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It's Time for a Change in Marijuana Laws

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It's Time for a Change in Marijuana Laws

The October 2009 issue of Texas Monthly proposed an unlikely policy for one of the most conservative states in the country; legalizing marijuana in Texas. It is an excellent, objective, and nearly exhaustive overview of the issues and rationale concerning legalization much of which I've included in my own analysis here.

In 2008 5,600 people were murdered in drug-related incidents in Mexico. The country has been besieged by a drug war in the truest sense of the word. With signs that the warfare might be creeping over the border into towns like El Paso, that city's Council voted unanimously to approve a motion that the federal government consider legalizing all narcotics in the United States.

While it may seem like surrender to some there are a growing number of people, including many experts on the subject, loaded with statistics who can defend the action as being in the best interests of not just El Pasoans but all Americans. In fact, it may be the only way to actually "win" the "war on drugs".

Attorney General Terry Goddard of Arizona is one of those people. But he urges debate about one drug in particular, marijuana. According to Goddard nearly seventy percent of the illegal drug trade coming from Mexico is in marijuana.

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A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with an MBA in 1980, John went into the banking business from 1981-1991. John went into the gymnastics business with his wife, with whom he has two children, in 1992 and grew it enough by (more...)

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