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Indiana State Police Chief Say He Would Legalize And Tax Pot

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In the wake of the Colorado and Washington referendums to legalize marijuana for recreational use there are hundreds of influential people coming out in support of legalization. Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell, after spending more than 40 years enforcing the law says he would like to see marijuana legalized in Indiana as well.

Whitesell was asked about his position on marijuana prohibition in a budget meeting where he was asked if he felt marijuana should be taxed and regulated according to reports from radio station WFPL.

Whitesell said in response:

“It’s here, it’s going to stay, there’s an awful lot of victimization that goes with it. If it were up to me, I do believe I would legalize it and tax it, particularly in sight of the fact that several other states have now come to that part of their legal system as well.Wherein if you are going to imbibe, you would go through there to be recognized or pay your taxes and keep some sense of it, give us some stats so you could monitor it in some fashion. And if you go around it in some other place, that’s where my folks would come in and take issue.”

Persistent rumors have been floating around the Indiana State House that legislators are going to take up the issue of medical marijuana in their current session. While the issue of medical marijuana and legalizing for recreational use tend to not be discussed in the same context, States that legalize for medical use show the Federal Government that, at the very least, they are willing to take a look at the issue and rule in favor of common sense.

Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic by the Federal Government, lumping it in with Heroin and LSD as having no acceptable medical use. Doctors and researchers from across the political spectrum have shown that there are plenty of medical issues which justify treatment with marijuana. This position is endorsed by the American Medical Association. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia.

Do you think that marijuana should be legalized and taxed?

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5 Responses to “Indiana State Police Chief Say He Would Legalize And Tax Pot”

  1. Malcolm Kyle

    How can any responsible parent not desire a saner drug policy, and one that’s based on facts rather than reefer madness? Prohibition guarantees that many illegal drugs are far easier for our children to procure than even alcohol or nicotine. That's because, even though these are both very dangerous and addictive drugs, they are at least sold in properly controlled and regulated environments.

    Under our present regime, certain plants/concoctions/drugs are sold only by criminals and terrorists; the huge black-market profits are used to threaten innocent civilians, bribe law enforcement officials, and buy support from unconscionable politicians; the availability and usage rates tend to go up, not down, and our prisons have become filled to capacity with easily replaced vendors and smugglers —this list of dangerous and negative consequences is actually endless. To continue prohibition is ludicrous, and those of us who can't see that by now, must be either severely mentally challenged or using something far stronger than any of us have even heard of.

    Why on earth should we be willing to whack ourselves with ever-bigger and more-repressive prohibition hammers, while drug use and availability keep going up, not down, and while we all plunge deeper into Loserville?

    Prohibition is the most destructive, dysfunctional, dishonest and racist social policy since Slavery. Prohibition is a holocaust in slow motion. We MUST end it NOW!

  2. Mike Parent

    The DEA is and has been lying and here is proof! FACT In 1988, DEA Administrative Judge Young wrote, in a report.
    COMMISSIONED by the DEA; "16. Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of.
    the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any
    measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a.
    supervised routine of medical care."…”

  3. Mike Parent

    Thanks Superintendent, for stepping up and bucking the Prohibitionist Establishment which wants to retain Prohibition for their own selfish reasons.

  4. Mark Burden

    yes, unfortunately there are too many people in the court system for using marijuana for pain relief and it is safer than the pain medications I take following my neck and brain surgeries there are awful side effects from it and the courts make a big deal out of people having just a little weed on them. I think they do it for the fines, court costs, they get to send people to drug classes and make more money when in fact the real problem is the Fort Wayne police department abusing people when they arrest them and steal their jewelry, and money in their pockets and handguns even if you have a permit to carry. I think it should be legalized and while the state could be greedy and take their cut at least we would have less people who are just small time users in the system with records unnecessarily. it is an AWESOME pain relief agent and it needs to be able to be utilized as such.

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