Its a step.
N.C. Democratic Party Endorses Medical Marijuana Legalization
marijuana legalization at its convention last weekend, as one of 77 resolutions that members support.
Many of the resolutions adopted at the convention are aligned with official party policy positions, but some, including cannabis legalization, are still seen by the establishment as "fringe" positions, report John Frank and Lynn Bonner of the Raleigh News-Observer. (Frank and Bonner didn't get the story quite right, by the way; they reported the Democrats endorsed "marijuana legalization," which, of course, is a whole different animal than "medical marijuana legalization." Try harder to get it right next time, John and Lynn.)
The party endorsed not just one but two pro-cannabis resolutions, the first for legalizing medical marijuana in North Carolina, and the second in support of renewing industrial hemp as an agricultural crop in the state.
"It's all about market and cost/benefit analysis," offered commenter "malcolmkyle" on the News-Observer's site. "Whether any particular drug is good, bad, or otherwise is irrelevant -- as long as there is demand for any mind altering substance there WILL be supply; THE END! The only effects prohibiting it has is to drive the price up while increasing the costs and profis -- and where there is illegal profit to be made criminals and terrorists thrive.
"Legalizing marijuana would be as much of a money maker as fracking, without the flaming tap water," offered the more succinct and jocular "NCYankee0."
"Cannabis legalization is not a 'fringe issue,' John and Lynn," commented reader "calibre." "National polls show a MAJORITY of people favor legalization of this beneficial plant."
"America has experience with the results of prohibiting a recreational drug that Americans have clearly decided that they demand," commented "uBnice." "Weed is here and it is here to stay. The reason we hear of massive quantities imported into America (and known grown in America in suburb houses) is because there is great demand for it in America and Americans have the money.
"We know what happened when America legalized alcohol," uBnice commented. "Most of the criminal activity went away and we generate dollars from taxes. Yes, alcohol abuse has been a problem, but making alcohol illegal is more of a problem. If we do not legalize weed, we will continue to have criminal activity surrounding a multi-billion dollar industry."
Positions also endorsed at the weekend convention include a single-payer healthcare system and the repeal of North Carolina's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
• The abandonment of nuclear energy as part of U.S. energy policy
• A request to President Obama and North Carolina's U.S. senators to "bring war dollars home"
• Abolishing the death penalty
• A demand for collective-bargaining rights for workers
• A ban on the practice of "fracking" for oil
North Carolina Democratic party 2012 Resolutions [PDF
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits" -Albert Einstein
Marianna is a billion dollar industry,
Hemp is a Trillion dollar industry. Thats why they are both illegal, propping up giant useless multinational corporations that devastate our environment.
Wow! Go North Carolina! I wish a few more states would grow balls....or a brain! I don't think the idiots here in Florida will EVER see the light!
We need to keep this moving
Hoping to someday find my family