” he said. “And you can argue about recreational things, but it’s a very slippery path.”

Maybe drug dealers will push those 32-ounce sodas that Bloomberg wants to stamp out, too. Here’s the entire interview with WOR’s John Gambling. Gambling presses Hizzoner on the sugary-drink diktat, too, which Bloomberg defends:

On medicinal marijuana, one New York physicians group says that Bloomberg is all wrong:

In response to Bloomberg’s comments, New York Physicians for Compassionate Care vice chairman Dr. Sunil Aggarwal said medical marijuana does, in fact, help people who are in pain or suffering from serious illness.

“Mayor Bloomberg’s statement that medical marijuana is a hoax is tantamount to saying that the moon landing was faked,” Aggarwal said in a news release. “Marijuana, given in oral and inhaled forms, has been shown in large, gold-standard, double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trials conducted at major medical centers to relieve pain and muscle spasm, and stimulate appetite and weight gain in patients with wasting syndromes. The data is published for all to see and has been backed up by biochemistry.”

The slippery-slope argument seems rather ironic coming from Bloomberg, who’s busy pushing gun-control legislation while sneering at gun-rights advocates making the slippery-slope case against him.  Either way, I’d tend to be more concerned about the slippery slope of increasing government power, rather than the slippery slope of increasing personal choice with individual consequences.

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Alternative headline: The slippery dope finds the slippery slope.

Drained Brain on June 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Oh, no Bloomy. The science is settled already. Get a clue. /

Harbingeing on June 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

“But the bottom line is I’m told marijuana is much stronger today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. I don’t have any personal experience in terms of today. So that’s one problem,” he said.

Well shoot, there sparky. Pick up the phone and call Preznit Choom, he can certainly give you reviews of all his personal favorite strains – he’s got current experience to relate to you – What do you think he was doing on the evening of Sept 11, 2012?

Harbingeing on June 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Bloomberg added that legalizing marijuana does not mean eliminating the black market for drugs

Because we all know what a large black market there is for alcohol…

tommyboy on June 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Oh, no Bloomy. The science is settled already. Get a clue. /

Harbingeing on June 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Did you know that homosexuality is now normal? The science is settled.

That said, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

unclesmrgol on June 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

. . . so says one of the greatest mayoral hoaxes of all time.

natasha333 on June 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

All other problems having been solved, His Honor tackles medicinal marijuana.

WitchDoctor on June 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Marijuana, given in oral and inhaled forms, has been shown in large, gold-standard, double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trials conducted at major medical centers to relieve pain and muscle spasm, and stimulate appetite and weight gain in patients with wasting syndromes.

I’m more than certain that there is a better solution to those problems than dope.

nobar on June 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

It *IS* a hoax. It use used in California to simply smoke pot legally. Doctors advertize in the local papers that they will give you a prescription card. A person I know had a party where a doctor attended and signed everyone up so they could all smoke “legally”.

Just make it legal or not. The “medical” thing is baloney. If you want to offer “medical marijuana” fine. Dispense it through our current pharmacy system with a doctor’s scrip. Not “pot dispensaries” located in old warehouses.

crosspatch on June 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

The man is insane.

Bishop on June 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

How about selling codeine from “dispensaries” and doctors giving out codeine cards? NOTHING works for a bad cough like codeine and you can get it over the counter in most countries but not in the US.

crosspatch on June 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

The man is insane.

Bishop on June 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

It takes a special kind of insane to believe that you can run other peoples lives, the way this guy believes that he can.

UltimateBob on June 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

The use of marijuana coincides with a lot of societal ills and health problems that the coolest people in the media are not willing to bring to anyone’s attention. They love it when Bloomberg says tax your sweets, etc. But the double standard exists because people who are addicts are giving the advice on pot. They will not study the connection to birth defects and autism, and they will not label it in children the way they label fetal alcohol syndrome. I think where there is an increase in autism, they are afraid to look at pot, which may harm male fertility health.

The addicts cannot admit that there is anything wrong with pot.

Fleuries on June 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The number that truly benefit from medical marijuana is small. The number who will use it once it is legal is large. That is the real issue not whether no one would benefit. Alcohol is good for babies’ colic but there are a lot more drinkers than colic sufferers and there are obviously consequences that flow from that. Society has decided to accept the consequences of alcohol consumption; now it must decide if it wants to accept the consequences of its legalization. Denying that there will be consequences is at least as silly as anything the mayor said.

