In 2013 "recreational" Marijuana becomes legal in some states. Do you wish it were legal in your state, or "no way", we don't need more intoxicants?

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In 2013 "recreational" Marijuana becomes legal in some states. Do you wish it were legal in your state, or "no way", we don't need more intoxicants?

Bignuf Bignuf
How do you feel about the legal Marijuana use...forget medical stuff, but for "recreational use", which is what goes into effect next year.

Is it an open door for more intoxication troubles or part of the solution to decriminalizing a relatively harmless activity and taking a big incentive out of crime, freeing up police for more serous work, and keeping our jails free of minimal offenders?

How do you feel about it?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I wish my state would allow legal marijuana use.
47
I want my state to stay as marijuana free as possible. No legalization.
9
My state is one that allows it after the election results.
4
Other?
15
Total votes: 75 (71 voters)
Poll is closed
12/06/2012
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Ryuson Ryuson
My state is on the border, and like 90% of our prisons are full of people who were found in possession of it. There are also people here who get shot everyday over illegal marijuana dealings, transportation, or 'narking.' I would never smoke it, but I am for legalizing it.
12/06/2012
RonLee RonLee
In many ways it doesn't really matter since Federal law remains unchanged. You can and WILL still be prosecuted by Federal Law Enforcement if your usage comes to their attention.
12/06/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by RonLee
In many ways it doesn't really matter since Federal law remains unchanged. You can and WILL still be prosecuted by Federal Law Enforcement if your usage comes to their attention.
The Feds don't have much interest in street-level users. They want the dealers and dispensaries.
12/06/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
I don't mind either way. I will stay away from it.
12/06/2012
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Making something illegal makes it more desirable for some. It also makes it more dangerous. No one gets shot over selling vodka. If it is legalized and regulated, I believe its commerce becomes safer. Plus, they could tax the crap out of it, and fix the deficit in this country.
12/06/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by LikeSunshineDust
Making something illegal makes it more desirable for some. It also makes it more dangerous. No one gets shot over selling vodka. If it is legalized and regulated, I believe its commerce becomes safer. Plus, they could tax the crap out of it, and fix ...
Can't tax what you can't regulate. There would have to be some serious consequences for possession of seeds and how they're sold.
12/06/2012
Beck Beck
I wish my state would have at least medical. However, we are one of the decriminalized states. So I don't worry about the amount I have. I can't even afford enough to be more than a $100 ticket in my state. I rarely travel out of my state, so I don't have to worry about it. Though, my hubby has decided that in Jan. he will look for another job to relocate us. If he can get one in a state with medical or legal on state level...we are going!
12/06/2012
sweetpea12 sweetpea12
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
How do you feel about the legal Marijuana use...forget medical stuff, but for "recreational use", which is what goes into effect next year.

Is it an open door for more intoxication troubles or part of the solution to decriminalizing ...
Honestly I'm indifferent, and don't really care
12/06/2012
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
Can't tax what you can't regulate. There would have to be some serious consequences for possession of seeds and how they're sold.
Well, there are taxes on alcohol, but I'm allowed to make as much beer, wine and hard cider in my basement as I want as long as I'm not selling it. Then I'd get a liquor license and pay taxes.
12/06/2012
damnbul12 damnbul12
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
How do you feel about the legal Marijuana use...forget medical stuff, but for "recreational use", which is what goes into effect next year.

Is it an open door for more intoxication troubles or part of the solution to decriminalizing ...
I wish my state would allow legal marijuana use.
12/06/2012
Beaners Beaners
I've done a lot of research on this topic, and I firmly believe it should be legal and regulated. It has far fewer long term consequences than alcohol, and if given the choice, I think many more people would prefer using marijuana to using alcohol.

