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Could America Benefit From Legalizing Marijuana?

deBrice 2012/07/23 18:00:00
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Election time is always the place for strong and sometimes aggressive debates, but there are some topics that candidates fear: abortion, gun control and medicare, for starters. And then there's the topic of legalizing marijuana. Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico and Libertarian Party nominee for the 2012 presidential election, believes in legalizing marijuana in America, just like the country did with alcohol to end the prohibition.

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  • DavidK Delicio... 2012/08/09 22:16:23 (edited)
    DavidK
    nope, because they have to deal with it if they are, not me.
  • Delicio... DavidK 2012/08/09 22:23:09
    Delicious Crab Meat
    +2
    So why do you tell me I'm addicted to weed without knowing how much I smoke or how frequently I smoke it?
  • DavidK Delicio... 2012/08/10 03:54:22
    DavidK
    I can tell by the way you post. Pretty good huh!
  • Delicio... DavidK 2012/08/10 19:32:40
    Delicious Crab Meat
    +2
    Nope, I smoke it a few times a month at most.
  • DavidK Delicio... 2012/08/11 13:47:09 (edited)
    DavidK
    So doing something illegally makes it all right? and don't tell me its for your health.
  • DavidK Delicio... 2012/08/11 13:54:09
    DavidK
    Do you think anyone else believes that?


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  • Delicio... DavidK 2012/08/11 16:49:45
    Delicious Crab Meat
    +1
    Yes, and I really don't care if you don't. Alcohol destroys more lives each year than marijuana could ever hope to. It should be illegal, not weed. But you and many Americans like you don't seem to care about this. You don't care that it's advertised on T.V channels that children watch as this great thing that just makes life grand. When in reality it causes nothing but violence and death. Weed won't make you beat your wife or crash a car into a hospital, Alcohol will.
  • Kenneth... Delicio... 2012/08/24 00:13:00
    Kenneth Huang
    No drug "makes" you do anything. It may lower your inhibitions, but in the end you're not some kind of slave to the drug; you're still responsible for your own decisions.
  • Delicio... Kenneth... 2012/08/24 00:45:36
    Delicious Crab Meat
    True
  • anonymous DavidK 2012/09/04 02:12:05
    anonymous
    Good for you! As a retired street cop with 30+ years experience I can attest to the fact that the apprehension of a suspect under the influence of Alcohol is at least 30 times more dangerous than apprehension of a suspect under the influence of any cannabis product. Also, if Marijuana was made legal it would decrease even more. Crazy world out there folks but those are the facts.
  • Drug Free DavidK 2012/08/26 06:30:32
    Drug Free
    See below: As usual they will not admit or address their own personal drug consumption issues and or any culpability concerning their drug consumption practices.
    They will always try to side step the question with another question while trying to hold you and others accountable for any possible vices that you or others may harbour or practise in life.
    This is their way of absolving themselves of any real accountability or cuplability related to their consumption of the intoxicants and the resultant intoxications that could and often enough do create problems and contention amongst other people.
    In their own defense they will argue that their choice of intoxicants and or their intoxications are no worse that the existing "legal" intoxicants and or the intoxications of other people.
    We already long know about the alcohol related problems around the nation caused by the insistant use of alcohol while the alcoholics adamantly defend their right to be drunkards, if they so choose to do so...no matter what the consequences...as it is their right to be intoxicated "even" if their alcohol consumption practices "do" negatively effect other people.
    We know alcohol is legal and used to be illegal ( but it was not illegal before it was illegal for a short period of history) while the drugg...
















