Legalizing marijuana is bad for society

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  • Tricia G St George, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 1:01 p.m.

    I believe it can be used as medicine, under strict physicians care. We all know most medicine today has been abused, and this one will to.One main problem I have against it is the reckless use by many using in public not caring what the affects are to the people around them. I as many out there am highly allergic to all aspects of this plant. Numerous occasions I have been rushed to ER because some idiot rolled down there window and the smoke bellowed out into my car. I have had problems working in the public where a single persons clothes were so stench-ed that my throat swelled immediately. While they may be medicinal uses, their are other health alerts as well. A second reason would be that I am tired of seeing homeless doped up teenagers, that have no care in the world to get an education or a job and support themselves. I have seen many broken marriages and families torn apart because of this drug, only because the parents cared more for their medicine than being responsible adults.
    Most people using this drug, have learning difficulties. Should I say more?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    It is like same sex marriage issue, nanny state or no nanny state. Will the State run the distribution? Next big shock to the "majority"?

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    Dec. 22, 2013 1:40 p.m.

    I'm not for the use of marijuana, tobacco, alcohol,abortion of convenience or civilian assault rifles. But making things illegal only makes felons of the users and there are always people that will break the law.

    Isn't that the line of reasoning? A little different when you mix up the sides isn't it?

  • heidi ho Fort Collins, CO
    Dec. 22, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    We live in Colorado and the effects here have been subtle and blatant. There is more crime coming in, and moving on to more dangerous drugs. It is so painful to see our beautiful city turn into something it wasn't. So very painful to see our beautiful State go up in smoke. We were so focused on the Presidential election and fighting for Romney, we didn't see this coming. Individual areas have still banned marijuana in our State but it is definitely affecting our fair land.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 8:10 p.m.

    LDS Liberal,
    It's NOT a medical necessity. It's a liberal's irresistible need to regulate other people and tell other people how to live. You CAN eat an occasional burrito and not die.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 7:08 p.m.

    I suppose if eating Cheetos, Hostess, Captain Crunch and Taco Bell is bad for society then, yes.

    I think it is a medical necessity.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 6:16 p.m.

    @Mike Richards
    South Jordan, Utah


    So you believe in Freedom or not?
    Also -- marijuana in never mentioned once in the Constitution.

    George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Brigham Young and many many others all encouraged growing it.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    I've been thinking about the word; Compliance. It seems that we are losing our own standards. Our Pres. is the guy who holds up our standards, but he changes the rules to make par

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    Society has rules that suggest to people what they should do and laws to punish those who break society's rules. Most of us could care less about drug laws. We know how to properly control ourselves. We would not take drugs that could harm us or that could harm others. Most of us could care less whether there is a policeman at a school crossing. We care about the kids and we drive accordingly. We have complete fidelity to our husband or wife because we would never hurt that person in any way. The same goes for every other rule in society.

    Only criminals need laws. Those laws will not keep criminals from hurting others, but those laws will enable society to punish those who break society's rules.

    People who understand how wonderful complex our bodies are would never purposefully take anything into that body that would diminish its ability to function properly.

    Foolish people have destroyed themselves with drugs. Some try to get others involved in drugs. They deserve pity, but they do not deserve to walk freely among us when they wilfully break society's rules. We need laws to protect ourselves from them.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    Re: "Making things illegal only leads to more prison inmates, more crime, etc."

    Yeah, so we should legalize murder, rape, robbery, and, of course, all white-collar and environmental crime, right?

    I know legalization of pot will enable foolish people to take themselves and their descendants out of competition against my kids and grandkids, in the both the job market, and the gene pool, but I guess my genes are just not that selfish.

    Sometimes the law needs to protect fools, or at least their progeny, from themselves. Hence laws requiring compulsory education, vaccination, driver licensing, etc.

    This is clearly one of those times.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:47 p.m.

