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    Default Should Marijuana be legal

    I have thought about making this post for a few weeks but felt uneasy about it for many reasons. Forgive me if I ramble and jump around.






    Let me start by saying I used to smoke pot, loved being stoned. I have not smoked weed in about 17 years.

    Should Marijuana be legal?

    I have been doing a lot of reading about this in the past few weeks. I have learned so much that it is kind of overwhelming. California is looking into it, I also head that Massachusetts may add it to the ballot. When I heard that Ca was thinking about it I started to ask questions and do some reading on many different types of websites. Some of these website are based on the marijuana culture others are very main stream - CNN, Fox News etc etc

    I dont think we will see it in the next year but it would not surprise me if pot was legal and controlled by the states and taxed within 5 years.

    Prohibition of Marijuana is joke, its grown in basements, closets, warehouses etc and shipped all over the country. You can buy seeds direct from Amsterdam right over the internet and start a mini farm in your basement.

    I recently read an article that said 51% of Americans feel Alcohol is more dangerous than Marijuana. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/publ...than_marijuana


    I am by no means an expert on the subject of Marijuana. I dont claim to know all of the dangers or health risks.

    IMHO I think its time to legalize it. Control it just like Alcohol, tax the crap out of it, put restrictions on it. Sell it in liquor stores, put a restriction on how much you can have on you. A type of open container law. You will need to be 21 to purchase it and have it on you.

    If you wish to grow it in your yard or home for personal use that is fine but you are not allowed to have a farm of it without a license. Licenses would not be handed out to every idiot that wants to grow weed and sell it.

    British Columbia weed trade is apparently worth 6 billion. They are saying it could bring in roughly 1.4 billion in tax revenue to CA. Imagine the money saved by not chasing down pot dealers? Let the DEA deal with meth labs and H dealers.




    I have asked some close friends and family if they still get high. Some do some dont. These are all very smt susuccessful people with very normal lives. One of my step brothers smokes on a nightly basis. He is one of the brightest people I know, he is an asset manager for 2 mortgage firms and is partner in a development firm. He recently told me that he takes a bong hit every night and is pretty much stoned all weekend.


    One of my best friends still smokes weed, not every night but a few times a week. He is a very successful guy, electrician by trade but runs the field operations for a company that installs control systems in huge packaging plants all over the world. I would not want his job, he told me that he gets so stressed from work that weed helps him to relax and take a mental vacation without the hangover.

    I spoke with another best friend and asked him the same question. He said no, that when his daughter was born they pretty much stopped smoking. He said they just dont keep it around the house but if someone was to offer him a hit while fishing or skiing her would smoke some, his wife said the same thing. I can respect this view, I would not want it around my child either.

    As we get into this more I am going to ask that we keep this civil. I would really like to hear both sides.

    I will post more links to stuff as we go.
    Here is one I recommend reading, yes it is pro legalization. http://norml.org/
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    Yes, it should. I can't even comprehend the argument for keeping it illegal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    Yes, it should. I can't even comprehend the argument for keeping it illegal.
    Do you smoke it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLO View Post
    Do you smoke it?
    Better question: Do you sell it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Better question: Do you sell it?
    I dont smoke it or sell it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLO View Post
    I dont smoke it or sell it.
    Not you, I meant ask lovemachine.
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    I don't smoke it, nor do I sell it. I have a friend who smokes it all day and night. It makes him lazy. But it is no worse for him, or dangerous for everyone else, than alcohol is for the guy who can't go to work in the morning without his flask. America didn't fall apart after the repeal of prohibition, but the era of prohibition elevated organized crime to outrageous levels. America won't fall apart if drugs were legalized, and it would help end the organized crime that has reached outrageous levels.

    It seems counter-intuitive, but America would actually be safer through drug legalization.

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    Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use.

    Marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. Around 50,000 people die each year from alcohol poisoning. Similarly, more than 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to tobacco smoking. By comparison, marijuana is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose. According to the prestigious European medical journal, The Lancet, "The smoking of cannabis, even long-term, is not harmful to health. ... It would be reasonable to judge cannabis as less of a threat ... than alcohol or tobacco."
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    That was my question as well. I've heard it works wonders for those of us with MS.

    For medicinal purposes of course.

    I'd say legalize it already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLO View Post
    Forgive me if I ramble and jump around.
    You're high!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Down In Flames View Post
    You're high!

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    Nope not high.
    I was kidding.

    You'd have noticed... If you weren't high!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Down In Flames View Post
    I was kidding.

    You'd have noticed... If you weren't high!
    I know you were kidding idiot.

    Now add something to the discussion.
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    Yes, among a lot of other drugs. The drug war failed, and its effect here and around the world are much worse IMO than the prospective collateral consequences of legalized coke, heroin or speed. Those other drugs should be regulated and taxed. Marijuana not .

 

 

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