Welp. Mark this federal study down as a giant waste of taxpayer money, and also mark it down as yet another reason why our government is trying to keep us from doing the things we want to do in the privacy of our own homes.
I'll say it again, in a country where we're cutting funding for damn near anything and searching for tax revenue like a hound dog after a rabbit, why in the hell won't our government legalize and tax marijuana? It will save us money on the ridiculous and costly "War on Drugs" and generate much needed funds for our broke-ass states and federal government. And, if politicians want young people to vote (and maybe they don't), they should put pot legalization on the next ballot.
Furthermore, let me also repeat that if pot was legalized, a multitude of legal, tax-paying, job-creating business ventures would spring up instantaneously: pot bakeries, pot shops, pot farms ... you name it.
But, oh no, we've got to keep lying to people about the dangers of a harmless weed.
The federal government officially declared that marijuana has no accepted medical use and should remain classified as a dangerous and addictive drug. It will remain in the same class of drugs as heroin.
The Department of Justice declared Friday: "DHHS concluded that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision." (Read the rest of the ruling here.)
The decision comes almost a decade after medical marijuana supporters asked the feds to reclassify cannabis.
Read the rest of this MSNBC.com article here.
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