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Should marijuana be legalized?

on the hill

Posted 8:57 pm, 09/15/2014

aroundtown said it best, I agree, but bet ppl would be stealing it from my garden

yadkinrunaway

Posted 8:55 pm, 09/15/2014

@WORKINGONIT.... Your reasoning should also include legal drugs that have side effects that could be dangerous if people use them and drive or operate machinery, such as anti-depressants, pain pills, muscle relaxers, etc. They are no less safe or dangerous as marijuana, if you use them and get behind the wheel of a car. BTW, I am anti legalize but I do have enough common sense to know what it could do for our revenue, just as alcohol did. Just because they legalize it, doesn't mean you have to use it.

aroundtown

Posted 10:46 am, 09/15/2014

I think it should be, not only for medical reasons, but rec use as well. $40 billion a year business in U.S. alone. Would save tax payer dollars on jail and prisons for those that do use.

happyboy

Posted 10:16 am, 09/15/2014

yea, Willie Nelson said he would be dead if it wasn't for pot ,he was on the way too drinking himself too death

Fins

Posted 10:01 am, 09/15/2014

It should only be legal for recreational use. Don't waste it on sick people

pantera

Posted 9:57 am, 09/15/2014

Moving101 poppy plants are all natural should we legalize opium?

happyboy

Posted 9:56 am, 09/15/2014

Yes, yes have a friend with sage 4 cancer ,couldn't eat due too keymo her son ask her to try some ,its helping her [by the way she in her 70s and said she wish she had it sooner]

doggone

Posted 9:37 am, 09/15/2014

Should Fast food ,sugar,coffee be Legal ,Look what it does to abusers, anything can be abusive.

betterdays

Posted 9:32 am, 09/15/2014

YES ,Wake up Gov,would solve Money problems ,free up Courts and jails, Take the money out of illegal Drug dealers pockets and give it too City & Co.s that need jobs,Look around if people want Pot their going to get it Legal or illegal

Quackquack

Posted 6:23 am, 09/15/2014

Yes, The Sooner the Better

need

Posted 11:13 pm, 09/14/2014

NO. it makes you stupid. Just look around

nc268

Posted 11:00 pm, 09/14/2014

crack to anyone agreee

justus99

Posted 10:58 pm, 09/14/2014

Oh! give me a break bleeping the word **** or hades. We are adults here aren't we?

nc268

Posted 10:53 pm, 09/14/2014

yes definatly

justus99

Posted 10:51 pm, 09/14/2014

**** Yeah!

Cajahah

Posted 8:53 pm, 07/28/2014

Repeal Prohibition, Again

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times's Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.

There are no perfect answers to people's legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level.

We considered whether it would be best for Washington to hold back while the states continued experimenting with legalizing medicinal uses of marijuana, reducing penalties, or even simply legalizing all use. Nearly three-quarters of the states have done one of these.

But that would leave their citizens vulnerable to the whims of whoever happens to be in the White House and chooses to enforce or not enforce the federal law.

The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives. Even worse, the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals.

There is honest debate among scientists about the health effects of marijuana, but we believe that the evidence is overwhelming that addiction and dependence are relatively minor problems, especially compared with alcohol and tobacco. Moderate use of marijuana does not appear to pose a risk for otherwise healthy adults. Claims that marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs are as fanciful as the "Reefer Madness" images of murder, rape and suicide.

There are legitimate concerns about marijuana on the development of adolescent brains. For that reason, we advocate the prohibition of sales to people under 21.

Creating systems for regulating manufacture, sale and marketing will be complex. But those problems are solvable, and would have long been dealt with had we as a nation not clung to the decision to make marijuana production and use a federal crime.

In coming days, we will publish articles by members of the Editorial Board and supplementary material that will examine these questions. We invite readers to offer their ideas, and we will report back on their responses, pro and con.

We recognize that this Congress is as unlikely to take action on marijuana as it has been on other big issues. But it is long past time to repeal this version of Prohibition.

- New York Times

Candystripe

Posted 7:54 pm, 07/28/2014

I did not know that!


Funny - the wench still does not know a dang thing about me. Ask Joe :)

moving101

Posted 7:49 pm, 07/28/2014

I must respond to some things that were said by various posters.

1) MaryJane IS NOT a drug. It is a plant. A natural thing God put on this earth alongside many other plants, which leads me to believe it was put here to provide a need we humans might have.

2) It, alone, DOES NOT cause blackouts and seizures. It may cause a person that already has a predisposition for blackouts and/or seizures to have one. Just like playing video games or watching some very graphic movies with lots of flashing lights can cause seizures/blackouts.

3) It may or may not cause the same medical problems as tobacco smoking. There's a good chance that what causes the most of health problems from smoking cigs is not the tobacco itself, but, the dozens of carcinogens in tobacco from the many insecticides and various other chemicals used in the growing and manufacturing processes. Homegrown organic pot is likely safer than mass produced tobacco products. If/when pot is mass produced and has succumbed to the rigors of manufacturing for profit, then, it too will likely be as harmful as tobacco products.

4) I don't think it would be wise to legalize ALL drugs, even though Sub made a valid point about petty drug offenses clogging up the legal system and filling up jails and prisons that are needed for more serious criminal activity. And keeping drugs illegal is doing little to stop users from using. But I do think pot should be legalized because it IS NOT in the same league as the drugs that are causing real problems...coke, heroine, meth, pills, etc. IF pot was legal there's an excellent chance that many users would never turn to harder drugs, because the harder stuff exits the body quicker, and pot takes up to 30 days; meaning they can't pass a drug test for a longer period of time so they turn to stuff that will allow it. Then they develop an addiction from hello and can't hold down a job.

5) Don't think that pot smokers go around stoned 24/7. So just because someone partakes in a little indulgence after hours in the privacy of their own homes does NOT mean when they are driving to town/work/wherever, or, on the job, that they are a hazard to themselves or anyone else. Of course there will be those that do, but, there are also those that take pills, other drugs, and/or drink booze driving around and/or at work, that are a hazard to themselves and all of us RIGHT NOW.

6) It does have the potential to raise a great deal of tax revenue, and, do damage to the drug cartels in Mexico and Central/South America that are creating all sorts of problems for our border and LEOs.

I'm going with Yes.

Cajahah

Posted 7:48 pm, 07/28/2014

Funny you use a band that is notorious for over consumption of Alcohol.

But I like Flogging Molly.

Candystripe

Posted 7:47 pm, 07/28/2014

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