Is it time to rethink national policy on marijuana?

According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 56 percent of Americans would support legalizing marijuana and regulating it much as alcohol and tobacco are regulated, while just 36 percent say they’re opposed.

Those are pretty strong numbers, suggesting that criminal law in this country is strongly out of line with public sentiment. We’re sending people to jail — most of them basically kids — and in some cases sticking them with felony criminal records for involvement with a substance that a majority of Americans don’t believe such be criminalized, at least if you believe Rasmussen.

Of course, some people DON’T believe Rasmussen. As the Christian Science Monitor reports, critics of the Rasmussen results argue that the wording of the question skewed the final results. However, I’m not sure that the substitute wording that they suggest would pass muster as unbiased or balanced:

“If they had asked, ‘If you knew that a majority of homicide convicts in New York had smoked marijuana within 24 hours of their convictions, would you be in favor of legalizing it?’ they would have gotten a far different answer,” says David Evans, special adviser to the Drug Free America Foundation. “These questions are so biased and leading, it’s embarrassing.”

If that’s the kind of question that you have to ask to get the poll results you want, you’ve already lost the debate. I imagine that a majority of those New York homicide convicts had also eaten meat within 24 hours of their crime, but I wouldn’t necessarily draw the conclusion that meat had driven them to commit that crime.

And then there’s this, from Gallup:

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In addition, marijuana has become Mexico’s leading agricultural export, and all of those “exports” are conducted through smuggling, most of it to the United States. Marijuana “generates billions of dollars in revenues each year for the brutal narcotics cartels,” NPR reports. “By some estimates, it is the most profitable product for the Mexican drug gangs.”

Given those numbers, it’s pretty clear that U.S. drug policy plays some role in the brutal carnage being wreaked in Mexico, where mass slayings occur with tragic regularity.

– Jay Bookman

660 comments Add your comment

Peadawg

May 24th, 2012
9:02 am

Yes! Legalize marijuana and give it basically the same rules, regulations, and laws as alcohol.

F. Sinkwich

May 24th, 2012
9:04 am

Dude, anyone seen my Cheetos?

stands for decibels

May 24th, 2012
9:04 am

Is it time to rethink national policy on marijuana?

Yes.

(This has been another edition of “Simple Answers to Simple Questions.”)

Brosephus™

May 24th, 2012
9:07 am

I hate to step on toes, but the trends in this and other social behaviors appear to show that younger generations are less prudish and/or hung up on things as the previous generations. At some point and time, this country will truly be about individual freedoms and not restricting them on the basis that others feel they are morally wrong. Before people get their panties in a bunch, I’m not saying that things like murder and such will be tolerated, but that opinion trend appears to follow the same trend on gay marriage. Just pointing something out.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

May 24th, 2012
9:09 am

Keep the government out of our backyard gardens!

man behind the curtain

May 24th, 2012
9:10 am

Hay-ell yay-us!

the cat

May 24th, 2012
9:10 am

The only concern I have are users driving while stoned.

man behind the curtain

May 24th, 2012
9:12 am

toke here, toke now

stevie ray....Clowns to the Left of me Jokers to the Right...here I am...

May 24th, 2012
9:13 am

JAY,

A majority of us didn’t want that crappy healthcare bill either….too bad the special interests will rule the roost on both issues despite what we think. I don’t see anyone with serious bribe money ( unlike healthcare providers) to pay off our corrupted congress….also, the private contracted prison operators will fight this to the bitter end since they operate on a census basis and need to keep heads in beds…

kayaker 71

May 24th, 2012
9:13 am

It sure is better than growing tomato plants.

cranky old man

May 24th, 2012
9:14 am

There are a lot of arguments in favor of legalizing it. We waste quite a lot of money and valuable police time arresting and incarcerating people. Legalizing and regulating it would make it less profitable for those still wanting to sell it illegally (presumably to minors). There’s also the Libertarian argument, to which I’m somewhat sympathetic, that it’s not the government’s business what people consume, as long as they aren’t hurting someone else.

