Legalize Marijuana

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Legalize Marijuana.

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  1. Comment
    Unsubscribed User ( Idea Submitter )

    Cannabis prohibition is THE GREATEST civil rights violation since slavery!

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  2. Comment
    gbaypack10

    Amen allstar people are learning more and more about Marijuana. The bad people are loosing finally.

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    Legalization of it is probably not as feasible as simply tolerating it. People falsely believe that the Netherlands has legalized marijuana, when in reality, there isn't a single law on the books about its legalization. The truth is, it has the same "substance abuse" status that is generally acknowledged by the Western world, but they simply don't punish when it's used in moderation. You're actually allowed to grow no more than 5 plants in your home. And the "coffee shops" that sell hash/marijuana are now limited in their ability to expand. Only existing shops are allowed to continue their licenses, no new ones are being issued.

    If you want to stop the ridiculous US policy toward marijuana, you must stop saying it should be legalized and focus on the waste of energy, money, time and resources for arresting the average smoker. That would probably improve the chance of gaining wider support, and you won't be seen as just a pot-head.

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    sobi

    While I understand the political expediency of tiptoeing around full decriminalization, the problem is that there is a line between the individual and government that the government is trespassing on that needs to be recognized.

    The drug war is only one set of violations. Sin taxes, another.

    Kelo, another.

    Over and over, government abuses power.

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    onegod1world

    Legalize and decriminalize!

    Allowing the Government to control growth and distribution of Marijuana will do numerous things to help our culture and economy.

    1) Marijuana has never been known to be a problem drug for users and people near them.

    A) Marijuana users are not prone to using violence to solve disputes with other users or non-users.

    B) Marijuana users are not aggressive drivers, and are usually very cautious, unlike alcohol users.

    C) Marijuana users are seldom involved in

    criminal activities while using the drug.

    2) Government distribution of Marijuana is good for the economy.

    A) Taxes on marijuana use will contribute tens of millions of dollars in taxes, maybe more.

    B) Tax dollars will no longer be needed to fight the illicit marijuana drug trade.

    C) The American Court system will be relieved of a great financial and case load burden through legalization.

    D) American law enforcement will be able to use their funds and resources to address more serious issues of crime.

    3) Improvement in health issues.

    A) Users of marijuana for health issues will have a reduction in costs for the product, allowing them to use their resources for other aspects of health recovery.

    B) Consistency of the strength of marijuana products will be greatly improved, thus allowing health users a more predictable result.

    C) Elimination of stress for "illicit" users of marijuana for medical purposes. Users will no longer fear being jailed for using marijuana to settle their stomach after chemo, or increase their appetite when disease has taken it away.

    4) Marijuana by-products will be more available and scientific discoveries more frequent.

    A) Fiber for paper and textiles can be provided by the farms that grow marijuana.

    B) Oils from the rendering of plant fibers can be used for a myriad purposes including fuel, cooking and cosmetics.

    C) Derivatives may include control of glaucoma, a serious eye problem that causes blindness.

    As a non-user of marijuana, I see many more benefits than problems that will come about when the government takes control of this product. When marijuana and other drugs are controlled by government, fewer crimes will be committed in order to acquire the substances. Our society will be a much better place because of it. Government as an Ideal, should foster the personal and collective growth of it's members, not seek to punish them for their every transgression.

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    zauberer44

    This is an issue of State's rights and has no business being discussed at the national level until a significant number of states have ratified legislation to warrant a federal position, tax, or other inter-state regulation.

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    yeti descendant

    "Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

    Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), U.S. President.

    Speech, 18 Dec. 1840, to Illinois House of Representatives

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    sobi

    As to:

    Executive branch commanding the legislative branch...

    That is the argument used to disregard the popular demand for ending the war on drugs.

    It is diversionary. Health care is also in the hands of the legislature, the administration has no problem involving itself there.

    So was the bailout. Administration made demand after demand on legislature.

    When it is a policy the administration wants, it is called leadership.

    When it is a policy the administration does not want to touch it is called legislative territory.

    We do not have to accept and be bound by the parameters of that game.

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    zero187

    This is a human freedom that nature gave me when I was born. The government is hugely overstepping their bounds to say that I can't consume a plant that grew naturally out of the earth.

    Think about it for a second. Are your morals in line? Anyone against the legalization of marijuana is against freedom.

    Even if you don't consume marijuana, it is still a freedom and a right that anyone who chooses to deserves. Don't be greedy, open your mind and see that the government did NOT create life, and no, they aren't gods yet (however, they will be if we keep handing over our freedoms to them).