KW64 on June 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I like the mayor and I am worried about him.

I think the owner of a convenience store dropped him on his head as a kid or made a pass as his lovely wife.

First he was gunning for Big Gulps one of their signature products.

Now he tries to destroy the midnight “munchie” runs where a convenience store can have a slam business of the most brain impaired, free spirited and willingly spending folks this side of a Democrat Party caucus.

The drug pushers will ignore him as they do all authority in New York and always will. So that is cool.

Meantime, those store owners are all wired out on five hour hits, caffeine, sugar in abundance and worry about huge bills. The fact that they are all armed with a weaponry collection which would be the envy of some terror cells for its variety if not firepower, should make the mayor willing to walk this back and fast.

Please, mayor, think of yourself!

IlikedAUH2O on June 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Bloomberg: Medicinal marijuana “one of the greatest hoaxes of all time”

So sayeth this same man…

Memory Lane: Noted Climate Change Crusader Has A/C Window Unit Installed On His SUV/Limo To “Beat The Heat”

Evidently, like beauty, ‘hoaxes’ are in the eye of the beholder and biggest hypocrite.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

It may be a hoax, but the phenomenon of the “munchies” is strong and undeniable. It seems to me smoking a joint would be particularly effective for those nauseated to the point of not wanting to take a glass of water and a pill, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy or wasting away from cancer or anorexia nervosa.

Paul-Cincy on June 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Actually , I think it pales in significance, as far as hoaxes go, when compared with the US Presidential election of 2008.

Cleombrotus on June 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Unexpectedly…Bloomberg has a problemo with potheads?

workingclass artist on June 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I wonder how Anthony Weiner will react to this.

nobar on June 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

The number that truly benefit from medical marijuana is small. The number who will use it once it is legal is large. That is the real issue

KW64 on June 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

True.

Paul-Cincy on June 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

More brilliance from Nanny Doomberg:

Nanny Doomberg: “The USA Has An ‘Infinite Amount Of Money.’”
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Nanny Doomberg: Drones & Face-Recognition Technology Are ‘Scary’ And ‘Inevitable.’ But Get Over It….
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Survivor: Detroit

‘If I were the federal government, assuming we could wave a magic wand and pull everybody together, you pass a law letting immigrants come in as long as they agree to go to Detroit and live there for five to 10 years, start businesses, take jobs or whatever. You would populate Detroit overnight because half the world wants to come here.

All the federal government’s got to do is say, ‘We’re gonna welcome here in this country–first come, first served–families, if they’re willing to come here under the following terms:

We’re going to assign you Detroit –you got to agree to not be arrested and not take any federal, state or city money, and you’ve got to live there and if you survive, we’ll make you and your family full citizens.’”

- Nanny Doomberg, NIMBY-lover extraordinaire!

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Ok, I meant his former English wife. I don’t think he is gay since he lives with some female banking official and has been attacked for sexual harassment or related issues.

IlikedAUH2O on June 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

How about selling codeine from “dispensaries” and doctors giving out codeine cards? NOTHING works for a bad cough like codeine and you can get it over the counter in most countries but not in the US.

crosspatch on June 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Agree. We are a little nutty when it comes go pain medication in general compared to other countries.

slickwillie2001 on June 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Whatever you say, Napoleon.

John the Libertarian on June 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

During Prohibition alcohol was permitted for medical purposes. Doctors peddled the stuff for extra cash with thousands of prescriptions.

Medical pot is simply another case of whats old is new again.

The medical application of pot is a logical and rational extension of it’s use being against the law.

rickyricardo on June 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

So I guess gay couples in NY can’t get stoned.

gwelf on June 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

He is right – medicinal marijuana is a joke.

There are strong argument for decriminalization, so let’s talk about those instead of back door legalizing it.

That being said, if one required drug testing for government aide, with even one failure permanently banning you, we’d pretty much solve the issue.

I don’t care much if a productive member of society spends some of his money and time to get high.

OTOH, I sure as hell don’t want to be paying someone on SSDI to light up and eat doritoes all day.

