I'm a libertarian when it comes to such laws.
Pro, it's no worse than drinking or tobacco.
Pro. We've got the world's largest prison population in history thanks to closing all the mental institutions and busting all the potheads. There is no way with the debt we can afford to keep up this insanity of spending 32-40k a year to jail potheads and crazies.
All I can say is it's nuts to continue what we're doing and it's certainly worth trying to figure out alternatives. If it makes a lot of money or reduces serious hard drug dealing would just be icing on the cake compared to the big bucks and pointlessly ruined lives it could save.
It never should have been illegal!
Pro, we spend way to much to prevent it, and the cartels are making way to much from it, I think everything should be legal, I don't use any of it. Just control and tax the **** out of it, treat the homemade stuff like moonshine.
Very very pro. Wish it was legal here. Why? Because I like it, that's why. It helps me. But I can't have it regularly because I can't take the risk now. I lost someone very dear to me because of one single pinner. Probably torn in half. He was arrested, charged with possession, then deported. He was taken from his family here, his little girl, everything. Yes it was stupid for him to have it, but it shouldn't have been illegal in the first place. It's no more harmful than what you can buy at most convenience stores. Not just beer either. Caffeine and other stimulants added to drinks and gum and candy is big right now. that stuff is so bad for you, not just at soda levels but the large quantities I've seen my daughter's friends consume. But have a joint in my city can land you in jail for months if you don't have a decent attorney.
Let you tell you why i am all for it
I dont smoke anymore ,but i used to and let me tell you a little something about the drug dealers
Biggest reason They dont give a dam about kids...
For instance this one time i was maybe 16 at the time and after i bought my product, there's probably a 12 year old kid knocking on the door...
Also drug dealers carry around guns, this one time my guy was out of weed and you know what he asked me, hay man im out but i got some coke its kinda like weed...
And of course i haven't smoke in a long *** time but here is some straight facts
its not addictive
it makes you feel good
ive never thrown up from it unlike alcohol
i see no reason to keep it illegal and fuel gangs and cartels when we can tax it and build roads and help funding for schools...
I know you are not lying because I've seen those same incidents .
I'm glad! Now lets get it legalized everywhere so everyone can SHUT UP ALREADY! And I don't even like weed!
pro. drug war is costing us, pot doesn't kill anyone, making it illegal makes it seem taboo and can't deal with it like adults, it is great for pain if your older, i could think of a lot of crazy people that could use one joint, people will have to actually think about drugs and our relationship to them.
WHY DIDN'T THEY TELL ME THEY WERE PLANNING ON DOING THIS WHEN I MOVED FROM WASHINGTON, BACK TO TEXAS?
They heard you bogart.
Now, that's funny!
con. puny humans cant even work out a simple thing like recreational pot....
meh im a commie.. ;)
It makes me sad I live in such a restrictive state (Arizona).
I am biased since i toke regularly, but I think a man should have the right to smoke if he wants. In American I think a man has a right, in the privacy of his own home, to smoke a bong/blunt/joint/bowl whatever. That way he is away from others and from violating their right to breath clean air.
Some who know me may be very surprised to learn this, I am very traditional, but I do think it should be legalized. In my opinion, our war on drugs is a joke, we lose billions in revenue. And lets face the facts, its not working! As far as it being a gateway drug (I'm not even sure I would classify a plant as a drug, to me drugs have chemical makeups, and are usually pushed by the FDA, only to find out years later they have devestating side effects) but none the less lets assume for the sake of argument it is a gateway drug. Again only my opinion but if parents stayed more involved in their childrens lives, perhaps this would not be such an issue. We as a nation rely on school systems to teach our children about drugs and sex. To many parents live vicariously through their children, wanting to become their friends instead of strong parental figures. Its easier to give into them instead of giving them what they need. Perhaps if more parents stepped up to the plate, and became more involved during the tender years where they need us most, the war on drugs would not be necessary at all. And yes, even then I know some children will slip through the cracks, but statistically I do believe that the fore mentioned would only cause the so called war to tip in our favor. Back to the original question, as far as I know there are no serious medical side effects to marijuana. If somone knows differently please pass it along, with a site to or literature to back those facts. As far as I know it has not caused human death, by over medicating or over using. It is a wonderful substance for cancer patients to use because it subsides the nausea, as well as any other type of patient having to take medication with nausea as a side effect. It is also a wonderful tool to be used in glaucoma patients, it has been know to helped ease the pain associated with this. I think even Montel is a spokesperson for this as a treatment to be used with his MS. I remember him stating that it is the only thing he's used that continues to help him function in day to day life (Interesting to know, that the meds the DR's prescribed, left him unable to funtion in the day to day). Medical issues aside, if it were taxed it would only make our nation money, possibly helping take out a chunk of the National Debt. Other uses, clothing can be made, rope can be made, paper can be made (Just think, our trees would thank us), and all at a very low cost. Like I said, I am a fact junky, so if anyone has any info. that I can check on the negative effects (besides the ol' gateway thing) please pass it along.
Like I said, a huge fact junky. According to TimeHealthland (http://healthland.time.com/2011/06/17/top-10-) hope I got that right, we have currently spent one trillion dollars on the war against drugs, since President Nixon's declaration on the war against drugs.
No. People confuse the hell out of me, honestly, they see legalizing a drug as a good thing..what the fück America? Oh, here comes the "no negative side effects" or my favorite "WELL ALCOHOL IS A DRUG TOO!!!" arguments. God help this country..
Marijuana is bad for humans. If it were examined in a context devoid of all the political support it has, the FDA or a similar outfit would surely reject rather than approve it.
In that context, alcohol and tobacco would surely be illegal too!
They tried to make tobacco illegal elvinsinatra. Don't even bother bringing up alcohol, the two are not equatable.
Alcohol does more harm than good. It is significantly linked to breast cancer among other things. The problem was it was too deeply embedded in our culture. Citing alcohol does not give a good reason for legalizing marijuana. And by the way, marijuana is still illegal in those states, because they are part of the USA. Tobacco is legal poison, and everybody knows it. I think it may some day become illegal in the US. I think it should. My point remains. There are probably drugs the FDA removes from the market that are less toxic than alcohol and tobacco. That doesn't mean they shouldn't be removed.
I think a lot of people still don't use marijuana because it's illegal. I think it will become drastically more prevalent if legalized. Marijuana won't solve state governments' problems. That argument was made for legalizing gambling. Are casino states free of fiscal lack? No. The problem is too much spending, especially on government union workers, not too little revenue.
I dont know, but I'll tell you one thing legalizing its not gonna work, just like it didnt work on Mexico, those states better be ready soon will have, 18yr olds looking like 35
Because people who like weed STILL look younger than me? lol
My biggest concern is that it's one more drug to keep kids from getting their older sibling or friend to buy for them. Still, the government might as well tax it and get revenue from a new source.
The danger factor is enough to dissuade some kids, though I imagine other kids find it exciting.
Or kids smoking crack.
that already happens. weed is everywhere
Hey Billy, wanna smoke some crack?
No, man, that's illegal but pot's legal now, so lets hit a j.
--The preceding is a conversation that never happens.