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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13 2013 11:53 a.m. MST

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2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't care if we legalize marijuana... as long as we have significant penalties for it's abuse and the accompanying social ills that come when you choose to get involved with it (same for alcohol abuse).

I don't want to pay for these people's rehab, or their unemployment when their job performance drops or they quit showing up to work, or their hospitalizations for drug interactions when they get addicted to this or something stronger.

When people can't function without being in an altered state (from Marijuana or Alcohol)... they become a burned on society. I don't want to pay because they chose to drop-out and indulge in Marijuana or Alcohol instead of working hard and being a productive member of society.

When you take the drug culture's mantra to heart (turn on, tune in, drop out)... you become a burden on society. That's YOUR decision. YOU enjoy the consequences of that decision (not me).

Same goes for alcoholics. If you choose to use and become addicted or dependent on it to function.. that's YOUR choice, not mine.

Legalize the choice... but put some personal responsibility on the decision too.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Here Here!

The only one's opposed to marijuana are tea-totalers
(who already would not use it whether it's legal or not),
and
BIG Pharmacutical Industries.

You are either FOR freedom
or
You are not.

BTW -- Irony of the day;

The same people who think AK-47s can't be banned from criminals and the mentally ill,
ban a common weed.

SG in SLC
Salt Lake City, UT

Y'know, after reading this letter and the accompanying comments, for some strange reason I have a sudden case of the munchies . . .

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Although I don't use the wacky weed, a lot of track athletes in the 70's were smokers and I don't know of any of them who tuned into serious addicts. The same can't be said of people I know who used alcohol.

Instead of saying yea or nay to marijuana maybe we should see how it works in Washington State and in Colorado. It should only take about 5 to 10 years to see if the benefits of legalization out weigh the costs of criminalizing cannabis.

After all, a lot people claimed that legalizing gay marriage would usher in the demise of straight unions but so far I haven't seen any traditional marriage breakups blamed on the existence of gay nuptials.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "The public is so concerned about the dangers of marijuana, but have they forgotten about the alcohol-related deaths that occur every year?"

No, we haven't forgotten. But why should we take the deranged step of adding to the alcohol problem, by creating more of a marijuana problem?

Marijuana is a dangerous drug. As dangerous and heroin, meth, and cocaine? Yes, because it leads people to ALL of them. And, marijuana kills people every day. Not so much the users, perhaps, but WAY too many of their innocent victims, both direct and indirect. Drug production, transport, and distribution chains are littered with bodies, and marijuana users have the blood of many thousands of innocents on their hands.

Potheads are not just engaged in some cute, harmless parlor game, with no victims but themselves. Besides destruction of their own brains, each toke encourages and enables creation of more slaves, widows, orphans, and vicious cartel bosses. And, there's not the slightest evidence that legalization would change that, particularly in the corrupt third world.

DON'T legalize marijuana!

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

procuradorfiscal said:

" Marijuana is a dangerous drug. As dangerous and heroin, meth, and cocaine? Yes, because it leads people to ALL of them. And, marijuana kills people every day. "

Awe, the old and false, gateway drug approach. The problem here is that correlation isn’t cause.
Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang members are probably a 1000 times more likely to have ridden a bicycle as a kid than those who don’t become Hell’s Angels, but that doesn’t mean that riding a two-wheeler is a “gateway” to joining a motorcycle gang.

0 Deaths can be attributed to Marijauna overdose.

So if we're talking dangerous drugs, start with overdose amounts, then you can start making assumptions and loose statistical correlation for kicks and giggles.

"Drug production, transport, and distribution chains are littered with bodies, and marijuana users have the blood of many thousands of innocents on their hands."

If it were legal, those problems you name wouldn't exist, would they?
In fact it could bring in tax dollars instead of spending them to house non-violent criminals.

Fact - Marijuana is NOT a dangerous drug!

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

Legalize Marijuana. Criminalize Twinkies.

airnaut
Everett, 00

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT
4:49 p.m. Nov. 13, 2013

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LOL!
Somebody's been watching way too much "Reefer Madness"

Try spouting the real facts first,
then do a side by side comparison to other "accidents".

All the other issues you sight about "drug cartels" disappear with legalization.
Try studying up on "Prohibition" and the Mobs and Gangs why don't you...

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

All I can say is that watching some folks I have known for decades who are addicted to Marijuana, the effects in their lives are clear.

They have little ambition and have accomplished little to nothing.

Are there exceptions? Always. But from my observations the stereotype exists for a reason.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Never used the stuff and I never will.

That said, the "war on drugs" has cost us far too much money, ruined far too many lives, choked our justice system, and accomplished exactly nothing.

Legalize it, tax it, regulate it. It'll put drug dealers out of business so fast your heads will spin.

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

@Twin Lights
I have the complete opposite experience. Just Saying.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I prefer hemp twine over plastic

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@procuradorfiscal
" Marijuana is a dangerous drug. As dangerous and heroin, meth, and cocaine? Yes, because it leads people to ALL of them. And, marijuana kills people every day. "

The reason marijuana is a gateway drug is because it's the least dangerous illegal drug. Getting it now requires some sort of connection to illegal sources that then could push other things. If it were legalized it would largely eliminate the establishment of that kind of connection and would be much less of a gateway drug.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Legalize it... just as long as I don't have to pay for their rehab and pay to support their drop-out stoner life-style. And as long as we can be assured that the will be prosecuted for driving under the influence, and won't receive unemployment when their job performance does to Pot (little pun there).

We put Bus Divers and Train Engineers in jail who operate their vehicles under the influence... We need to do the same for people driving their car under the influence.

Would you want your Doctor, pilot, air traffic controllers, or any work force coming to work under the influence? No... you would fire them before they made a serious mistake and got your company in serious trouble.

Yet when we legalize it we are indirectly saying all these things are fine.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Ya!
Because we can all see what a horrible, rotten, place Canada has become!

[sarcasm off]

Anti Bush-Obama
Chihiuahua, 00

I agree. Legalize Marijuana which can also be use for medicine. I have seen it treat cancer with my own eyes. The reason it's illegal is because it feeds money to the courts and prisons.

Anti Bush-Obama
Chihiuahua, 00

Don't legalize Marijuana which is less harmful than cigarettes and impossible to overdose on. But legalize psychotropic drugs which are addictive and deadly if abused.? Yeah that makes a lot of sense.

Anti Bush-Obama
Chihiuahua, 00

Marijuana criminalization is as silly as prohibition was because like prohibition, it just makes the criminals richer. I don't believe in this gateway drug garbage and it's totally unproven. It's true that marijuana can be abused just like anything else we consume. But that's not reason to make it illegal.

RedShirtMIT
Cambridge, MA

I hate to break it to all of you Pot heads, but there already are multiple forms of legalized Marijuana extract based drugs on the market. Please tell us what you really want. With all of the legal drugs based on Marijuana, we know that you are not looking to get legitimate uses legalized. Tell us, why you really want it legalized.

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

@RedShirt
Different strokes for different folks. Not all of us want to have a drink to unwind. Its not everyone's cup of tea, but why deny those who enjoy and hurt no one.

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