bacardi182
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How To Change Our Laws (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2002 6:43 am

There have been many post about legalizing prostitution and marijuana. It is obvious that if both were legal they could be regulated and this country would be a better place to live in  Insane

The question is, how do we reverse the retarded laws against marijuana that were set to help americans win some war against mexico? The law making marijuana illegal was made back in the days were racism was accepted. Now we are in our politically correct nation, why do we still have our racist laws?

What can we the people do to reverse our age old laws?
 
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RE: How To Change Our Laws (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2002 6:49 am

Speak to your civics teacher at school (but do not tell them what you want to change!)
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RE: How To Change Our Laws (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2002 6:58 am

So in this politically correct nation it'd be possible (and perfectly right in your opinion) to pay people for sex?

And legal to encourage the use of marijuana? The laws on marijuana do actually stop some people from using it. Scrapping laws will make greedy tobacco companies even richer, at the expence of public health. Do you think advertising prostitution and marijuana is ok?
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RE: How To Change Our Laws (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2002 7:11 am

I am not a fan of prostitution, but it happens anyways. Why not turn this black market into a well regulated service and then tax the shit out of it?

Billions of dollars are spent fighting the war on drugs. Why not spend these billions fighting terrorism? People will always smoke marijuana! Why not legalize it, regulate it, and then tax the shit out of it? Instead of wasting billions fighting the war on drugs, why not make billions regulating the usage of drugs that people will do anyways?
 
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RE: How To Change Our Laws (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2002 7:45 am

To change a law, first determine whether it's a local, state or federal law. Prostitution is state - it's legal in Nevada, for example.

Write to your state legislators, senators and federal congressmen (representatives and senators), It would help get their attention if you are a US citizen.

Get together with others who share your opinion and send more mail. Generate lots of controversy. There is plenty of action on the marijuana issue, not much on prostitution.

Vote for legislators and congressmen who agree wth you.

Run for office yourself -- first in a village or county, and as you grow politically, move up to state and federal level. Having important, influential backers is a must.

Be aware that there are many people who disagree with you and whose voice is also heard, probably louder than yours. I see you live in Texas -- you may as well forget it! Your dogs don't hunt in Texas. Maybe if you lived in Minnesota.

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RE: How To Change Our Laws (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2002 9:08 am

Perhaps, first, one should become aware of the legitimate roots of law and policy, and refrain from spouting irresponsible drivel such as, "The law making marijuana illegal was made back in the days were racism was accepted. Now we are in our politically correct nation, why do we still have our racist laws?."

Laws against the sale and use of marijuana are not racially motivated; but rather, are founded upon the belief that marijuana is an addictive drug, and that its use is a stepping-stone to the use of more harmful drugs.

These premises may be accurate, or they may be utter bunk; but if you begin your discussion of a policy (because laws are intended to implement policy), you should at least make sure that the policy actually exists, and forms the underpinning for the laws you want changed.

If you choose to attack a law, you should both attack the policy that you claim is flawed, citing persuasive reasons why it is flawed, and (perhaps most importantly) citing a more compelling and appealing policy approach, one which will achieve your intended purpose. If you (and all those who are of a like mind) succeed, then you will have convinced enough of hte electorate (and their elected representatives) of a compelling need, and the change will occur.

Or, you can simply call laws "retarded," and see what reaction you get from the various legislative and deliberative bodies which, by the collective and presumably honorably-intentioned acts of their members, past and present, implemente dthe very laws you seek to change.

When's the last time you changed your position on something you did because someone called your actions, "retarded"?
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RE: How To Change Our Laws (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2002 10:37 am

interested in reading baout why marijuana is illegal? read this http://www.hippiesfromhell.org/ephidrina/cannabis/taxact.html

here are some quotes-

"Anslinger set about whipping up a frenzy of popular opinion against "the Killer Drug", which was mostly used by Blacks and Mexicans. By playing on people's racism, he was able to justify the blanket ban on all forms of hemp, in spite of the fact that most industrial hemp produces very little psychoactive resin. He found vocal support from the media magnate William Randolf Hearst, a.k.a. Citizen Kane."

"He was also a virulent racist with a particular dislike for Mexicans - in 1898 he had had 800,000 acres of prime Mexican timber land siezed from him by Pancho Villa. Since 1916, he had been orchestrating a campaign against "marihuana" in his newspapers, pedalling disinformation about its deleterious effects. Reporting concealed the medicinal and practical applications of the plant, which were then well known to the American public, by simply not telling people that marijuana was exactly the same as stuff as hemp."

here is a better link but for some reason it isnt working http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/taxact/taxact.htm


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