As recreational drugs go, marijuana is relatively benign. Unlike alcohol, it doesn´t stimulate violence or destroy livers. Unlike tobacco, it doesn´t cause lung cancer and heart disease. The worst you can say is that it produces intense, unreasoning panic. Not in users, but in critics. Those critics have less influence all the time. Some 18 states permit medical use of marijuana, and in November, Colorado and Washington voted to allow recreational use. Nationally, support for legalization is steadily rising. A decade ago, one of every three Americans favored the idea. Today, nearly half do—and among those under 50, a large
While I disagree with many of Chapman´s "reasons", I support decriminalization for the same arguments that repealed prohibition (21st Amendment). Prohibition of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, or weed only guarantees the cartels a monopoly.
BTW: Why do we need a Bureau of ATF, if all of those substances are legal?
The contention that smoking pot is not a health risk is simply intellectual dishonesty. Studies (love using that word against a lefty) show that the number and levels of carcinogens in pot are significantly higher can´t simply be dismissed by wishful thinking.
Studies have not linked pot smoking to cancer simply because studies designed to sort that out simply haven´t been done. I am pretty sure a simple survey of lifelong pot smokers would show the same levels of heart disease, COPD and emphysema as smokers. Cancer rates would probably be similar.
I think basing the decision for legalization on a finding of "harmlessness" is a fools errand anyway. Far better to make a personal freedom argument. But that would run smack into the lefts favorite argument against big tobacco, ie we should criminalize tobacco necause it causes cancer.
Saner (or less stoned out?) peoples head would explode trying to reconcile that conundrum, the left simply refuses to see a conflict in their principles.
For the record I say legalize it, we lost this was and are now just throwing badly needed funds down a rat hole. Legalize it and deal with the fallout. Don´t preach to me that there would be no fallout, that just insults my intelligence.
I voted against medicinal pot for this very reason, I hate the intellectual dishonesty of the entire "medical Marijuana" argument.
OK - let´s legalize it. But first - where will it be sold? To whom? In what quantities? How will it be kept from children and teens, or is it safe for them, too? Since it will be taxed, we will need more IRS enforcers to make sure it´s not being sold on Indian reservations or the black market.
Tell me again why, other than possibly medical benefits which are questionable, does anyone NEED to smoke pot?
It might feel good to kick the snot out of a few people too, not enough to do any real harm of course, but I´m not allowed to do that. How come? It feels good and the kickee needs it so, how come I can´t do it?
Following on #5´s comments, will questions about its use and storage be asked by your doctor? Will the questions be found on medical forms? Will you be banned from owning guns if you smoke it? Will pot smoking be banned in hotels/motels?
I´m sure there are many more questions that could be asked.
All drugs should be legal- controlled, taxed- but legal. Prohibition never works! Take the profit out of it, NOW. How many trillions have gone into the impotent war on drugs? How many more? What about the destruction of lives and liberty over it? It is monstrous! Next will come prohibition against guns- taking them from law abiding citizens but like illegal drugs- criminals will have no trouble having them.
Wow. All these milennia, we´ve had this miraculous wonder-drug, and never knew! It cures everything, solves all problems, and could never have ANY ill effects, ever. Now that we know, I just can´t wait ´til everybody is high on the stuff. Mmmm... Utopia.
Support is growing to legalize pot. Support is growing to legalize gay marriage. Support is growing to legalize the illegal immigrants. Support of Roe v Wade is at 70% (so they say. Support of a Leftist President is obvious since he was elected twice. Support is growing to tax the rich and give to the rest. Support for gun control is growing. How is all this working for you all? Is the Country better for all of this? Pot heads, gays, unborn killers, Liberalism, the takers, gun control freaks will not improve our society.
The fourth-grader at Explorer K-8 School stood silently on Sept. 11, hands by his side, as his classmates recited the Pledge of Allegiance. A Jehovah´s Witness forbidden from worshiping objects, the boy´s behavior was not unusual. He had never joined his peers in the ritual of placing his right hand on his heart. He had never spoken the words: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands ... ." But that morning was different.
In 1996, as California voters considered whether to make theirs the first state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, they were warned that they were on the verge of creating a grim wasteland from which they might never escape.(Snip) That was 17 years ago, and today, it´s clear that the critics were under the influence of some hallucinogenic substance. As a way of destroying the California way of life, Proposition 215 has been a bust. In one respect, the opponents were right: The program is so lenient that getting medical marijuana is easy for anyone claiming
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As Americans obsess over NSA spying, abuse by the IRS and other assaults on our freedom, I can´t get my mind off the thousand other ways politicians abuse us. In their arrogance, they assume that only they solve social problems. They will solve them by banning this and that, subsidizing groups they deem worthy and setting up massive bureaucracies with a mandate to cure, treat and rescue wayward souls.(Snip)It´s true that some Americans destroy their lives and their families´ lives by using drugs. Others struggle with addiction. But if illegal drugs are as horrible and addictive as we´ve been told,
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Advocates of treating marijuana more like alcohol gained another ally recently: the United Nations. The U.N. would claim otherwise. In fact, the U.N.’s International Narcotics Control Board would hotly deny it. The agency’s latest report laments the legalization of pot in Colorado and Washington, declaring the approval of recreational marijuana use “in contravention to” the 1961 U.N. Convention on Narcotics.(Snip)Here in the U.S., United Nations disapproval can only help the cause of legalization where it needs help the most: on the right.(Snip)The syllogism is easy enough to follow: The U.N. should not tell Washington what it can do
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