Can you give actual reasons, as in FACT behind why Marijuana is a harmful drug?
How is it bad for the welfare of the people?It is hard to listen to
someone who can't even give facts about why the subject of their little
rant is in fact bad.How can someone be so against marijuana and want it to
be illegal, when it has been proven that it can benefit the public if used
correctly and yet cigarettes which KILL PEOPLE are completely legal and there
has been absolutely no political try to stop the production and selling of
them.It's the single minded way of most people that just gets me,
every time. I guess when people are told something for a long period of time it
becomes real to the weak people in the world that can't form their own
opinion and be an individual, but instead have to succumb to what they're
told because since they're being told something it must be right.HA!
I do NOT agree.
Isn't this the same as the Utah State Highway Patrol ignoring and not
enforcing the Federal Speed limits on the Federal Insterstates?Hypocrasy?At least show integrity.At least be consistant.
What good is a Federal Government and a Federal Justice Department... if they
won't ENFORCE the laws that are passed by Congress??I'm
talking about Federal Drug Laws, Federal Immigration Laws, etc...Now
I'm not a big Federal Government needs to do everything kinda guy. But if
you are going to give them jurisdiction over this stuff (DEA, Immigration,
etc).. I expect them to ENFORCE the laws our representatives in Congress pass
regarding these areas. Not pick and choose what they will defend and what they
will/won't enforce... based on what the current President likes or dislikes
in our current laws.That's why we have that whole oath when a
new guy takes office... to insure that the guy taking over from the old guy will
defend ALL the laws (not just the ones he likes).If you don't
like the laws... CHANGE THEM... don't just instruct your Justice Department
to not ENFORCE them!
airnautEverett, 00RE: "Enough of the hypocasy"...The irony is you complaining about hypocrisy (or hypocasy)You are FOR banning sodas, trans-fats, etc (which are totally legal)... but
flip if marijuana (which is ILLEGAL by Federal law) is not made legal...Now that's hypocrisy!Show some integrity,be
So if Colorado can do things that are against Federal Law and nothing happens...
can other states just pick and choose what Federal Laws they will enforce and
which they won't? And expect nothing to happen?Federal gun
laws? Immigration laws? Federal income tax laws??===Arizona tried to HELP the Federal Government enforce Federal Immigration
Law... and the Feds came down on them like a ton of bricks. Why the
contradiction? Feds sue Arizona for enforcing federal immigration
laws... but Colorado admits VIOLATING Federal drug laws.. and the Justice Dept
just winks?If you legalize marijuana.. nothing happens.Why does nothing happen?===The current administration
seems to be marijuana friendly (why not... the President admits using it AND
cocaine in High School and College). He also admits abusing alcohol. So why
would he NOT be marijuana friendly??But the next President may not
be as marijuana friendly.... I wonder if that's why banks hesitate to loan
money to these new budding businesses in Colorado. They may get shutdown as
soon as a less marijuana friendly administration is in the White House (loosing
their investment).Not worth the financial risk IMO.
Enough of the hypocasy...Those who want smaller Government, less
intrusive Government, Federal Government out, State Government in...About FACE!We need BIG Government to fight crimes in our
State.We need BIG Government to tell other States what to do .We
need BIG Government to save us from ourselves.Show some integrity,
be consistant, please.
The US Justice Department really has better things to do than enforce ridiculous
marijuana laws.Public perceptions about Marijuana are quickly
changing, and it would be senseless for the US Justice Department to fight the
will of the people to the bitter end.The US Government has better
things to do.In the not-so-far future, more and more states will be
legalizing the sale and possession of marijuana, an it's about time.The Federal Government should legalize it, regulate it, and tax it much
like the alcoholic beverage industry. Doing so would save money in enforcement,
and it would create revenue through taxation.The only losers would
be illegal drug cartels and associates of the judicial-penal-industrial complex.
Truth was the first casualty in the ill conceived "War on Drugs." Many
drugs are dangerous, especially when they are abused, but the failure to tell
the truth, to exaggerate, and outright lie by those trusted to educate has
created the second casualty of the war, trust. An inspired man once said "I
teach people correct principles and let them govern themselves."
