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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part LIV

Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer:
“The fear of this [marijuana] plant is just totally nuts. This should be regulated like lettuce.”
Since this blog’s inception we have always argued for looking at cannabis from a common sense perspective, rather than politicizing it. Republican, Democrat, liberal or conservative, there are so many good reasons for legalizing that politics need not be a factor. Want to take money away from criminals? Legalize. Want to save money on law enforcement? Legalize. Want to end discriminatory arrests and thereby improve police-community relations? Legalize. Want to increase tax revenues for your favorite government program, whatever that may be? Legalize. Want to reduce violent crime by de-funding criminals and by freeing up police forces to pursue such crimes? Legalize. Want to keep the government out of our private lives? Legalize. Want to put a dent in big pharma and big alcohol and big tobacco? Legalize. We can go on and on.

So when we see a politician with the guts to speak strongly about how ridiculous prohibition has been, we feel compelled both to applaud it and to use it in a Quotable Saturday post. This quote comes from Pennsylvania Republican State Senator Mike Folmer while arguing in favor of a Pennsylvania medical marijuana bill.

For 70 years, the citizens here in Pennsylvania have been lied to … We’ve been bamboozled. The fear of this plant is just totally nuts. This should be regulated like lettuce.

Common sense from an elected official. Pass it on.

8 responses to “They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part LIV”

  1. The old guard in the Senate remains largely
    against legalization. The Senate Judiciary Committee,
    which has jurisdiction over criminal legislation, is the gatekeeper for these
    bills, and the Judiciary Committee is full of the dinosaurs that are unwilling
    to roll with public opinion on the cannabis issue. Mike Folmer is a changing of the guard

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