Poll Position: Should marijuana be legalized?

Today is considered “Weed Day” by marijuana smokers because the date, 4/20, corresponds with the numbers they use to refer to the drug. The actual origins of the term “420″ are not as widely known, but you can count on thousands of college students gathering — in some cases, together, and in very public locations — to celebrate doing something that’s illegal.

For now, anyway.

Should marijuana be legalized?

  • Yes (1,088 Votes)
  • No (40 Votes)
  • I don't know (15 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,143

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There is a growing shift in public opinion about whether marijuana should be legalized, even in the South, with as unlikely a proponent as Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson arguing that particular drug shouldn’t be treated any differently than alcohol. Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico and erstwhile GOP presidential candidate now seeking the Libertarian Party’s 2012 nomination, has called for legalizing and regulating marijuana, citing the ineffectiveness and costliness of enforcing the ban. People in favor of keeping the current law argue that marijuana can be a “gateway drug” that leads users to experiment with harder, more harmful substances. Georgia’s legislators haven’t gone as far as legalizing pot, but this year they did pass an overhaul of the state’s criminal code that calls for people in possession of small amounts of the drug to face alternatives to jail time.

So, a very simple Poll Position question for today: Should marijuana be legalized? Answer in the nearby poll and in the comments thread.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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251 comments Add your comment

Dusty

April 20th, 2012
5:02 pm

MarkV & Logical Dude,

I have already answered your questions @ 3:55 in answer to Kevin’s question. Please read and then ask.
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BNelson0403

I am sorry that you say you have “lost your way”. Is 0403 significant?

Religion has not been discussed in the particular blog, The discussion is on the legalization of marijuana. I believe marijuana is a very unhealthy substance which is detrimental to the lives of many. I think it also leads to substances even more harmful. I don’t promote harmful substances.

Religions have not been discussed here although most religions point to a better life. I am a Christian and I hope our faith is never used to force the word of God down someone’s throat. Christ offered us love and salvation and I say offered. It is the choice of each listener to make their own decision. But what a great offering!

Anyway, good luck with your future. Bye….
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Rick

April 20th, 2012
5:09 pm

“Unfortunately, there are too many who are not so responsible who, if pot was legalized, wouldn’t hestitate to get hight and drive”

How is that any different now with it being illegal?

zimeyzoo

April 20th, 2012
5:15 pm

Car wrecks, no, they’ve done many studies and smoking pot is far better than driving to a bar drinking nd then driving home from the bar after drinking. Just like those COPS videos where you see stoned people completely pass field sobriety tests but going to jail for having weed and getting a DUI. This argument is propaganda. On that same not….alcohol: still legal!!!!!

zimeyzoo

April 20th, 2012
5:17 pm

Alcohol kills many people due to liver failure and car crashes. Alcohol is still legal. When you’re stone you may eat a lot and be mellow. When you’re drunk you will have lowered inhibitions and get behind the wheel because you think your fine.

@BNelson0403

April 20th, 2012
5:19 pm

@ Rusty,

You are confusing promoting and legalizing. Cigarettes are legal but are far from promoted, in fact it is illegal to advertise them on Billboards or sporting events. The harmfullness of a drug to my person has no effect on my personal liberty to use it. You have no right to take away any of my personal freedoms, none whatsoever. You might as well stop using the “bad for you” reason, that bucket holds no water.

zimeyzoo

April 20th, 2012
5:20 pm

Marijuana does NOT cause cancer! It hasn’t killed anyone! EVER!

zimeyzoo

April 20th, 2012
5:27 pm

didn’t God give us all he seed barring plants to use? You can do so much with hemp. Educate your self and know the government and logging companies have been spreading lies and propaganda to the masses and most still believe what they spew. The government are a bunch of liars. Don’t believe everything you hear!

FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real)

April 20th, 2012
5:39 pm

Marijuana should be legal. And for those who die by thier OWN hand due to overindulgence, stupidity, ignorance, etc? I call it the thinning of the herd.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

April 20th, 2012
5:43 pm

Real Athens

April 20th, 2012
5:52 pm

Tibby:

How is allaying something that someone told you in a conversation opinion? Do I need to reference who, when, where and what was said in order for you to believe it?

As far as sports biographies/autobiographies online help yourself:

Micky Mantle, Jack Tatum, Lyle Alzado, Jose Conseco, Pete Maravich, Jim Bouten, Keith Hernandez — all have chronicled the rampant drug abuse in their professions.

