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Published: Friday, Nov. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

This article states that the police are keeping pace with the criminals. Wait... What? Marijuana and every other drug is widely available here in Utah. They are so far behind that it's inconceivable that they are "keeping pace" with the criminals.
This evaluation of why they didn't find as much marijuana this year seems nice, but what if they just didn't find them, or wern't looking hard enough, or the operations went indoors, or to states like Colorado.
But to even THINK they are keeping pace is a outright fabrication.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Legalize it. Tax it. Remove the incentive for organized crime to be involved in it.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Barack,

Protect our borders and our people please.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

This article makes NO sense. If it's legal to grow in CO why would you come to UT to grow it?
Was this written by someone impaired?

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Marijuana results in a lower IQ in children or teens that use it. Do you want your doctor using marijuana? I think it is better keep it out.

Emajor
Ogden, UT

What in Tucket?,

"Marijuana results in a lower IQ in children or teens that use it. Do you want your doctor using marijuana? I think it is better keep it out."

If it were just that simple I would agree. But you can't just keep it out. And making it illegal allows one heck of a nasty and brutal black market to exist that sucks up lives, law enforcement resources, and jail space that would be better used fighting violent crime. It's a complex issue, and "keep it out" is too naive and simple to actually work as a solution.

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

"Marijuana results in a lower IQ in children or teens that use it."

Like you dont think kids use it right now. In fact, if you want to acquire some go to your closest high school.

"Do you want your doctor using marijuana?"

Like you don't think they do right now.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Happy Valley Heretic" it isn't legal to grow Marijuana in Colorado. Federal law strictly prohibits growing and using Marijuana.

Wouldn't it be so much easier if we just renamed it "Epsilons" and made it available to everybody?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT
Marijuana results in a lower IQ in children or teens that use it.

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Please, stop the red-herrings!

Just like Alcohol and Tabacco,
Marijuana was NOT legalized for minors in Colorado and Washington.

In fact, in Washington,
smoking a cigarette in a car with children in it is illegal,
Not so in Utah.

In reality - it's STILL illegal for teens and children to use.
DUI stay illegal.
Like liquor, smoking in public places is illegal.

Canada has had legal marijuana for YEARS.

I here nothing about the evils of Canada from anyone -- just Mexico.
I think this has more to do with Race and bigotry then reality.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

No race or bigotry. The kids I knew growing up who used pot were your standard issue white kids.

My favorite public service ad on TV was about pot. It showed a kid doing nothing with his life and when his mom asked about him going out and getting a job (and him making excuses) is said something to the effect of "pot, it can make nothing happen to you too".

And, anecdotal though it may be, that is my experience. It seems to take the drive out of folks and leave them listless.

BTW, if it so great, then I am sure you are all teaching your kids to do it, right? You wouldn't want to deprive them of the wonders . . .

And no, there are no simple answers here. But giving up isn't the answer either. We have heard the tax it and regulate it mantra before. It has worked out great with alcohol and gambling. No abuse problems there and kids never get involved under age because that would be illegal, right?.

Sorry but until we look at the failures of tax and regulate, adding another item to that list does not make much sense.

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

@Twin Lights
Yes we do give up on a horrible idea of trying to imprison people who use substances. A natural plant that has been with us for 1000s of years. We give up on this notion that we can fool people about what the war on drugs is really about.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Midvalien,

I understand. And were our society of the "let him die" philosophy, that might be okay. But (fortunately) we are not. There are then, externalities. Costs we bear for someone else's foolishness. True we bear the cost of prison (and I am not convinced that prison is the right answer for most users anyway) but due to the preventatives we have less collateral damage to deal with.

Until we can figure out how to make sure that the users actions do not affect me or society, I am unconvinced.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

When you make it legal you illiminate the incentives for people to sell it and the crime that goes with it. If you can get it at the store there is no need for that unscrupulous person to bother selling it and KIDS won't be able to get it.

So if you want to keep kids from getting pot so easily make it legal and treat it jst like alcohol.

Portugal legalized ALL drugs 10 years ago. look up the results for yourself.

Denmark not only made heroin legal they offered it free to anyone that wants it and a clean place to use it too. They illiminated the dealer. Now heroin is so uncool nobody wants it even for free in Denmark.

Facts just don't support the republican position on the subject of prohibition. And the irony of hypocricy is stunning.

Of course most of us know there is a HUGE enforcement lobby that likes the taxpaer cash from the "war" on drugs.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

My guess is that Utah legislators would never legalize marijuana
but would also probably not make it illegal to smoke in a car with
a minor. Kind of illogical in my mind.

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