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Bill Cochrane

I can’t help but wonder why the District Attorney’s Office is in a “quandary’ over the “plummeted” numbers of misdemeanor weed possession charges? Could it be that it means less revenue in fines?

Richard Illyes

Are those Drug Warrior Creds the result of public opinion or pressure from the Drug War Industry with its army of government employees who fear job loss if the drug war ends?

This is the area that elected Ron Paul. If there is public opinion in favor of spending tax money screwing with potheads I have never seen it.

I am running for State Representative in District 24. If elected I will do everything in my power to end the drug war.

Bailey Jones

"Instead, they tried to play Solomon but jammed a stick in the spokes of judicial apparatuses all over Texas" - that's an amusing turn of phrase.

Ellen Morrison

Not to mention there’s a legal issue with timeliness of prosecution. Trying to walk this tightrope just isn’t going to work very well.

Ted Gillis

You also want to eliminate public school funding, no thanks Richard.

Richard Illyes

That is not true. I want to restructure education funding as an endowment at the student level. Instead of pouring money in at the top, endow it to each student, to be paid out when that student achieves grade level knowledge. Complete details at my campaign website www.dickillyes.com.

Wayne Holt

Welcome to the state's equivalent of the Three Feet Away from Bicyclists Rule. America is a country that seems to believe "there's a law for that." God forbid we would ever return to personal choice and personal responsibility for those choices.

Where laws proliferate, The Way has been lost. --Lao Tsu--

Don Schlessinger

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Bailey Jones

From today's KUT.org -

The Austin City Council will vote on a proposal later this month that, if approved, would “virtually end arrests and fines” by city police for possession of personal amounts of cannabis, according to a summary and copy of the measure obtained by The Texas Tribune.

The resolution, raised by four progressive members of the 11-member council, would largely direct police to stop arresting people or issuing citations in low-level marijuana possession cases where officers won’t be able to get a lab report to chemically distinguish between now-legal hemp and illegal marijuana. It also would forbid the city from spending funds or using its personnel to perform such tests.

“If there’s no intent to sell or distribute, we’re not going to mess with it,” said Greg Casar, the lead sponsor of the proposal.

Carlos Ponce

It will be like Colorado. The sellers moved on to stronger substances.

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/marijuana/mexican-drug-cartels-are-taking-full-advantage-of-colorados-marijuana-laws

Wayne Holt

This goes back to the question of personal choices and personal responsibility. No one is forced to smoke pot, do meth or crack, or drink to excess--or even at all. Do what you want in your own bedroom with a person above the age of consent; smoke what you want; ingest what you want; seek the kind of healthcare or medical care mainstream or alternative you wish; educate your children as you think best. I'm fine with all of that.

But along with it comes hard time when your choices impact another living thing. No plea bargain from involuntary manslaughter for being high as a kite when you ran over the guy on the bike. People are going to get high; it's only a question if we are going to hold them responsible for every act committed after they make that choice. We as a society seem to be unable to do that, for some reason. BTW that goes for lily white seniors who inhabit the halls of Congress as well as the poor urban minority kid.

I don't want the state, or someone's idea of morality, in the middle of my life. We should purchase that liberty with a strict accounting for our choices.

Free will...are we adult enough to handle it?

Carlos Ponce

No man is an island. Marijuana use leads to driving hazards, diminished productivity on the job, family problems, health problems. I feel sorry for anyone who feels they must use recreational drugs including alcohol. There's something seriously wrong if they have to use them to "feel good".

Bailey Jones

Wayne - when have conservatives ever been about respecting free will? (The free will of others, that is.)

Carlos Ponce

Conservatives respect free will, Bailey unless it harms OTHERS.

Bailey Jones

"Conservatives respect free will, Bailey unless it harms OTHERS."

Unless you're LGBTQ, or you want to sit on the couch and smoke a joint, or you're fleeing some crisis in Syria or Guatemala and need asylum, or you're a Muslim trying to build a mosque in your neighborhood, or you're some footballer trying to make a political statement, or you're an African American parent who doesn't think their kid should have to walk through a door labeled Nathan Bedford Forrest High, or you're someone genuinely concerned about climate change or the environment, or you need an abortion, or you want to teach sex education so girls won't need abortions, or you want to see your president's tax returns, or ....

But, guns and Jesus - for sure, you've got that covered.

Don Schlessinger

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Carlos Ponce

Bailey posts,"Unless..... " Those individuals have the same rights as everybody so why complain?

Bailey Jones

Did you even read the article you're referencing? The issue with Colorado is that partial legalization stimulates the black market in states where it isn't illegal. As your article notes, cartels are switching from heroin to marijuana in order to take advantage of the infrastructure in the legal states. Oregon has a huge surplus crop of marijuana and no legal way of distributing it out of state - and so criminals step in. All of this goes away with country wide legalization. Once legal nation wide, marijuana offers the same economic benefits and fewer social effects as America's $250 billion alcohol industry (fun fact - alcohol accounts for 1/6th of the beverages consumed by Americans).

Carlos Ponce

Did you skim? "Jorge Duque with the Colorado Department of Law said cartels are now trading drugs like heroin for marijuana, and the trade has since opened the door to drug and human trafficking."

Bailey Jones

It's not a well written article. I read it as "drug cartels are switching from heroin to pot", you read it as "drug cartels are buying pot with heroin". Googling this guy doesn't clear it up since everyone quotes this same article. But one thing is plain - criminals flourish when governments outlaw something that the market wants. We've tried prohibition twice, and it's failed miserably both times.

Carlos Ponce

"you read it as 'drug cartels are buying pot with heroin'. No, Bailey. You got that one WRONG. I read what was written. Having their marijuana sales go up in smoke, drug cartels are now selling more potent stuff. Or do you think heroin should be legalized too like those idiot Democrat candidates?

Bailey Jones

Exactly, Carlos. Legalizing pot takes business away from the cartels. It removes pot sellers from contact with illegal drug sellers. It removes buyers from contact with illegal drug sellers. Instead of buying from a guy who knows a guy who knows a drug smuggler, you buy from a guy who runs a licensed and regulated shop, who knows a guy who has a licensed and regulated farm. According to the Washington Post, 55,000,000 Americans smoke pot. That's 55,000,000 Americans who aren't interacting with criminals. That's 55,000,000 Americans who aren't giving money to drug gangs, smugglers, cartels and king pens. That's 55,000,000 Americans who aren't supporting the crises in Central American that are sending millions of refugees to the southern border. That's 55,000,000 Americans who won't end up in the hospital because some scrupulous dealer cut their weed with who knows what (and an end to the black market THC vaping products that are killing so many). Now, go back upstairs, Grandma, your stories are on. You don't want to miss your Hannity.

Carlos Ponce

"Legalizing pot takes business away from the cartels." But it does not make the cartels move away. They move on to more lethal drugs. Are you familiar with the phrase "out of the frying pan, into the fire"? That's what legalizing marijuana does.

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