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Alternet: The Eight Most Absurd Excuses for Trying to Defeat Legal Pot

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director August 19, 2010

    NORML Outreach Coordinator and AudioStash producer extraordinaire Russ Belville has an excellent commentary on Alternet.org today deconstructing several of the myths purported by those opposed to California’s Prop. 19 (and cannabis legalization in general).

    Here are the myths:

    The Eight Most Absurd Excuses for Trying to Defeat Legal Pot
    via Alternet.org

    8. The federal government will pull all of its contracts with California businesses because they won’t be able to drug test employees!

    7. Legalizing marijuana for healthy people will end medical marijuana for sick people!

    6. Legalizing marijuana will never raise any money because the social costs would outweigh any fiscal benefits… look at alcohol and tobacco!

    5. Big Tobacco will buy up great huge tracts of land in Northern California and mass produce lousy joints pumped full of toxic addictive chemicals!

    4. Today’s pot is fourteen times more powerful than Sixties weed and will lead to more crack babies!

    3. People who smoke marijuana in the same apartment building as a child will be arrested! (Not that your landlord will let you grow pot anyway.)

    2. Legally home-grown marijuana will lead to outbreaks of toxic deadly molds!

    1. Workplaces would be overrun by workers smoking marijuana on the job!

    Read Russ’ comprehensive rebuttals to these claims here.

    You can also read Russ’ word-for-word analysis of Prop. 19 here. The TaxCannabis.org website also has an excellent and comprehensive FAQ section here.

    50 Responses to “Alternet: The Eight Most Absurd Excuses for Trying to Defeat Legal Pot”

    1. lerie says:

      hahaha I love #4, crack babies.

    2. Steven Purdy says:

      8 first thing is if the feds pull from California that would be great let’s shrink federal govt.
      7 I’m glad that they support medical marijuana.
      6 Obviously these people have only met the worst case exception to pot abuse.
      5 finally big tobacco will undercut big mafia
      4 thanks for the advertisement
      3 4th amendment rights
      2 not if you cant move a shitty product
      1 productivity will be up

    3. Joel: the other Joel says:

      Marijuana Prohibitionist are supported by stupid myths. They stop using health and scientific facts, because it is not in their favor.

    4. Dylan martin says:

      First of all,all those excuses are BS,cannabis SHOULD be legal since the start of time.I live in Oregon and im getting the word out and fully supporting Prop.19,Ive gotten hate e-mails,and lectures from people i don’t even know telling me whats wrong with me,why am i doing this?I tell you why,cause once California legalizes and taxes cannabis,Oregon is most likely to be next and the revenue from the tax of cannabis would dramatically improve this economy.Although the sale age would be 21 just like alcohol doesn’t mean the tax money can’t go towards school’s and children programs that this country desperately needs.That and it would cut down on lumber and bring in new resources that we also desperately need,and it would also most likely bring this country out the HUGE debt it’s in,obviously the government doesn’t realize this.What we need is a government official of some sort that does smoke or somehow uses cannabis,so other officials will listen to him/her cause they don’t want to fully listen to the public,but they’re fully willing to listen to other officials.Thank you.

    5. fivi says:

      NORML, you guys need to stop posting all the anti-prop19 prop19aganda on your site. It’s just showing the propaganda to more people. You need to start posting the PRO prop 19 prop19aganda. Start educating people about the rebuttals so when they DO see the bad propaganda on TV they can tell their friends about how it’s BS.
      We’re tired of reading the lies, NORML, tell us the good things.

    6. ck30 says:

      Those are all sad ass excuses because people are smoking now,an i dont know of anyone that smokes on the job, but i do know a few that after NOTE: AFTER work, they smoke a bowl or a fatty

    7. ThaChoppa says:

      HA HA HA Smoking on the job….people do it now. Even at the machine shop I used to work at before starting school! Evey break and before work even began HA HA HA! Silly government, you can’t lie to us…we are smarter than you! HA HA HA

    8. HoneyWest says:

      The plant and the growing and smoking of the plant should be legal, just as it is to grow a tomatoe.
      It is the pharmacutical companies that are backing the war against it.
      If it were legal “They” would not have as many people “hooked on” their “little helpers”.
      Anyone who had done any reading, research, or, God forbid, tried the stuff, knows that it is the best for, depression, sleeplessness, etc.
      The only reason it makes people “paranoid” is because it is “illegal”.
      If it can be legal in any state, it should be legal in all states.
      I have always enjoyed a bit of herb.
      Power to the People! Smoke that Peace Pipe, Baby!

    9. J says:

      This law would not prevent a cannabis-opposed business owner (whether for purposes of federal grants or otherwise) from prohibiting the possession of marijuana at work any more than current laws prevent a business owner from banning alcohol or tobacco at work.

    10. J says:

      This law would not prevent a cannabis-opposed business owner (whether for purposes of federal grants or otherwise) from prohibiting the possession of marijuana at work any more than current laws prevent a business owner from banning alcohol or tobacco at work. that’s the real answer to red herring #1

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