    See below: As usual they will not admit or address their own personal drug consumption issues and or any culpability concerning their drug consumption practices.
    They will always try to side step the question with another question while trying to hold you and others accountable for any possible vices that you or others may harbour or practise in life.
    This is their way of absolving themselves of any real accountability or cuplability related to their consumption of the intoxicants and the resultant intoxications that could and often enough do create problems and contention amongst other people.
    In their own defense they will argue that their choice of intoxicants and or their intoxications are no worse that the existing "legal" intoxicants and or the intoxications of other people.
    We already long know about the alcohol related problems around the nation caused by the insistant use of alcohol while the alcoholics adamantly defend their right to be drunkards, if they so choose to do so...no matter what the consequences...as it is their right to be intoxicated "even" if their alcohol consumption practices "do" negatively effect other people.
    We know alcohol is legal and used to be illegal ( but it was not illegal before it was illegal for a short period of history) while the druggies like to repeatedly use Alcohol prohibition as their reasoning and comparison as to why all the other intoxicants should be freely available and legal also.
    They have their points but in the end it is a big conflict of interest because while they advocate the freedom to be intoxicated on their drug(s) of choice they are also crticising the other intoxicants that they are not consuming..at least not presently using but may very well be using in the future.
    Each drug consumer will defend the use of the drug he or she consumes while using other people that consume other intoxicants as examples of other peoples vices in life while attempting to validate their particular vices in life.
    Like a drug induced merry go round with all the druggiies and consumers of intoxicants pointing the accusing finger at the other users of intoxicants in defense of their intoxicant consuming practises while attempting to validate thier own personal participation and intoxications.
    I have never met a recreational drug consumer that does not also drink alcohol and get intoxicated on alcohol also while smoking their marijuana or any other drugs they like to consume.
    Of course there are some..but alcohol and drugs go hand in hand...like brothers and sisters
    Yet they like to lament the alcohol in defense of their particular "additional" recreational intoxicant that they are so quick to defend.
    Their continual involvement in the world of intoxication and their particular brand of practised intoxication simply fosters all the more intoxication related problems and social contention....but they do not care as the intoxication is what matters to them and their agenda is based on consuming the intoxicants.

    Would America benefit from legalising marijauna??
    Of course, as that is sort of a no brainer question.
    Would America benefit from no supply and no consumption of the recreational drug known as marijauna.
    Of course, as that is also a no brainer question.
    Meantime the relatively minor percent of citizens who insistantly consume the intoxicant known as marijuana are continually creating drug related consumption problems by way of their insistant consumption of their chosen drug while "adding" to the existing "intoxicated people" problems.
    Meantime most other people who are never intoxicated on anything at all have to tolerate and or have to help resolve the drug consumption problems while reluctantly being dragged into the nations related drug consumption problems