    One of my favorite quotes:

    "When they took the fourth amendment, I was quiet because I didn't deal drugs. When they took the sixth amendment, I was quiet because I had never been arrested. When they took the second amendment, I was quiet because I didn't own a gun. Now they've taken away the first amendment, and all I can do is be quiet." - Fred Albury

    Realize that any deserved freedom is just as important as the rest. If you let the government think they can take away our freedoms, by golly they will do it! They want power (over us) and if we spoon feed it to them, they are gonna keep taking it.

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    zero187

    QUOTE

    zauberer44 1 day ago

    This is an issue of State's rights and has no business being discussed at the national level until a significant number of states have ratified legislation to warrant a federal position, tax, or other inter-state regulation.

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    How can you say that? Seems to me like you are blindly following the rule book, when the answer is already in your mind.

    Put yourself in other people's position. People who enjoy the plant and are able to live a perfectly normal life with a decent job and a family are being criminalized for this outrageous law. Waiting for the states to all rally up will take too long and sees like a complete waste of effort when we could hit a home run and have it legalized on the national level.

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    lespaul_79

    Legalize it. Treat it like alcohol plain and simple. End black market and violence. I’m so sick of the Gateway Drug Argument. Alcohol is the ULTIMATE GATEWAY DRUG. It’s probably 90% of people’s first buzz. And if they like it, the want more. None of my successful friends that smoke got into heavy drugs like coke. It's a shame that the people who get addicted and kill themselves with crack & cocaine get wrapped in the same category as an adult that want to smoke a joint on a Friday night..... What a weird world. Once it’s legal it will be exciting for the first 3 months. After that, the people who smoke now, will probably smoke the same amount. And the people who won’t, simply won’t. Not much will change. And if treated like alcohol. Kids will have as much access to it as a 6 pack of beer. In otherwords, if regulated, kids can’t get it. So legalize it. And to the folks that say NO and that have never done it, what right do they have to judge it?

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    peacocksetc

    In reviewing the comments on the marijuana it seems that most opinions are based on personal experience of some kind. Of bigger importance is "Does the smoking of marijuana benefit society as a whole?" Do we want our doctor, mechanic, school bus driver, the car next to me, spouse, or kids smoking pot? I find it strange and interesting that the majority of people who are pushing hardest to change the law are probably already breaking the law and just don't want to get caught.

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    dkennedy

    Hi Peacock; Actually the statistics are 1 in evry 3 Americans has used marijuana atleast once. So it is hard to believe that the comments here would be by people that never used marijuana. Do you know that there are now 13 states that have medical marijuana laws on the books? 1/3 of or citizens live in states where it is allowed for medical purposes. Many states have decriminalized,legalized or made it the lowest enforcement clasification. The FBI used to allow applicants to have used it somthing like 3 times and still qualify. Now the FBI allows its applicants to have used it 13 times. So why are we playing with this subject? Its time to say if 1 in every 3 Americans will not obey the law then what in the hell are we doing? 800,000 Americans were arrested in 2008 for marijuana violations. thats way more people than live in my entire state. Can you imagine arresting a entire ststes population for somthing so petty?

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    zero187

    QUOTE by Peacock

    In reviewing the comments on the marijuana it seems that most opinions are based on personal experience of some kind. Of bigger importance is "Does the smoking of marijuana benefit society as a whole?" Do we want our doctor, mechanic, school bus driver, the car next to me, spouse, or kids smoking pot? I find it strange and interesting that the majority of people who are pushing hardest to change the law are probably already breaking the law and just don't want to get caught.

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    Of course it will benefit society, as there will not be as many drug dealers, marijuana will be regulated which means it will be harder to get (80% of highschool students say it's easy to get marijuana than alcohol because you can go right down the hall and buy it off your local drug dealer friend without an ID). The money that the states earn from taxation will certainly help this crisis and the country as a whole, as an estimate of 10billion dollars a year could be capitalized if we legalized and regulated it.

    Look at alcohol and cigarettes - yes they hurt society and hurt people's bodies. Many alcohol users become physically addicted and would NOT be able to quit. Drunks are stupid, violent and NO benefit to society, while marijuana users still remain with all their senses intact, more peaceful thinking and enlightened people.

    There are positives and negatives to everything - and the positives greatly outweigh the negatives when it comes to the legalization of marijuana. The majority of people have stated this, and anyone who really thinks marijuana shouldn't be legalized can't seem to come up with a good reason as to why. They are just ignorant, greedy people who fight against freedom.

    I fight FOR freedom, as this is America the Free (or so we claim). Why not turn that claim into a truth?

    Live free or die.

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