In my wildest dreams, I never thought this day would come. Today, while reading the latest Newsweek magazine, I learned the Sarah Palin and I actually agree on something. Before I tell you just what it is, I want you to ponder that for a moment. If Sarah and I can agree on something, then it must be something that should be done. If two polar opposites are on the same side, something good should come out of it.
I know, you’re wondering, what the heck could it possibly be?
Pot. We agree on pot.
On page 20 of the Newsweek dated June 28 & July 5, Sarah Palin is quoted as saying, “If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint n their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at.”
It is unfortunate that I don’t know when she said or what the context of the statement was or know what else she said. I wish I did. But, what I do know is she’s right – mark that on your calendars, I said Sarah Palin is right (but only on this particular instance).
We spend billions of dollars patrolling our borders, not only for illegal immigrants, but for pot smugglers (and, yes, other drugs). Perhaps, we could put that money to better use. Perhaps – and I don’t know if Sarah agrees with this – we should end the legal status of marijuana. (In the interest of full disclosure, I have tried pot on two occasions and have never been a regular user of any illegal drug. I barely drink.)
Even though we still would spend money to defend our borders, if we legalized marijuana, we could do three things that would be good for the economy:
- Tax it. I believe that California has all ready earn $80 million in taxes for their new prescription marijuana. One article has estimated 1.2 billion dollars if they completely legalize it. Over the full nation with federal and state taxes, we could make a mint!
- Regulate it. Only safe marijuana would be on the market.
- Put people to work in our fields. Instead of subsidizing farmers to not grow food, we could have each one put in a pot field and let them earn some cold, hard cash.
I don’t know why more states on jumping on California’s bandwagon.