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    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 4 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in news

    The country was founded with the idea that all powers not specifically assigned to the federal government belonged by default to the state governments. For a long time people said "these United States" instead of "the United States," alluding to the sovereignty of individual states. The term "state's rights" has become a bit loaded over the years because of its association with the debate over the cause of the Civil War, but it is, in its literal construction, a central part of what makes the US the US.

    When I drive to Maryland I have to slow down because the speed limits are different. When I want to buy work clothes I often go to Delaware because there is no sales tax there. In Virginia and Indiana a grocery store can sell beer but in Virginia they can keep it chilled and in Indiana it has to be sold at room temperature. There are a million little differences like that. This is kind of a big difference but it comes from the same principle.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 42 points ago in news

    Different culture I guess? Virginia's always been pretty conservative. If you'd been here even as recently as the 90's/early 2000's I think you'd understand why any progress on this is pretty remarkable.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 97 points ago in news

    Baby steps. It was only 50-some years ago in VA you could get thrown in jail for being in an interracial marriage. The only reason we stopped doing it was the Supreme Court told us to knock it off. All things considered this is pretty good news.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 22 points ago in news

    I say this knowing absolutely nothing about agriculture or the economics of rural areas, but wouldn't cannabis farms be a good way to revitalize the economies of depressed areas in West Virginia and elsewhere?

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 12 points ago in news

    It was passed by the general assembly but was just signed by the governor. It will take effect July 1.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle -38 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in news

    Assault weapons are legal here.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 2056 points ago in news

    Consider that it was only 53 years ago the Supreme Court had to tell Virginia it couldn't arrest people for being in an interracial marriage. Definitely wild.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 2 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in news

    Sure, but there are people currently or potentially on opioids whose symptoms could be adequately managed by marijuana. It wouldn't fix the epidemic but it would make a dent in it.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 30 points ago in news

    They can always stay and smoke it here, the hotels and restaurants will gladly take the money.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 5 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in news

    That take is basically "See, guns can be used for self defense. We did it everyone, no need to look into this enormous problem any further."

    If a person or organization feels a particular intervention e.g. the one handgun law is ineffective in addressing the problem, logically that person or organization should support research that will help us understand what is effective in addressing the problem. But for some reason, that isn't the case.

    You can downvote it all you want, I'd rather you take the time to explain the dissonance.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 32 points ago in news

    Doesn't it go both ways though? Isn't it a double standard that Trump can grab people by the pussy and it's "locker room talk," but Northam wears an offensive costume to a college party and he's unfit for office?

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 1 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in news

    You know what would be cool? If the CDC had been allowed to study gun violence as a public health issue so we could better understand the problem and take data-driven action to solve it. But I guess you'd have to talk to the NRA about that.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 74 points ago in news

    The sales tax from Taco Bell alone will fund the entire school system and pension fund.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 50 points ago in news

    Virginia has an incentive to legalize based on what you just said - states south and west of us aren't likely to legalize as quickly, so there would be an immediate tourism boom. I meet people from North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia every time I go to a release at the craft breweries in Richmond...and you can get beer in those states. I can't imagine the tax revenue from people coming to Virginia for something they can't (legally) get.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 1 points ago in news

    I'm trying to figure out whether OP meant an order to legalize would be supported, or an order to bust the states would be supported. My remark was based on the second interpretation. If he/she intended the first interpretation then yes, the support for that order would clearly be there.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 2 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in news

    I'm sure industries whose bottom lines are affected by legal marijuana would enthusiastically support such an order. OP stated it "would/should get all the support in the world." That isn't true.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 58 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in news

    55% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats favor legalization. That executive order would have lukewarm support at best.

    Edit: I'm unsure whether you're saying an order legalizing marijuana federally would be widely supported, or an order directing the feds to bust the states would be widely supported. My statement above is based on the assumption that you're saying the latter, but please correct me if I'm interpreting you wrong.

    [–] Virginians react to possible mandate to wear masks in public Dr_broadnoodle 13 points ago in Virginia

    Come on people, this guy is 100% right. I think we'd all agree it's ok to drive drunk too, since your freedom to do that is way more important than the safety of other drivers.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 1 points ago in Virginia

    Just a reminder to vote in every election, every year. This bill is happening because people voted democrats into control of the Virginia government's executive and legislative branches. State elections aren't as sexy as national ones but to be honest they probably impact your day -to-day life more immediately and significantly.

    [–] Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia Dr_broadnoodle 0 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in Virginia

    None of the states that have legalized use state-owned, state-run distribution methods.