Bill Nemitz: Feeling good about legal pot

February 22nd, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

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Bill Nemitz: Feeling good about legal pot

By Bill Nemitz bnemitz@mainetoday.com
Columnist

State Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, detects the scent of social change in the air.

“This actually has a shot at passing,” says State Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, who’s hoping to make Maine the third state to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

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And darned if it doesn’t smell like marijuana.

“This actually has a shot at passing,” Russell said this week as she prepared to roll out a bill that would legalize small amounts of pot not just for Mainers who use it for medicinal purposes, but for those who simply want to get a good buzz on.

Think she’s crazy?

Think again.

For the second time in as many years, Russell is asking her fellow lawmakers to consider that: a) the war on drugs is a lost cause when it comes to keeping marijuana out of the hands of our kids; b) the ton of illicit money now spent on pot is an opportunity lost for Maine’s economy and the state’s squeaky-tight treasury; c) police have better things to do than run around Maine with their noses in the air and; d) the best thing lawmakers could do in these ever-so-contentious times is gather in a circle beneath

Article source: http://www.kjonline.com/politics/feeling-good-about-legal-pot_2013-02-22.html

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