Majority

April 20th, 2012
5:52 pm

Well being eighteen i have to say that it is going to eventually be legalized, the government cant just keep sending people to prison when they know it’s unjustified, this generation is growing up and sees the absurdity of the whole thing, the harmlessness of marijuana.

Obviously young people have traditionally carried more leftist thinking, that rebellious, innovative nature we possess. But i’ve heard of no one ever dying from weed, we’ve had plenty of deaths in these four years at the highschool, many from drunk driving, not marijuana. Honestly people drive fine high, a bit too paranoid of cops, but very carefully all the same. Anyways i have never heard of a death from marijuana.

Recently however one young person has suffered from the drug, not the effects but the dealer who shot and killed him and his friend, over maybe 4 grams. It wasn’t the drug that did this, but the legal standing that our government enforces upon us, forcing a blackmarket trade that is high in stake, both the physical danger and the awaiting prison sentence.

Anyways, this country of ours, truly the greatest nation ever to grace this earth is home to 1/4 of the worlds prisoners

MarkV

April 20th, 2012
5:56 pm

Dusty @5:02 pm

Dusty,
You may think you have answered the questions, but I think few people would agree that you have presented a cogent argument. I think the most telling is your following statement: “As much as I like freedom of choice in major decisions for Americans, I find it hard to approve of any substance that poisons the life of Americans.” I can’t think of a more ambiguous and potentially freedom-restricting concept. If the issue you are addressing is merely your approval, then there should be no quarrel with it. But what is being discussed here is not “approval,” it is criminalization. If you are in favor of criminalizing every substance that is by some measure unhealthy, then you are in favor of a complete suppression of individual freedom.

Jake

April 20th, 2012
6:13 pm

My vote is “yes” marijuana should be legalized

Michael H. Smith

April 20th, 2012
6:14 pm

Same old song from me Kyle. Personally if someone wants to burn their brains out with whatever intoxicant that drives them into euphoria or a big dirt nap… well, go right ahead and kill yourself it that is your desire, as long as you don’t kill or physically harm anyone or any things belonging to another, fine by me.

My other objections remain against Government taxing to “regulate drugs” or anything else for that matter. For those who don’t know, which many don’t, the federal tax on alcohol was the first case of “rightwing social engineering” in this country thank be to Alexander Hamilton. As Doctor Phil says… how’s that working for you? It certainly didn’t discourage consumption of alcohol like Hamilton had hoped. In fact, that first case of “rightwing social engineering”, wherein the GUB’MENT used a tax to regulate something in the name of raising revenue to pay for government functions and operations was also the beginning of the “war on drugs”. Needless to say most of us know just how well it hasn’t worked. Oh government has made money off this scheme, all the while very seldom paying a penny one for the millions of addicts it profited from or may have, in some cases did aid and abed in becoming addicted.

Didn’t take the time to read through all these comments but I’m sure someone felt real good about proudly saying how taxing marijuana if it were legalized would regulate it and give government a revenue stream but didn’t say word one about a HUGE portion of that money being used to treat the addictions and diseases that will occur?

Yeah, thought so.

It doesn’t take long for politicians to lose all their appetite for legalizing marijuana once you tell them that 1) they can’t tax it 2) if they can tax it, at least 50% of the taxes collected shall pay for the treatment of any and all diseases and addiction that occur once government regulates by taxation of marijuana.

HR

April 20th, 2012
6:24 pm

Because it’s illegal, mostly the irresponsible people smoke pot. THIS MEANS MORE KIDS SMOKE POT THAN ADULTS BECAUSE IT’S ILLEGAL!!!!! Millions of teenagers smoke pot, however, few adults smoke it due to the war on marijuana. Legalizing it would get the marijuana trade out of kids hands and instead give it to adults. I’m not saying legalizing it would mean no kids would ever do it. I’m saying legalizing it would give way to more adults using this medicine, and less kids. The marijuana war puts marijuana in the hands of those less responsible —KIDS!!! LEGALIZE IT!!!!

Not Blind

April 20th, 2012
6:27 pm

Here is a thought for you peeps. Most of our drugs comes from south of the border. Does anyone here not think that the governments of those countries don’t benefit greatly from all that cash flowing into their country ? In other words, if you put the latino drug cartels out of business those countries would probably be bankrupt in a week.

