I have no problem voting yes to legalize Marijuana. It should be taxed and treated on all levels the same as alcohol. I have not used marijuana since high school and likely won't if legalized, but I think it gets a bad wrap and any citizen 21 years of age or older should have the right to use it if they choose.
How much money has the U.S. thrown at the war on drugs since the 80's. It seems no one is really any closer to stopping it. The cartels are better financed than some governments and the cartels seem to have become more violent with no regard to innocent lives. Legalize it and take the power and money away from the cartels.
A quick "Google" search shows over last forty years "$1 Trillion" has been spent.
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Here is a link that gives additional information. Its seems there are still many unknown variables to judge the negatives aspects.
http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2010/03/24/toxic-or-not-columbias-cinders-its-hard-say/Nov 7, 2011
I do have some mistrust of community control of environmental management when as recent as the 1980's it seemed to be a general practice to dump some of your expressive disposal waste and bury in your parking lot late at night before you repaved it. I wonder who would pass and fail if actual searches were conducted. Again just an expressed view.Oct 8, 2011
I certainly don't have the research on this Ameren endeavor, but one thing I seem to have over the empowered representatives that conduct business for the people is a open mind on both sides. This seems very complicated but easy also.
I recently read an article on some of the worst environment disasters in the United States and one thing that does concern me is that most are mineral based disposal. Ghost towns in some instances.
The out cry of affected community objection is alarming as a citizen. To see empowered officials proceeding as they see fit is as well alarming.
From my view we are not getting any special rates on our utility power, and even if we were it still would not equal endangerment to our community.
If the landfill was in your back yard or on the river front of downtown Washington, you might see it different also.
Just a view, no offense to either party.Oct 8, 2011