Posts Tagged ‘Medicinal Marijuana’

Berkeley Sets Liberal Benchmark

December 16, 2014

Recently, Filmmaker Ami Horowitz went to the University of California’s Berkeley campus to conduct an experiment. Waving an ISIS flag, making remarks favorable to ISIS, and blaming America for world terrorism, Ami was ignored or encouraged, but never challenged by passing students.

When he later switched to waving an Israeli flag and denouncing Hamas, he was continually challenged, cursed at, and vilified. Students’ hatred and demeaning of Israel was vehemently pronounced while sympathy for Hamas seemed unanimous. Terrorist organizations such as ISIS and Hamas are unabashedly supported by Berkeley and academia in general.

Berkeley, California, of course, is a leader in “progressiveness” proudly forcing marijuana dispensaries to provide free medicinal marijuana to low-income customers, enacting a tax on soda, and putting warning labels on gas pumps. While the Berkeley campus prides itself on free speech, it hypocritically has no problem banning a speech by liberal Bill Maher solely due to his view on Muslims.

Ironically, Berkeley encourages students to embrace everything liberal while refusing to follow a local ordinance raising the minimum wage. Students speak out loudly and protest often concerning political issues, but very few students (14%) bothered to vote in the mid-term elections even though there were measures on the ballot affecting student life.

Berkeley’s liberalism has “progressed” to the point where victimizing criminals, as long as they are minorities, and bashing the USA are automatic reactions. Criminals or murderers who hate the USA, such as ISIS and Hamas, are ‘twofers’ and held in even higher esteem. Berkeley isn’t the only school actively indoctrinating students to sympathize with criminals and bash the USA, but it does set the benchmark for the liberal agenda at colleges and universities across the nation.

Schools in many Arab countries are encouraging students to hate Israel and the USA and adopt terrorism as a way of life. Schools in this country are encouraging students to hate the USA and rally with criminals against the evil American “system”. What kind of future does that predict for this country? With Berkeley leading the way, can there even be a future for this country?

David J. Hentosh

Emotional Legislation

February 19, 2013

When rules, regulations, or laws are driven by emotions or idealism, very little thought is given to consequences. An emotional rush to enact legislation always results in something different than what was intended, causing more problems.

Denver is facing unintended consequences from Colorado’s recent Amendment 64 that legalized marijuana and is now considering opting out of that amendment. Some city council members say voters intended only to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, not to have pot stores in their neighborhoods. The police chief says there are a lot of safety issues involved and that crimes, such as burglaries, have increased since Amendment 64 passed. Imagine that.

The marijuana issue has become an emotional and political football, confusing legalization with decriminalization. That confusion, a deliberate tactic on the part of marijuana advocates, helped get Amendment 64 passed. Buyer’s remorse is already setting in, but it could have been prevented had voters and legislators been more observant and less emotional.

They should have looked at Los Angeles where marijuana dispensaries now outnumber Starbucks. California has been trying, and failing, to regulate medicinal marijuana which has been legal in the state since 1996. This out-of-control situation provides a lesson for other states, but emotional, feel-good legislation is deaf, dumb, and blind.

Current emotions are running high on gun control, with wingnuts on both sides of the aisle taking untenable stances and refusing compromise. The same can be said concerning comprehensive immigration reform where “reform” has become synonymous with “amnesty”, making the issue impossible to discuss rationally.

We are currently experiencing many negative, unintended consequences from Obamacare, an emotionally charged bill forced through Congress by an idealistic president. This, too, was legislated while ignoring lessons from European countries struggling to sustain liberal health care policies. Good intentions need rational analysis, not knee-jerk reactions.

President Obama’s fomenting of class warfare along with his myopic focus on social issues uses emotions for political gain. As long as emotions rule politics, resulting legislation will just be another burden passed onto the next generation. It is our responsibility to think before acting and elect leaders who do the same.

David J. Hentosh

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Taxes

January 13, 2010

The NJ Legislature approved a measure that could make NJ the 14th state in the nation to allow the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes (http://tinyurl.com/yhjswen). Within nine months patients with a prescription from their doctor may be able to obtain marijuana at one of six locations in NJ.

It shouldn’t take long for the decriminalization of the use of marijuana for anyone to be up for passage as it is now in California (http://tinyurl.com/ybmc74d). Medicinal use of marijuana quickly gets abused by seedy doctors who dispense prescriptions to anyone willing to pay. The backdoor to total legalization is now open.

There have been many arguments on both sides of this issue. Soccer moms in California argue for legalization “so that their adult children do not have to run the risk of buying drugs on the street” (http://tinyurl.com/ygn7rsw). The same can be said about heroin or crack, of course, so the medicinal argument which makes some sense is the one used most.

The main reason for state legislatures to legalize marijuana is for the taxes. Medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks in Denver (http://tinyurl.com/yey6vx5); therefore, it was a no-brainer for the Denver city council to approve taxing businesses that sell legal pot. Ironically, tax revenue lost due to reduced tobacco use will now be replaced by taxes on another smokeable substance. Money changes everything.

Even though studies show that extreme lack of motivation and subsequent school and work failure are a common consequence of teenager marijuana use (http://tinyurl.com/ykrg84q), it is still considered a benign drug by many parents. Labeling it a “gateway drug” for its well-documented tendency to be a stepping stone to harder drugs has done little to reduce apathy towards its use. The commonly held belief that addiction to marijuana does not exist makes it easy to pretend there is no danger.

Whatever your views on the matter, it seems that legal marijuana is no longer stoppable. Progressives have won this battle and the switch from smoking tobacco to smoking marijuana has begun. The long-term consequences of this switch should be worrisome, but consequences have never been a strong point of progressive thinking.

David J. Hentosh