It's a mild sedative. A depressant. It is NO different than alcohol and the notion that Marijuana is a gateway drug is completely rediculous. It is not and by now everyone knows, or should know, then drug czar, Harry Anslinger demonized pot and a GREAT man Fiorello LaGuardia, former mayor of New York who wrote the truth about pot, back in the 1930s (it was already outlawed in 1914). What happened was Anslinger's tale got bought by the politicians, while LaGuardia's report got dunked on.
NUMERO UNO COMEDY is based on the Arnold t-shirt he wore while smoking a big, fat doobiliscious joint. Let us hope he does the ONLY thing California has left.
Here is the new Associated Press report on a stoppage from Sacramento on the further growth of the current blossoming pot markets scattered across the state:
Sacramento imposes 45-day moratorium on pot shops
The Associated Press
Posted: 07/15/2009 02:44:57 PM PDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sacramento has joined several California cities that have imposed a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night to place a 45-day moratorium on new dispensaries or existing ones seeking to expand. They say they are considering stricter regulations on the businesses.
Several cities have opted for the moratoriums after the Obama administration recently announced that it would honor California's medical marijuana law and halt federal raids on dispensaries. The announcement prompted a spike in new-business inquiries to cities.
Sacramento officials estimate that there are about two dozen dispensaries in the city. Existing medical pot shops also have been ordered to register with the city within 30 days.
The basis of this moratorium is clear. The state needs more time while it devises a way where it will reap the projected 1.5 billion in annual revenues that legalizing the herb will make. The best theory I heard all day is that the state should lower their tax bill to $50 per ounce (currently the average prices are in the neighborhood of $60-80 for 1/8th of an ounce at your local pot dispensary) which would serve the state billions more in earnings if recommended.
Also, there are other sites such as Treehugger promoting the positive environmental aspects of legalization:
As you might have heard by now, there's legislation brewing in California to legalize marijuana. And no, the purpose of Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's bill is not to legally allow the entire state to get high and forget all about its budget woes—the point of the bill is to fix them. By making the sale of marijuana legal to those 21 and up, and taxing each ounce sold with a $50 fee, California could rake in an estimated $1.3 billion dollars a year. But what would it mean for the environment?
San Francisco Assemblymember Tom Ammiano has a winner with this one. Or will Sacramental drop another ball?