It's rather easy to be for "freedom" and 'liberty" in the
abstract. But this war on a beneficial plant touches each and every one of us,
our families, our neighbors, our wallets. It has allowed the outrageous
trampling of our rights by prohibitionists in an on-going crime against American
citizens. Now,their war on the people is thankfully in its dying throes.
Let's put it out of its misery once and for all.“The
makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the
pursuit of happiness. They recognized the significance of man's spiritual
nature, of his feelings and his intellect. They knew that only a part of the
pain, pleasure and satisfaction of life are to be found in material things. They
sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and
their sensations. They conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let
alone — the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by
civilized men.”( US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, 1928)
Trying to control each and every thing that 350 million people do with their own
bodies is not small government!If you support prohibition then you
are NOT a conservative.Conservative principles quite clearly are:1) Limited, locally controlled government.2) Individual liberty coupled
with personal responsibility.3) Free enterprise.4) A strong national
defense.5) Fiscal responsibility.Prohibition is an
authoritarian war on our economy and Constitution."We are
speaking of a plague that consumes an estimated $75 billion per year of public
money, exacts an estimated $70 billion a year from consumers, is responsible for
nearly 50 per cent of the million Americans who are today in jail, occupies an
estimated 50 per cent of the trial time of our judiciary, and takes the time of
400,000 policemen—yet a plague for which no cure is at hand, nor in
prospect."William. F. Buckley Jr. National Review, July 1st, 1996Only pretend-conservatives get scammed into believing that big
government micromanaging people's lives is a conservative concept.
Yes, marijuana can be harmful but in some medical cases it has been beneficial.
It's still in the research process but laboratories are testing hemp oil
for heart conditions, skin disease and seizure's. Their findings have been
surprisingly positive and have found more medical conditions that could also
benefit from hemp oil. Now... To the author of this article... let's talk
about tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs that have been killing the public
for decades. Oh yeah, those are legalized drug's so it's okay to be
addicted or to consume them. It's up to the individual to have good
judgement and moderate themselves. The real problem in this country is too much
government and the unrelenting greed of big corporation's. So with all due
respect... Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Justice is wavering because the law was never just. An unjust law is immoral to
enforce, and we see our society moving in the right direction.
My neck hurts. I was riding down the editorial road, expecting to read a piece
decrying the Feds stomping on State's Rights when a huge load of
double-standard slammed into me. I think I may have whiplash from
the sudden change in direction.
The Constitution does not grant to the federal government the right to regulate
marijuana. Remember prohibition against alcohol? They amended the Constitution
for that whole fiasco - because back then they had a greater respect for the
Constitution. Remember the 10th amendment to the Constitution? The determination
whether I want to ingest marijuana is left up to me (I choose not to). Maybe the
state (Utah) could be involved - but it's not Utah's business
either.And you claim marijuana is dangerous. Really? Look at the
history of why it was banned and why it continues to be banned. The police
agencies make a killing (pun not intended, but appropriate) with asset
forfeiture. The pharmaceutical industry doesn't want people to discover the
properties of this plant - yes, it helps some people suffering from medical
conditions.I'm surprised at how misleading and out-of-touch
with reality this opinion piece is.
The war on drugs is an instance where the 'cure' is worse than the
disease. The only real fix is education. Teach children that taking these drugs
degrades quality of life. This won't work for everyone but this course of
action is still better than the one we are on.We keep people in
prison for decades often on trumped up drug charges. The United States keeps
more people in prison than any other country. This wastes billions of dollars
every year not to mention all the destroyed lives.
Gay marriage and marijuana being legalized on the same day in Washington State.
Leviticus 20:13: "If a man lays with another man he should be
stoned." We've just been interpreting it incorrectly for
all these years.
It's genuinely astounding that there are people gazing at the horizon
expecting the imminent arrival of the Federal cavalry riding in to strike down
State laws that re-legalize cannabis. It's even more astonishing when
Californians do so after 17 years and 4 trips to the SCOTUS for the
Compassionate Use Act (CUA) with that law still in force.The Feds
have given their answer to I-502 and A-64...there's nothing that they can
do about those laws. Yes, the Feds can enforce their laws using their resources.
But Californians have seen that first hand. The Feds haven't been able to
shut down the CUA and it's pushing two decades now.Federal
preemption? Doesn't anyone ever wonder why the only cases using that lame
argument have been filed by State and Local authorities?
