Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
I'm just curious as to everyone's opinion on this. I realize it's a controversial topic, so let's all be adults here, k?

Do you think pot should be legalized?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
No, never.
7  (5%)
It should be decriminalized. (ie, you get a ticket instead of going to jail)
10  (8%)
It should be legalized for medicinal purposes only.
11  (8%)
It should be legalized and controlled in the same manner as tobacco and alcohol.
102  (77%)
The inevitable "other"
2  (2%)
Total votes: 132
Poll is closed
09/21/2010
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Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
YES. Legalize it and tax it and save the money spent on prosecuting and chasing after weed dealers and make money on the tax! I'm a member of NORML...and NOT a smoker of anything at all. It's a political/financial stance for me.
09/21/2010
Not here Not here
Oops, I didn't read the part to ignore the post.. Here's my response from the other thread...


I'm not going to get too political here, but I am gonna give my two cents because it's something I feel strongly about. If you know anything about "pot culture," you know that 420 is a marijuana reference, and alas, I am Jesibel420.. I'm sure you understand my feelings toward marijuana now.

However, even if I didn't smoke, I would still support decriminalization of marijuana for many reasons. Alcohol is legal for those over 21 years old. If you drink and drive, you pay the price. IMO, alcohol has MUCH worse effects than pot. I've never thrown up from being high. I've never gotten so high I thought having sex with a random stranger was a good idea. I don't drive, but my boyfriend has never gotten high and thought he was capable of driving, but really wasn't, and got into an accident. If you can make the choice to drink alcohol as an adult, why not be able to smoke marijuana?

There has been tons of medical research, and weed cannot kill you. The only possible way is to smoke so much that you suffocate, and you would have to smoke more than is even humanly possible, in a ridiculously short amount of time, to do so.

Also, if marijuana were decriminalized, taxed, and regulated by the government, the country would gain so much tax revenue that the economy would no longer be in turmoil. It can create countless jobs if it is no longer illegal. LEGIT jobs, that pay legit wages.

I hope I haven't offended anyone, but I really think it's time for America to get over it and legalize or decriminalize. Since when is feeling happy and relaxed a crime?


Here are some links, if you're interested..
NORML

Marijuana Policy Project
09/21/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Quote:
Originally posted by Not here
Oops, I didn't read the part to ignore the post.. Here's my response from the other thread...


I'm not going to get too political here, but I am gonna give my two cents because it's something I feel strongly about. If you ...
Gotta love NORML...
09/21/2010
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Quote:
Originally posted by Tori Rebel
YES. Legalize it and tax it and save the money spent on prosecuting and chasing after weed dealers and make money on the tax! I'm a member of NORML...and NOT a smoker of anything at all. It's a political/financial stance for me.
Yea, that's my thought on it. I'd never heard of NORML, but I have lots of friends who were part of Students for Sensible Drug Policy when it was in existence on my campus (president graduated and the group kinda fell apart).

I just recently watched the documentary "The Union" and it's completely eye-opening (albeit totally biased). link
09/21/2010
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Quote:
Originally posted by Not here
Oops, I didn't read the part to ignore the post.. Here's my response from the other thread...


I'm not going to get too political here, but I am gonna give my two cents because it's something I feel strongly about. If you ...
"There has been tons of medical research, and weed cannot kill you. The only possible way is to smoke so much that you suffocate, and you would have to smoke more than is even humanly possible, in a ridiculously short amount of time, to do so."

Funny you mention that, since that's how they "proved" that smoking marijuana kills brain cells. They put gas masks on monkeys and pumped them full of smoke. Then when they monkeys died (from lack of oxygen over time), they examined the brains and they had dead cells (from lack of oxygen over time).
09/21/2010
Not here Not here
Quote:
Originally posted by LikeSunshineDust
"There has been tons of medical research, and weed cannot kill you. The only possible way is to smoke so much that you suffocate, and you would have to smoke more than is even humanly possible, in a ridiculously short amount of time, to do ...
Exactly! Much of the "research" has been based on other factors. Anyone will die from lack of oxygen!

