John Liu Wants to Legalize Marijuana and Use the Proceeds to Make College More Accessible

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In a report provided to NY1, mayoral candidate John Liu suggested that New York legalize weed, license dispensaries, and use the money to halve tuition at CUNY. We at Runnin' Scared think this is an inspired idea, and that Albany should get to work as soon as possible. This comes just two days after Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech condemning our national approach to drug offenses. Here's an interesting thought: Could it be that investing in education is a better way of addressing urban crime and poverty?

It's hard to see the downside in Liu's proposal. The state gets some much-needed cash to tamp down soaring education costs. Not so long ago, CUNY's tuition was exactly $0. Nowadays fees run closer to $6,000 a year for full-time students, and that number only increases year over year.

And don't forget the bonus of not having to pay for enforcement. Estimates put the cost of enforcing zero-tolerance drug laws at near $14 billion nationally. New York legislators should be tripping over themselves for a piece of that action.

Legalizing and regulating weed would also help to minimize casualties in this war on drugs that we should have forgotten in the 1980s. Under Bloomberg's tenure alone, 460,000 people were arrested on misdemeanor drug charges. That's 460,000 more lives that are inextricably tied to the criminal justice system.

And Liu's proposal is in line with the growing national chorus over the prison system gobbling up black and Latino men for no other reason than for being caught with a dime-bag on them.

Holder's recent announcement urging that prosecutors use a little more sense in chasing down non-violent drug offenders is the crest of a new way of thinking about drug enforcement: Harsh deterrents make the problem worse. Why not funnel money away from criminal enterprises and into someone's college education? Sounds like a good idea to me.

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BrianKelly
BrianKelly

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 prison 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 recreational substance 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 jail 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 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!

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