It would make things a bit murky in some areas, however. What about random drug testing for pilots, police, doctors, bus drivers, the military, etc.? Could you still fire someone for having traces in their system, even if they aren’t stoned when they report to work? Also, there are health risks, but I don’t know that they are higher than tobacco or alcohol. As for the drug cartels, I imagine they’d just increase the share of their business that involves other drugs, kidnapping, extortion, armed robbery, etc. These other revenue streams might not be as easy or profitable, however, which might mean they’d have less money to throw around corrupting the Mexican legal and political systems.

Peadawg

May 24th, 2012
9:14 am

“The only concern I have are users driving while stoned.”

That’s no different than the concern about people driving when drunk.

man behind the curtain

May 24th, 2012
9:15 am

you right stevie ray

philosopher

May 24th, 2012
9:16 am

Before one can rethink, one must think. Serious thinking requires information. Many people resist information because it makes them think and then they might have to rethink…a most uncomfortable situation for those who find comfort in what they used to think. So forget rethinking (for most folks) and expect it to take a generation or two to come up through the ranks before change occurs (disguised as a bright shiny new thought). :)

williebkind

May 24th, 2012
9:16 am

Just some more vile disgusting behavior from the liberals. You want to stop the increase of MJ use then give the user some real punishment.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

May 24th, 2012
9:17 am

The only concern I have are users driving while stoned.”

That’s no different than the concern about people driving when drunk.

OR on any number of perfectly legal prescription drugs….

Keep Up the Good Fight!

May 24th, 2012
9:18 am

It’s time we reevaluate the criminalization and disparate treatment of those being convicted for this silliness. Jay, you are absolutely right that we are sticking serious criminal records on many youth for minor issues that will follow them for life. But that doesn’t make for great soundbites in them tough talking red states.

Cosby

May 24th, 2012
9:18 am

Slow news day…..who cares…and no I am not a user, never even tried the stuff

Jerome Horwitz

May 24th, 2012
9:18 am

Agree with P-Doggy. Legalize and regulate similiar to alcohol. Would put the cartels out of business and free up the judicial system for real crime. The quote from the Drug Free America group is hilaious – talk about a leading question.

The liqour people will have their panites in a wad tho’

Don't Forget

May 24th, 2012
9:19 am

the cat

that seems to be the concern of many. I think you could control that fairly well with something akin to the “open container” laws in place for alcohol in conjunction with probably cause measures and field sobriety tests. It wouldn’t be perfect but a combination of “smell”, driver access and driver behavior, etc could probably establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a conviction in most cases.

williebkind

May 24th, 2012
9:21 am

You liberals sure are funny! You trample tobacco smothers but you will demonstrate to smoke weed. It is good if you like but it is bad if you dont like it huh?

Doggone/GA

May 24th, 2012
9:21 am

“The only concern I have are users driving while stoned”

Do you have equal concern about drinkers driving while drunk?

kayaker 71

May 24th, 2012
9:21 am

Weed is the second biggest generator of income in Hawaii second only to tourism. And the best?….. Maui Wowie.

litt

May 24th, 2012
9:21 am

I am not a drug user or alcohol user for that matter. I believe that the government has no basis for telling individual what they can/cannot consume. However, I do believe that the penalties for using drugs or alcohol and driving should be immediate and severe. I you are either convicted of driving while under the influence of either substance you should get an immediate 2 year sentence, no exception.

Malcolm Kyle

May 24th, 2012
9:22 am

“Just some more vile disgusting behavior from the liberals. You want to stop the increase of MJ use then give the user some real punishment.”

Pragmatic libertarians (minimal-statists) and “true” Conservatives agree that many, if not most, of society’s problems are caused by government usurping choices that could better be made by individuals themselves, and that government is just about the worst way of doing almost anything. Where libertarianism normally parts company with “fake” conservatism is over moral issues. But a true conservative would have no problem with agreeing that what people do with their own bodies, and especially in the privacy of their own home, should be supremely their business and that anything else would entail ignoring the basic tenet of limited government.

