The John Adams Society

A. G. Chin

Chairman

Joshua R. Regnier

Secretary

G. Larry Colson Jr.

Chief Whip

Katey Haflund

Chancellor

MARCH 2014

Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.

― William F. Buckley, Jr.

LEGALIZED DRUGS can be effective in pacifying some segments of the population, and serve as a source of tax revenue, which may explain why many states have sought to legalize recreational drugs.  The ambitious will have less cause for complaint with this new means of diversion; in this brave new world sedition might be diminished as more people choose to stay home in an apathetic state.  The reduced prices that will result from legalization, complimented by a generous welfare state, will serve as another disincentive for the unemployed to rejoin the labor force.

Many have argued for legalization as a means to finance increases in public spending, and as many of these social programs have resulted in a disincentive to work, a new source of tax revenue will then alleviate the best incentive to reduce these programs.  How can conservatives grant the state a new source of revenue just as it will finally be forced to contract thanks to the necessity of impending bankruptcy?

ON THE OTHER HAND, nothing will be accomplished by arresting a stereotypical user so long as he is not committing a crime against anyone else.  There would likely be far less violence if this user could avoid the stereotypical dealer in favor of his local pharmacy, and as misery loves company, why not force them all to pay taxes like the rest of us?

THE CHAIRMAN, out of fear of being labeled a tyrant following his reelection, has called a debate to settle the question.

RESOLVED: The Grass Isn't Always Greener!

The Debate will be held on March 19, 2014, at the University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, in Saint Paul. The Chancellor will preside over drinks beginning at seven o’clock p.m. The debate will begin at half past seven. There is no dress code, however gentlemen who wish to speak must wear a tie; ladies are encourage to adhere to a similar sartorial standard. For those gentlemen arriving sans tie yet wishing to discourse on the resolution, the Purveyor of Ties will keep on hand several remarkable selections. Questions regarding debate caucus procedures of about the John Adams Society itself may be directed to the Chairman at (612) 564-5185 or the Secretary at (651) 321-8414.