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Published: Friday, Oct. 11 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Sandy, UT

Ok, fine. Marijuana is harmful, I get it. The real issue is ignored in this opinion piece, however, which is: how should we deal with users? Is the editorial board ok with current enforcement guidelines which contribute to the US's infamous reputation as the world's leading "incarceration nation?" The editors have let themselves off too easily with this superficial bit of righteousness.


The only real problem you kid will ever have with marijuana will be getting caught with it. Then the government can proceed to ruin their lives.
Its time to ask the tough question. Is the harm of war on drugs greater or less than the harm of legalizing (decriminalizing) marijuana.
I believe the harm created by the war on drugs far outweighs the harm in legalization.
The DMN opinion expresses all these things that can happen when marijuana is legalized. This is already happening, if marijuana remains illegal then we have stated we like the status quo. We want our kids fined and marked for life, rather than chastised by the parents. The war on drugs is a war on you and your kids and their mistakes. We have filled our prisons, we have ruined lives.

Here, UT

I disagree with your opinion, but that's nothing new.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

My observation of several friends and children of friends and two long term users in my family mirror the old public service announcement - that "Marijuana can make nothing happen to you too." The users tend to lack significant motivation to better themselves.

Yes, I am sure there are exceptions. But that appears to be the trend. The stereotype exists for a reason.

Las Vegas, NV

I think it's a question of where one person's rights end and another person's rights begin.
If you have someone move in next door who decides he/she is going to sit on their porch every night and smoke marijuana to the point that you have to close all your windows if you don't want the second hand smoke coming into your house...how is that a good thing?

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

"It is addictive, it increases heart-attack risks, affects judgment and motor ability, and is particularly brutal on cognitive abilities..."


We are talking about "medical" marijuana here, right?
Because this entire article and it's ONLY argument was skewed and based soley toward the "recreational" use.

Name ONE drug - legal or illegal - which isn't dangerous.

BTW - number of deaths in Utah due to marijuana - ZERO per year.
Number of deaths in Utah due to prescription drug use - 537 per year.

I look at the facts and data [and even the Holy Ghost] to make my decisions,
and leave my emotions out of it.

And the Medical use of Marijuana is one of them I support.

Houston, TX

Nancy Reagan got it right with her "Just Say No!" campaign. Teens need to be taught how to resist peer pressure. Marijuana is even more harmful mentally and socially than the opinion article expressed. I was a teen in the sixties, and I could tell immediately when each of my friends used marijuana ... and the effects never totally wore off.

I would reduce the penalty for its use to something less than a felony, and turn to a heavy fine instead of prison. Take away their drivers license for a year afterwards because of the loss of depth perception. Drug test them before restoring their license.

We should divert "War on Drugs" funds to a media campaign that would clearly show the devastation with a slogan "Wasted Lives = Living Wasted." Give the parents the facts they need to exert their moral authority in the lives of these kids. We need studies that focus on the effects on mental health rather than physical health.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Open Minded Mormon,

I will leave for another time the efficacy of medical marijuana. But the reality in many states that have allowed medical marijuana is almost no one is turned away (there is always a "reason" to prescribe). So, it becomes de facto legalization and much of the use is recreational.

Tooele, UT

Re: "Its time to ask the tough question. Is the harm of war on drugs greater or less than the harm of legalizing (decriminalizing) marijuana."

You got the question exactly right. You got the answer exactly wrong.

The primary harm to the war on drugs is inflicted by feckless, reckless liberals who believe it's justifiable, even admirable, to flout the law, so long as it's a law they disagree with.

They grab pitchforks and nooses when they hear of someone annoying a seal, defending themselves from attack, or picking up an arrowhead. But they actively encourage violation of drug, immigration, and sex laws, mocking anything that encourages moral rectitude.

Shameless liberal surrender has rendered the American war on drugs a caricature of French army tactics.

clearfield, UT

Let's face it. What with the liberals winning most of the social issues these days like same-sex marriage, abortion, deficit spending in the trillions, food stamps for all, no cost health care for all (yeah right), affirmative action, open immigration, anti Christian policies, no energy independence policys, and any other PC issue out there, legalized pot will come to pass. Maybe we should just let the left get high all they want, and then when they are not looking, take back our country from the progressive left while they are munching away on the Oreo cookies and watching John Stewart.

tranquility base, 00

What's more harmful, using marijuana or being in prison?

I'd say the latter. Face it, if we applied the same standard to alcohol there would be millions of people in jail for possession of booze. Personally I think there is a racist angle going on when Wall Street is known for it's cocaine use but there are never any busts on Wall Street.

This "war" on drugs is a failed idea. The sooner we accept it, the sooner we can actually improve our society.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'm a libertarian, so I really don't care if Marijuana is legal or not, I'm not going to use it, and people who ARE going to use it are going to use it whether it's legal or not (just like with guns).

I think people should be free to make their own decisions (even bad decisions). But they should pay the price for their decisions. If you smoke and lose your job... that's your problem, it was your decision. If you smoke and crash your car, that's your decision and you should pay the full price of your decision. If you form a habit and can't function well without being in a marijuana altered state, that's your problem. If you get comfortable with it and the culture that surrounds it and you end up getting into something stronger and get addicted... don't expect me or the government to pay for your rehab or your life on the streets begging for money for your next fix.

People should be responsible for their decisions (not me or the government).

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Virtually the same arguments could be made about sugar.

Sandy, UT

The war on drugs (WOD) has been HIGHLY successful... for law enforcement careers, penal institutions and career politicians. For everyone else, not so much.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT


Who attacked the Middle-East for cheaper oil? They say Bush did.
Who wants the finite "burn baby burn"? Not sure just what that means, but the term was drill baby drill, said by Sarah Palin.

Who wants renewable infinite energy sources? Everyone. Got any infinite energy sources in mind? We're pretty far from that scientific breakthrough. Hydrogen maybe in the future. Possible even some cold fusion breakthroughs. In the meantime oil is the energy of the world. Can't fly airplanes on solar power.

Stalwart Sentinel
San Jose, CA

If, in fact, marijuana is harmful to people (which it arguably is not in any way, shape, or form) then the DesNews should support legalization and regulation of the drug. It is commonly understood that, at any given moment, it is far easier for a high schooler in Utah to buy marijuana than to get alcohol. Which substance is illegal and which is regulated?

I can't tell you how ironic it is to hear conservatives clamor against a natural substance and then, with a straight face, turn around to fight against labeling GMOs.

Cambridge, MA

To "Open Minded Mormon" this article is not talking about Medical Marijuana. It is talking about the recreational use of it.

There are already several Federally approved and LEGAL forms of Marijuana and extracts made from it. These already leagal drugs contain the known good substances found in the plant, and reduce the damage caused by the bad portions of the plant.

To say that there are no deaths due to Marijuana is only a half truth. Yes nobody has died from an overdose, but there are thousands that have died as a result of the dumb things that they do while high.

Salt Lake City, UT

Marijuana is to prescription drugs as alternative medicine is to mainstream medicine. Enough said. Get out of the way!

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

RedShirtMIT: Letting Big pharm make it addicting and more expensive is not a solution, it's anew problem.

No Deaths, Not a half truth, I know plenty of people who do stupid things with no drugs needed, circumstantial at best.

Look to Israel for the truth about this plant, not agenda driven politicians.

American Fork, UT

"...killings are related to sales, the business side of cultivation and money." The money is in the business side of cultivation because it's illegal. Anyway, one thing I've learned about pot smokers is that the best you're going to achieve by keeping it illegal is the status quo. Your conscience is assuaged, but it's a lie because anyone who wants pot will get pot.

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