Fake-Conservatism on the other hand has much in common with socialism – Authoritarian-socialists and Fake-Conservatives appear to harbor the belief that nature does not exist and that any human can be “re-educated” into being anything society wishes. Leftists therefore tend to believe that little boys can be conditioned into preferring dolls over toy soldiers, and similarly, Fake-conservatives believe that adults can be coerced into choosing alcohol over marijuana. A true conservative, just like a pragmatic libertarian, would immediately reject both ideas as nonsense.

If you support prohibition then you are NOT a conservative.
Conservative principles QUITE CLEARLY ARE:

1) Limited, locally controlled government.
2) Individual liberty coupled with personal responsibility.
3) Free enterprise.
4) A strong national defense.
5) Fiscal responsibility.

Prohibition is actually an authoritarian War On The Economy, Constitution and All Civic Institutions of our once great nation.

the cat

May 24th, 2012
9:22 am

Is there going to be a legal limit such as alcohol use? Is there a test for driving while impaired?

Back in my youth, I tried it twice. There is no way I could have driven for several hours and that was just one “cigarette” or whatever it is called and of course the 5 punds of cheetos and oreos. It does make one have the munchies big time! Will just add to the national obese epidemic!

Generation$crewed

May 24th, 2012
9:22 am

Granny Godzilla – Union Thugette
May 24th, 2012
9:09 am

Write the Prez and Mr. Holder it is them calling for raids against medical marijuana distributors.

Or maybe there are just some folks acting all on their own and Obama and Holder did not call for these raids.

The hypocricy of our last few presidents is sickening, in regards to themselves and drug policy.

saywhat?

May 24th, 2012
9:25 am

I would be down for a 5 year trial of legalization, with a built in sunset provision. I think the positives of legalization would outweigh the negatives, at least financially, but there may perhaps be unintended consequences that have not yet been thought of.

stands for decibels

May 24th, 2012
9:25 am

toke here, toke now

pay less?

(not really interested in using, myself, if that matters.)

You want to stop the increase of MJ use then give the user some real punishment.

do tell. What kind of minimum sentencing for, say, simple possession of less than an ounce would a williebkind administration seek to legislate?

man behind the curtain

May 24th, 2012
9:26 am

williebkind

May 24th, 2012
9:21 am
You liberals sure are funny! You trample tobacco smothers but you will demonstrate to smoke weed. It is good if you like but it is bad if you dont like it huh?

That’s it simpleton. That and the tiny fact that smoking kills hundreds of thousands a year.

East Cobb RINO

May 24th, 2012
9:26 am

So what if they had smoked marijuana within 24 hours of their convictions. That has nothing to do with what they did within 24 hours of actually committing the crime. And who gave them the dope in the courtroom during the trial?

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

May 24th, 2012
9:26 am

Generation

Already did.

Having acted as the primary caretaker for a couple of very special
people…..more than once I made special tea bags that seemed to help.

williebkind

May 24th, 2012
9:27 am

Malcolm Kyle

May 24th, 2012
9:22 am
I read two oxymorons – pragmatic libertarian is a non existant creature found in liberal indoctrination books and articles. Fake-conservatives – Are liberals living in a red area who want to be involved in local politics. But again, Obama used all these drugs and he became president. Now dont tell me the lame stream media has not told you all these things.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

May 24th, 2012
9:28 am

I smoked pot once…made me want to rape and kill… :D
——————-

Actually, don’t they have a law that says you can brew up to 200 gallons on corn liquor a year legal and tax free? If they just said it was legal to grow just 12 pounds of pot a year legally, I think I could make a pound last thirty days…and I’d buy stock in Nabisco

East Cobb RINO

May 24th, 2012
9:30 am

I would feel safer with a stoner behind the wheel than a drunk. The stoner would only be driving 10MPH.

