Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13 2013 11:50 a.m. MST
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
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 orYou 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.
Y'know, after reading this letter and the accompanying comments, for some
strange reason I have a sudden case of the munchies . . .
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
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
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!
Legalize Marijuana. Criminalize Twinkies.
procuradorfiscalTooele, UT4:49 p.m. Nov. 13, 2013========== 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...
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
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
@Twin LightsI have the complete opposite experience. Just Saying.
I prefer hemp twine over plastic
@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.
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.
Ya!Because we can all see what a horrible, rotten, place Canada has
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.
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.
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.
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.
@RedShirtDifferent 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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