Friday, January 1, 2010

Reefer Madness in L.A.

PJTV never fails to provide wonderful examples of the conservative mind set. In this video about the medical marijuana "problem" in Los Angeles, we have a fantastic example. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley seems like a caricature of the stereotypical right wing character that we love to make fun of. There were times during the interview that I thought he was really a comedian poking fun.

Sadly, he was quite serious. What do you think? Is this something that law enforcement people should be concerned with? Did you hear how many times he used the word "cartels." I thought any minute there he was going to say "we estimate that 90% of the medical marijuana comes from Mexico."

No questions were asked about the taxes these dispensaries must pay to the State, but I imagine that's part of the deal. The big concern seemed to be the overwhelmingly high percentage of healthy customers. Is that a big problem, in your opinion? Isn't that a benefit, even though it wasn't the intention of the law, isn't it good if otherwise law abiding people get their pot from one of these legal outlets in stead of off the street?

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.


  1. It will be interesting to see the predictions of the anti-drug warriors not coming true.

    It would also be interesting to compile some crime statistics--what percentage of pot users are also criminals, what percentage of "prescription" pot users are criminals, and what percentage of the general population are criminals.

    My guess is that you will find a strong correlation between pot use and crime, but the prescription users will be similar to or possibly slightly better than non-users in crime rate. The anti-drug crusaders will continue to point out that drug use is associated with crime, and ignore the fact that illegal use accounts for the correlation.

  2. Sevesteen, I hear what you're saying, but according to the video, most of the medical users are fakes. It's like those Quaalude doctors in the early 70s, but you may be too young to remember that. The difference was people in 1970 who abused Quaaludes became way too loaded to function, driving cars etc. And they usually used other drugs. These pot smokers in California present no danger to anyone, even the ones getting bogus prescriptions from their doctor-friends.

  3. These pot smokers in California present no danger to anyone.

    I dunno, I hear the Munchies can be mighty dangerous! :)

  4. This is an example of the Mike W. sense of humor. But, if you want to deprive me of one of my complaints against you, you could at least come up with a joke that's funny.