Peadawg

May 24th, 2012
9:31 am

“I would feel safer with a stoner behind the wheel than a drunk. The stoner would only be driving 10MPH.

:lol:

Paul

May 24th, 2012
9:34 am

Legalized or not, we won’t be able to tell much difference in the thought processes behind the posts…

See ya’ll Tuesday -

Ennis

May 24th, 2012
9:34 am

California”s #1 cash crop is MJ. So it is in several other states. Does that mean it should be legal??? Absolutely Not. I’m pushing 70. Did a few tokes in College. Not so much when flying for the Navy. It will probably become legal after my generation passes. I don’t think the Mexican guvment will ever crack down on the drug cartels because the Mexican guvment takes in too much bribe money. Why cut off the biggest money stream??? I do believe however, that we should legalize the use of MJ and stop this foolish BS of locking up people for recreational use of MJ.. Just saying

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

May 24th, 2012
9:34 am

Really, If you believe in God and believe that He gave mankind dominion over the plants and animals on the earth, then how can you not support the legalization of pot? Or not question why it was made illegal in the first place? (ask the alcohol industry that one)

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

May 24th, 2012
9:34 am

willie

well he certainly wasn’t the only modern president to experiment with drugs.

lame stream media told us so

godless heathen

May 24th, 2012
9:35 am

Stoned driving point. The reason they couldn’t just devise stupid human tricks (walk this line, say the alphabet backwards, etc) to determine impairment, is that the stoners would do better than average, up to a point.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

May 24th, 2012
9:35 am

Paul,
Have a great weekend!

Mr. Snarky

May 24th, 2012
9:36 am

It’s a lesser of two evils thing in my opinion. It’s too bad people need alcohol and other drugs to have a good time because there is so much potential for abuse. But outlawing grass has so many downsides that regulation and taxing it seems the common sense alternative.

the cat

May 24th, 2012
9:36 am

Want your pilot flying stoned?

Brosephus™

May 24th, 2012
9:36 am

I would feel safer with a stoner behind the wheel than a drunk. The stoner would only be driving 10MPH.

:lol:

That’s only if the stoner even gets the car started or doesn’t fall asleep after killing off a box of twinkies.

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 24th, 2012
9:37 am

Man, I’m hungry…

Paul

May 24th, 2012
9:37 am

Thanks, Normal

the cat

Isn’t that like saying “Want your doctor operating drunk?”

Legalized does not mean no restrictions on time, place or profession.

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 24th, 2012
9:38 am

Want your pilot flying stoned?

as opposed to drunk? oh heck yeah.

Peadawg

May 24th, 2012
9:38 am

“Want your pilot flying stoned?”

Want your pilot flying drunk?

cranky old man

May 24th, 2012
9:38 am

I’m an MP in the National Guard, so I know a lot of cops. The consensus among them is that they’d much rather deal with a stoner on pot than a drunk. As long as they have access to their bag of Doritos, they’re pretty docile.

Thomas Heyward jr

May 24th, 2012
9:40 am

Normal Free…Pro Human Rights Thug…And liking it!

May 24th, 2012
9:28 am

I smoked pot once…made me want to rape and kill… :D
——————-

Actually, don’t they have a law that says you can brew up to 200 gallons on corn liquor a year legal and tax free?
.
Absolutely NOT.
It is against Federal law to distill spirits ………………..here in the land of the free.
.
Jimmy Carter finally let us citizens brew beer though…………….here in the land of the free.

Tom(Independent-Viet Vet USAF)

May 24th, 2012
9:40 am

National policy on MJ is BS!! Every issue that comes up you libs want the federal govt to decide, what crap. If anything, the individual states should decide, As a retired lawman, I will tell you this,no weed smoker does prison time. Drug suppliers(such as cartels and gangs) yes, they get prison time because they do not care who they sell to(including children and juveniles)! If you have to have a smoke bad, move to California and get your MJ medical card. Your heroes, Princess Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer are there to serve you!

gadem

May 24th, 2012
9:41 am

The War on Drugs has been an abysmal failure. Legalize marijuana and tax it just like anything else. Make it illegal to grow and sale without a license. It takes the criminal element out of it. Crime will definitely go down in regards to marijuana related deaths due to drug deals gone bad. The government needs to be proactive instead of reactive. People are just as addicted to nicotine and alcohol. But I digress….