And The Union was awesome, btw
09/21/2010
Sammi Sammi
One of our tour bus drivers this summer was excited (almost giddy) for the vote coming up in California over the legalization for recreational use (Proposition 19). He was expecting tourism to increase if it passed, as if it does, it will make California the first state in the union to allow this kind of usage, as well as tax the sale of it.
09/21/2010
Not here Not here
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
One of our tour bus drivers this summer was excited (almost giddy) for the vote coming up in California over the legalization for recreational use (Proposition 19). He was expecting tourism to increase if it passed, as if it does, it will make ...
I swear I will move to Cali if they legalize!!!
09/21/2010
Blinker Blinker
Quote:
Originally posted by Not here
I swear I will move to Cali if they legalize!!!
FUCK! We can be neighbors, chica! I'm so moving there too!
09/21/2010
Not here Not here
Quote:
Originally posted by Blinker
FUCK! We can be neighbors, chica! I'm so moving there too!
Hells yeah! I wish I knew as many cool people in real life as I do on EF. I don't think I live in the right area, most of the people in New England are nothing like me.. California Dreamin all the time..
09/21/2010
Envy Envy
I think it should be medical only as it does have a lot of potential, just people abuse it a lot. I clean rooms ata motel, and too many times I walk into a room that babies were in while the parents smoked the weed. I dunno, but it really sits ill with me.

I already live in CA, but I hate this state. The people are rude, the cost of living is so jacked up I can never hope to move out, etc. If it becomes legal here, I will so be leaving if I ever can and just go to the South with my bf.

Not to be mean or rude, but I just do not get along with pot smokers and most I have known were using it to run from their problems. Smoking is bad, period, whether it's cigs, cigars, or weed. Bad for the lungs. I just don't have any respect for drug users (any drugs except prescription for illnesses that are treated medically). Not to say I don't like them, I just prefer not to be around them or be friends with them.

And no, I have never done drugs in my life. Furthest I go is St. John's Wort and Kava Kava for my depression and anxiety. And Ibuprofen for my pain.

That's all I'm really going to say on this matter.
09/21/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I personally have never smoked marijuana and never will. Because of other laws, I think that Marijuana should be handled like alcohol. You need to be 21 to smoke it and you can't do it in a car or operate a car after using ANY amount of it.

Lets face it...alcohol can be an probably is more dangerous in large amounts.
09/21/2010
RadRach RadRach
Alcohol and tobacco both have been proven to be way worse then green. I def think that should legalize it... there could be so many bennifits from legalizing it...
09/21/2010
iceman681 iceman681
legal but high age require ment
09/22/2010
Liz2 Liz2
Quote:
Originally posted by Not here
Hells yeah! I wish I knew as many cool people in real life as I do on EF. I don't think I live in the right area, most of the people in New England are nothing like me.. California Dreamin all the time..
I'm so with you on this. I too live in a very staid area but the reality is that marijuana is easier to come by then sex toys! If legalized, I would appreciate the product quality factor as with the underground, quality and strength is not known prior to use.
This state could certainly use the tax revenue........and overall, its safer then alcohol.
09/22/2010
SexyySarah SexyySarah
Yes, I think it should be, you can use it for the good, if we are allowed to smoke and drink, then what harm will this do? The government will be able to tax it and make money therefore, creating new jobs and helping the environment! I don't see what the big deal is about this, it's no different then drinking alcohol and the people getting caught with it are only cluttering up our jails! Think about it!
09/22/2010
Lady Venus Lady Venus
well here, in Canada, it is decriminalized. It's only a crime if you sell it, or have over 30 grams in possession. Other wise, it is considered personal use. But you can however, get charged for driving under the influence if caught driving stoned.