18-1 on June 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Amazing how a drug can be so nasty, so addictive that it took a federal agency facing a downsizing to start planting stories about it and then hyping those stories in front of Congress to retain its size. How can a drug go from something few people ever heard about and fewer used to a ‘social problem’? Just add one government bureaucracy needing to justify its existence and there you go…

Its hard to believe Bloomberg ranks marijuana use as a problem up there with sugary drinks. Next thing you know he’ll have a bedbug infestation in his city and do nothing about it… oh, wait… actual, real public health is downgraded below imagined public health… the Bloomberg paradise! Your life is dictated to you and the bedbugs are free to suck at you as much as they want because it is less than the bureaucracy will do to you.

ajacksonian on June 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I wonder how Anthony Weiner will react to this.

I’m sure he’ll pop up to give his opinion on the legalization of this and harder drugs soon. He’s not the type of man to go off half-cocked, so you’ll need to wait for his thought process to culminate in a decision that he’ll share, probably by social media.

18-1 on June 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Could we just get to the point and tell Mike Bloomberg it is not our fault that he’s short. Get over it, Mike. Grow up, figuratively speaking, of course.

IndieDogg on June 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Yeah, legalizing pot would force those dealers to peddle large, sugary sodas and junk food and sell them on street corners to all the new stoners.

JetBoy on June 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

How about selling codeine from “dispensaries” and doctors giving out codeine cards? NOTHING works for a bad cough like codeine and you can get it over the counter in most countries but not in the US.

crosspatch on June 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

True. While still with the airline, if I passed thru or overnighted in a Canadian city, I always stocked up my medicine cabinet. Even the airport gift shops had everything handy for the traveller heading back to the states. From pain relievers to cough syrup, they had it all.

av8tr on June 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

av8tr on June 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I do the same when I travel to Mehico and the Caribbean.

bazil9 on June 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

So this idiot is still rambling….

ToddPA on June 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I suppose it’s too much to hope for that just once, one of these dolts would actually land IN the shark tank during the jump.

questionmark on June 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

But the bottom line is I’m told marijuana is much stronger today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. I don’t have any personal experience in terms of today.

So why should we listen to this guy who doesn’t have any personal experience? I do have personal experience and this stronger pot argument is one of the greatest hoaxes of all time.

rhombus on June 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Look, Slippery Slope is the way humans think. Zero-tolerance rules are counters to the perceived slippery slope, so is the “Lemon Test” in the secular vs. “church” battle. We don’t want to encourage X because that encourages something akin to X.

And it is also the way we react, somebody gets away with doing X. Now, I don’t want to do exactly X, but something I deem “like it”, so as the window slides in my direction, I try to promote that the thing I want to do is simply “like” X.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are confused by the idea that drawing lines is arguably arbitrary, which makes it “unfair” to the people who support drawing the line which encompasses what they support.

What all this requires is a belief is some “divine” mathematics which draws lines which separates all unlike things and joins all like things. And that requires that things actually be unlike each other in such a way that clear lines can be drawn. Good luck with that.

Axeman on June 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

A Thank You Note is due to Mr Bloomberg for his seemingly endless amount of content.

socalcon on June 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg to limit supply of pain medication in city hospitals

Supposing it is really true so you didn’t get enough painkillers and you did have to suffer a little bit. The other side of the coin is people are dying and there’s nothing perfect. …There’s nothing that you can possibly do where somebody isn’t going to suffer and it’s always the same group [claiming], ‘Everybody is heartless.’ Come on, this is a very big problem.’

You see, the government CAN come between you and your doctor…except in cases of abortion. ‘PEOPLE ARE DYING, SO COME ONE, PEEPS, WE HAVE TO PROTECT HUMAN LIFE BY LIMITING THE AMOUNT OF PAIN MEDICATION DOCTORS CAN PRESCRIBE IN CITY HOSPITALS!!!’

Well, it can come between you and your doctor except in cases of abortion ‘cuz, like, um, ya know, there’s no human life involved.

‘And, pain medication isn’t the only thing we are going to limit in those hospitals, either!’

You see, Nanny Doomberg knows best:

CBS News: Mayor Bloomberg Declares War On Baby Formula

Program Is Not An Absolute, But You’ll Be Lectured If You Choose Not To Comply

The mayor said getting new moms to breast feed is an idea that makes sense. “Latch On NYC” is a citywide initiative to support mothers who choose to breastfeed and limit practices that interfere with that choice.

LINK: Latch On NYC (Health Dept. Site)

“Most of the public health officials around the country think that this is a great idea. I gather that the immunities that a mother has built up get passed along to the child so the child is healthier,” Bloomberg said.

