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  • #3
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    They need to legalize marijuana and tax the hell out of it, would help raise the need funds to support government and reduce prison populations. Double savings, and I don't even use it.
  • #10
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    This is what they did with alcohol.

    The untouchables made for entertaining tv but how much money was spent by the gov attempting to legislate morality???
  • #229
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    Colorado recently implemented a tax and there were protests over it. I suppose that was the problem of legalizing it first and taxing it later. but if you make the taxes too high it ends up a black market good again.
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    @sociald - That's true... Colorado is doing fine. They don't need to get impatient. It takes time to get it right, a whole new viable industry and revenue stream is worth the wait!

    What they will see is that now that the danger has been removed from the casual buying and selling among consumers, the price of cannabis will go down to make up for the taxes... This is the process taken when alcohol prohibition was repealed.
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  • #39
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    Marijuana wasn't outlawed in the 1930s due to smoking it. It was outlawed due to its vast byproducts competitors that used their political influence to have it outlawed. The smoking aspect was used in the propaganda smear campaign that followed.
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    I voted you up not only for the informative post but because of your great avatar of a crybaby republican. I tried to use one of the Weeper of the House John Boehner crying like that but the moderators removed it. Apparently you can't use likenesses of actual politicians.
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    It was actually passed in hopes that illegal mexicans that used it most would return back across the boarder from which they came.At that time in history it was mexicans and black musicians along with many other blacks that used it.That in itself was racist towards them both are here today along with the useless prohibition .
  • #72
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    In court, the judge was swayed toward ruling to criminalize marijuana because, "Marijuana will make a black man look at a white woman twice." Times have changed since then. We live in a bigger, more advance, less racist, society.
  • #173
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    Back in the early days, late 1700s - 1800s marijauna was used in the medical field for child birth and dentistry.
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    @LarryV Cannabis extracts can be traced back to our first civilizations. In fact, Jesus''holy oil' was a cannabis extract and used often as part of successful healing rituals.

    What's funny is that most of our drug prohibition is actually based in racism.

    Opiates - Chinese & Asians
    Cannabis - Blacks & Mexicans
    Alcohol- Irish and Italians
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    You can't lead a nation where it doesn't want to go.

    If the feds persist, and the states legalize marijuana, then it will be left to the feds to do 100% of the enforcement, which they simply cannot do.

    Before long, the federal laws will become observed mainly in the breach, and respect for the rule of law will be diluted.
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    so you are ok with states going against federal law? then you must support all states that have tried to protect their own citizens and the country from illegal aliens?
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    @tomincali That's not going against federal law though, that's trying to uphold and create federal law on their own, which is completely different.
  • #89
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    Legalize it, and
    1. De-fund the Mexican drug cartels.
    2. Make border towns safe again
    3. Put our farmers to work growing and exporting pot
    4. Correct the trade imbalance by becoming an export economy again
    5. Put agrarian scientists to work developing the best pot the world has ever known
  • #41
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    Just legalize pot and take a big step in emptying prisons of non-violent offenders. It's what the people want - even some conservatives.
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    Though, maybe they should wait until the the turnover after the midterm election. I'm not sure we can trust our current Congress to do the right thing.
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    Bob, do you love the thousands or senseless deaths the war on drugs has caused us, in the fighting between law enforcement and cartels. Legalize it and put the gangs out or business.
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    It is of no one else's business what someone puts into their own body. If they do not drive while intoxicated or abuse anyone it's should be their right to waste away their lives. I would also advocate for drug testing before reviving any federal benefits.
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    @RONPAULFAN "It is of no one else's business what someone puts into their own body."
    "I would also advocate for drug testing before reviving any federal benefits. "

    You are taking BOTH sides of this issue with these two comments.

    You'll have to explain this further.
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    @cnw95 I mean they have the right to use what ever drugs as they want, just as long as they don't expect to get government hand outs while they are users.
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    @DogLady_1 There are way to many people in this country alone that are in jail and the prison system because of silly marijuana rules. There was a bill in the U. S. House this past year. It was H.R> # 499 to do away with the federal marijuana. Did not even make it to the floor for a vote. What a crying shame. Colorado seems to be rolling along OK on their new marijuana law that kicks in on Jan.1 2014. I was in Washington state 2 months ago the are moving forward to sell marijuana up to 1 oz to any adult over 21 at 343 stores in the state run by the liquor board for tax collecting revenue later on this month. The best we can do is people like you and I to write or E mail are local State and Federal congress person on their views about the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. This is a election year make sure you are registered to vote tell you friends the same and your congress person that you will be voting with many other people.. The country of Uruguay just past a new law making marijuana legal in the whole country the first in the world. Who is next?
  • #58
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    If it's legallized then all those in gov't that sell quarter sacs for a little extry cash will be out of business.
    Lol
  • #43
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    Congress should listen to the people. MJ has proven it's self. It is the safest of all meds to use on many illnesses. Yet the FDA continues to approve the most dangerous ones.
  • #284
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    Haha not legalize weed and keep on supporting pharmaceuticals that make addicts out of responsible people that's right legal opiates and amphetamines !!! Good job congress !take note ;some pills out there have more side effects now than what they heal!! Legalize marijuana!!
  • #121
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    The premise of the bill is to make it legal. If you don't agree on that then you are for cartels and death and prison.
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  • #112
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    I urge each and one of you here on these threads, if you don't already, E-mail your representation in congress at least weekly. Tell them what you want them to do. Don't ask, tell them.