Generation$crewed

May 24th, 2012
9:41 am

I would feel safer with a stoner behind the wheel than a drunk. The stoner would only be driving 10MPH.

No more ran red light either, folks may stop about 10 feet too early.

Main concern would be an increase in Gas consumption.

You ever tried to get somewhere stoned? You gone take an extra turn or two, usually just to go look at something.

Now God help us all if a rabbit or a cat run across the road in front of ones car!!

kawasaki kid

May 24th, 2012
9:42 am

Why does alcohol remain the sacred cow? Because it’s been around since fermentation was discovered, and thus became accepted by mainstream society in spite of the horrific damage it causes. I don’t do alcohol, dope, or the lottery, but I now realize the utter futility in banning such evils and throwing victims (idiots) in expensive prisons. Like alcohol and gambling, dope has long gone mainstream and should be regulated & taxed like crazy (at least as much as tobacco!), and a good portion used to rehabilitate, educate and advertize against its use and abuse. The rest of the taxes can go to quickly paying down the national debt, thus saving civilization as we know it for our offspring!

the cat

May 24th, 2012
9:42 am

My question remains-what is the legal limit? I know pilots can not drive drunk or otherwise impaired but who will set the legal limit on pot use?

I am not totally against the legalization but think all angles need to be answered.

Rightwing Troll

May 24th, 2012
9:42 am

Has Mittens commented on this yet???

JamVet

May 24th, 2012
9:42 am

Are you kidding me?!

It took 92 years to be able to buy alcohol on Sundays in this neanderthal state! And then only in certain locales.

The Christian quasi-fascists and their damned for eternity heathen codependent enablers like willie will be LONG dead before smoking mother nature is allowed freely in this state…

bluecoat

May 24th, 2012
9:43 am

What’s the health damage from smoking mj?If we legalize only to pay out more in health care,why.

Rightwing Troll

May 24th, 2012
9:44 am

Looking at some of the angry, dishonest, unhinged, wingnut rants that go on here… I’d say we need a mandatory marijuana law…

williebkind

May 24th, 2012
9:44 am

man behind the curtain

May 24th, 2012
9:26 am

Drugs have killed as many or more people and some were non users. I guess you have not heard the price it costs to get you that joint.

Brosephus™

May 24th, 2012
9:45 am

the cat

As one who’s never smoked, I couldn’t tell you what or how the legal limit would be set. There would likely be studies done to track the effects, reflexes, actions, and such for people who have used before some limit would be set. At least that’s my opinion.

williebkind

May 24th, 2012
9:45 am

Rightwing Troll

May 24th, 2012
9:44 am
You rant with no examples…are you a drive by?

Ivan

May 24th, 2012
9:45 am

Pretty sure most have already heard about the Penn Jillette rant against the Obama hypocrisy. Just in case though…

“”Now, he has not left this to states’ rights,” Jillette posited. “As you know, medical marijuana… you can get in California, and the feds are coming in to try to stop this. States’ rights don’t mean jack sh*t to the Obama administration on anything except gay marriage.”

Another point of contention for Jillette was the fact that President Obama mentioned that he had smoked “weed” and done “maybe a little blow” in his 1995 book “Dreams from my Father.”