But as with many things in what some call Bloomberg’s “nanny state” world – he’s against trans fats, salt, donations of food to homeless shelters that have salt, and big sodas — there is what some regard as a certain tendency to excess.

Bloomberg’s is the most restrictive pro-breast milk program in the nation. The mayor wants hospitals to hide their formula behind locked doors, and that’s not all.

Under the program the hospitals will stop giving out so-called “swag bags” with samples of formula and every time a new born is given a bottle the hospital will have to document a medical reason.

‘a certain tendency to excess’

Ya think??? Slippery slope nipple, indeed.

Nanny Doomberg: The Big Boob

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I think smoking marijuana is kind of stupid, on a personal level. But so is getting drunk and smoking tobacco, which I see as about the same. I really don’t care what people do as long as it isn’t directly harming others. And if it affects your work and play then that’s your problem.

And the lack of medical uses argument is bs, since the government doesn’t allow much actual research. Anecdotes say it is useful for nausea, but anecdote is not the singular of data. So who knows, really?

The only real argument against legalizing pot is that we effectively have government run health care already (even not counting ObamaCare). And that means if you have any issues then I pay for it. But since it’s mostly the lefties that want it (except for Bloomberg, I guess) you can wait forever for all I care. In fact the more you wait and get frustrated, the more I like it. With all the other problems facing us this is really a stupid thing to get worked up over.

Fenris on June 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Hey Bloomberg, pick up your mom jeans in aisle 4.

can_con on June 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

A Thank You Note is due to Mr Bloomberg for his seemingly endless amount of content.

socalcon on June 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

No kidding. I don’t know what I’m going to do once he’s gone…assuming that Anthony Weiner doesn’t succeed him.

Love this one, too:

Flashback: Noted Nanny-Stating Gun-Grabber Gets Special Exemption For His Bodyguards On Gun-Free Island

But, you see, Nanny Doomberg knows what is BEST for YOU. What is best for you may not be what is best for him and the rest of THE ABSOLUTE SHALLS…and, as far as they are concerned, there is no hypocrisy in that.

‘Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky: It is the prohibition that makes anything precious.’

- Mark Twain

‘Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.’

- C S Lewis

‘Very little good has ever been done by the absolute shall.’

- Anonymous American clergyman, 19th century

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Just legalize it and enough with the phony medicinal marijuana crap

TexasJew on June 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Sorry Bloomy, I’d listen to Willie Nelson on this issue before I’d ever take you seriously.

can_con on June 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM

“This is one of the great hoaxes of all time.” …
along with Global Warming, Social Security disability, assisted suicide, and keeping your medical insurance.

J_Crater on June 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Yet the drug that caused this naked guy to end up in his neighbor’s dryer is perfectly legal and socially acceptable:

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130530/NEWS0107/305300046/Police-Drunk-streaker-found-neighbor-s-dryer?nclick_check=1

mazer9 on June 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Wait till Bloomy learns that pot can generate a ton of tax revenue.

$100 says he’ll hit a bong at a press conference to show his support.

BobMbx on June 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Bloomberg is a megalomaniac. Seriously, he’s crazier than a sh*thouse rat.

RadClown on June 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM

The soda jerk speaks. Whoop-de-do.

mouell on June 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Not as big a hoax as agw, tho. Did this idiot make his fortune himself or did he inherit, cuz he’s givin’ idiots a bad name.

Kissmygrits on June 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

ANYBODY that does not think that the cigarette companies will NOT completely swamp every pot dealer and mom-n-pop medical pot shop out of business is kidding themselves.

Just like Anheuser Busch wiped out bootleggers (with far cheaper prices) in the 30′s, BIG Tobacco will take over the entire pot marketplace.

And of course, they will be selling in every possible strength.

To those that think there will be a major tax revenue pile from this is just being silly. Alcohol taxes do not cover their overall costs to society and neither will pot taxes.

Freddy on June 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

This is because Bloomberg is a fascist.

He is consistent fascist however…He wants to ban everything. Get ready for Bloomberg’s Temperance League. What was old is new again.

William Eaton on June 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

To those that think there will be a major tax revenue pile from this is just being silly. Alcohol taxes do not cover their overall costs to society and neither will pot taxes.

Freddy on June 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

What has the drug war cost us?

This removes one more item that criminals can use to make a profit on.

