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Adorable Pro-Pot Ad Makes Conservatives Think…and George Soros Swoon

posted at 8:37 am on October 28, 2010 by

It’s slick, it’s appealing and it’s…conservative?

The New Leaf organization released this animated ad explaining California’s Prop 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010:

With a nod toward California’s debt, praise for “budding” new business opportunities, decreasing cartel crime, bureaucratic costs and prison population, it’s certainly persuasive.  But, I’m skeptical.  Given California’s systemic budgetary abuse, there’s no way the state can make a dramatic turnaround from decriminalization, new jobs and tax revenue alone, as the ad suggests.  Plus, removing marijuana from the list of trafficked drugs won’t stop the demand for harder substances.  Johnny Nextdoor might not be hauled away for his personal supply, but he might if he still grows it without a license or has developed a taste for, say, the white stuff.

How refreshing is it to see such a candidly titled bill, though?  Hooray for no euphemisms!  At least here you know they’re going to regulate, control and tax the hell out of something.  Then again, could be more bill-crafting shenanigans.  If Mom and Pop are going to support legalization, it’s going to need to be non-threatening (cute cartoon ads help), beneficial (It’s for the deficit!) and those smelly hippies better be taxed for their drug of choice if the price of Grandpa’s Glenfiddich has gone up and the stigma of smoking Marlboros is just short of clubbing baby seals to death.

So, tell me friends, how now should a California conservative vote?  Do they support new entrepreneurs to help reduce the deficit?  Or do they reject the notion that something tantamount to another sin tax will ever be the panacea liberals reflexively bill them as?  Entrepreneurs and personal liberties are only as strong as an overbearing State allows them to be, you know.

Conspiratorial side note: Given the movement is flush with Soros cash, is the Freemason Eye + Obama circle really the way to garner more Conservative support?  Excuse me while I find my tin-foil hat…

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I don’t think pot smokers get to the polls as much as they would like.

Oooh maaaaaan… I thought it was “Super Wednesday”…

In any case I support legalization.

Sinner on October 28, 2010 at 3:51 PM

If this isn’t frontpaged tonight, Allah is losing his touch.

MadisonConservative on October 28, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Soros supports Prop 19. Have you ever heard of him supporting anything that wasn’t bad?

malclave on October 28, 2010 at 2:53 PM

So? The [group whose name has 3 Ks] opposes [the policy that favors minorities over white people]. Does that mean we should support it?

RINO in Name Only on October 28, 2010 at 4:07 PM

I love how they claim the state will have more tax revenue. As though more tax revenue will solve all he budget problems. Uh, I kinda think states have more tax revenue now than they did say, 15 years ago? Do they not have more tax revenue now than they did 30 years ago? Has it helped any?
More tax revenue never solves a blasted problem if the state just keeps creating more new ways to spend money!

JellyToast on October 28, 2010 at 4:08 PM

“If you care about the future of your children, make more dope available!” The age limit on alcohol has worked so well.

Let’s eliminate drug lords by becoming drug lords ourselves.

The real problem is that when you raise taxes, politicians just think it’s a mandate to spend more.

flataffect on October 28, 2010 at 4:42 PM

But they don’t address the core problems hurting California.

Public Unions and their pensions. There’s your money tree.

Kini on October 28, 2010 at 4:52 PM

McClintock’s position on prop 19, which seems to make a fair amount of sense to me:

When Worlds Collide. NO. If this simply allowed people to cultivate and smoke marijuana themselves and left the rest of us alone, it would be worth considering. But it goes much further and provides that “no person shall be … discriminated against or denied any right or privilege” for pot use, inviting a lawsuit every time an employer tries to require a drug test, for example. If you want to smoke pot in your own world, I don’t care. But don’t bring it into mine.

Hesiodos on October 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Soros supports Prop 19. Have you ever heard of him supporting anything that wasn’t bad?

malclave on October 28, 2010 at 2:53 PM

So? The [group whose name has 3 Ks] opposes [the policy that favors minorities over white people]. Does that mean we should support it?

RINO in Name Only on October 28, 2010 at 4:07 PM

I didn’t see that on the ballot, or hear of said group dropping a million dollars into the campaign for a last-minute push.

But, if such an initiative was on the ballot and I hadn’t made up my mine this close to the election… then yeah, the financing would probably lead me to support it.

malclave on October 28, 2010 at 7:25 PM

How long before they ban it because of secondhand smoke damaging others? If you fail a workplace drug test and get fired, can you sue your roommate who smokes pot? The lawyers will love this.

spudmom on October 29, 2010 at 8:35 AM

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