Published: Tuesday, Sept. 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Have you have finally wised up to the fact that the best avenue towards
realistically dealing with drug use and addiction is through proper regulation?
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Re: "Marijuana may not be as immediately harmful as many other drugs,
including alcohol . . . ."And if you don't believe it, just
ask one of the blown-out potheads who will undoubtedly leap to marijuana's
defense in these pages.Marijuana is every bit as harmful as alcohol.
The level of driving carnage it wreaks is inhibited only by its illegal
status.In states that have, either de jure or de facto, legalized
marijuana, the incidence of drugged driving increases, while drunk driving
remains the same or also increases.Legalization of marijuana merely
adds more digits to the hospitality industry's horrific body count.
Banning something vs controlling it. Lets give marijuana a go, let the next
generation(s) decide in 100 years if it was worth it.
While I'm torn on this issue, I think it is important to weigh the relative
merits of legalization and regulation versus the costs to society of the war on
drugs. We have the highest incarceration rate in the world by a long way,
it's not even close. We throw essentially harmless people into prison where
they are not only a burden to society, they become hardened. People use
marijuana any way, and I'm dubious that we would see any more abuse and use
than we already have. Our approach to marijuana is counter-productive and is
slowly crushing us as a country. Millions in prison and the economic burden
makes me think we should legalize. Yes, little good comes from it, but that
could be said about a lot of things.
The argument of this article is that, if kids/teens shouldn't use it,
nobody should.So we should gate all adult behaviors by their
appropriateness for kids and teens. So much for "Free Agency".New state slogan: "Utah, this is the place where nobody is ever allowed to
grow up."It isn't society's job to raise your kids
with your values. If you let them out into the world, the world will show them
what it has to offer. If you can't keep you kids from using pot, then
you've probably failed as a parent.Besides, our last 3
Presidents have used marijuana, as well as the founders of many of the
successful companies. It can't be too damaging.
I say we legalize and control all drugs much like cigarettes and alcohol. Then
teach others how harmful it is. Arrest those that sell to minors or those that
do not inform others of the danger. Lower the cost, drop the crime rates, add
sanity to drug producing nations. These drugs are terribly dangerous. I think
you can legalize without legitamizing as socially acceptable. In many circles
today smoking is not considered socially acceptable yet it is legal(except in
certain locations ie work place). We can do likewise with narcotics and reap the
benefits of a safer nation.
Prohibition isn't working again. Someone tell conservatives reality is
knocking.Why does it make conservatives feel better to make
something illegal that they don't like? I don't like
alcohol and drugs but I can see making them illegal just fills the jails and
takes kid's parents away and ruins lives. Going to jail definetly ruins a
person's life. Growing up in foster care ruins lives. Trying the marijuana
doesn't.They figure 50% of kids are trying marijuana before
graduating from high school. I imagine it skyrockets in college before they
become someone's boss. Prohibition isn't working - why does it make
you feel better? Why in the world does anyone care how you feel? So
what's the point of continuing to ruin the lives of people that sell
marijuana? Just tax it and empty the jails and prisons.
Re: ". . . our last 3 Presidents have used marijuana, as well as the
founders of many of the successful companies. It can't be too
damaging."Ummmm, look around you. Do you really want to make
It is very unwise to legalize Marijuana for the obvious reasons in the article.
If an adult smokes their child will likely smoke. Alcohol is actually more
dangerous than Marijuana as those drinking not only kill themselves, but others.
It would be better for alcohol to be prohibited, but then we would have the
drinkers protesting. They claim probibition did not work but we consume a lot
more alcohol now and lose a lot of lives from it.
To suffer fate of having to live in California, probably justifies special laws
to allow its citizen some means to reduce the pain and suffering.
Re: Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT"Besides, our last 3 Presidents have
used marijuana ..."Perhaps that explains why Obama is so
mentally challenged when it comes to balancing our nation's checkbook.
Can't think of a better argument for staying away from the stuff.
I'm not going to use marijuana any more than I'm going to start
drinking but...It's a cost benefit analysis. The
cost to people's lives for being tried and convicted of marijuana crimes is
much higher than the dangers of using it.The cost to society now to
convict people of marijuana crimes is a very high cost vs the taxes generated by
allowing it to be sold legally.The laws for marijuana use would
likely be the same as alcohol. No public intoxication, no public consumption, no
use for under 21 years of age ect ect. With the falling quality of
jobs and conservative argument that most of us don't need a college
education anyway, I fail to see thier argument that we need to preserve every
possible point of IQ so we can throw them in jail and or make them fry cooks
with an above average I.Q.Or could it be that while conservatives
don't want to educate the lower classes they do in fact want thier low paid
help very smart so they can follow every command promptly? So hard to find good
Typical for the Deseret News, this editorial is full of ignorance and guesswork.
