By an overwhelming majority, Americans want the federal government to let states go ahead with legalizing marijuana.
72% said federal officials should not arrest people who use marijuana in the states that have legalized the drug, according to a new poll. And 68% said people who grow the drug in those states should be left alone, too.
The Obama administration is still considering how and how much to intervene in states like Colorado and Washington, which recently legalized weed for recreational use. It's possible that public opinion will have some affect on federal decisions.
Only 47% of those polled favored legalizing marijuana, while 49% opposed it. That suggested that Americans view marijuana as a states' rights issue, regardless of whether they themselves personally favor legalization.
ca was jumping arizona for their laws yet ca goes against the federal law by being a sanctuary and then by allowing medical marijuana. from a financial stand point legalizing everything cook and grow everything here will keep alot of that money here if the gov is smart and does not allow for imports of it.
@dances-weebles That's nice, but a NY winter is not good for plants.I'd love to be able to grow a half dozen in my backyard without the threat of a SWAT team taking away everyting I own. But again, not sure if the seasons would necessarily cooperate.
@Len_in_NY2 you can grow enough during the summer months to last you a year. when the weather turns cooler, dig up the plants and hang them upside down in your living room to cure. once they are dried you can snip the buds and roll them out and freeze the product in small containers.
either that or build a good greenhouse in your back yard.
It should be legal on both state and federal levels. The money we spend each year going after those who smoke and grow pot is sickening. Our country can't pay our bills, create jobs, or feed and house those who have fought for this country, but we will spend billions making sure no one can partake of a plant that is safer then alcohol. What the hell is wrong with those in power? Oh I forgot everyone of them are a bunch of idiots!
47%? The same 47% that don't pay taxes and depend on government handouts? That 47%? They want to stay high all the time while forcing the sober hardworking taxpaying conservative to foot the bill? Give me a break.
Only 7% of the population is on welfare... and that number includes senior citizens and children... Don't you think if beer drinkers can work that pot smokers can too? It's kinda silly to think that alcohol is the only drug that people can use responsibly... Time for you to get rid of your Hearst/Anslinger propaganda. People who are paying attention to the desctruction caused by prohibition are supporting marijuana legalization... LAZY potheads don't even bother to engage in civics or vote at the polls... ever think of that?
I thought you were in favor of states rights. Weren't you cheering the stupid sheriff that refused to enforce any potential federal laws that may get passed? For God's sakes this country has enough real problems that need to be addressed than for us to be wasting precious resources on pot smokers. You might even want to light up. Betcha wouldn't be so sad.
Neo, give ME a break, will ya? Seriously, I thought you were a small government/state's rights conservative. Does that only apply when folks are wanting to do something that you understand and approve of? Emphasis on the "understand" part of that statement. Example of a lifetime pot smoker: Steve Jobs. There wasn't a lazy bone in his body, and no, the cancer that killed him had nothing whatsoever to do with cannabis consumption.... smh ...
I think it should be legal. I don't know anyone that doesn't smoke it because its illegal. It would help take the crime out of it. Ar didn't quite pass it for med use but they pretty much made it legal by making possession of less than an ounce a misdemeanor. You get a ticket and pay the fine. My sheriff quit even bothering with pot. It was a waste of resources.
"History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. After a rapist is arrested, there are fewer rapes. After a drug dealer is arrested, however, neither the supply nor the demand for drugs is seriously changed. The arrest merely creates a job opening for an endless stream of drug entrepreneurs who will take huge risks for the sake of the enormous profits created by prohibition. Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, yet 40 years and some 40 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade." -Law Enforcement Against Prohibition http://www.leap.cc/about/why-legalize-drugs/
@NTBFW - We need more good sheriffs with common sense like yours to simply refuse to enforce federal prohibition laws. Use his time doing more useful things like going after violent criminals and sexual predators...
@DogLady_1 I've known him all his life. His philosophy is he would rather keep people out of trouble than look for an excuse to get them in trouble. But if you are totally f*cking up, he will bust you hard.
If people want the stuff to be legal. Then they should try to do it on the federal level. Not the state level. since federal law trumps state law on any given subject. If states were to be given legal authority over federal laws. It would soon be anarchy. It then would be OK if county laws over-ruled state laws. Or city laws over-ruled federal laws. There is a reason why federal laws over-rule/trumps state laws. To keep this country from being a place of anarchy.
But the federal government has discretion about where to send resources so it can for the most part avoid prosecutions in these states and it would be prudent to do so except for major drug traffickers who would undoubtedly be involved in trafficking out of those states. And states have discretion over their own police forces, the federal government can't make a state police something it doesn't want to even though the state can't prevent the federal government from policing it with its own agencies. The states' legalization basically said to the federal government: "You want pot to be illegal, then enforce the law by yourself."
@dances-weebles In a Utopian state that would work Weebs. The problem is, we don't live in a Utopia. There has to be something in it for the Government to get them to go for something. That's the way its always been. Most amendments were passed due to the stuff that goes on behind the scenes. Hell, Prohibition was passed and Income Tax was the result.
