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Friday, April 09, 2021

In a bold move that many did not see coming from the South, Virginia just officially passed legal, recreational cannabis.

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bananas, please, dancing.

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2021-04-09 12:45 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#1 Munchies?

#2 | Posted by jakester at 2021-04-09 01:16 AM | Reply

Seems like a pro-tip to legalize it^tm : Have your governor face some type of existential scandal (Ex: Northam, Cuomo), then propose legal recreational ganj.

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-04-09 11:14 AM | Reply

Cannabis is for lovers.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-04-09 12:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Gavin Newsom - currently facing a looming recall election - has decided to re-criminalize marijuana."

-If I Wrote For The Onion

#5 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-04-09 01:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

From what I'm reading police are not happy.

It was supposed to go legal in 2024 and sold in stores and taxed.

Instead the Governor went ahead and legalized having 4 plants and 1 oz effective July 1 but without the proper channels to buy it.

What's going to happen is people who grow and distribute illegally will swamp the state making law enforcement more difficult.

The crime rate will jump. Legal to have it but no where to buy it.

Frankly doesn't make sense. Legalize it now but no tax revenue.

#6 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-04-09 03:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#6 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON

Decriminalization is a logical first step before regulation and taxation. If anything, this step strikes down a significant portion of systemic racism, fueled by the war on drugs.

Crime will not go up, just like it didn't in any of the other states that decriminalized first.

This goes deeper than just taxes, Bill.

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-04-09 03:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

And police, especially the unions, are against decriminalization and legalization in general simply because it's one less tool they have in their toolbox to use against the public. It truly is the exact sentiment shared with Nixon:

At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. "You want to know what this was really all about?" he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. "The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."
www.vox.com

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-04-09 03:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"From what I'm reading police are not happy."

Police are never happy, except when they're beating down Rodney King, or giving water to Kyle Rittenhouse.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-09 06:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Snoofy,

"Police are never happy"

Use your brain.

Virginia has made pot completely legal to use and possess but has not provided any legal means to fill the increased demand.

I repeat...use your brain.

Demand will increase this summer but only illegal channels will be selling it.

Did I say...use your brain?

If not...use your brain.

#10 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-04-09 07:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Snoofy,

This really is sort of backward the way VA is going about it.

By the time the state establishes channels for selling in stores and getting tax revenue, by that time people will have created networks for the increased demand.

Good luck VA competing with that unless they decide to start arresting people selling it without a license.

#11 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-04-09 07:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Another conservative state finally starts to enter modern times, lagging behind liberals as always.

Think how many lives could have been improved or saved, and how much money would have been saved, if we had listened to liberals about drugs 50 years ago instead of listening to conservatives and their drug war, which nixon's drug zcar admits was really just another way for them to cheat elections.

www.vox.com
"Nixon official: real reason for the drug war was to criminalize black people and hippies"

Liberals are almost always proven right in the end. Conservatives are almost always proven wrong. And they have the graveyards to prove it.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-04-09 07:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. "You want to know what this was really all about?" he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. "The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.""

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-04-09 07:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#10 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON

It's part of the process. I can't name a single state that has legalized and regulated without first decriminalizing, can you?

#14 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-04-09 07:59 PM | Reply

See the problem with your POV, BJ, is that you perceive the benefits of the law being centered on revenue generation when, in actuality, it's a step towards ending the drug war. Hence, it should be expected that the spirit of the law be enacted before the crux of fiscal benefit, considering that process takes such a long time to implement. Why would you want people to continue being arrested when a law has already been passed? Just because there's no tax revenue?

smh

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-04-09 08:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

www.vox.com
#12 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2021-04-09 07:52 PM
#13 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2021-04-09 07:53 PM

Great minds think alike:

www.vox.com
#8 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11 AT 2021-04-09 03:57 PM

#16 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-04-09 08:05 PM | Reply

I live in VA, July one, I'm gonna buy a fat sack and blaze up on my front porch. Then I'm gonna plant some killer sensemilla buds in my trailer and maybe in my yard too!LOL! I LOVE UNREGULATED LEGAL WEED BRING ON THE CHAOS!

#17 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-04-09 09:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Rsty,

Everyone and I mean E V E R Y O N E knows states are getting behind legalized pot and gambling for the tax dollars.

Va had already passed a law for it to be legal in 2024 with plans to sell in stores and taxed. The point was to use this time to establish how and where it would be sold.

Then bam...it will be legal in July instead. Could it be Governor BF knew whoever was Governor in 2024 would get credit for his efforts and hard work getting things setup? (Sound familiar?)

#18 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-04-09 10:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

We want our weed legal NOW. Not 3 years from now. They can sort out the details of distribution,but the fact is we want the arrests and imprisonments to end. No waiting for that.

The free for all about legal distribution is going to be wild. My guess is the existing criminal dealers are going to make Bank.

The legal suppliers may have trouble getting a foothold. Especially if the legal stuff is priced too high.

#19 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-04-10 01:32 AM | Reply

#17 and 'gift' it for 'donations'.

meanhile in florida a medical eighth retails for $58.
$75 to the state annually; $150 and up to renew Dr every 7 months. ROBBERY/SCAM.

#20 | Posted by ichiro at 2021-04-10 01:49 AM | Reply

massachusettes lets you grow, x number of plants.

#21 | Posted by ichiro at 2021-04-10 01:51 AM | Reply

Feds need to act! NOW!

#22 | Posted by ichiro at 2021-04-10 01:52 AM | Reply

j'biden is probably saving it.

#23 | Posted by ichiro at 2021-04-10 01:53 AM | Reply

One thing about legalization. Quality has gone through the roof. All the years I smoked dusty, moldy, buggy ---- weed that the average Joe could get.

This stuff is too good,
Too good
Too good
Too good
With your long blond hair
And your eyes of blue
Too good
Too good
Too good

#24 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-04-10 02:05 AM | Reply

Good luck VA competing with that unless they decide to start arresting people selling it without a license.

#11 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON

Why are you against the People and capitalism? Are you a communist?

It's a crop you can grow in your back yard. The People want it legalized. The People will make it and sell it and the state will tax it and everyone will be happy.

Well everyone except the police who can't violate a persons rights anymore just because of a joint and white evangelical Christians like Bill who can no longer control the hearts and minds with their religulous nonsense.

Too bad for you Bill. Isn't there a capitol that needs attacking somewhere?

#25 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-04-10 10:42 AM | Reply

#11 | Posted by BillJohnson

Do you have anything to back up this absurd fever dream of yours?

#26 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-04-10 07:17 PM | Reply

Up here in Northern Alberta Medical grade is 800 cdn a pound or about 550 us dollars.Some medical growers are dumping excess at a dollar a gram or less.First world problems.

#27 | Posted by Scotty at 2021-04-11 12:00 AM | Reply

Excellent ,as mellow citizens make good complacent sheep.

#28 | Posted by MSgt at 2021-04-11 12:02 AM | Reply

Most people who wanted to smoke weed already did so don't expect demand to surge until the shops start to open and the older people with curiosity start to test the waters.

Bill just wants to destroy a few thousand more lives over pot charges before the inevitable legalization...bless his heart.

#29 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2021-04-11 08:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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