Bill O’Reilly Says: “NO” to Legalizing Marijuana; What Do You Say?

Mary Jane

Mary Jane

Legalizing marijuana clearly upsets conservative populist Bill O’Reilly; he says that it sends kids the wrong message. He said it again tonight while his guests, one from each end of the political spectrum, agreed (as did O’Reilly) that the recent shift in U.S. Polls of the public’s attitude toward pot are a result of the baby boomers and their offspring replacing the older generations. Of the three discussing this on the ‘O’Reilly Factor’ show, it seemed evident that the host was senior to both his guests…

Is ‘sending the wrong message to kids’ as O’Reilly insisted, reason for continuing the War on Marijuana? A recent report says that FBI statistics indicate that there is a marijuana arrest in the U.S/ every 42 seconds. Going back to a 1997 ‘Frontline‘ interview, we hear from Eric Shlosser that 17% of Federal prisoners are serving pot-related sentences. Federal prisons then held about 1.1 million people. That’s a lot of prisoners, related broken homes and interrupted kids and let’s not forget the money cost that runs between $30 and $60 thousand annualy, per prisoner. So is Bill O’Reilly correct; should we continue all this so as to ‘send the right message’ for kids, as O’Reilly states?

Let’s examine what we’ve bought with the payments listed above. Generally, everybody knows pot is illegal. And large numbers know where to buy it, usually nearby. That includes O’Reilly’s kids, who can easily find it too, often in their middle and usually in their high schools. Is it unfair then to say that what the War on Pot has honestly accomplished is mostly, to keep the prices high, the cartels in business, the jails full…and to deprive the chronically insolvent government of needed revenue? You decide.

The voters ultimately decided when the subject was alcohol. Booze is plenty problematic, probably more so than pot. We finally decided we were better off without the gangsters. O’Reilly differs with regard to marijuana; he believes sending the right message is more important than cleaning out the cartels and jails. What do you believe, these days?



About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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6 Responses to Bill O’Reilly Says: “NO” to Legalizing Marijuana; What Do You Say?

  1. “Booze is plenty problematic, probably more so than pot.”
    Not any personal experience in this field, but I wholly agree based on observations and studies.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Perhaps some of the difference in the situations re pot vs. alcohol lies in the evolution of an industry and a bureaucracy dealing with pot that had not had time to evolve with alcohol?

      • I agree ! It did not have time to evolve as it remained in the corruption of the lords of the operations. And alcohol, being the pivotal choice of every high office man, had to pushed to for evolution to a degree of insolence. Too harsh may be,on my part!
        Regards 🙂

      • Jack Curtis says:

        Well, if calling a politician what most of them are is harsh, but the nature of our species seems pretty harsh to me… and our pols reflect us, I think. But how long will we last in a harsh universe if we all become saintly? Dunno.

  2. Rawclyde! says:

    Why not make the legal age for smoking the herb 18… I’d say that’s the right message for kids ~ might even stop some of them from partaking…

    • Jack Curtis says:

      That’s a good one to toss into the discussion! European kids can order booze in bars in at least some countries; are those places more problematical than the U.S. re alcoholism? I don’t know; but I’ve heard they aren’t. Cries for research, maybe…

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