Legalize Marijuana: Republican Candidate Endorses Idea
WOODLAND HILLS- Ron Gold, last man standing to challenge Kamala Harris in November for the office of Attorney General of California, has boldly gone where few Republicans, except the most Libertarian, have gone before. Gold says it is "common sense, reasonable and rational to change laws that have driven the market for marijuana into the hands of drug cartels and street gangs."
Like '30s gangs --Capone, Torrio, Moran, Maranzano, Luciano -today's seven Mexican cartels --Sinaloa, Los Zetas, Gulf, Juarez, Knights Templar, La Familia, and Tijuana-- have battled to control markets for illegal drugs in over 1,000 US cities. During Prohibition there were 400 mob murders a year in Chicago alone. One hit man for a Mexican cartel claimed to have murdered 800 before he lost count. Bootleggers disappeared after prohibition fell, we can hope for the same for the cartels after legalization," said Gold.
Gold argues that marijuana use is largely a victimless crime that fills state prisons and county jails with small time marijuana users. According to FBI statistics, marijuana made up nearly half of all drug arrests in USA in the past 20 years.
The US has spent $1.3 trillion since 1972 on the drug war. The results? In 2014 drugs are cheaper and easier to get than in 1972. These costs of incarceration are far greater than any benefit gained. Legalization will reduce the cost of law enforcement for victimless crimes, allowing scarce resources to be used for those more dangerous predators who victimize Californians. "It makes more sense to focus upon thieves, rapists and murderers than those possessing an ounce or so of marijuana," says Gold.
Gold admits that marijuana abuse, like alcohol abuse, creates health and social problems. Legalizing marijuana will bring these problems into the open and encourage treatment. Taxing marijuana will provide new revenue to "help fund our schools, improve correctional facilities, and provide funding for drug and alcohol rehabilitation as well as better mental health care access," says Gold.
Gold's views were recently well-received at the debut of a medical marijuana market in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles over the Fourth of July weekend.
Over twenty states have already adopted medical marijuana laws and several have adopted legalization for recreation. In short, "The time has come to legalize marijuana," says Gold. Gold favors the full legalization of marijuana adopted in Colorado. Limited to: persons over 21; licensed processing, testing, distribution and sales; possession of one ounce; growing six plants; taxed at nearly 30%.
Pet Care | Real Estate | Restaurants | Tech | View All | * Add/Upgrade Business
Placer County News HeadlinesCalifornia Fire Updates Summary (8-29-15)California Fire Updates 2015: Although 6,300 firefighters remain on the lines battling 13 active wildfires, crews made significant progress over the past couple of days.
Retired Navy Captain Assists Returning VetsTom Mayhew was only 6 when he watched his father march his mother down the hall of their El Paso, Texas, home with a rifle pointed at her back.
Toyota Highlander continues to shine as midsize SUVOne of the most highly-rated midsize sport utility vehicles is the Toyota Highlander, a sensible, well designed crossover.
WJU Gala to Honor Four Esteemed AlumniROCKLIN, Calif. - William Jessup University will honor four esteemed alumni who are excelling in their respective fields of endeavor at its annual Jessup Gala
California Fire Update Summary (8-28-15)California Fire Updates 2015: A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Saturday from the Lake Tahoe region south through Mono County for high winds, increasing fire danger
Hacker Lab Jumpstarts Pursuit of Virtual RealityROCKLIN, CA--When three Sierra College students attended the July 24 Virtual Reality meet-up at Hacker Lab in Rocklin, they had no idea it would put them on the fast track
Sierra College Patrons to Meet September 8thRocklin, CA - The Patrons, a volunteer support group of the Sierra College Foundation, invite the public and those interested in becoming members of the organization
Roseville Crime Report Digest Update (8.28.15)Roseville, CA - Weekly crime report update digest summary for Roseville, August 28, 2015.
California Water Use Drops over 31 Percent in JulyDrought Watch: Despite continued hot conditions, Californians surpassed June's conservation rate and reduced water use by 31.3 percent during July, exceeding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s 25 percent
California Fire Update Summary (8-27-15)California Fire Updates 2015:Over 9,000 firefighters are battling 16 active wildfires across California. Warmer weather over the past couple of days has hampered containment efforts
Roseville Optometry Business BurglarizedRoseville Police asking for the public's help identifying the two people in these surveillance pictures.
Teacher Arrested for Child Pornography DistributionA Nevada County teacher was arrested for distribution of child pornography. Ethan Lewis, 32, was booked into the Nevada County Jail after turning himself in.
NEWS: In Case You Missed It