It’s like the USA and tobacco and alcohol. The US goobermint gets a ton of money from those industries. Since I don’t drink or smoke [ AND also have seen first hand the devastation of lung cancer and the devastation caused by drunk drivers ] I would be more than happy for tobacco and alcoholic beverages to be outlawed. The problem is that my taxes would go up dramatically. Also, think of how many people die young from tobacco use and from drunks driving. Those people pay into SS but never get the bene’s. This keeps SS from going broke even sooner.

Michael H. Smith

April 20th, 2012
6:35 pm

It’s like the USA and tobacco and alcohol. The US goobermint gets a ton of money from those industries. Since I don’t drink or smoke [ AND also have seen first hand the devastation of lung cancer and the devastation caused by drunk drivers ] I would be more than happy for tobacco and alcoholic beverages to be outlawed.

Pretty much agree with the exception of outlawing the (limited)right of the individual to consume anything they choose to take into their own body.

God or nature, depending upon ones prerogative to which, made all of us “Free Moral Agents”.

Alan

April 20th, 2012
6:38 pm

The real question should be – ‘Should Marijuana remain illegal’? The answer would have to be ‘no’.. Those who can justify the illegal status should post scientific poof defending their stand justifying sending people to jail for this rather innocuous plant rather than them simply parroting old drug war propaganda.

73 +/- years of illegality versus thousands of years of human use without a single overdose – (it’s impossible to overdose on marijuana). That pretty much speaks for itself.

I’m sure that our forefathers (Adams, Franklin, Washington to name a few loser deadbeats who consumed recreational marijuana and ended up as founders of the most influential world power in history) would be criminals today. They would not tolerate this affront on our rights as individuals and the absolutely disgraceful erosion of our personal liberties in the name of a “drug war” (aka – profiteers in the pharma industry, ‘enforcement’ and prisons all benefit from the status quo).

Those questioning the medicinal value of Marijuana should check out the video –
Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis | Watch MontanaPBS Presents Online | MontanaPBS Video
http://watch.montanapbs.org/video/1825223761

Those who think PBS is a ‘liberal rag’ should still check it out – both sides are presented -

Michael H. Smith

April 20th, 2012
6:50 pm

medicinal value of Marijuana?

Page two…

When is used in the form of eatables I would agree legitimate medicinal value probably exist but don’t even try to convenience me or anyone else that knows first hand what smoking tobacco will do to the human body that smoking marijuana will not cause lung damage or disease. It’s not an argument of will smoking marijuana cause lung damage or disease, it is only a argument of how long and how much shall it take before it occurs to an individual who smokes marijuana.

Jimmy62

April 20th, 2012
6:51 pm

Actually carlosgv, I admit to smoking pot and then driving. And I don’t see it as nearly as much of a problem as when I’ve had a lot of coffee and got behind the wheel. Or that time I tried ritalin in high school because the freakin’ school counselor wanted me to try it and my doctor gave me a prescription. Of course that’s without even mentioning the unknown long term effects of a drug like ritalin that we force-feed to kids.

Tell you what, I’ll get high as a kite and challenge you to any sort of test or competition you want. I’ll beat you in a driving test, I’ll beat you on the SAT, I’ll beat you in test after test after test. Anything you name except a running race, because I always sucked at that anyway.

Michael H. Smith

April 20th, 2012
6:56 pm

Our founding fathers not only consumed marijuana they grow it for the purposes of commerce. Many who grew hemp during that time only gave up the hemp crop in favor of a more profitably addictive substance, tobacco.

Michael H. Smith

April 20th, 2012
7:01 pm

grow “grew”. oopsy guess all of the edit didn’t make it into the final substitution.

Jimmy62

April 20th, 2012
7:10 pm

Michael H. Smith: Looks like it doesn’t even take pot to make some people impaired.

Michael H. Smith

April 20th, 2012
7:13 pm

Travelin’ music from a couple of subversives – UNPLUGGED!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQrNWZ4Y5tU

Out here gang.

Michael H. Smith

April 20th, 2012
7:14 pm

Jimmy62 @

Glad you to you got your jollies.