William Eaton on June 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

He’s right that “medical marijuana” is a hoax, that it will do nothing to reduce violent crime, and that it will bring a whole host of societal ills with it. Legalizing marijuana overall would be that too, only an order of magnitude larger. No way this should be considered.

That having been said, I don’t get the argument that Bloomberg is being inconsistent. He is a nanny stater. He believes the government has to protect us from ourselves. The fact that he wants to ban 32 ounce sodas and also ban marijuana seems totally consistent to me.

And New York Physicians for Compassionate Care, Ed? Really? They are a group whose entire reason for existing is to push medical marijuana. While we’re at it, why don’t we ask Greenpeace whether climate change is real, or get some advice from Planned Parenthood about what policies are good for women’s health.

Shump on June 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I thought medicinal marijuana was a hoax too. Then I got cancer. It isn’t.

vinylsquares on June 3, 2013 at 3:03 PM

He’s right that “medical marijuana” is a hoax, that it will do nothing to reduce violent crime, and that it will bring a whole host of societal ills with it. Legalizing marijuana overall would be that too, only an order of magnitude larger. No way this should be considered.

That having been said, I don’t get the argument that Bloomberg is being inconsistent. He is a nanny stater. He believes the government has to protect us from ourselves. The fact that he wants to ban 32 ounce sodas and also ban marijuana seems totally consistent to me.

And New York Physicians for Compassionate Care, Ed? Really? They are a group whose entire reason for existing is to push medical marijuana. While we’re at it, why don’t we ask Greenpeace whether climate change is real, or get some advice from Planned Parenthood about what policies are good for women’s health.

Who needs “medical marijuana” when we have “social alcohol”?

mazer9 on June 3, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Arguing that cannabinoids have no medical benefit is a losing battle. They are astoundingly effective at helping certain conditions. There are cases where cannabinoids are the ideal choice — nothing better exists.

But he is right in that the medical marijuana argument is more than an argument for medical marijuana. It’s a foot in the door to get marijuana legalized in general. Yep. Guilty as charged. Most people who want medical marijuana legalized want marijuana totally legalized. And when people see that medical marijuana doesn’t make the world end, they tend to wonder if it might not be the terrible demon drug that it has been made out to be.

Mark Jaquith on June 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM

“But the bottom line is I’m told marijuana is much stronger today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. I don’t have any personal experience in terms of today. So that’s one problem,” he said.

C’mon, Bloomie, that’s fixable… get some BLOOM CHOOM!

Marcola on June 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I suppose it’s too much to hope for that just once, one of these dolts would actually land IN the shark tank during the jump.

questionmark on June 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

lol

AesopFan on June 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

LOL – nice to see that the so-called conservatives around here are in such good company. Mikey and huckabee should run on a unity ticket.

abobo on June 3, 2013 at 3:45 PM

18-1 on June 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Excellent assessment.

Yes, He may move by lunges and jerks but he always comes around.

But the time has to be right or he’ll just hang tough.

Remember, he is a hard man and seldom does anything premature.

IlikedAUH2O on June 3, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Just legalize it and enough with the phony medicinal marijuana crap

TexasJew on June 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Juan McCain, Budweiser and DEA are watching people with dangerous opinions like yours.

IlikedAUH2O on June 3, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Just legalize it and enough with the phony medicinal marijuana crap

TexasJew on June 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

If we’re determined to ignore what happened in Europe and experience the consequences of legalized weed ourselves, then yes, I too say enough with the phony-baloney scam of ‘medical’ marijuana.

MelonCollie on June 3, 2013 at 9:15 PM

To those that think there will be a major tax revenue pile from this is just being silly. Alcohol taxes do not cover their overall costs to society and neither will pot taxes.

Freddy on June 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

And irrelevant in my opinion. What an individual chooses to partake in should not be evaluated by how much tax revenue it brings in.

iwasbornwithit on June 3, 2013 at 10:33 PM

MelonCollie on June 3, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Weed use caused rampant socialism and the trampling of individual rights in Europe? De criminalization of drugs worked for Portugal.

iwasbornwithit on June 3, 2013 at 10:39 PM

…he’s high!

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Some of you people scare me. The question is not whether pot is harmful, the question is whether the state has any right to prevent people from ingesting certain substances. Guns can be harmful too but I don’t think many of you so called freedom lovers would be in favor of prohibiting gun ownership.

whoishe on June 4, 2013 at 1:38 PM