Personally, I don't like the feeling of being high, so I would probably stick to alcohol. As someone who doesn't enjoy it, and doesn't smoke, I'm pretty active in the legalization cause.
12/06/2012
ginnyluvspotter ginnyluvspotter
I'm hoping it will be at some point here in PA
12/06/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
Actually, I-502 went into effect today so in WA, recreational marijuana is legal now. I don't smoke but I'm not against legalization. I just really think that I-502 was a terrible way to do it. I-502 can really mess up some people's lives, especially medical users.
12/06/2012
shorejen9 shorejen9
I'm for legalization and hope my state hops on board.
12/06/2012
RonLee RonLee
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
The Feds don't have much interest in street-level users. They want the dealers and dispensaries.
That may very well be true, however there are other aspects of that federal prohibition to take into consideration. Think of DOMA I could legally marry a same sex partner in one of the states where that is legal but because of DOMA we could not file taxes MFJ that partner could not be added to a federal employees employer health insurance, etc.
If weed is legal in my state but a federal employer drug tests and finds you smoked last week you are still fired because it's still a Federal Violation. There are still questions asked about weed use for a Federal Security clearance.
12/06/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by RonLee
That may very well be true, however there are other aspects of that federal prohibition to take into consideration. Think of DOMA I could legally marry a same sex partner in one of the states where that is legal but because of DOMA we could not file ...
You really can't throw drug testing in the mix in this discussion. That's a separate issue defined by the individual corporations, unless it is a Federal position. But, in the private sector they could make it legal to do every drug under the sun and your employer could still fire you if they have a no tolerance policy.
12/06/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by LikeSunshineDust
Well, there are taxes on alcohol, but I'm allowed to make as much beer, wine and hard cider in my basement as I want as long as I'm not selling it. Then I'd get a liquor license and pay taxes.
My point is, is that it would be really easy to go off the grid and create a pocket farm somewhere to mass produce for public consumption. Seeing that the plant will grow under just about any condition and in just about every part of the world, it's not like that scenario is outside of the realms of possibility.

I don't agree with the current ways people are going about getting it legalized and I think there's a lot of red tape that needs to be waded through. As with everything in life there are upsides and downsides.
12/06/2012
epiphanyjayne epiphanyjayne
I'm in Canada and we should legalize it again. it was legal for 3 days a while ago but the USA was all up in arms about it so they changed there minds and made it decriminalized under a certain amount. what ever just make it legal already.
12/06/2012
Meltingfish Meltingfish
I think Marijuana should be regulated like alcohol and taxed highly. In terms of its effect, it really is much less dangerous than other drugs because it is almost impossible to overdose and is not addictive. Additionally, several cannabinoids have been found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
12/06/2012
Vanille Vanille
I don't smoke, but I'm definitely not against it being legalized.
12/06/2012
Rossie Rossie
I only support the use of medical marijuana. I voted 'no' on recreational use, and am glad it stays that way in our state.
12/06/2012
Ciao. Ciao.
I don't really have any personal interest in marijuana being legalized in my state, but I think it makes a lot of sense from a legal and financial standpoint. I am totally unconvinced that marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, so I really see no reason why it can't be similarly taxed/restricted. That said, I do hope that some consideration is given to using revenue generated from taxation to increasing substance abuse education, support/rehab programs, and mental health services.
12/06/2012
Red Vinyl Kitty Red Vinyl Kitty
I don't smoke (anything, I'm allergic even to things like incense), but I am glad it is becoming legal in my state. I am very opposed to people being sent to jail for nonviolent crimes, as well as I think this will be good for the local economy.
12/06/2012
Bill220 Bill220
I don't smoke it (don't like the buzz) but I'd like to see it legalized. People are going to smoke it either way and the jails are full of non-violent drug offenders with many of them being locked up for weed. Makes no sense.

I think alcohol causes more health problems and "social damage" than pot does.
12/06/2012
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
The Feds don't have much interest in street-level users. They want the dealers and dispensaries.
Not entirely true, sadly. In Cali, after medicinal marijuana was legalized, the Feds started arresting people recommended marijuana by their doctors to send a message to the California legislature.
12/06/2012
michael scofield michael scofield
I dont do drugs. I rarely even take Tylenol I dont like stuff messing with my body
12/06/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Rayne Millaray
Not entirely true, sadly. In Cali, after medicinal marijuana was legalized, the Feds started arresting people recommended marijuana by their doctors to send a message to the California legislature.
Wow! Are you serious? I wasn't aware of that at all.
12/06/2012
Real or memorex Real or memorex
Criminalizing it fills up the prisons with non-violent offenders and ruins lives. I don't want to see marijuana be a law-enforcement priority at all. Decriminalize.
12/06/2012
Falsepast Falsepast
Marijuana should be legalized and alcohol banned
12/06/2012
Total posts: 62
Unique posters: 52