Jillette cited it as a prime example of the fact that not all drug users turn out to be menaces to society:

What troubles me about this… I think it’s beyond hypocrisy. I think it’s something to do with class. A lot of people have accused Obama of class warfare, but in the wrong direction. I believe this is Obama chortling with Jimmy Fallon about lower class people. Do we believe, even for a second, that if Obama had been busted for marijuana — under the laws that he condones — would his life have been better? If Obama had been caught with the marijuana that he says he uses, and ‘maybe a little blow’… if he had been busted under his laws, he would have done hard f*cking time. And if he had done time in prison, time in federal prison, time for his ‘weed’ and ‘a little blow,’ he would not be President of the United States of America. He would not have gone to his fancy-a** college, he would not have sold books that sold millions and millions of copies and made millions and millions of dollars, he would not have a beautiful, smart wife, he would not have a great job. He would have been in f*cking prison, and it’s not a god damn joke. People who smoke marijuana must be set free. It is insane to lock people up.


LINK

Rightwing Troll

May 24th, 2012
9:46 am

“Drugs have killed as many or more people and some were non users. I guess you have not heard the price it costs to get you that joint.”

Good argument for legalization, thanks for your support…

Doggone/GA

May 24th, 2012
9:46 am

“Want your pilot flying stoned?”

What makes you think that some aren’t doing that now?

Mick

May 24th, 2012
9:46 am

People grwo weed indoors in florida, a week doesn’t go by without seeing a growhouse being busted? Who have they harmed? A victinless crime if there ever was one; all the pot laws reek of the dark ages. California has led the way – get a prescription if you want to use it to combat anxiety and stress! That way you can grow, make some potent brownies and not mess up your lungs. Personally, I believe it to be a healing herb, why are all the good things criminalized? Progress, move forward, if the gays can come this far this fast, weed should be next…

East Cobb RINO

May 24th, 2012
9:47 am

Think of the sin tax money that could be generated from pot. Conservatives should love it as most of that would come from working class and poor.

TBone

May 24th, 2012
9:48 am

Decriminalize the dang weed and permit cultivation for one’s own use or to barter for a little moonshine. Now let’s move on to more relevant stuff.

if Romney believes the government doesnt create wealth why does he want the top government job

May 24th, 2012
9:48 am

why cant a grown person smoke the happy weed in the privacy of their homes?

godless heathen

May 24th, 2012
9:49 am

Looking at some of the angry, dishonest, unhinged, wingnut rants that go on here… I’d say we need a mandatory marijuana law…

Ivan

May 24th, 2012
9:50 am

Trayvon Martin was high….discuss.

godless heathen

May 24th, 2012
9:51 am

woops, meant to strike “wingnut” but messed up.

Looking at some of the angry, dishonest, unhinged, wingnut rants that go on here… I’d say we need a mandatory marijuana law…

too little time

May 24th, 2012
9:51 am

But that doesn’t make for great soundbites in them tough talking red states.

This is not a “red vs. blue” or “Dem vs Rep” debate that the political hacks on this forum would like it to be. California, clearly a BLUE state, could not get legalization passed. Pat Robertson, clearly a conservative religious leader, recently came out in support of legalization. There are waves of change rippling throughout the country. It appears that just as conservatives are ready for a change of mind (Pat Robertson), liberals are pulling back from the legalization push (California). All the while, heads are rolling (literally) in Mexico.

I can assure you that there are vast numbers of red-staters who are in full support of legalization… from farmers to engineers to hippies to executives.

TaxPayer

May 24th, 2012
9:52 am

Sounds like a tax revenue stream in need of a legalized product to me.

Doggone/GA

May 24th, 2012
9:52 am

“Trayvon Martin was high….discuss”

Nothing to discuss. It’s a lie.

BlahBlahBlah

May 24th, 2012
9:53 am

It’s been long overdue, and sadly President Obama has done nothing but hurt the effort. I expected a fight from the right. I didn’t expect a fight from the left. According to a 4/25 article in Huffington Post the Justice Department has gotten far more aggressive going after medical marijuana operations under Obama than they did under Bush. Yet in 2008 the President said “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws [on medical marijuana],”

Pathetic.

JamVet

May 24th, 2012
9:53 am

What’s the health damage from smoking mj?