    This situation is a prime example of why it's so important for them to hear from you.
  • #111
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    I think the evidence is pretty overwhelming that the attempt to suppress marijuana usage has been a failure. The money that we spend arresting users, clogging the courts with marijuana cases, and imprisoning its users could be better spent elsewhere. There is still some debate as to whether it is harmful or not. Nevertheless both alcohol and tobacco have been shown to be harmful to ones health and place in society, yet they are legal, taxed, and regulated.

    Botanists tell us that marijuana is a weed that grows wild in 49 of the 50 states. HOW DOES ONE OUTLAW A WEED?
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    I would say it has failed. I think the reason it's still outlawed is because of work issues. It would make employer drug testing difficult to enforce maybe?
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    @FordPrefect

    Why would drug testing have anything to do with the issue at hand. If the test came back positive for marijuana and it was legal to use it, so what? If a tobacco smoker takes a drug test it will come back positive for nicotine.

    It seems, to me, to be waste of effort, time, money, and other resources to try and suppress marijuana. On the other hand if it were regulated and taxed it would provide a source of income, not only to it's producers and distributors, but also to the government in the form of new taxes.
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    @gammler I'm with you. I was just asking to see if there are any reasons not to. The one thing that bothers me is if A guy gets drunk the night before a breathalyzer can tell me how drunk he is or if he has sobered up. Is there a test to see how high a person is? What about driving? Before it's passed those kind of questions will be asked. I don't know the answers. I can't see how any more people will smoke it if it's legal. Almost everyone does or has in the past. I actually would be afraid to drug test my entire crew at one time. Most of them smoke. Very few are high at work. I am sure more do than I like but they do their job and don't have accidents. But the guys themselves don't want to work around people with a buzz so they are pretty good about not doing it. I just hate having to fire someone that got high on their day off.
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    @FordPrefect

    I'm not 100% sure I see what you are driving at. I don't use marijuana and I'm not familiar with all of its effects both long and short term. I read somewhere that it will stay in a person's body for about 30 days. In spite of that it seems to have no effect on a person's ability to function after a short period of time. So does nicotine from tobacco, yet tobacco smokers are not affected.
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    @gammler my point was the tests only show if you have used it in the last month. But the buzz only lasts a few hours. So if a guy gets high at night it's gone by morning. But I have no way of knowing how high he is at the moment.
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  • #86
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    Way too much money being made by the Legal Industry with the prohibition of Marijuana for them to just walk away.

    Politicians, Lobbyist, Cops, Lawyers, Judges, Jails, Prisons and Rehab people all making bank ( billions upon billions) enforcing the prohibition of Marijuana. It's business, big business and has little or nothing to do with right and wrong.

    We the people want the right to decide for our selves. We want our liberty.
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    It's just silly that federal policy on this issue continues to be based on Reefer Madness, such a poorly done film, a bomb nearly 80 years old that evolved into being a comedy, a parody of itself. Anyone who takes it seriously should be subject to a drug test to see what mind-altering substance they might be on.
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    Reefer Madness did not generate the ban, that was a piece of propaganda to make the citizens of the time more complacent in the ban. The ban was based on lobbies from the cotton farmer and wood pulpers. They did not want to compete with hemp for clothing and paper. Now it is being pushed by big pharm.
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    Reefer Madness couldn't possibly have generated the ban on MJ because it had already been prohibited a few years before. My statement addressed the absurdity that Reefer Madness, nearly 80 years old and thoroughly revealed as fiction, still holds sway in federal policy. Big Pharm despises MJ because the only patent on it is curiously held by the federal government (go figure) and that there's very limited profit potential given that it can be easily produced anywhere.
  • #94
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    @FollowTheMoney but if you take MJ off the drug cartel's cargo list the border patrol might have les to do also.
  • #11
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    marijuana is very close to being legal in ca. folks grow and smoke all over.

    the grows have caused huge problems not only for those who live around and have to smell the plants,those growers are for ever getting robbed in some cases the cops get to arrest those with a ton of dope instead of the oz they can have with a dr's note.

    and some are even being linked with mexican drug cartels,yet all knew that was coming.
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