Proposition 19 would make California the first state to fully legalize marijuana. Supporters sound persuasive with talk about weakening Mexican drug cartels and helping state revenues with taxes on pot. But their arguments don't hold up. By the Monitor's Editorial Board / October 14, 2010 California voters are considering a ballot measure that would make their state the first jurisdiction in the nation and the world to fully legalize marijuana. This is not a first that voters should support. Proposition 19 would legalize marijuana for recreational use for people ages 21 and older. It would also allow local governments to tax and regulate commercial production and distribution not just retail sale, as in the Netherlands. Proponents argue that treating pot like alcohol and tobacco will increase revenues for the cash-strapped state and decrease violence and the profits of the Mexican drug cartels. All along, supporters of legalization have maintained that pot is harmless. Whether Californians are buying this sales pitch is unclear. A September Field poll finds that 49 percent of likely voters say theyre inclined to support Proposition 19 and legalization, while 42 percent are inclined to oppose it. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Oct. 5 shows the opposite: 53 percent of voters are against it. Evidence, reason, and values should dissuade people from the legalization pipe dream. Heres a look at why the arguments of the well-funded pro side dont hold up: Read the full article here: California voters should reject legalizing marijuana - CSMonitor.com ------------------------------------------------------ Those Latin Americans who wish to poison US children with illegal drugs are just waiting for legalization to make smoking pot seem as harmless as eating Twinkies. Fortunately, most REAL Americans have known of the hatred Latin Americans have for the US and ignore the propaganda that is cooked up in Mexico by the agents of LA RAZA. DTM!