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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Mr.Call-It-Like-I-See-It

April 25th, 2012
11:28 pm

I smoked all kinds of marijuana in my life from hash to exotic marijuana (Kush/Purple Haze/Dro) and I also drank my share of alcoholic beverages from beer to moonshine. There is NO comparison, in the profit that can be made and the intoxication level. If I drink a fifth of white liquor I would probably getting my stomach pumped but if I smoke an ounce of marijuana I would just have the munchies and sleep like a rock when I came down. Alcohol been killing people; show me the stats that marijuana is killing people at the same rate and you might have an argument! Petty marijuana charges blocking up the justice system and got jails in Georgia overcrowded, no space for real criminals. It’s up to the consumer to be responsible so its well over due that marijuana is LEGALIZED!