Michael H. Smith

April 20th, 2012
7:16 pm

Yep it tie to go…

Repost

Jimmy62 @

Glad to “see” you got your jollies.

sean

April 20th, 2012
8:13 pm

yes legalize it and put a end to the problems and cartrel

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RJ

April 20th, 2012
10:13 pm

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[...] Poll Position: Should marijuana be legalized? Written by Paul Dzirvinskis on September 2nd, 2007 Today is considered “Weed Day” by marijuana smokers because the date, 4/20, corresponds with the numbers they use to refer to the drug. The actual origins of the term “420″ are not as widely known, but you can count on thousands of college students gathering – in some cases, together, and in very public locations – to celebrate doing something that’s illegal.   For now, anyway.   Should marijuana be legalized?   There is a growing shift in public opinion about whether marijuana should be legalized, even in the South, with as unlikely a proponent as Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson arguing that particular drug shouldn’t be treated any differently than alcohol. Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico and erstwhile GOP presidential candidate now seeking the Libertarian Party’s 2012 nomination, has called for legalizing and regulating marijuana, citing the ineffectiveness and costliness of enforcing the ban.   People in favor of keeping the current law argue that marijuana can be a “gateway drug” that leads users to experiment with harder, more harmful substances. Georgia’s legislators haven’t gone as far as legalizing pot, but this year they did pass an overhaul of the state’s criminal code that calls for people in possession of small amounts of the drug to face alternatives to jail time.   (Source) http://blogs.ajc.com [...]

Trev

April 20th, 2012
10:33 pm

I don’t understand what’s so bad about legalizing it. I’m a police officer and I’ve gotten to the point where if you just have a small amount I will make you empty out and step on it. It is retarded. Our government just runs all over us. It’s time we take an actual stand instead of falling for the next form of internet activism. Stop trying to make marijuana pharmaceutical and just legalize it completely. Let’s help America make the money it desperately needs!

Malcolm Kyle

April 21st, 2012
5:47 am

On 29-Nov-2011, a study was published by University of Colorado Denver Professor Daniel Rees and Montana State University Assistant Professor D. Mark Anderson showing states that have legalized medical marijuana experience fewer fatal car crashes compared to states that have not. The researchers suggest that there may be fewer fatal drunk driving accidents in those jurisdictions because more people may be choosing to smoke marijuana instead of making the more dangerous choice of consuming alcohol – both traffic fatalities and alcohol consumption declined.

The rate of fatal crashes in which a driver had consumed any alcohol dropped 12% after medical marijuana was legalized, and crashes involving high levels of alcohol consumption fell 14%. The study thoroughly accounted for other contributing factors regarding this decrease, such as changes in the number of miles traveled each year and new traffic laws.

“Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults,” – Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver who co-authored the study with D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University.

So, the prohibitionist scare-tactic of claiming there would be an increase in traffic fatalities if marijuana were to be legally regulated for all adults should now be banished to the fantasy realm from whence it came.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11/uocd-ssm112911.php

* Hall & Hommel (2007) considered whether there was “sufficient evidence to discourage cannabis users from driving by conducting roadside drug testing. They concluded that there was “no scientifically persuasive evidence that” random drug testing has saved lives.

Similarly, Weatherburn et al. (2003) argued “there are no solid grounds for asserting that cannabis intoxication is a major cause of road trauma”. Consideration needs to be given to evidence that THC serum concentration does not always denote impairment (Bedard et al. 2007). — Laumon et al.’s (2005) conclusion corroborates these findings and reports that the role of cannabis in “fatal crashes is significantly lower than that associated with [any] positive blood alcohol concentration.”

Whilst Grotenhermen et al. (2007) do suggest that a concentration of 7-10 ng/ml is comparable to a blood alcohol content of 0.05%, Bedard et al. report that the “frequency of drinking and driving and the severe impact of alcohol on driving abilities are well beyond what has been shown with cannabis”.

References:

Hall, W. & Hommel, R. (2007). Reducing cannabis-impaired driving: is there sufficient evidence for drug testing of drivers? Addiction, 102(12), 1918-9.

Weatherburn, D., Jones, C. & Donelly, N. (2003). Prohibition and Cannabis Use in Australia: A Survey of 18- to 29-year-olds. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 36(1), 77-93.

Bedard et al. 2007. The impact of cannabis on driving. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 98: 6-11.

Laumon, B., Gadegbeku, B., Martin, J.L. & Biecheler, M.B. (2005). Cannabis intoxication and fatal road crashes in France: population based case-control study, British Medical Journal, 331, 1371-1374.

