Pancho Beto wants to legalize marijuana and release people in prison for weed-related crimes, paying them with Drug War Justice Grants

Thankfully this guy has no shot of becoming president.

From Daily Mail: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke unveiled a sweeping marijuana legalization plan Thursday that would provide financial grants to people incarcerated for non-violent crimes and impose taxes on the pot industry.

O’Rourke, who gained notoriety while serving on the El Paso City Council when he pushed a resolution to study legalization, would legalize and tax marijuana and ‘end the war on drugs,’ according to a policy announcement released by his campaign.

‘We need to not only end the prohibition on marijuana, but also repair the damage done to the communities of color disproportionately locked up in our criminal justice system or locked out of opportunity because of the War on Drugs,’ O’Rourke said in a statement.

O’Rourke, who is trailing in the polls and who gained notoriety for his proposed assault weapon buy-back program following the mass shooting in his hometown, would regulate and license the production and distribution of marijuana.

Most of the licenses would go to ‘minority-owned businesses and those disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs,’ he said.

He says he will provide ‘“Drug War Justice Grants” to people ‘formerly incarcerated for nonviolent marijuana offenses in state and federal prison after their release, completely funded by a federal tax on the marijuana industry.’

The move follows bipartisan efforts to find ways to reduce the prison population by focusing on nonviolent offenders and turning back mandatory minimum sentences.

He doesn’t offer specifics on either the size of the tax, or the size of the grants.

The former congressman says it will apply ‘for a period based on time served’ and that the grants will be ‘funded completely by the tax on the marijuana industry.’

Other funds would target drug treatment programs and programs to help former convicts reenter society at large.

O’Rourke wants to support those ‘disproportionately impacted by marijuana arrests’ to help them participate in the marijuana business by providing ‘technical assistance, industry-specific training, access to interest free/low-interest loans, and access to investment financing and legal services.’

O’Rourke wrote at 2011 book about marijuana prohibition, ‘Dealing Death and Drugs,’ and used the issue as part of his campaign to unseat Democratic incumbent former Rep. Silvester Reyes.

He also would bar the feds from using marijuana-related arrests as grounds for deportation of people who came here illegally.

He is promoting the plan this week on a swing through Los Angeles and Oakland. His push comes on a day a Fox news poll has him at 4 per cent nationally, behind three poll leaders: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Alma
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Alma

Pancho Beto must have mice nesting on his brain! All he wants to propose and he is no longer a candidate, oh wait, he’s running for the seat on the toilet.

Grace
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Grace

Running for a seat on the toilet… that was hilarious Alma!

William
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William

lol

Dan
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Dan

I’d ask Beto how he’d run a country if he’s never had a serious job in his entire life. According to Wikipedia, after college he worked as a live-in caretaker, art mover, and then did suspiciously unspecific work at various family businesses. He and his wife have a net worth of $4 million that, according to Wikipedia, comes from his and his wife’s parents’ gifts. The grinning mockery of Democrats on the part of the MSM is palpable.

Kay
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Kay

okay – to be honest – they had me at “veterans’. but i’m one, too. and only wish the mary-jane worked like they said but it didn’t.

so where did their 4 million come from again? jeesh – i used to be proud to sing loretta’s “now i’m proud to be a coal miner’s daughter”. ‘cept i grew up in cape breton island. makes them appalachian peeps look rich.

Lord Jesus knows i’d be rich in the world with 50 grand (that’s USD not CAD!)

Thank the Precious Father that i got sooo much from HIM that human money means nothing.

William
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William

I agree with you, human money means nothing. And the “money’ we use is worth nothing. It’s just numbers. Toilet paper. And yet most people stress and tie themselves in knots of anxiety over it. Realistically we have to have some to live, it’s the world we live in. I don’t have much but I have enough, to deal with “the laundry of life”, the temporal trivialities

William
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William

An art mover? That looks pretty impressive on ones resume. BetaBoy: I’m applying for your job opening for president. Interviewer: What kind of work have you done previously? BB: Well, I was an art mover. Interviewer: You’re hired! When can you start? (((interviewer))) I should say

Brandon Danvers
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Brandon Danvers

N..nani?

What the hell?

Have I smoked too much weed or what man?

Dave
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I don’t have a problem with stoners being released – as long as they are no threat to others, as I think prison should be reserved for murderers, rapists, child molesters, etc.

– But giving them taxpayer’s money does not work for me at all.

Kay
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Kay

Dave – i agree with everything you said!

Dave
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Dave

People who smoke cannabis should not be jailed.
Where is the victim in said “crime”?
However what I would prefer to see is the full legalization of hemp for commercial use. Small and large scale. Industrial hemp has a high CBD content and virtually zero THC. Its a fantastic building product, it grows fast, its good for the soil.
I know this will never happen though. All they want is the highest THC weed out there. That stuff is not normal as nature/ the creator, made it.

