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Carlos Santana Tells Obama to Legalize Pot

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"Legalize marijuana and take all that money and invest it in teachers and in education. . . . I really believe that as soon as we legalize and decriminalize marijuana we can actually afford a really good governor who won't keep taking money away from education and from teachers and send him back to Hollywood where he can do 'D' movies and we can get an 'A' governor."

— Musician Carlos Santana weighs in on the marijuana debate, explaining that legalization will help California get better political leadership.

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StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I think it should be legalized on a state by state basis, the federal government should stay out of the business of the states!
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Thanks! :)
skb9850 skb9850 8 years
Congrats Hart!
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Ah! I just went platinum! :dance: :drinks:
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Oh Dang! I missed GS! :cry: :(
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Thanks guys!
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 8 years
Hey, it works in Amsterdam...
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
"Welfare's been around for a long time, as have charities." My concern (and my original point) was that legalizing things like drugs and prostitution would expand or H&HS budgets, and expand welfare.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Hi GS! That picture is precious!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
aww GS what an adorable baby!!! Also I agree with everyone. Legalize it and tax it!
stephley stephley 8 years
Welfare's been around for a long time, as have charities.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
Funny you should mention stopping charities. BHO's budget cuts the max contribution tax deduction for charity. The recent anti-lead regulations from the CPSC this past February, which was meant to safeguard toys, is making second hand shops throw out millions of dollars worth of goods that would be sold for charity. The very existance of welfare puts charity on the ropes, IMO...but it wasn't my initial point.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
"Who's stopping charities? " It's not so much that any one is stopping charities, it's that government is trying to do their job and forcing us to contribute.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
You all know how I feel about this subject. And hello again, by the way. :wave:
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 8 years
It's so nice to know that this forum is populated with truly intelligent people! I agree that the financial benefits of legalizing both marijuana and prostitution would be immense. Let's be realists and work to improve the world we have. If the 'problem' isn't going away then the people have spoken. We should be making it safer to do these things that are inevitably going to happen.
Myst Myst 8 years
CG... That is depressing. Prositution is the world's oldest profession. It's never going to go away, so we mights as well face the fact and find a way to make a profit. People are still going to get high regardless if it's illegal or not. Look at prohibition. It didn't help as at all. Us continued to spent tax payers money to bust them and release them back into the street to go back and do the same thing, isn't help and just crowding our prison. I'm sick and tired of hearing real criminals being released out into the street because of overpopulation.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
I couldn't agree with him more. And whoever said legalize prostitution, I agree with that too. Both would bring huge revenues if they were legal and taxed. I mean, making them illegal isn't solving the "problem". (I put it in quotes, because I don't consider pot smoking a bad thing.)
stephley stephley 8 years
Who's stopping charities?
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
I could get on board legalizing drugs and prostitution with you guys if we'd allow charities to help people who have ruined their lives, and rid government of that function.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Myst, my stepfather the cop, said its the most disappointing, depressing thing to see a prostitute out on the street when the night before you just busted her and her John, and brought them to the station and did all the paperwork and took their pictures and then they are set free lickety split just to go out on the same street and get busted again, its a dance of futility and a waste of the officers time and energy and frankly it makes them hate going to work.
Myst Myst 8 years
Thanks Mich. You took the words right out of my mouth. Tax them both. Goes a long way in helping our economy. I read this book, on legal prostitution and in one chapter it was saying that, one good possibility is to have people apply for a legal prostitution card. One, it will generate income for the government by have applicants pay a fee every X amount of months (also a good to to curb people from going that route). Also, require everyone who applied and were granted to take STI examination every 3 months and they must also pay for for that. I don't remember the name of the book but it had some really good suggestions on what government could do about prostitution.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
The direction we are going in this country is to encourage moral hazard. We bail out businesses, banks, states, and mortgage holders. We pay people for not working. We will soon provide health care to people who don't take care of themselves. So we'd take that tax money and pay for more encouragement of moral hazard. We can pay wellfare for drug addicts because there are more of them, but now we can afford it! We will have more folks to take care of in our "free" healthcare system because we've encouraged the moral hazard, but we can afford it! That sounds like the worst idea ever.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Beavis, you would also be saving millions of dollars on enforcement and imprisonment. So taxation would not be the only source of income.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
Hmm, legalize something just so you can tax it?
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I personally see nothing wrong with legalizing prostitution. No doubt it would probably help cull the number of under-aged prostitutes working in the streets.
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