I find it really amusing that most of the people that voted for Big Government Obama do not want the Government involved in their pot smoking. Big Government except when it involves something I like. Who would've thunk it?
@Libertyiskey I don't condone murder if that is what you mean. Or as your ilk likes to describe abortion as a "legitimate medical procedure". I don't want the Government in my life. You probably like a Nanny State and that is why you vote for the Democrats.
I find it really amusing that most of the people that voted for smaller government want the government to control what we do with our own bodies. Small government unless folks are doing something I don't like or don't understand. Who would've thunk it?
@Pack7 You know what happens when you assume right. I took the time to look at profile before I made a comment that was in no way derogatory or negative I was asking questions to try to get your reference for wanting to regulate what people put in their bodies. I'm a libertarian who does not believe in abortion except in exceptional cases, I do believe its murder just like the death penalty is murder but reserved for exceptional cases. Fiscally libertarian and socially libertarian, look into the philosophy you might learn something and actually believe in freedom an liberty.
@Denizen_Kate Where do you get that I care what you do with your body? I am against murdering unborn children. There are laws on the books against murder. That has nothing to do with small or big Government. If you choose to be a doper then go right ahead. Just be prepared for the consequences. As far as your body goes, you've probably done plenty with it so keep on truckin', mother.
@PNWest How about a compromise. You set up a gun buy back program and make pipes and bongs out of the gun barrels out of the weapons that get turned in. Give alexMIA the remaining parts and he'll farm th out to his gun smith friends...
@DomesticG A few good hits after a long day? Try this, take a cup of whole milk, simmer don't boil some pot in it for about 20 minutes, add some café or what ever you like and drink. In ~45 minutes, your long day will be long gone!
@DomesticG As long as it's not fat free, you're ok! THC diffuses in fat or alcohol based substances. It is hydrophobic though so trying to make a tea with water is a waste. You can diffuse it into butter or oils for cooking as well. Look up how to make green dragon, that should be interesting if you can get your hands on moonshine, but I'm not much of a fan of being drunk and stoned at the same time. Here is what you're in for if you properly ingest. Unlike smoking where crippie may get you high for about 4-6 hrs, and a head high none the less where you are thinking of 20 million things at once without focusing on a single one, I hate those btw. The drink will take 45 minutes to get to your intestines, travel and absorb through them anywhere from 10-12 hrs. and it's more of a body high, still be high as a kite, but mellower and less in your head. So you won't be trying to rediscover the theory of reletivity, wonder about antimatter, and if the cops are around the corner all at the same time! You will be super high for a really long time and still be able to carry a focused conversation. USE CRIPPIE OR GOOD CHRONIC ONLY! I've used about a gram per cup.
First of all our jails are slap full of people that got arrested for a few joints. Legalize it and you'll have more room for real criminals. Second, the government could tax the crap out of it to help pay for our debt. Do you realize how fast we could pay our national debt with as many pot smokers that are in America. And third, everybody would be so happy and tranquil.
@dances-weebles that's a good point but I still think we should tax it for the national dept even if its a ten dollar tax on a pack of ten joints. Surely that wouldn't break the bank. We want to take care of our great grand children don't we?
@Angry_man a buck a joint on and on a pack of 10 joints? no way. that'd be akin to rape. maybe a buck an ounce of panama red. like i said, if you quit wasting money on arresting people for pot possession, and let all the people that are dining at the taxpayer's expense now for pot, then you'd already have more money than you'd make from taxes on it.
It's really scary that our federal government considers marijuana the same as cocaine. This law that was passed in 1973 is out of date and needs to be repealed now. USA has the highest prison population on earth. We are a police state and it's only getting worse.
I agree with two of the options. The Feds should stay out of what an individual state has deemed legal. I also believe marijuana should be legat anyway, at least medical! I have seen to many people whose lives revolve around getting high. I hate that these people should ruin it for the rest of the people who would reasonably use it recreationally. But it is a sad truth! But there are people who abuse alcohol the same way. Where as there are people who drink alcohol reasonably. How could a police officer prove a person was too stoned to be driving?
I live in a state where pot is illegal. Yet it is so widely grown here that it should be legal by now. I mean in my home town of Grayson, Ky which i am sure some have heard of it would be nice to legalize it so that our crime rate would go down and our jail wouldn't be so over populated. Come on America get with the times Europe has mostly legalized it now its our turn..
OK so its a two part deal. On one hand I fully support people being able to freely use, produce marijuana because its almost harmless. Now on the other hand us Americans are some spoiled bitches and tend to want what we can't have, so with that being said, it doesn't matter that a state says that its legal because at the end of the day federally it's not. If it were to be "legalized" I believe it should be heavily taxed, as in 20‰. This would stem overuse and stimulate the economy. Basically I'm undecided lol.