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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Marijuana Legalization Economy Transfer

All over the internet we see stories about the legalization of marijuana aka Pot.  Be it for medical use or in some states it is no longer a crime but a traffic citation to have under a certain amount of pot.  Hell, it is even outright legal in Colorado and Washington state as of January first of this year for recreational use.  One has to think of the legalization of the hemp plant as a new transfer of wealth in the economy.  A transfer that will ultimately hurt the people that were trafficking in pot prior to legalization.  I am not talking about the drug runners unloading tons of cargo in Florida or hiring mules to run it across the border from Mexico.  I'm talking about the simple person taking their allotment and acting as a distributor to the neighborhood.  All across America there is coming the same situation that existed during the time of prohibition when the law was repealed against alcohol.  New legitimate business enterprises will lay a stake on the tens of billions of dollars to be made in the distribution of marijuana.  Like it or not, it will be legal in more states in the coming years.  States love new taxes and taxes being paid is where the states will look at revenue that was never there before. 

My grandfather was a bootlegger and he made a decent living for his nine children during prohibition.  He was a very well educated man and knew that the law would never last.  When prohibition ended he had five stores opened to sell liquor the next day.  It was a smart business move.  It took guts to do what he did in his time and ya, my grandfather was a rebel and would have been wanted by the police if he wasn't delivering personal supplies to the people in the know during his time.  Keep your friends close and the law even closer with a full liquor stash so to speak.

What I am curious about regarding the new freedom of pot consumers is where is the product coming from?  Who is growing the pot for sale in Colorado?  Who is distributing it to the masses in Colorado.  Who is making the big bucks and how did they get approval to grow the pot a year or more before the law passed?  I know that my grandfather was importing his liquor from Canada and overseas but where is all the pot for Colorado coming from now?  Follow the money is what I am thinking.  That is where the smart investors will place their bets.

Now that it is no longer illegal in Colorado and Washington state, not to mention the other states that have legal medicinal marijuana you can invest legally and buy stocks at the ground floor before the dot com bubble burst and legal marijuana is just like buying a pack of Marlboro's at the corner store. 



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American Division By Politicians

When you look at any person in America you can see an American if you truly open your eyes.  Almost all of Americans are descendents of an immigrant except for those that are the original people that we now call "American Indian" which I think is wrong.  I call them by their first name.  They return the acknowledgment.  

Back in my school days we all had to relearn basic math every single year because somebody in the class didn't pay attention to the facts of math the previous year.  Simple math, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals were foreign information even into some of my high school years.  Every single year I would groan about doing stupid stuff we learned in elementary school because half the class was way behind.

The same thing is happening in national politics with simple division.  If you divide enough of the people into special groups then you divide the nation.  Then all you need to do to get elected is use key phrases to get the misinformed vote.  You tell the rich people that the poor people are to blame for their woes, you tell the poor people that the rich people are to blame for their woes.  Then you pivot and blame the gays for the heterosexuals woes and the opposing argument is that the heterosexuals are to blame for the gay peoples woes.  Then you target immigrants for Americans not being able to find a job and pivot and blame the government for not loosening the immigration laws so businesses can afford to hire cheap labor that hard working Americans refuse to do.  You blame woman for the so called degradation of America because they want their own choice on what is their body when it comes to medical care and turn to support woman... well never.

Last time I checked I was raised an American.  My father fought for this country in two wars and was buried with honors.  The same people that claim they respect veterans want to cut benefits to veterans because it makes them hero's to people that hate the government deficit.  See the pivot there?  But then they want to support military spending that feeds the pockets of big supporters.  See the pivot?

How can a society that was raised by strong woman back any candidate for federal or local office that thinks that a woman is second class and should stay in the kitchen?  How can a society elect someone to a federal office as a congressman or congresswoman that is openly racist against minorities when the congress is the government body that says racism of any kind is illegal?  How can a society elect someone to a federal office that has for years done everything in their power to hurt the poorest of the poor by voting against unemployment extensions, against healthcare for all, against all job programs, against food stamps, against everything that the poorest of our society need.

Our nation is only as good as the way we treat the poorest of our kind.  When we the people forget that and keep electing people that have been paid to forget that, then the American experiment is over.

Division is simple math.  Division is very dangerous in politics for the common good.


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