    Who's concerns should superseded the others concerns?????
    Those who want to be intoxicated or those who do not want to be intoxicated and do not want intoxicated people around them while having to witness the drug users practising the consumption of their intoxicants???
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  • ryan.ka... Drug Free 2012/08/20 05:10:42
    ryan.kahlich.7
    +3
    i encourage the use of marijuana, however i discourage the use of alcohol, cocaine, and all other drugs. seriously, stop making stereotypical assumptions. oh well, apparently ignorance is bliss.
  • Drug Free ryan.ka... 2012/08/20 12:59:34
  • The And... Drug Free 2012/11/15 00:58:56
    The Andoxico
    well sir, i've been reading your posts and admiring your repetitive writing style to expand 3 base sentences into paragraphs but just to let you know you've displayed the first 3 stages of genocide: classification, symbolization, and dehumanization. and i've visited your page and found that you like to do this a lot, "Nope...they're like unwanted dogs...lol"
    And you also said you'd like to meet:"People that are really open minded and have no particular convictions in life and understand that you have to be flexable and forgiving and willing to accomodate other people in life."
    Yup, just another self-aggrandised richy-richard who likes to spit on all those he believes are below him.
  • Drug Free The And... 2012/11/15 02:17:13
  • The And... Drug Free 2012/11/15 22:23:06
    The Andoxico
    i'm not absolving the drug users at all. all i'm doing is pointing out that you're a bigot. and i have no idea were you got the idea that i believed legalizing drugs would better the nation because all i've done is set things straight with people posting lies and and being a critic on how they believe other people should spend their lives.
  • Drug Free The And... 2012/11/16 10:03:30
    Drug Free
    your entitled to your opinion...that is what Soda Head is all about.
    I will always oppose the drug users and the use of the non essential recreational drugs.
    Why dont you focus more on the drug users rather than waists your time criticising me.
    It is the drug suppliers and the drug users that create the problems...not me ..so your attentions are: I would say very misguided and very off course.
    You should focus your attentions on the drug users because for the last 60 years in North Amerca the drug suppliers and drug users have proven themselves to be the least trustworthy and nefarious collective lot of citizens while continually breaking the existing laws.
    The drug users and drug suppliers are the biggest lot of liers there are.
    They are hardly truthfull about their drug use and all the drug users I have ever known ( and I have known a lot of them ) are the biggest complainers and whiners and whingers about everyone else and everything else.They are the biggest armchair critics I know of and never stop criticising other people.
    This is a opinion based web sight so criticism of drug users and the drug suppliers should be of no surprise to you.
    Besides the drunks and tobacco addicts and drug addicts and drug pushers have always been targets of criticism and social loathing anyhow.....or is that fact a new revelation to you??
  • The And... Drug Free 2012/11/16 15:05:23
    The Andoxico
    so you're judging a whole group off of a couple people you knew that fit into that group? and yes i know they've always been critisized the most, because they're easy targets. it's easy for a majority (or what used to be a majority) to point the finger at the drug users and say it's all their fault-if they were gone we wouldn't have half the problems we do.
  • Drug Free The And... 2012/11/16 16:46:25 (edited)
  • The And... Drug Free 2012/11/19 20:16:07
    The Andoxico
    well so far Colorado and Washington have been doing just fine, and Amsterdam has been going good for awhile (and saw a tourism increase)...and i doubt you can tell the future so how can you say that the problems will stay if it's legalized? 77% of arrests of people for marijuana related crimes is simply because of possession. and again i'm not absolving or labeling drug users as the "good guys", i believe that people should be able to do to their bodies what they want without facing life-long conviction and without facing felonies. the only time the law should step in is when it involves others.
  • Drug Free The And... 2012/11/20 00:05:12 (edited)
  • The And... Drug Free 2012/11/20 20:08:52
    The Andoxico
    i'm not disputing your opinion i'm disputing your proof. you say that now the drug users use their drugs "out-and-about" but if pot was legalized then using the drugs in public would fall under public intoxication and therefore the drug users who use it in public could still be prosecuted. and you make a lot of bold statements like "The present decline of the nation is in part, a fairly big part, due to the drug culture" but you have no proof and really no creditability.
  • Drug Free The And... 2012/11/21 00:12:42 (edited)
  • The And... Drug Free 2012/11/21 20:35:01
    The Andoxico
    so we're pretty much going in the same direction but on different roads...
  • Drug Free The And... 2012/11/21 23:52:38
    Drug Free
    OK..Meantime it is just a discussion about many aspects of the drug consumption going on in the nation....the good, the bad and the ugly aspects.
  • The And... Drug Free 2012/11/26 20:30:48
    The Andoxico
    pretty much
  • anonymous Drug Free 2012/09/04 02:06:01
    anonymous
    Would you be in agreement to a one on one debate on you tube with me regarding this issue?
  • Drug Free anonymous 2012/11/15 02:31:07
    Drug Free
    You mean on a PRO drug based You Tube website where all the pro drug users and defenders of the drug and their drug use attack anyone that opposes the use of their drug(s)
    Drug users are an overly sensitive pissy lot if ever there was.
    And what issue are we going to discuss?
    The issue of whether America could benefit from cannabis being legalised.
    No need to debate that as I already agree that America could benefit from legalisation .
    I support legalisation of the drug...but I still do not support its consumption.
    I support legal alcohol consumption...but I do not support alcohol consumption.
    So what is it you want to debate.
    Your going to inform me I am ignorant about cannabis "because" I oppose its use for the sole purpose of intoxication and you feel the need to educate me about drug users and their habitual intoxications and convince me that it is socially acceptable to be a pot head ( or drug user ) because alcohol is legal and everyone gets intoxicated on alcohol so people should also be intoxicated on other intoxicants such as cannabis.
    Try to convince me all the more drugs on top of all the more drugs consumed by the nation is going to be good for the nation??
  • ryan.ka... nanmx 2012/08/20 05:07:32
    ryan.kahlich.7
    +2
    lol weed is not a gateway drug. by your posting i can tell you are a brilliant example of pure ignorance. your worse than a conspiracy theorist that noone believes
  • Kenneth... nanmx 2012/08/24 00:18:28
    Kenneth Huang
    "I would calculate that drugs are the cause of many of our problems i America....crime, violence, troubles with children and family...."

    Drugs don't cause crime, violence, troubles with children and family; people do. And that goes for any number of inanimate objects often scapegoated for social problems, if you know what I mean.

    "The media fails to mention this in most of its reporting... The left wants chaos as that will require more government controls...more police state...."

    Uh, right. The "left" wanting the government to stay out of decisions regarding drug use somehow means "more government controls" and "more police state". So I guess when the police have you face down on the curb for smoking a joint that's somehow a shining example of freedom and liberty?
  • The And... nanmx 2012/11/14 14:54:56
    The Andoxico
    actually the main reason it's a gateway drug is because dealers lace their weed with drugs like cocaine, synthetics, and methanphetamine so the user will get addicted. if it was legal the government could regulate it.
  • DAlnB 2012/07/29 21:43:52 (edited)
    No
    DAlnB
    It is sad that every third rate politician who needs votes turns to the concept of legalizing various drugs. It makes no difference what scientific research and various statistics reveal - the want to-be politician is ready to push legalization of one drug or another in order to get votes.

    Drive down almost any Colorado main street and you will see places advising the sell of Marijuana -. What comes to mind when you think of Colorado? How many of our nations most heinous crimes have occurred in Colorado? Is the availability of Marijuana and those crimes related - I believe so!