Grotenhermen, F., Leson, G., Berghaus, G., Drummer, O.H., Krüger, H.-P., Longo, M., Moskowitz, H., Perrine, B., Ramaekers, J. G., Smiley, A. & Tunbridge, R. (2007). Developing limits for driving under cannabis. Addiction, 102, 1910–1917.

Anderson, B.M., Rizzo, M., Block, R.I., Pearlson G.D. & O’Leary D.S. (2010). Sex Differences in the Effects of Marijuana on Simulated Driving Performance. Journal of psychoactive drugs, 42(1),19-30.

Joel Edge

April 21st, 2012
6:11 am

Yes. We need to save the money and we can tax the s#@t out of it. Anticipation of future funny pictures of dope smoking hippie lefties with a “don’t tread on me” anti-tax signs.

Jillian Galloway

April 21st, 2012
6:49 am

850,000 people are arrested every year in the U.S. for possessing cannabis and yet cannabis smokers appear to have no problem obtaining all the cannabis they want. Our taxes – OUR hard-earned money – are spent enforcing the prohibition without it ever having any hope of achieving its single goal of preventing cannabis use! Are we all so rich that this isn’t a big deal?

And while cannabis itself is safer than coffee and FAR safer than beer and wine, the prohibition of cannabis diverts more than $10 Billion a year to organized crime – causing the brutal death of more than 50,000 people in the past five years. So YES – the production and sale of cannabis to adults SHOULD be legalized, taxed and regulated just like tobacco and alcohol.

Humans have used cannabis for more than 5,000 years without it causing a single verifiable death. Cannabis doesn’t cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or any other significant health issue, and its addiction potential is about on par with coffee. But cannabis’ safety and remarkable medicinal properties shouldn’t be the reason to legalize it, the reason cannabis should be legalized is the same reason that alcohol was legalized – because far more harm is caused keeping it illegal than making it legal.

Mike Parent

April 21st, 2012
9:07 am

“THE CHILDREN”
If they really cared for the children they’d legalize and regulate marijuana. If they really wanted to keep any substance out of the hands of “The Children” they first must take control of distribution away from black market dealers. They haven’t accomplished that in 40+ years at a taxpayers cost in the hundreds of billions. It’s time to treat marijuana as we do alcohol. My 27 year old daughter still gets carded when she buys alcohol, yet your 13 year old can buy anything the black market dealer has for a price whether it be money or “something else”.
Prohibitionists, your path to hell may be paved with good intentions, but hell is the final destination, none the less.
LEAP member, NYPD, ret.

Mike Parent

April 21st, 2012
10:05 am

FACT: Your kids have a better chance dying at the hands of someone enforcing marijuana laws than they do from ingesting it, as there hasn’t been a documented marijuana Overdose, EVER.
LEAP member, NYPD, ret.

Brian

April 21st, 2012
10:08 am

@Dusty and his government propaganda filled brain,
It was PROVEN that when people are drunk on alcohol, that they feel like they’re driving 30mph, but are really going 60mph. When you’re high on Marijuana it feels like you’re driving 60 and are really going 30. Therefore, if you are intoxicated on Marijuana you are more of a cautious, defensive driver. It is SAFER to drive high than when you’re even SOBER. You really need to research YOURSELF and look at the facts on how harmless this plant really is.

Zandrika

April 21st, 2012
10:37 am

“Georgia’s legislators haven’t gone as far as legalizing pot,…”

That’ll be the day. It took them until 2011 just to give in on the issue of Sunday grocery store beer sales. Don’t count on legalized marijuana any time soon.

gibfor legalization

April 21st, 2012
10:39 am

this is my oppinion… people driving while on cell phones kills more people than cannabis, alcohol kills more people than cannabis, tobbacco kills more people than cannabis, pain pills kill more than cannabis, it is proven that alcohol is more of a gateway drug than cannabis, several strains of cannabis is proven to stop or cure several forms of cancer including breast cancer(save the boobies) the ld 50 (lethal dose to kill 50 percent of the population) of cannabis is 500,000 meaning it would take 20,000 joints to kill one person and they would have to smoke it in less than one hour. cannabis is known to lower blood pressure, increase brain activity, cure cancer, help with nausea in cancer patients, halps arthritis patients like me actually be able to function by acting as a pain killer. so the question is why should conservatives and the government not want to make it legal???? becasue there is too much money being made off of arresting people for using a plant.. and here is one more fact, there is a HUGE difference in smoking a little to medicate yourself and smoking all day long and being stoned!!!!!

