Pubdate: Thu, 05 May 2011 Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT) Copyright: 2011 The Bozeman Daily Chronicle Contact: http://bozemandailychronicle.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1686 Author: Scott Restvedt LET'S REGULATE POT LIKE ALCOHOL Like many of you I gave up marijuana in the 1970s. As a bail bondsman for 25 years I'll tell you the truth: Marijuana (pot) is everywhere and is here to stay. The simple truth is that anyone who wishes to possess it, recreationally or medicinally, will still have access to it regardless of any legislative action (duh); to believe otherwise is very naive. Uncle Sam is missing a golden opportunity to tax its farming, packaging, licensed pubs, etc. The monies made could help us out of this recession and save Medicare and Social Security. It would employ millions, via distributorships, trucking, etc. In other words regulate it like alcohol. Huge objectives here could be accomplished. It would be harder for your 14-year-old to get it. It would close down many of the cartels who ship pot into this country by the tons. It would save many lives lost over battles for turf whether it be homeland gangs, Mexican cartels, and even the lives of the U.S. border patrol. The money we'd save bottlenecking our courtrooms, jails and prisons could be used to educate our kids on not only pot, but the truly dangerous drugs as well. We could also use these excess funds to send our DEA, DTF and FBI to catch the big fish such as the meth, crack and heroin dealers that truly destroy our society. Before you write and say I'm crazy, ask yourself these questions: Who really benefited during alcohol prohibition? Are the current laws effectively stopping anyone who is steadfast on using pot? Where do you want the millions of dollars spent daily in the U.S. for marijuana and the thousands of jobs to go? Would you rather it go to the drug cartels, the black market, or to you and me, the U.S. taxpayer? Scott Restvedt Belgrade - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.