According to the ACLU, minor pot convictions were down over 90% from 2012 to
2013 in Washington State. Thus freeing up law enforcement to go after real
criminals, and reducing the horrendous costs of locking up these minor
offenders.Ron Paul has come out in favor of legalization of
marijuana, it will be interesting to hear what Rand Paul will say about the
wacky weed in his almost certain presidential bid.
I live in Washington State and grow marijuana for my personal use. I have stage
4 liver disease. I have mixed emotions to those who claim they want to protect
"us" from Marijuana. In Washington State, our new law protect my right
to grow, enjoy, and produce it. If this is not personal Liberty, then I must not
be in the good old USA, Washington in particular. After all, it is just a
plant, given by our creator, just as he gave us other potentially harmful
substances like opium poppies. Look around your neighborhood this summer for
those.Our local and state courts no longer waste time and taxes
prosecuting, jailing, and monitoring, citizens who enjoy marijuana. Accidents
per mile driven data shows no increase in car wrecks from Marijuana. Our taxes
may not increase or even drop, as the state reaps billions from this new Liberty
driven industry. Come for a visit soon. Your Liberty needs a vacation!
If you understand principles of truth, the answers are much easier to identify.
First, does the Federal Government have a legitimate role in controlling
Cannabis? Perhaps, but only as it relates to interstate commerce (the
transporting of items between states), not as to legality to possess. Second,
does Cannabis have legitimate value in the treatment of medical or emotional
issues? More and more research indicates that it does. Can it be misused? Yes,
but so can prescription drugs, glue, cold remedies and even other plants such as
oleander and potato sprouts (which are both deadly if consumed). Do we outlaw
these other items, or do we punish people if they misuse them and harm others in
the process? The answer becomes pretty clear when you consider principles of
truth. Every plant that grows on God's earth has a purpose and we should
honor that purpose. We should not destroy lives and sustain the cost of
incarcerating people for years and in some cases for life for simply possessing
plants that grow here naturally - especially if that use is to help them and
others treat physical and emotional issues.
Interesting. The DN supports Bishop in changing a federal law which affect
federal lands in Utah and the state's move to have control over those
lands, supports state initiatives such as Amendment 3, and are avid state's
rights advocates on several other issues, but when it comes to states which pass
laws legalizing marijuana, they say states are flaunting federal laws. I guess
it all depends on what you personally approve or disapprove of when it comes to
federal vs. state.
It takes some audacity to print an editorial against pot because it's a
'harmful substance' a few days after one which decried taxes on
cigarettes. Talk about your harmful substance.
What - this from the same editorial staff the rants about states rights, the
over stepping of the federal government? States should retain and have sole
discretion on who marries who.. but should not have that power because of the
harmful effects of pot? Should the states therefor also loose the right to
regulate alcohol, based on the given rationalization?I don't
want to be misunderstood here. I am not claiming that states should allow gay
marriage, nor am I acting as a proponent for the legalization of pot. What I am
for is consistency of message. The DN staff seems to find no need to maintain
a consistent message.Or is this yet another example of how people
are multifaceted, that they are conservative in some instances, and more
progressive in others. Is it therefor possible states rights is not an all or
nothing proposition - neither is it a progressive or conservative issue.
We are surrendering America to degradation and this is a prime example of it.
You failed to Mention Nevada Legalizing...
So, Utah should be able to make their own regulations about guns (and a bunch of
other stuff) and it is federal overreach if the federal government gets involved
- but not only it is not federal overreach for the government to be involved in
Colorado's regulation of marijuana, it is dereliction of duty if they
don't get involved - and, of course, Utah's medical use of hemp (which
will be interstate commerce) is a completely different thing altogether. Utah good - others bad. Got it.
If the marijuana is cultivated inside the same state where it is sold by a
citizen of that state, and consumed by said citizen without crossing state
lines, how does the federal government under the US Constitution have any
Let me guess - You want States Rights when you don't like the policy but
want the Federal Government to be in charge when you do like the law.
Yes, we should definitely follow their lead.
Obama can remove cannabis as a controlled substance, as it should be. Nixon lied
and now incremental retardation keeps little girls from seizure treatment and
fills for profit cages with veterans. Enough!Any change is resisted
because bureaucrats have a vested interestin the chaos in which they
exist.- Richard Milhouse Nixon