Mike Parent

April 21st, 2012
11:12 am

It’s ironic that in the Bible Belt, there is such support for a law whose foundation is lies, greed and racism. One would think that those are the kind of things that they should rail against, not support.

Jimmy62

April 21st, 2012
12:49 pm

gibfor: Part of the problem is that it’s not conservatives who are against legalizing it. There are as many or more liberals who are against, even in this comment thread. Carlosgv, for instance, who is always on the liberal side of every issue.

Especially today conservatives are far closer to libertarians than liberals are, and the libertarians definitely want legalization. So rail against conservatives all you want, but if you want justice on this issue, go after the hypocrite liberals who preach freedom while enacting laws that force everyone to live how liberals think we should live. They are the true authoritarians.

aj

April 21st, 2012
1:17 pm

pot should be legal for medical resons only. thes days peaple are gave pills when peaple die all the time fromw over dose. pot has never killed any body but yet the gov sales beer tobacco when 7000000000 peaple die a year from smoking. you can sit at home and smoke a pound of pot and not die there are safer ways to smoke they can be put in a pill form or a vaporizer. it helps with add and adhd. peaple that have nerve problems chills thelm out to. it helps with cancer as well

Mike Parent

April 21st, 2012
7:01 pm

@ AJ Marijuana should never have been made illegal! History clearly show the reasons for it becoming illegal and none of them are valid. It should be treated exactly as we do alcohol. 50% of the population favor an across the board legalization so why criminalize something that is safe than the recreational substances we currently allow?

GA Cannabis

April 21st, 2012
10:47 pm

[“Unfortunately, many more lives would be lost in car wrecks caused by high as a kite drivers.”

Citation needed.]

How about this citation that explains why medical marijuana laws reduces traffic fatalities.

http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/02/why-medical-marijuana-laws-reduce-traffic-deaths/

jeff

April 22nd, 2012
11:22 pm

Why does everyone go straight to being afraid of smokers driving? Think of how many people abuse prescription medication and then drive… Alcohol is much worse on coordination and ability to think clearly. Marijuana can aid many millions of people with a plethora of diseases yet alcohol is legal and only causes destruction of most organs including the brain. -Molecular cell biologist and geneticist

David Garton

April 23rd, 2012
12:26 am

95% say “yes”? This issue is exactly the same as legalizing Sunday alcohol sales – our legislators will keep it illegal as long as they can and when they do finally make it legal nothing will happen.

Voice of Reason

April 23rd, 2012
8:39 am

Legalize them all. Who cares about the addicts, it’s called natural selection. The kids that will “suffer” from bad parenting are already doing it. I wish I could find the article I read, but it’s pretty much common sense: Ask a middle to high schooler which is easier to get, pot or alcohol. Pot is much easier to get because dealers don’t check IDs, while gas stations do.

Ca$h Money

April 23rd, 2012
10:06 am

I am all for legalizing, then use prison labor to farm and sell at gov’t run dispensaries. Tax at 100%. Anyone caught with bootleg weed loses the right to purchase legally forever, no exceptions.
Use the revenue to lower the tax burden for healthcare.

kimmer

April 24th, 2012
11:33 am

You know I am really torn on the entire subject of individual liberty. I want to live in a free society where everyone has the right to do as they please as long as they are not harming others. In that vein why shouldn’t pot be legal, as well as other substances, as well as pornography & prostitution for that matter. But on the other hand I believe that while such behavior might not be immediately harmful to other individuals it is ultimately very harmful to society as a whole on numerous levels.

do it

April 25th, 2012
10:45 pm

zeke. you said ” It has been proven to be a gateway drug. Not everyone, but, probably a majority of those who use become unhappy with the high and want a bigger one. Then comes heroine, cocaine, crack! NO, DO NOT LEGALIZE IT!!”

That is entirely false. the gateway theory has never had any proof and has been completely disproved. look at Amsterdam. since the legalization of marijuana, the usage amount of every other drug has plummeted. if the gateway theory were true the other drug usage percentages would have gone way up. people who elevate to harder drugs are people who would have been willing to do them to begin with.

Some good advice… on a argumentative discussion page never use the word probably. you will get ridiculed and embarrassed.