Kay
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Kay

Dave – i do repeateth myself.

hickory
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hickory

hemp cultivation is 100% legal now, in cased you missed this…

Steven Broiles
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Master Beto, as I call him, is a mental imbecile, and I am not fooled by his mediocre simulation of the late RFK. That being said, I gave up smoking marijuana in 1984. I am against people smoking weed due to the health dangers inherent in smoking it, both physically and mentally. That being said, smokers gonna smoke, and it was Bill Clinton who signed the legislation to lock up smokers by the tens of thousands. So we should release these non-violent offenders, and we have to help them. The lesson here, of course, is to help Democrats—and other assorted… Read more »

Dave
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I refer to him as Beatoff O’Dork.

Steven Broiles
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Good one, Dave!

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Every victimless crime is only a crime because the gumment hasn’t figured how to regulate it and tax it. Where I live they’re trying to make Air BNB a crime even thought there’s no law against it. Another instance of regulation and tax. Libs need to get out of the ‘control’ business. Gee. That seems to be one of the things pisses libatards off about Donald Trump.

Kay
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Kay

I agree. they are trying to do the same here in canada with AirBNB’s. and that’s a crime itself! however, didn’t Jesus tell us to pay Caesar his due? and be OF the world, and not IN it? so, us good Canadians (at least on the east coast – and yes, dear Maine, we DO believe that you are OURS!) pay our taxes to Caesar, also known as CRA (if you look closely enough you’ll C-it), and breeze by. and wait until someone GALT alerts us of an alternative payment system that we can all trust. and yes, Dear FOTM’s… Read more »

William
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William

If you’ll annex Maine I’ll move back there. It’s worth a try. Maybe together we can figure out what to do with all the Somali “refugees”. It was said in the MSM that they “revitalized” (!!!) the Androscoggin valley. Now that they have all that experience with revitalizing they can move back to Mogadishu and revitalize that. Yeah, I know, all God’s children. So we’ll be nice about repatriating them. But keep me posted re: annexation and I’ll start brushing up on my Valley French

Kay
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Kay

William – yer a hoot! and i am sure that Maine would love to have you back! but yer gonna have to brush up on yer “cajun” french cuz i’m in nova scotia. and if anyone wants to speak in tongues or codes – there isn’t a better language to do it in than the cajun gaylic spoken here on cape breton island. and we love Maine, or will again when God’s children from another seed have returned to their homelands for revitalization purposes. on another note – is there somewhere that folks like you hang out other than here… Read more »

William
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William

Folks like me? There are no other folks like me Kay. I’m one of a kind, and I’ve been told that in my case that’s one too many 🙂 I used to try to participate in other internet forums and such, including nominally Christian ones, but I always get kicked off. I’ve been here for awhile; FOTM is very liberal (I mean that affectionately Dr. E) BTW, Cajun Gaelic sounds intriguing to no end. My grandmother spoke Gaelic, a language that seems to have no roots

Kay
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Kay

i met the most glorious man through a site like this one. I called him “Uncle Gerald” and he was a one-of-a-kind Christian Fundamentalist/Dispensationalist (?). I liked the way that he spoke so humbly of himself and i learned/am still learning so much from him though i never met him – only his beautiful voice still remains here on earth in my head. i would like very much to speak more with you if you are ok with that. i created a blog for his stories here:
http://thelastrobin.blogspot.com/

William
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William

That would be fine.
liamc 2 1951 @ g mail .com

hickory
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hickory

amazing how many somalis they packed into vermont

William
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William

And Maine, and Minnesota. It’s the kind of climate they’re used to and in Maine they fit right in with French Canadian Catholics

cogitoergosumantra
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cogitoergosumantra

AirBNBs are crimes when people “move in” and treat them like crack or party houses, ruining both the house *and* the neighborhood for those who have paid hundreds of thousands to actually OWN a home in the neighborhood. Smoking pot is a crime when it numbs the users’ inhibition levels regarding things they do and say which they normally WOULDN’T, such as stealing or whoring themselves out to buy more, committing property damage, car accidents, etc. Think of whether you’d want to buy a car built by stoners, or be treated for a medical condition by stoners. Get stoned at… Read more »

William
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William

All the discussion around legalized weed is of no interest. To me anyway. Been there, done that, stoned again man. High-THC weed is far from harmless. It produces what they used to call, the ‘amotivational syndrome”. Avolition. A persistent state of rubbery befuddlement, like having bees living in your head (FST). It’s much better to be able to think clearly. BetaBoy, he wouldn’t know

TrailDust
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“The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is evil madness.” – Ecclesiastes 10:13

Mad Celt
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Mad Celt

Beto proves life is hard but it’s harder when you’re stupid.

hickory
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hickory

Beto is a trash candidate and has no chance, that said, he’s right about the pot thing. Just posting to let the well-meaning fogeys know which way the wind is blowing.