Published: Friday, Oct. 11 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
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.
I disagree with your opinion, but that's nothing new.
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
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?
"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.ONEBTW -
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Virtually the same arguments could be made about sugar.
The war on drugs (WOD) has been HIGHLY successful... for law enforcement
careers, penal institutions and career politicians. For everyone else, not so
airnaut 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.
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.
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.
Marijuana is to prescription drugs as alternative medicine is to mainstream
medicine. Enough said. Get out of the way!
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
"...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
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