Jul 222013

Legalize Marijuana legalization cannabis prohibition tea partyBy John Payne

On Thursday, 7/18, I attended a debate sponsored by the Saint Louis Tea Party on marijuana legalization. Bill Hennessy, who helped found the group and has written extensively on reasons conservatives should support legalization, argued in favor, and Saint Louis City Republican Committeeman Mike Chance argued against. However, there wasn’t as much disagreement on the topic as you might expect at a debate.

Chance said that there is absolutely no reason to continue prohibiting the industrial and medical uses of cannabis, and that the ultimate goal should be to treat recreational use the same way we treat the recreational use of alcohol today. He was primarily concerned with exactly how legalization would be implemented, and particularly wanted to make sure there was an effective way to enforce laws against driving under the influence of cannabis.

Hennessy said that his support for legalization primarily derives from his consistent support of individual rights and liberty, but he also believes legalization would lead to substantial economic and social benefits.

The crowd overwhelmingly seemed to support legalization, but some did express reservations about increased use. The moderator was kind enough to give me the last word, so I used the opportunity to address those concerns, arguing that the data indicate that use of cannabis is completely unrelated to whether it is prohibited.

Overall, I found the event very encouraging, as it shows that we are making substantial inroads with conservative groups, and that the support for legalization in Missouri is strong and growing stronger every day.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-McLaughlin/100000039777325 Matt McLaughlin

    Best is how Calif has it>barley illegal. That way it ain’t taxed and your hard earned coin ain’t going to some cop’s pension.

  • Joe Voll

    The Tea Party is what killed Prop 19 and all the other failed legalization initiatives and medical marijuana initiatives.

    • Phil R

      Wrong. While they certainly contributed to Prop 19′s demise, there were plenty of other groups that voted against it to keep the status quo. For instance, those already deeply invested in growing and distribution.

      • jontomas

        Yes. It’s rather sickening to see the greed-driven sector of growers and vendors parade themselves as part of the marijuana culture, when they are simply fleecing, and aiding the persecution of, its members.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marlin.hauer Marlin Hauer

    Speaking from a retired correctional officer’s viewpoint,…Almost ALL convicted crimes committed involve drugs, and/or alcohol…Has anyone thought of the cost involving THAT?…I say medical treatment ONLY, pull their drivers license, and have medical personnel administer it as needed at a clinic in a “smoke room”…