Because Conservatives are Fiscally Responsible

If the video Goldy posted last night was the perfect example of why marijuana prohibition needs to end from a civil liberties standpoint, this may be the perfect example of why it needs to end from an economic standpoint:

The Brooks County Sheriff’s Department has a marijuana problem. They’ve got 200,000 pounds of pot, and they’re complaining that it would be too expensive to destroy it.

Even if you assume that this is all cheap Mexican weed, that’s still easily over $100 million worth of marijuana. Yet this Texas police department is worried about blowing their budget trying to destroy it. If they turned around and sold 1% of their looted stash, they could easily destroy the other 99% and probably upgrade their whole fleet of vehicles. Why we can’t do this math as a society (for a drug that makes people giggle and eat junk food) is why we arguably deserve the economic mess we’re living through.

Comments

  1. 1

    Deathfrogg spews:

    You need to understand, when cops talk about weight in this situation, they’re talking about the leaves, the stalks and stems, the root ball, the dirt in the root ball, the dirt that was in the buckets it was planted in, the bucket itself and the section of concrete the bucket was sitting on.

    Thats why getting caught with one plant can get you a hard nickel.

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I don’t deserve the economic mess we’re living through. Only Republicans do. They caused it.

  3. 5

    Broadway Joe spews:

    The weird thing is that this is a county sheriff’s office that has managed to seize 100-plus tons of weed over the last decade, and yet has a staff of only eight people! I don’t know what to say here – either those are some really diligent cops, or those are some really shitty smugglers.

  4. 8

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    I’ll bet Lee and his Merry Band of Potheads have a plan on how to “destroy” that Pot.
    A SMOKE FEST!

    Obviously the foolish Rabbit has already started.

  5. 9

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    And BTW Lee–
    Seems like American’s don’t think much of “Progressive Pothead Kommies” these days either as evidenced by today’s poll about your inept leader–

    Friday, May 07, 2010

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13

  6. 12

    spews:

    @11
    Yeah, this is a problem that could easily be solved the next time Willie Nelson’s tour bus comes through the county.

  7. 13

    Alki Postings spews:

    @9 LOL. Dude, Obama is STILL twice as popular as YOUR last “leader”. If his poll ratings indicate how unpopular his policies are, what does that say about YOUR parties policies which were TWICE as unpopular. So not everyone loves Obama and what he’s doing (mostly liberals who don’t think he’s doing ENOUGH, I know you don’t understand politics and how this works). But why would we go back to some nutty Republican policies that were EVEN more unpopular. Anti-reality Republicans. Just CUTE!

    As far as the pot…why can’t they do this? Because marijuana is MAGICALLY evil. Vokda and scotch are good and make baby Jesus smile. So simple. Why can’t you understand the magic and superstition that make the world work. What are you? Some kind of scientists or rational human? Ha.

  8. 14

    Alki Postings spews:

    @ Last time we checked in with the Republican party running our country…using YOUR poll (LOL)…

    “In the final full month of his Presidency, just 13% of American adults said they Strongly Approved of the way that George W. Bush performed his job as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapproved. That gives the President a -30 rating on the Presidential Approval Index.”

    LOL LOL

    Yes, lets “take back the country” and go back to the -30 approval index policies and people. RIGHT. LOL

  9. 15

    Alki Postings spews:

    @9 Hey Mr. Anti-Reality

    Did you know Obama’s approval ratings are 10 points HIGHER than Ronald Reagan’s at the same point in that recession? Golly, the public likes Obama MORE than Ronald Reagan (with the same economy). Shocking. I thought Saint Reagan was the greatest President ever? Too bad more people like Obama. Oh well.

    And YOUR poll again, show’s Obama doing great. He’s off his bullshit ridiculous high he started at (just because people hated Bush SO much). But he’s at perfectly average historical rating now. HIGHER than normal for such a strong recession.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/113.....roval.aspx

  10. 16

    spews:

    If his poll ratings indicate how unpopular his policies are, what does that say about YOUR parties policies which were TWICE as unpopular. So not everyone loves Obama…

    Bottom line is that there’s a working Republican majority in Congress. The Senate Republicans in the minority put ridiculous holds on Obama’s appointments and the right wing media then has the nerve to bellyache about “czars”.

    In the House you have to deal with the “Blue Dogs” who might as well be Republicans. Rahm Emmanuel recruited most of them so the Dems made that bed.

    So anything filtered through Congress just tends to be right wing or severely compromised.

    So when the American people express disappointment with their government at all levels from the White House on down, it’s little wonder – this country is still recovering from a bad right wing hangover and the only way things are going to change is that people have to get involved to do the very hard work of building a progressive infrastructure from progressive friendly businesses to think tanks to lobbys to school boards to county and city councils and on and on.

    Just like the right wing did after the Goldwater defeat back in ’64..

  11. 17

    uptown spews:

    All they have to is compost it, not really hard to figure out. Bet most of it is wild hemp anyway, those cops are always playing with the figures to make them look like they’re worth their budget.

  12. 18

    Broadway Joe spews:

    6:
    They’re close to the border, but not on it. And the population is only a little larger than say, Port Townsend. But 100+ tons (including what they’ve already burned) seized? The smugglers have to be total idiots. They could probably employ kids from a McDonald’s in McAllen and catch as much ditchweed.