What has “legal” marijuana brought us? And more

By Max R. Weller

Apparently, it’s brought us more of the same ol’, same ol’ illegal black market for marijuana and associated violent crime, as set forth in this piece from the Daily Camera — Court records: Nathaniel Tallman tied to pot grows, trafficking. A couple of comments I find interesting follow the online article, and are copied below:

AsokAsus: Interesting. So instead of Tallman being the All American boy as friends and family painted him in earlier articles, turns out he’s nothing but a common garden variety drug dealer. 

AKS05: I’ve got to agree. While I’m deeply sorry for his family and friends, the reality here certainly presents something much different than the Boy Scout we all worried about for two months. Hopefully there is a message here for young people, bad things can happen when you get mixed up with the illegal drug trade. 

It seems painfully obvious to me that the “legal” marijuana industry is rotten to the core, and most enterprises probably used “illegal” drug profits as start-up capital. Of course, the criminals are still involved with marijuana! What would any sober person have expected?


Boulder district judge still mulling request to declare Longmont house a “nuisance” from the Times-Call. This could set a very useful precedent, giving authorities in the City of Boulder a tool to close down the transient magnet at 1120 1/2 Pine known as Bridge House.

A notice of Condemnation is seen taped to the front windows of a house at 330 Collyer Street, March 27 in Longmont. A search warrant was served to the

A notice of Condemnation is seen taped to the front windows of a house at 330 Collyer Street, March 27 in Longmont. A search warrant was served to the house on March 20 resulting in the arrest of six people including the owner, Silverio Nuanez, 74. (Matthew Jonas / Longmont Times-Call)

Downtown Boulder nuisance: There are far more drug sales and other incidents of misbehavior on Monday through Friday at Bridge House, involving many more people (mostly transients), than police have discovered over at 330 Collyer Street in Longmont.

From the Anchorage Daily News — great commentary by Julia O’Malley, which those of us living here in Boulder, CO can understand.

It seems that CU’s 2014 Conference on World Affairs hasn’t drawn as many visitors to Boulder, CO as it has in past years; either that, or they aren’t riding the SKIP bus in the same numbers as before. Well, when the featured speaker is Kathleen Sebelius, who has just resigned as HHS Secretary . . . She was an okay Kansas Governor, but obviously reached her “level of incompetence” in President Obama’s cabinet as overseer of [WhodunitCare], the unholy alliance between government bureaucrats lusting for more power and private insurers lusting for more profits. (Physicians and patients be damned).

Tonight at my campsite: biscuits and sausage gravy, perhaps?


2 thoughts on “What has “legal” marijuana brought us? And more

  1. jason

    u ask what the legalization of weed has done 4 us. it decriminalized an activity that isnt any more dangerously or reckless as alcohol or cigarettes. i understand u dont smoke or drank and all of us ppl (homeless or not) that do i guess r losers or addicts. but some people at the end of the day enjoy a nice craft beer(FAT TIRE),joint,scotch,nice steak,or whatever.as far as illegal drug dealers, of course there will be. 1. if u go to a licensed dealer .u pay a 30 to 35 pct tax.2. if there is a licensed dealer in yr area . for example, in fort collins ,this week the shop finally was about to sell to general public.so is a person going to drive to denver (gas,wear and tear on car,time,etc,etc) then pay high tax on the weed or go to the dealer that he or she used b4 legalization.other states and people r realizing that smoking weed shouldnt b a crime.just like ppl realized that prohibition of alcohol was a mistake too.i am sure the illegal sale of alcohol didnt stop 4 month after prohibition was repealed. ppl still make moonshine that doesnt mean the repeal of prohibition was a failure.

    1. homelessphilosopher Post author

      People I know who smoke weed are continuing to buy it on the street, not from licensed MMJ or recreational pot shops. Smoking marijuana in public continues to be illegal. Violent crime associated with the marijuana industry continues to occur, and perhaps more of it recently than before the farce of “legalization” occurred.

      NOTHING is significantly different in any positive sense. And what happened to the promised bonanza of revenue flowing into government coffers, which was supposed to be used for all sorts of good things? It’s been a BIG LIE.

      I don’t care if you smoke weed, as long as you don’t drive under the influence of it. But don’t bullshit me about how “legal” marijuana is great, when there is nothing to show for it.

      BTW, alcohol manufacturing, distribution, retail sales, and consumption are all governed by hundreds of different laws across the country. It’s not a free-for-all, never has been since Prohibition was repealed, nor will it ever be.


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