Cannabis re-legalized in Colorado

On January 2, Ed Krayewski from Reason wrote, “[New Year’s Day] marked the beginning of a legal market in recreational marijuana in Colorado, the first time government-licensed shops have ever sold marijuana anywhere in the world.”

There is, however, one major inaccuracy with that statement. Aside from the fact that cannabis has been available for years in medical dispensaries, it was not always against the law to purchase, possess or consume cannabis. In fact, in the United States, there were no federal laws regarding cannabis until the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which “required that certain special drugs, including… cannabis, be accurately labeled with contents.” The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, “made possession or transfer of cannabis illegal throughout the United States under federal law, excluding medical and industrial uses, in which an inexpensive excise tax was required.” The Marihuana Tax Act was ruled unconstitutional in 1969, and officially repealed by the Congress in 1970.

Throughout the past 43 years, there has been a lot of progress in pushing back against the laws that have worked to prohibit the recreational use of cannabis. Those who oppose re-legalization of cannabis often tout the evils of cannabis, claiming that cannabis kills. The truth is that not one single person has ever died from a cannabis overdose. However, hundreds of thousands of people die annually from other substances that are perfectly legal to purchase, possess and consume.

Wayward Bill, the Chairman of the US Marijuana Party, reported on the newly re-legalized sale of cannabis, “Denver has been become Shakedown Street… 1,000s of tourists buying weed… And they are paying the adsorbent tax of 25% State Marijuana Excise tax + 3.5% Denver Marijuana tax + 7.62 % State Sales tax = 36.12% total tax.”

UCLA public policy professor, Mark Kleiman claims that people like George Soros have backed the move to re-legalize cannabis, adding, “[t]he marijuana lobby is going from being purely ideological to being industrial.” He also asks, “Ten years from now will there be an evil marijuana lobby devoted entirely to preventing any effective regulation or taxation?”

I hope that in less than ten years there is a lobby devoted to preventing regulation or taxation of cannabis, as well as alcohol, tobacco, potatoes, tomatoes, and every other substance that any person can grow, manufacture, process, possess and/or consume. Though I wouldn’t dare call such a lobby “evil.”

Darryl W. Perry

Darryl has spent most of his adult life as an advocate & activist for peace and liberty. Darryl is an award winning author, publisher & radio/TV host. He is a regular contributor to several weekly and monthly newspapers. He hosts the daily newscast FPPRadioNews, the podcast Peace, Love, Liberty Radio, the weekly news podcast FPP Freedom Minute, and is a regular co-host on Free Talk Live. Darryl is a co-founder and co-chair of the NH Liberty Party. Darryl is the Owner/Managing Editor of Free Press Publications.

  1. I want to thank all the tourists who are coming here to Colorado, buying their pot responsibly and not making headlines.

    Seriously, responsible recreation FTW.

  2. The “War on Marijuana” has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful “War on Drugs” that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

    Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions of more dollars fighting a never ending “War on Marijuana”, lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It’s a no brainer.

    The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Marijuana is way safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

    Marijuana is the safest and healthiest intoxicant known to man, with many wonderful medical benefits as well.

    Even The President of the United States himself has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may have very well still been in prison today! Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record. Let’s end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less “crimes” because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!