Much less than you would think.

Studies show the damage to the lungs is surprisingly low.

East Cobb RINO

May 24th, 2012
9:54 am

If Travon Martin was high, I doubt he would have “attacked” George Zimmerman. There goes the self-defense claim.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

May 24th, 2012
9:55 am

Well, I saw that movie one time—the one about the guy that goes crazy when he smokes pot. We already got enough crazy people on this blog. We don’t need more of them here or on the roads. So I say let them get hammered on booze. Just keep pot illegal. Besides, if we’re paying so much to have jails and prisons, we might as well use them.

Have a good Thursday everybody.

Mighty Righty

May 24th, 2012
9:56 am

I don’t smoke, I don’t want to smoke, I think people who do smoke have problems that can only be helped by a good psychiatrist. However, I think marijuana should be legal and users punished the same as if they use alcohol. I think legalisation of marijuana would make a big dent in crime but not as the advocates of legalisation think. The crimes committed by users and dealers are major felonies. Robbery, assault, and murder are a few of the crimes caused by marijuana. The idea that “users” of small amounts of marijuana are imprisoned is incorrect. The people in prison as a result of criminal marijuana laws are dealers and felons.

Jimmy62

May 24th, 2012
9:57 am

Obama has admitted smoking pot and doing cocaine, yet ups the prosecution of others who do so. If he had served the time he should have for those crimes, he wouldn’t be President, yet when people ask him about the Drug War, he laughs like it’s a joke. That’s some sick, cynical BS from the con-artist-in-chief.

It’s not time to rethink national marijuana policy, it’s years past the time.

East Cobb RINO

May 24th, 2012
10:00 am

I was gonna clean my room until I got high
I gonna get up and find the broom but then I got high
my room is still messed up and I know why
- cause I got high

I was gonna go to class before I got high
I coulda cheated and I coulda passed but I got high
I am taking it next semester and I know why
- cause I got high

I was gonna go to work but then I got high
I just got a new promotion but I got high
now I’m selling dope and I know why
- cause I got high

I was gonna go to court before I got high
I was gonna pay my child support but then I got high
they took my whole paycheck and I know why
- cause I got high

I wasnt gonna run from the cops but I was high
I was gonna pull right over and stop but I was high
Now I am a paraplegic – because I got high

I was gonna pay my car note until I got high
I was gonna gamble on the boat but then I got high
now the tow truck is pulling away and I know why
- because I got high

I was gonna make love to you but then I got high
I was gonna eat yo #$%^& too but then I got high
now I’m*&^%!@# off and I know why
- cause I got high

I messed up my entire life because I got high
I lost my kids and wife because I got high
now I’m sleeping on the sidewalk and I know why
- cause I got high

I’m gonna stop singing this song because I’m high
I’m singing this whole thing wrong because I’m high
and if I dont sell one copy I know why
- cause I’m high

Don't Forget

May 24th, 2012
10:00 am

Jamvet, actually I was a little surprised at this study. I’m not sure of their methodology but it was published on one of the more reputable medical journals, JAMA.

http://healthland.time.com/2012/01/10/study-smoking-marijuana-not-linked-with-lung-damage/

Talking Head

May 24th, 2012
10:00 am

“Much less than you would think.

Studies show the damage to the lungs is surprisingly low.”

Actually its much worse than YOU think.

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana

Leave it to the states

May 24th, 2012
10:02 am

Let some states change their laws and tax it. Then we can see if it makes sense overall based on empirical evidence.

There are two problems here. I seem to remember a Supreme Court ruling — not split the usual way — against a local law allowing growing. Michigan and US vs. Gomez for some reason pops into my head.

Second, politicians would sell their mothers for revenue increases. If a bordering state legalizes and gets a big hit of tax money, then no adverse consequences will deter joining the legalization bandwagon.

The reason that states took action on cigarettes is because the settlement brought in more money than the cigarette taxes. And then they raised taxes on top of it. Had nothing to do with promoting health. The states and feds got more of the cigarette spend than the tobacco companies ever did.

