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Big Alcohol Donates Money to Fight Legalization of Pot

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The Alcohol Companies Are Behaving Rationally

They're trying to keep as much money in their industry as possible. The problem once again is the over-reach of government. Power (in this case, the government having the power to regulate drugs) is "exploitable" and so, naturally, it gets exploited (e.g. alcohol companies lobby to keep marijuana illegal).

Simple

Boycott booze or at least cut your intake by at least half. :)

donvino

If I were a

Betting man, I would wager that the beer barons lobbied for Prohibition. Why? So they could concentrate the companies taking them from 1000's in numbers of producers to just a handful of mass producers. Think about it, before prohibition there were literally thousands of breweries. Afterwards, MOST disappeared never to reopen and the beer barons who lobbied for prohibition grew in size and controlled the beer market TO THIS VERY DAY. The same thing happened to drugs, all drugs. Big Pharma has concentrated their power while prohibition has been out on “drugs.” Meanwhile BigPharma pushes all these drugs that may “make you go blind, have headaches, have seizures, get blood clots, go insane, depressed, suicidal, homicidal, have heart attacks, and the list goes on.” More than 10,000,000 people die every year in USA from pharmaceutical drugs, yet USA is the only country that allows BigPharma to advertize their product (that has to be prescribed by a doctor) directly to the consumer through the TV, using hypochondriac techniques making people afraid that they need it. Perhaps this is one factor that has contributed to healthcare’s cost rise in the USA (how much of our tax $ goes into making and airing these ads, and how many people actually need them?) IMO pharmaceuticals are worse for you than a plant that grows in harmony with nature that has never killed anyone who ingested it. Marijuana can be used to treat hundreds of illnesses and more enjoyable after a hard day’s work than getting plastered. This is why it is illegal, too much to lose for the beer barons and big pharma.

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

Freedom - I think you meant 100,000 die because of Big

Pharma,(each year) not 10 million. 100k is still a huge number and that's just the number who die that take their scripts exactly as prescribed. But what does our government do...well of course, it spends billions to keep people from smoking pot and it warns everyone of the "dangers" of taking too many vitamins. Vitamins on average kill 1 person each year. ONE!

yea I was

off. It is about 10 million every decade, and 750k + per year http://www.naturalnews.com/009278.html
Either way, it is triple or even more than the death rate from "drugs" that people buy themselves. Kind of scurry. IMO Rx is nothing more than poisen, soft kill / slow kill, but in the end still killing people. The numbers are probibly different everywhere, but it is no hidden secret that more people die from Rx drugs than all the people who lie cheat and steal to get their street drugs.lol That's sad.

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

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Cannabis>GOOD
Alcohol>EVIL
From a Life saved!!!!;-))
But our caring government gives us DEATH!!!for Dollars!

The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana

The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
1.) Police Unions:
2.) Private Prisons Corporations:
3.) Alcohol and Beer Companies:
4.) Pharmaceutical Corporations:
5.) Prison Guard Unions:

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ftor the light

This year, 10,839 people will die in drunk-driving crashes.

per MADD- more stats

http://www.madd.org/statistics/

How many Herb related deaths?

I used to work for a big

I used to work for a big alcohol company, Atlanta Beverage Company in Marietta, GA. The atmosphere there is drugs are terrible, but the people who work there drink and drive alot. Got disciplined on several occasions for giving customers my personal viewpoint on marijuana. I eventually quit, because I flat out couldn't act like a good salesman anymore and push their agenda to get the entire metro atlanta area drunk. Told them I couldn't support their products anymore, and quit. That company was evil. Ironically, GA has some of the toughest pot laws, yet a vote just passed in GA to allow sunday sales of alcohol. The CEO of this company lives in the backyard of the governor. Is this fascism? Yep. What big alcohol wants in GA, big alcohol gets in GA. Boycott all Atlanta Beverage Company products. Drink Miller.

One world, under government, with power and money for the elite

Adding to this, during my

Adding to this, during my activism working at this company, I was keeping a personal journal in a notepad file on my computer. I wrote a journal entry talking about the dangers of pornography being like a heroin addiction. The next day, several managers approached me saying "how is the heroin addiction?" I believe they were doing this, because, being in my fed up state of mind, I was telling customers that marijuana cures cancer, and my company was lobbying against legalization, therefore, my company was letting people die. My company attempted to call me a terrorist. It was very strange to know my personal life was being watched by my company.

