The headline reads: In Montana, an Economic Boom Faces Repeal Effort. Really? Because you'd think they wouldn't be in a position to shut down money-making agriculture.
A resurgent Republican majority elected last fall is leading a drive to repeal the six-year-old voter-approved statute permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes, which opponents argue is promoting recreational use and crime.Promoting recreational use? Who cares. Ain't much else to do with all that nature. And maybe fewer people will take meth. Perhaps they problem is that they've become too dependent on taking our money. That's what they're really addicted to. Talk about a culture of poverty.
As to legal marijuana promoting crime? I'd like to see some of those pesky "facts." [A quick search of Montana crime rates shows less crime than six years ago.]
An industry group of marijuana growers (probably exaggerating a bit, but whatever) claims they spend $12 million annually around the state and created 1,400 (legal) jobs.
Montana has 975,000 people.
Man oh man... The Borough of Queens has 2.3 million people. 165,000 people live in my neighborhood.
I guess Montana is so booming that they can do without their one free-market agricultural success story. I mean, who needs to work if you get $380 million in federal farm welfare last year.
It's a shame Montana, Wyoming, and the two Dakotas--with a combined population of 3 million--get 8 senators to represent their world-view of small government and pseudo "self-sufficiency."
These four states collectively sucked up $1.9 billion in farm welfare in 2009. They wouldn't survive without government largess. Maybe we should take some of that dole away, at least until they reconsider their position on profit-making agriculture.
And yet not surprisingly, the same people who shout loudest again big government are really just closeted. These welfare queens (here's a good story) say they hate Washington, but then they get a look at all sexy green coming from D.C., and they say, "I just can't quit you!"