BlahBlahBlah

May 24th, 2012
10:02 am

Those drug facts don’t seem any worse than alcohol or cigs, two legal substances.

Ivan

May 24th, 2012
10:02 am

Jimmy62

May 24th, 2012
10:02 am

Actually they did find marijuana in Trayvon Martin’s blood. However, pot stays in the blood for up to a month, so it doesn’t mean he was high right then. And it doesn’t really change any of the facts in that case.

What sucks is Zimmerman is going to get exonerated because the prosecutor majorly overstepped with the charges she went with, and then there will be riots (the fault for any riots should be placed squarely on the prosecutor, Al Sharpton, and NBC and anyone else that aired the edited tapes). Zimmerman should do time for manslaughter, not murder, but now I’m willing to bet he will walk.

Mick

May 24th, 2012
10:03 am

**Robbery, assault, and murder are a few of the crimes caused by marijuana**

Not intended to be a factual statement. Just pull something out thin air and present it as? Get real…

(ir)Rational

May 24th, 2012
10:03 am

East Cobb – Gotta love some Afroman… :D

I say legalize it. It isn’t going to change my behavior any. The only question I think needs to be answered is what happens to all the people that are currently, or have previously been, in jail simply for crimes related to marijuana?

TaxPayer

May 24th, 2012
10:04 am

All we need in addition to taxed marijuana and alcoholic beverages, in Georgia, are casinos and race tracks and then we can all retire comfortably on the revenue streams. Republicans Conservatives will come around once they see how monetarily beneficial sin taxes can be for them. :lol:

Mick

May 24th, 2012
10:05 am

ivan

THC stays in your blood for thirty days or more depending on your body mass…so there is a lot of grey area…

Doggone/GA

May 24th, 2012
10:05 am

“The only question I think needs to be answered is what happens to all the people that are currently, or have previously been, in jail simply for crimes related to marijuana?”

Nothing. Unless they make the change retroactive those people will still be under the law as it was when they were convicted.

Talking Head

May 24th, 2012
10:05 am

“Those drug facts don’t seem any worse than alcohol or cigs, two legal substances.”

I have no problem is someone wants to smoke marijuana, I too think its crazy that the laws against it are so harsh compared to other legal substances such as alcohol or tobacco. What irritates me however, are those who constantly state that marijuana isn’t harmful or as harmufl to your body as tobacco, which is simply not true and shouldn’t be used as a talking point for legalization.

Doggone/GA

May 24th, 2012
10:06 am

“THC stays in your blood for thirty days or more depending on your body mass”

According to the news report when the results of the test were announce, trace amounts can stay in your body for up to 90 days. And that is what they found – trace amount.

(ir)Rational

May 24th, 2012
10:06 am

Ivan – OMG! No! A kid that was suspended from school in Miami for possession of marijuana, and sent to Orlando to stay with his father for a while to try and get cleaned up had marijuana in his system?!?!?! Say it ain’t so! :roll:

Jimmy62

May 24th, 2012
10:06 am

Talking Head: You are citing a two years old propaganda site from the government, whereas Don’t Forget is citing an actual study published far more recently.

I’ll go with his, not because I prefer the conclusions, but because it’s not being put out by the same government that has so much incentive to convince us smoking weed is bad.

Liberal Chicks are UGLY

May 24th, 2012
10:07 am

The drug ‘war’ has been a utter failure from the start. Legalize it.

Generation$crewed

May 24th, 2012
10:08 am

Mighty Righty
May 24th, 2012
9:56 am

Who do you know that smokes weed and robs folks, or even better assaults them?

Maybe that happens with addiction issues with other drugs. Not with weed. It makes one less agressive and more passive. Kinda why people use it.

You are confusing propaganda with facts. If there is a link between violent crime and mj use, I would argue it is that those committing the crime may smoke out after the crime in order to mellow out from the crime.