Posts Tagged ‘marijuana’

A (Stanford) Academic Debate on Prop. 19

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

This bear is so relaxed.

The midterm [no, not that type] elections are just a week and a half away, which means that judgment day for controversial proposition 19, medical marijuana legalization in the state, is approaching fast. A number of high-profile proponents have been speaking out on both sides, including your average dose of political crazy claims.

But there are also some very well-thought out ideas for both supporting and opposing the proposition. Hoover Fellow Joseph McNamara, who supports 19, and Medical School professor Keith Humphreys, debated the issue with STANFORD Magazine.

Definitely worth reading if you are a California voter. Some good quotes:

McNamara (for):

The enormous appeal in just one election of being able to reduce crime so significantly and violence by a yes vote for 19 is a golden opportunity.[… and] maybe the revenue won’t amount to all that much, but when you combine it with the fact that you’ve reduced the cost of the criminal justice system very significantly, that, plus any additional revenue, is something to take seriously.

Humphreys (against):

To say that a legal industry will make the product safer, then you have to say that the tobacco leaf is more dangerous than a Marlboro. It is the legal industry that makes that raw tobacco leaf into a deadly product.[… Plus,] the price of marijuana will fall dramatically and people will buy more of it, as they do with any commodity that drops in price.

Again, read the whole thing here.

California: Home of the Strangest Politicians

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Granted, there are plenty of strange politicians. Vermont, I’m looking at you. South Carolina, you’ve been weird for a long time. And who can forget New York, home of the tickle?

You can find this between People and Vanity Fair

You can find this between People and Vanity Fair

But really, nobody can compete with the fact that California’s governor is the same man who made Kindergarten Cop, a movie whose tagline is “An undercover cop in a class by himself.” For those who thought that California’s politicians had no place to go but up, I apologize–it just wasn’t meant to be.

First, there’s Carly Fiorina, the controversial former head of Hewlett Packard (and Stanford alum). She’s running to unseat incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D), who is up for election. Fiorina tried to make some remarks about the Jewish holiday of Passover, in which you can’t eat bread, and wrote, “As we break bread…” Fiorina’s campaing spokesowman quickly backpedaled on this hilarious faux pas, which is being deemed Matzah-gate, saying, “We meant all bread, leavened and unleavened, and matzo is just unleavened bread so that’s what we meant by that.”

Then there’s Meg Whitman, the billionaire former CEO of eBay who is trying to get the Republican nomination for Governer of California to replace Schwarzenegger. Today, she sent out her “policy book“–better described as a 48-page shiny advertisement–to 1600 libraries across the state, asking them to “display my magazine in their periodicals section so voters can gain a clear understanding of how I will govern, if elected in November.” A magazine bearing your name right in the middle of the periodicals section? Who does she think she is, Oprah?

If magazines and religious faux-pas don’t interest you, there’s something for everyone on November’s ballot: there will be a proposition seeking to legalize marijuana in the state.

California–we’ve got it all, except for money.