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Marijuana Legalize it.
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I favor full legalization of all drugs, prostitution and gambling. Most of the people who profit from these things are scumbags, and the customers are filling prisons.Not a perfect solution (people not doing any of these things would be the best), legalization seems the better alternative.
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jake9630 wrote:

Actually, a "drug" is defined as "any substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body", so marijuana is a drug. Also, "herb" is a classification of plant, not chemical.


Exactly my point!
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But then again those who put alcohol and smoking end up having a bad liver, and other negative impacts within their body! but to each their own.
Posted 5/12/15
I say legalize it. If someone wants to smoke it, then smoke it. it should be their choice. It's less harsh than cigarettes anyway. I don't get why cigarettes are legal but marijuanna isn't. Oh well
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the-komplicated-girl But then again those who put alcohol and smoking end up having a bad liver, and other negative impacts within their body! but to each their own.


Every time I hear "Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol", I always say, watch a WC Fields comedy, and watch two hours of Adult Swim, and tell me which is funnier.
Anything that can harm the coherent sense of humor to that degree is pretty darn HARMFUL.

(Like Fields said, "I'll be sober tomorrow, and you'll be crazy for the rest of your life.")
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Prohibition is always problematic and expensive. Unless you can demonstrate serious social consequences for legalization of a substance, legalize, regulate, and tax it. This generates revenues and creates legitimate businesses. This reduces related crime and removes funding sources from criminal cartels. There is a mountain of solid data to support all the previous statements I have made.

For my personal opinions, I don't care if people want to get high. Let them. I can still fire them if they show up to work high and it impairs their ability to perform their job. Just like drinking is legal but I can still fire someone that shows up too hungover or drunk to do their job. I would prefer that the venues that substance use is allowed are limited so that I don't have to breath it or be otherwise exposed to it unless I choose to be. Marijuana has been proven to have some deleterious effects, but most are not permanent. The long term health consequences are largely similar to or less than smoking natural tobacco (good luck getting that most places too, tons of growing restrictions).

I say take the economic benefits of regulation and taxation and cut the illegal competition off at the knees. It is hilarious when opponents try to link legalization in Colorado to all kinds of negative consequences. Most of the things they cite are not the case. Most types of crime haven't changed much, but a few have reduced in incidence. One conservative article popular among the opposition actually claims that the cartels have increased the white slave trade to make up the lost funds and that more kids are being kidnapped. Missing persons for the area had not increased; kind of throws a wrench in that claim.

Hemp growth is often restricted under concerns about Marijuana. Hemp oil is great for several uses, but because it can contain trace amounts of the compounds that are the bone of contention in marijuana the use is restricted. Hemp used to be used to make a lot of excellent rope, decent cloth, and even paper. Without the drug restrictions it may be possible to make in roads on reviving this agricultural sector and further benefiting our economy.
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I wouldn't care if it is legalized or not. Makes no difference to me, because I would never try it. Drugs overall are just bad for you! And it's true a lot of people who do smoke it always use the "health benefit argument" for it! Yea sure, maybe it does help cancer, but like any other drug out there, it still is bad for you body.


I hope you aren't talking about strictly narcotics. Prescription drugs are just as bad actually way worse believe it or not.
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LordDust wrote:

Prohibition is always problematic and expensive. Unless you can demonstrate serious social consequences for legalization of a substance, legalize, regulate, and tax it. This generates revenues and creates legitimate businesses.


And limited legalization (like medical) creates cheap illegitimate businesses hoping to cash in on the loophole.

Originally, when Prohibition was first announced, there were the complaints of those who needed alcohol for (verified) "medical use", as well as the use of sacred wine in Jewish rituals.
The initial legislation wrote in a clause saying that you were allowed to buy certain liquor if you had a note from your doctor or rabbi.
Almost overnight, there sprang up a cottage industry in storefront "doctors" and "rabbis" willing to write exemption certificates. And this, eighty years before the Internet existed.
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What the fuck is with america and weed?
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TomCraft wrote:

What the fuck is with america and weed?


Actually it is used in Europe and other parts of the world more than america.
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the-komplicated-girl wrote:

But then again those who put alcohol and smoking end up having a bad liver, and other negative impacts within their body! but to each their own.


Thats actually untrue, it's all about your body and what it can handle. Drinking once a day and only a few glasses well have little to no effect on your liver. Smoking the occasional joint or bowl or even hookah will have little affect on the average persons health.

If you eat a little bit of salt every day your fine but if you consume too much sodium then you start to have health effects, same goes for sugar and anything else.

The point is everything in moderation is the key, if you do too much of anything, including water it can be harmful to you.

As for legalization it really will just take time to get all the states legalized except for maybe the bible belt.

I will say this coming from a state that has legalized it, I walk around a lot since i don't really need to drive too much most of the time, so I tend to smell it everywhere I go these days, more so than it used to be before it was legalized. Not everyone wants to smell it or be around it and because there is no smoking in most of the apts/houses these days unless you own it, people go outside to smoke it so it carries for a long ways.

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TomCraft wrote:

What the fuck is with america and weed?


IKR!



My thoughts are the same.

Less smokers equals better. Smoking is bad for you no matter what the hell you smoke. I already dislike cigarette smokers and them polluting the air. Adding weed smokers into the fray just adds more of a nuisance.

ugh smokers can go...
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I am a full supporter of cannabis, both recreationally and medically.

I see a few in the thread who chose to spread their opinion despite being horribly misinformed.

Tell me this, why is a plant illegal, whilst at the same time pharmaceutical companies can synthesize the active, health-beneficial ingredient of this plant and sell it for major money? Because you can't regulate a plant that anyone can grow in their closet.

Pharmaceutical doctors will never recommend something that they themselves can't prescribe you for the simple reason of greed.

Concerta and amphetamine are two of the drugs pharmaceutical quacks tried to push on me growing up, two that would seriously damage the mind and body of a growing individual, this also somewhat killed my feeling of hunger leaving me with nothing but the eventual stabbing pain in the stomach from lack of nutrition as my only experience of "hunger". Something which smoking cannabis for 6 years has greatly helped to remedy.

Don't get me wrong, i enjoy the other benefits of smoking it aswell, it's mind-expanding and heightens the sensitivity of your senses to a degree. Those who want to say it's dangerous and bad for you tend to focus on the "smoking bit" completely denying and ignoring that it's edible, and you can also vaporize it, removing most if not all negative effects nay-sayers might bring up.

As for those who "have a friend who had a psychosis" because of weed. Maybe a weak mind has no business expanding past it's capability, ever thought of that?

Everyone is different, and it is far too often that those who can't enjoy something want to deny it for anyone else out of spite.


Also for the maker of the thread, i believe you missed the classic "Marijuana makes white women want to sleep with coloured men" as one of the reasons/campaigns to criminalize it. That and hemp being an inexpensive alternative to make paper which would hit the timber industry hard if it was legal.

Fun fact, the first and second draft of the declaration of independence was written on hemp paper... True story.


I know i'm not gonna change any minds, the world has far too many stupid ignorant people for any real change to come about...

For now i'm stuck in a country where it's illegal and you'll basically be bullied by the cops for years once you get caught. But i'll keep smoking it no matter the legality, because honestly, fuck humanity.

To be accepted by a majority that see life only through the screen of their phones? Yeah sorry i think i'd rather wander around the rainforest with a bamboo bong and talk to the animals. At least they won't betray you or try to deny you happiness for no better reason than them lacking it.
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