Maybe it IS time to legalize it and tax the crap out of it. They call it weed for a reason -- IT IS. It really doesn't take much work to grow it.
It has been a war of futility to get rid of it, never ending and ever frustrating. AND there are no more limits on society - parents have become merely breeders, GLBWQXZG or whatever it is today demands Constitutional rights that aren't there, -- that closet they were all in must have been a crowded place.
Might as well legalize the stuff, nobody cares anymore anyway
Don't get me started
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Legalize it and tax it. Win-win.
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I'd like to hear reasons for keeping it illegal.
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For one to keep the dope smokers out of sight! I do not want my grandkids subjected to drug users any more than they are now!
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It should be legal. Then the riff raff would have to leave the state to make thier profits. Then the other drugs they sell will go with them. Money for the state and no riff raff. Now thats a win win.
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it's a ready made industry. it's here, then...now...and for ever. not taxing it and legaly making it part of agriculture is just stupid. medical. recreational. spiritual... whatever. it's not as if the other options are safer or more honorable, or ending/stoping wars. who fights when there stoned? just that benefit alone trump's anything iv'e read so far.
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Absolutely legalize it. According to a recent Gallup poll, 58% of Americans are pro-legalization. It is less harmful & addictive than most prescription painkillers, has less health effects than tobacco, does not cause violence like alcohol, making it legal would take some of the wind out of the sails of the mexican cartels, free up the police/DEA/courts/prisons, saving us billions of $, and giving them the chance to go after actual drugs instead of a dried plant. It literally has more pros than cons.
Look at the finacial condition of the states that already have. They cant count the money fast enough. Nobody gets high and beats the crap out of a family member, or gets behind the wheel and mows down a innocent person. But wait... I'll bet there is a pharmaceutical company that may have obvious objections. The medical implications are many. So I ask the question as well, WHY NOT?
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I hate drugs and what they do to people, their friends and families, and their employers. But I recently read a website that advocated legalizing all drugs, not just marijuana. Their rationale is that not only will it put gangs and drug dealers out of business, but tax revenue can be used to treat addicts and to pay for marketing discouraging drug use. Who are these radicals who want to mainstream drugs? Police officers. www dot leap dot cc/
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Absolutely legalize it. It isn't like any of couldn't get it within a couple of hours now. It is everywhere. In fact legalize all drugs and control them. Seems to me that doing ****** is a bunch better than doing meth whatever it is..... :). They cold then be taxed, controlled, and regulated. The only people opposed ot the legalization are the gangs and organized crime (which includes most Congress Critters).
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I support the legalization of any and all drug use by any consenting adult. The social and economic benefits have already been noted by other posters, but the most important issue with me is that no one should be able to tell another adult what they can and cannot put into their own body. PS - the comments above do not apply to children, of course. The same restrictions associated with alcohol and tobacco would apply.
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whoa, BlackFrancis1, "social benefit"??? The only social benefit to legalization is the removal of the illegality. Much like the social benefits of alcohol.
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The social benefit I'm talking about is the refocusing of law enforcement and other social services away from the war on drugs and towards things like education, poverty, economic development. The resources dedicated to fighting drugs could be better utilized in all manner of social programs. Not to mention the naked money grab when all those pounds, ounces, and grams are taxed. Lot of societal benefit there.
BlackFrancis1 Are you kidding? Our government is controlling you and what you do every single day in every way that they can. Consenting adult or not! They are on the march to end cigarette smoking, do you believe that the heavy smoke that pot has is better for you? Have you not noticed that progressive liberals want to limit your intake of sugar, salt fats, alcohol, control your use of aspirin, cough medicines and thousands of other CONTROL measures. I say dump prescriptions then, let anyone that wants to experiment with self medication give it a go... what harm does it do to you? There is no REASONABLE way you can control only the things you yourself do not use, and not others.
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TOT - I agree w/ you. I know the govt is doing/trying to control all those things. I'm simply saying the govt does not have a right to do that. I'm trying not to overthink it.
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When former Yankee pitcher Catfish Hunter was asked if he preferred astro turf or grass, he replied, "I don't know, I've never smoked astro turf."
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Ok, so people generally feel that consenting American adults should be able to do whatever they want. Aside from the fact that this sets a poor example for children and youth, and will lead to an increase in poor morals and values in society, I really don't wish to pay billions of dollars in Medicaid costs for people smoking marijuana all the time. If you choose to do the wrong things, the American people should not have to pay millions of dollars per Medicaid recipient for expensive treatments to correct the lung cancer, throat cancer, tongue cancer, jaw cancer and all the metastasis to other organs. Not to mention all of the other costly diseases Medicaid recipients will contract due to lack of prevention. You want to smoke - ENJOY! - but realize it will probably shave at least 10 years from your life.
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Peaceful, " will lead to an increase in poor morals and values in society" - really???? is there any morality left in society to lower??The bar on "morals and values" is already lower than a snake's belly.
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I agree with you drugs!
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But does that mean we should give up on making positive changes?
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But you dont mind spending millions on futile law enforcement efforts?
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Stackrat, if you do a cost comparison, I think you'd find that law enforcement is a bargain compared to health care costs.
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Peaceful, it is great to have you on this side of this issue, you have great points to your posts and I totally agree that the continuation of the laws banning drugs currently in place are the right thing to do!
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TiredOfTax, thank you for listening to what I had to say without immediately needing to find fault with things I say. You're very diplomatic!! There would be less wars in the world if people listened to each other more.
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