If it shall become legalized, I would assume or expect the government to at least set age restrictions and so forth. just like booze. The government actually selling it, and taxing it? Not a chance, there are far too many resources on the street than to pay taxes shitty government weed. They can try....


Now for my tad bit of a ramble, my friend passed away of cancer a couple years ago. She requested medical marijuana from her doc. The doctor laughed at her and said, "hell you are probably buying better weed than the government has to offer you. Stick to that." He said that what we grow here is better in potency than medical marijuana. We have the best growing climate in Canada.

In my opinion, weed is much safer than drinking alcohol. It doesn't kill. It doesn't attack the liver, doesn't create a dependency. And I would rather my kids start smoking pot before drinking any day. BUT, although I would rather them not smoke it before their brains are fully developed and don't become dope dumb from it, before they are out of high school. But, what can you do? you can't go to school holding their hand during their every move their whole lives.

I just hate it when people tend to act as if weed is just as bad a cocaine, meth, acid, ecstasy, etc. If it hasn't been tampered with or laced and has been allowed to grow naturally on its own...completely harmless. Weed is not a drug.
09/22/2010
Gary Gary
I am not sure about the medical perspective, but weed seems like its not a bad for you as alcohol. I know the actual smoking is kind of bad, but you could always make brownies or use a vaporizer. Weed can't be worse for you than McDonalds!
09/22/2010
Owl Identified Owl Identified
Another non-smoker that supports legalizing it, but I'm not into regulation. That's a whole other issue though...
09/22/2010
paralax paralax
Quote:
Originally posted by LikeSunshineDust
I'm just curious as to everyone's opinion on this. I realize it's a controversial topic, so let's all be adults here, k?

Do you think pot should be legalized?
it would end up being a total cash crop just like tobacco was for the early American settlers.
09/22/2010
Owl Identified Owl Identified
Quote:
Originally posted by Lady Venus
well here, in Canada, it is decriminalized. It's only a crime if you sell it, or have over 30 grams in possession. Other wise, it is considered personal use. But you can however, get charged for driving under the influence if caught driving ...
Dude, I don't know about Canada, but government weed in the United States is the best. Definitely not government cheese weed.
09/22/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
This is America's biggest cash crop! I read a great Playboy article about this in this months issue. Good read.

Now, I won't smoke the stuff, I never had, its just not my thing. BUT IT MEANS $$$$!
09/22/2010
Avant-garde Avant-garde
For recreational NO!!! for medical use yes. If it is administered with professional help It can save peoples lives.
09/22/2010
gone77 gone77
Absolutely.
09/22/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
Quote:
Originally posted by Avant-garde
For recreational NO!!! for medical use yes. If it is administered with professional help It can save peoples lives.
it can save lives? I thought it only helped relieve pain.

Maybe i was wrong...
09/22/2010
Avant-garde Avant-garde
Quote:
Originally posted by Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
it can save lives? I thought it only helped relieve pain.

Maybe i was wrong...
People that suffer from life threatening diseases such as cancer can use marijuana to gain back their energy,appetite and keep their food down. There are lots of other benefits I just cant remember them right now.
09/22/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
Quote:
Originally posted by Avant-garde
People that suffer from life threatening diseases such as cancer can use marijuana to gain back their energy,appetite and keep their food down. There are lots of other benefits I just cant remember them right now.
Oh alright, I wasn't trying to be a smart ass or anything, just thought there might have been an opportunity to learn something new. Thanks
09/22/2010
Jenn (aka kissmykitty) Jenn (aka kissmykitty)
While I don't condone drug use, I do think it should be legalized as it would be a little easier to control it. Also, for those who can benefit from it medically, the legalization of it would make it easier for them to get.
09/22/2010
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
Quote:
Originally posted by paralax
it would end up being a total cash crop just like tobacco was for the early American settlers.
Funny you mention that. In colonial Virginia, all farmers were required to grow hemp because it was such an important crop. And Viktor's right, it already is the country's biggest cash crop.
09/22/2010
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