Name: Mark Anthony McFarlin
Date of Birth: April 3, 1964
Place of Birth: Bay City, Michigan
Religion: Baptized Catholic, April 26, 1964
Ethnicity: French Canadian, Sicilian, Irish
Education: 1987, B.S. Degree, Sociology-Psychology
University: Central Michigan University
Occupation: Licensed Private Investigator
Agency: Central Bureau of Investigation
Political Office: None
Political Party: Republican
Political Ideology: Conservative Populist
Pure Cannabis and Other Drug Related Policies
Modeled after the state of Washington and Colorado in the United States and the country of Uruguay, Michigan will become the third state in the United States to openly legalize cannabis for recreational use. Our campaign advocates the regulation and taxation of cannabis in Michigan to promote an economic boost to agriculture, while also stimulating the employment of middle class Michiganders. Under this plan, marijuana would be cultivated by state licensed growers. Regulating areas such as quantity, quality, purity, and the security of growing premises would be conducted by the State of Michigan. Cannabis could then be purchased by the public, 18 years or older, at specially licensed retailers. A maximum of 2 ounces per month, per person, would be allowed. Out of state purchasers would be permitted to a once a month allowance of a 1/4 ounce however, they would not be permitted, under law, to leave the state. The use of cannabis would be limited primarily to personal use at home. The price and taxation would be regulated by the state of Michigan and would be set at reasonable rates.
The legislation to legalize cannabis would eliminate illegal trafficking. Citizens would not risk the illegal purchasing of Cannabis if they could simply go buy it like alcohol and tobacco. Regulation would also ensure the purity, illegal traffickers often mix other drugs and chemicals unknown to the buyer, which could cause serious reactions to the user. Taxation would add millions of dollars to state coffers. Taxes that are now lost to illegal drug traffickers who do not claim their illegal income. Cannabis is pure unlike tobacco , which contains hundreds of harmful chemicals, and also alcohol , which can be very toxic.
Tough On Street Narcotics And Prescription Drugs
Billions of dollars are spent on the enforcement of marijuana laws in The United States. Emphasis will be put on the enforcement of highly addictive and debilitating street narcotics such as cocaine, heroine, methamphetamine, etc. The abuse and trafficking of prescription drugs is also rapidly increasing, causing a serious demand in the enforcement of these addictive drugs as well. Money spent on the enforcement of marijuana laws could be utilized more effectively by directing it towards the enforcement of narcotics and prescription drugs.
Lowering the Legal Drinking Age From 21 to 18
This would be the right policy. At the age of 18, an individual is considered an adult and are subject to all laws and rights. They can be called for jury duty, vote, enlist in the armed forces, pay taxes, pay fines, and also be prosecuted for crimes. Emphasis would be put on drinking responsibly, rather than the enforcement of current underage drinking. Lowering the legal drinking age would cause a loss of 10% of federal highway funds, but the taxes on alcohol would more than compensate for this loss of revenue.
Strict Penalties for Drinking and Driving Offences
Advocate aggressive penalties for drinking and driving offences. Stricter penalties for time in jail, fines, and the length of license revocation would be increased. Under stricter policies, any individual convicted of drinking and driving would not be eligible for restoration of driving rights for a significantly longer amount of time and the jail time would also be significantly longer than under present laws.