    No to legalization of Marijuana !

    Is there some reason to think that the efforts to stop the traffic and use of other drugs would go away and we would not be burdened with the high costs of enforcement if we legalized marijunana - get real! How about the costs of known illness, death and crime associated with the ise of marijuna - do you honestly think that too would change?
  • Nick A DAlnB 2012/07/30 15:35:31
    Nick A
    +2
    "it makes no difference what scientific research and various statistics reveal" really? so now youre discrediting actual research and basing your beliefs off of a conspiracy that marijuana and mass shootings are related? not only is there no research for that, but its possibly one of the weakest arguments ive ever heard from an anti marijuana supporter. here are some hard numbers, in 2010, 52% (853,838) of drug related arrests were for marijuana, 46% of that for possesion. i can gurantee you that this would take a huge burden off of our police force and allow them to pursue the much harder drugs that really are destroying lives. no deaths have ever been creditited soley to the use of marijuana. vaporizing and eating marijuana completley gets rid of the health risks, they are 100% safe methods for your body. the crimes related to marijuana are, as said previously before, due to the fact that it is illeagle. marijuana does not induce users into criminal activity. is that a scare tactic?
  • anonymous Nick A 2012/09/28 02:48:31
    anonymous
    You're right...mostly. However, as a retired cop with 30+ years I can attest to the fact that most local law enforcement agencies like county Sheriff's and city police DEPEND more on it being illegal than legal. Why, because they gets lots of funds from the federal and state governments which enhances their budgets and justifies their existence. Legalizing drugs will actually lower crime and police departments can then concentrate on more important issues. We will NEVER arrest ourselves out of this problem.
    You're right about using Vaporizers. They are legal and much safer alternative to smoking. However, if you are caught with one and ANY AMOUNT of marijuana in your possession, or residue is present in unit then that would (unfortunately) be another criminal charge for possession of paraphernalia. The problem I find with this is the fact that using a vaporizer is much more healthy when using tobacco products or cannabis products but police will seize it.... then there goes your safety. And that carries some very stiff penalties by Federal , state and local law enforcement in most states. Penalties for possession of any drug should never be more damaging to the individual than the drug itself.
  • Swift Wolf DAlnB 2012/08/11 05:44:53
    Swift Wolf
    +1
    "Drive down almost any Colorado main street and you will see places advising the sell of Marijuana -. What comes to mind when you think of Colorado? How many of our nations most heinous crimes have occurred in Colorado? Is the availability of Marijuana and those crimes related - I believe so!"
    You are deluded. I live in Colorado and have never seen a sign advertising (advising?) "the sell" of Marijuana. Never have and I don't believe you saying you have, since it would be idiotic to post signs of that nature.
    Marijuana causes heinous crimes, because you believe so. How nice and simple. However the heinous crimes you're referring to were committed by people not on drugs and research shows what most people know, marijuana makes a person less likely to be violent.

    http://www.cannabismd.net/vio...
  • Tariq 2012/07/29 20:22:01
    Yes
    Tariq
    +5
    The impact on agriculture would be tremendous. We could stop supporting the Latin America growers and grow our own.
    Since smoking is destructive to health, selling it in smokeable forms should be outlawed or highly taxed, Candy, cookies, gum and drinks could all be encouraged, especially sugarless forms.
  • simills2003 2012/07/29 08:04:21
    Yes
    simills2003
    +1
    About time really that this should occur, not only for medical reasons but anything that gets people away from drinking so much alcohol is a great thing. Alcohol accounts for so much death, violence and costs health services an inordinate amount of money it's ridiculous! Legalize, tax and then the government could gain much needed revenue and possibly even tackle some of the burning issues that must be addresses in society. NO MORE EXCUSES this plant has been used without hardly any side effects and of course eating it would be the safest option. So to limit the amount of moaning from anti-smoking campaigners!
  • marty 2012/07/29 06:49:39
    Yes
    marty
    This "war on drugs" is another fake threat set up to further control people's lives. Illegalizing certain drugs raises prices for it, making it rare and more sought after. People go to extremes to get their drugs because of a need. If the government were smart, they'd just tax marijuana like cigarettes.
  • stadium status 2012/07/29 00:51:26
    Yes
    stadium status
    duh, of course im blowed off purp righ na! i only responded to this cause im high lol but i would love to smoke freely without fear of going to jail
  • bonnie 2012/07/28 17:33:09
    Yes
    bonnie
    +2
    The war on drugs as far as marijuana is concerned is a joke.

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