One world, under government, with power and money for the elite

I love them both

Can't we just get along?

as someone who lobbied for

as someone who lobbied for legalized medical marijuana in Oregon back in the 90s, i know that the major financers of anti-legalization is ALWAYS big alchohol and tobacco. they do NOT want people smoking marijuana because it reduces alchohol consumption and is a healthier alternative to tobacco. this isn't a 'moral' issue as touted... just more self serving corporatist lies.

look a bit deeper

and you';ll find a lot of Oil money is slipped to these financiers

The unlisted supporters of drug warfare are religious folks

Some by moral traditions, and some by skewed Bible snippets; believe that the power of state and federal governments ought to be doing more of what has always proven to fail. Though the tea-teetotalers often eat WAY unhealthy, they will most often judge unkindly a moderate beer or bud consumer with a better health standard than they have.

Having long abandoned any accountability to the Holy Bible, NOR their state and federal Constitutions; many churchy folks would rather sing their lofty praise than serve their written purposes, eh?

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

OH! The Irony...was my first

OH! The Irony...was my first thought upon reading the title of the post!!

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

RP has the solution...

END THE WAR ON DRUGS! I no longer drink or use drugs but I did both a lot when I was in college. I never once got busted or got a DUI. I have worked full time all my life. Obviously the Alcohol companies don't want the competition from another legal drug but in the grand scheme it doesn't matter. People who want pot can get pot. It's the violence associated with the war on drugs that needs to be stopped.

That and getting ALL THOSE damn people released from the cages they were put in because the Government says their form of catching a buzz is not acceptable all while most of them consuming a drug far worse than pot. (alcohol) Of course every recent president has admitted to pot and cocaine use...but they are not held to the same standards as the people they write the laws for.

Right ON!

That's it...cages for taking a toke? It make me so angry at the injustice and inhumanity that there are no words, just no words.

I'm with Penn Jillette on this one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZiuMBpdzlQ

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

you know that's an old article?

It's about a campaign which was on the California ballot in 2010.

This Campaign is Alive and Well for 2014

They're trying again, especially after a recent poll said it would pass in California. A similar one is on the ballot in Colorado.

The proponent of Regulate Marijuana Like Wine just was nominated for Vice President of the U.S.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Understood

While the Colorado issue is on the ballot, the recent attempt in California to "try again" for the 2012 ballot was halted.

There's a pretty long time before signatures would be due on anything for 2014.

I was just pointing out that the article was from 2010, and so isn't anything new, just like it's not new that bad people support bad laws.

The kettle calling the pot black.

Big surprise.

"The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things, if you look at it right." - Richard Feynman

Not to diss alcohol, chew,

Not to diss alcohol, chew, and tobacco, but think of all of the pain and suffering that would be avoided if addicts chose marijuana instead.

Duh!

Duh!

Should Marijuana Be Regulated Like Wine?

Explore this question, here:

http://www.consequeries.com/freedom-or-prohibition

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Who benefits from regulation.

Do all the Wine Producers benefit?

Do all the Wine drinkers benefit?

I would argue that the welfare of everyone in general, the general welfare, is being violated.

Alexander Hamiloton sold the Whiskey Tax to Congress as a "Sin Tax" by promoting the the fallacy that taxing 'sin' was in the public good.

So in the end, commerce is made irregular and a source of revenue for government created, made possible by selling political favors in exchange for political support. Rules create rulers and we're on our way to serfdom.

Regular commerce would favor no one or no thing, nor penalize anyone or anything.

If government has big plans, let them hold a telethon or a money bomb.

Free includes debt-free!

How does this make sense?

Pretty sure people toke and drink at the same time...

It's Obvious

There are two main reasons they do so:

1. If pot and alcohol were both legal, then when politicians are looking for the next thing to outlaw, they might choose alcohol as being the more harmful. Big alcohol wants to keep that from happening.

2. When any big corporation looks around for ways to create their public image, they look for causes that reflect well on them in a way that counterbalances any perceptions they want to change. What better than opposing drugs as a way to show how socially responsible they are?

3. They fear that people will turn to pot instead of alcohol for their anxiety-reducing self-medication.

Actually, maybe #3 is the real reason, and #1 and #2 is what they use to justify it, intellectually.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Its about tax revenues and protecting business' tax revenues.

It started with Alexander Hamilton and the Whiskey Tax.

The Congress created a debt that had to be repaid. A Whiskey Tax was levied.

Federal Revenuers went tax collecting. Large producers paid less tax per gallon than small producers, this gave them an advantage in the marketplace.

The Large producers lobbied to maintain their advantage.

In Frontier Pennsylvania whiskey was a way to store grain and served as money. When Federal Agents cane to tax their wealth and their money, the Whiskey Rebellion was on.

Though pretending otherwise, it is always about moving money into government.

Free includes debt-free!

Because alcohol consumption is dropping in

states where medical marijuana is legal:

http://money.msn.com/auto-insurance/stoned-drivers-safer-tha...