    There is not much question that it has legitimate medical uses. Utah should at the very least legalize it for bona fide medical reasons. This from someone who has never taken or used an illegal drug in his 69 years.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    Another shallow, weak defense against the criminalization of free choice The author seems to have written the sequel to the old movie, Refer Madness.

  • DonP Sainte Genevieve, MO
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    Someone mentioned ACA. I believe under ACA not only will marijuana not be legalized, alcohol will also be banned, along with fast food, lack of exercise and other unhealthy habits. The people paying the band call the tunes and eventually we will all be forced into healthy lifestyles whether we like it or not.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:53 p.m.

    I am reminded of the ever-increasing national debt. Some years ago, this country decided, by majority vote, that we as a country could afford the costs of allowing the "liberty" of use of alcoholic beverages. MADD can give you a better cost analysis than I. Be that as it may, we also pay the costs of allowing the use of tobacco in its varied forms (smoking, chewing, etc.), even with the restrictions that were finally imposed. Now, the country is going for more costs in allowing other risky lifestyles. Good thing for ACA, right? One day, it will cost too much.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    We need to get used to the idea that not everything that is bad will be illegal. Then maybe people will start using their brains, and stop doing harmful things for the right reasons (because they are bad for us, not just because they are "illegal").

    Seatbelt laws:
    If you don't care enough to save your own life... you will do it to avoid getting a ticket? Same for helmet laws.

    Drinking laws:
    You don't care that you will probably kill yourself and maybe others if you drive drunk... but you will stop to avoid getting a ticket? Same for smoking laws.

    Gun laws:
    You are planning on going to a school and shooting a bunch of people (also illegal but this doesn't stop you). But if it's illegal to get the gun.. you give up? Hardly.

    Just because something's not illegal doesn't mean it's OK!

    I guess some people just can't do the right thing for the right reason. Avoiding a ticket is not the right reason. I guess we need these laws for people who will only do the right thing if it's the LAW???

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    Rocky Mountain High - I wonder if John Denver understood that just 35 years after he wrote the song Colorado would indeed be a place to get "high". Corporations are going to start pulling out of Colorado simply because families don't want to raise their kids around dope smok'en druggies.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    Hey, you have to tow the party line when you write a column here.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Prison for pot use/distribution, is NOT good for society or its families. End of story. I will never be convinced otherwise and will do what I can to encourage it's legalization or in the least its decriminalization.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    It's much safer and less destructive than alcohol. The State could make huge profits by selling it.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    It isn't as if the war on drugs has been "good for society"; I'd argue the opposite, that it has been a tremendous negative for society. Making things illegal only leads to more prison inmates, more crime, etc.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Dec. 20, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    @Pops – “Mr. Barber has eloquently described the moral case against marijuana use.”

    And you nicely described the pragmatic dilemma inherent in many questions of public policy - refreshing to see given how our current political environment is long on idealism & moral pontificating and far too short on pragmatism & understanding opposing points of view.

    I would (regrettably as well) agree with you – the “war on drugs” creates tremendous collateral damage and fills our prisons with people who shouldn’t be there, not to mention creating a strong & wealthy organized crime element.

    One solution may be to legalize personal use will levying a large sin tax to be set aside solely for anti-drug education and treatment

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    Nanny State Advocate. What happened to freedom.

    Dec. 20, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    Mr. Barber has eloquently described the moral case against marijuana use. Unfortunately, he hasn't described the legal case against it. The same dilemma exists for legalization of marijuana as existed for legalization of alcoholic beverages during prohibition. The correct legal choice is the lesser of two evils. The two evils, of course, are the ills produced by the usage of the substance itself and the ills that inevitably result when a sufficient proportion of the populace is determined to use the substance in spite of the law. The difficulty is determining which is worse. Regrettably, I think the scales are tipping in favor of legalization.

    Laws can't change the character of the citizenry. They can only produce as much order and safety as we all are willing to allow.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 20, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    There is a reason its called smoking dope.