Why don't we stick to facts instead of made up fear mongering. Where is the
balance?To those attacking the point that our last 3 presidents have
used cannabis, keep your political views out of this and show why this harmless
plant was detrimental to those men. The point isn't that marijuana made
them better men, it's that they used marijuana and still achieved one of
the greatest feats our society knows. This write-up is disgusting
and an insult to journalism. When cannabis is legalized this fall in Colorado or
Washington or both, and the world doesn't end in those two states, will the
Deseret News continue to side with ignorance?
The only danger in voting after having experienced some pot is probably that
they won't vote republican.
"Perhaps that explains why Obama is so mentally challenged when it comes to
balancing our nation's checkbook."You mean Obama, Bush,
Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford, and on and on and on and on.Guess they
were all lighting up
@procuradorfiscal"Marijuana is every bit as harmful as
alcohol."Not even close. Alcohol causes liver failure and all
sorts of other serious diseases. Tobacco causes lung cancer and all sorts of
respiratory problems. Both end up with huge death tolls annually. Marijuana?
What exactly does that cause that's going to kill anyone in terms of
disease? It is completely illogical for marijuana to be illegal while tobacco is
legal. Naturally that's why the top funder of anti-marijuana campaigns is
the tobacco industry. They just don't want competition."just ask one of the blown-out potheads who will undoubtedly leap to
marijuana's defense in these pages."Oh, and about that...
I've never used marijuana, nor do I have any intention to ever do so. Heck,
I've never smoked a cigarette or drank an alcoholic beverage either. I just
care about accuracy and consistency. Legalize marijuana or ban tobacco, because
what we have in place right now makes no sense at all.@Rifleman"Perhaps that explains why Obama is so mentally challenged when it comes
to balancing our nation's checkbook."Tax cuts + more
defense spending + preserve entitlement spending = Republicans being high while
RiflemanSalt Lake City, UtahRe: Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT"Besides, our last 3 Presidents have used marijuana ..."Perhaps that explains why Obama is so mentally challenged when it comes to
balancing our nation's checkbook. Can't think of a better argument for
staying away from the stuff.============== I assume you
ment GW Bush, who FYI - was voted for higher in Utah than in anyother
state....TWICE.BTW - George Washington grew hemp.He'd be
sitting in a U.S. prison right now if he were alive today.
procuradorfiscal: just a single reference to any one of your statements, because
none of what you said can be backed up by any scientific data.Do
some minimum research and you might be surprised at one of Gods greatest gifts,
a plant with a 5,000 year old history of man using it for fiber, paper, oil,
food, medicine, and lastly as a political scapegoat, for Dupont and Hearst.who capitalizing on deception increased their profits by eliminating the
competition thru government action (much like today's corporations.) But
don't take my word for it, Look it up.
@Kent R. Treehorn - This is an editorial, not an article. Editorials are the
OPINION of the editor or contributor writing them. They are not news and
therefore don't have to present both sides. Furthermore, no
one's implying that the "world is going to end" in Washington or
Colorado, or anywhere for that matter. The point the author is trying to make is
that the benefits of legalizing marijuana do not outweigh the negative aspects
and consequences that come along with it. We're constantly
seeing new reports that this drug, which has been promoted by so many as being
"harmless," really isn't that harmless after all. I'm all for
allowing people to choose, but I also believe that at some point we as a society
need to decide where to draw the line. There are numerous narcotics that are
legal, and people still sell them illegally. Drug-lords aren't simply going
to go legit...All we'll see legalizing marijuana is more
impaired driving. And soon, when people are sick of being busted for that,
they'll argue we need to ease up on impaired drivers too because we're
being "too harsh."
I have no doubt that alcohol can be more dangerous than marijuana. And, if I
had to approve one as legal, I might (note the word might) choose marijuana over
alcohol.But neither of these is an argument to legalize it. We have
one often dangerous drug legalized and we simply do not need another. Yes, many
use alcohol with little harm, my folks included, but its negatives (both
individual and societal) are indisputable.Surely there are many
other low level drugs which could be legalized. Should we legalize them all?And, at what level does a drug become too dangerous to legalize? Given
the increased potency of marijuana over the past few decades, would we need to
monitor and "grade" the marijuana making sure it is at a legal level?Simply put, we don't need another drug legalized. We've got
our hands full to overflowing with just one.
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