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    Not only for Medical use, but for Recreational use as well. This isn't 1930.... we don't need Prohibition. We know Marijuana is less harmful than tobacco, and we knew it has medical benefits. So why on God's green Earth is it illegal? It's time to repeal these draconian laws, and start using logic.

    END REEFER MADNESS.
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    @jond414 If that's the case, the government should be taxing everything. Including my grandmother's tomato garden. But you see, that's ridiculous. Just because I can grow it, doesn't mean it needs to have mountains of regulation and taxes.
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    @jond414 Safer too.. There were alot of alcohol still explosions in the 30's and people were dying from alcohol poisoning. The mafia had control of the bootlegging industry back then. The same thing happens with pot. When criminals have control of an industry, it makes everyone less safe.
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    Once again, the potheads are riding the coattails of medical marijuana and why people like me are hesitant to blindly give the ok to legalize it for medicinal reasons. I don't know if you realize it or not, but there is a world of difference between legalizing pot for medical reasons and decriminalizing it for recreational purposes.
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    @Ryunkin - Talk to the people in states like Colorado and Washington. It is causes very few problems and in Colorado it has generated tens of millions of dollars in state revenue just since last November.
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    @Denizen_Kate You can't determine the consequences of a sea change event in a brief period of time. All through the drug soaked era of the seventies and eighties half-assed studies were telling the public that drugs had no effect on anything while I watched a vast number of my young customers throw their lives away. Many of them are either now dead or suffering from serious neurological or emotional illnesses.

    Although drugs were not legal back then, they might as well have been. You could buy just about anything with little difficulty, even in front of the town magistrate and prosecutor's offices. In 1975, in the HH high school, six kids out of 600 did not do serious drugs. Was it just a coincidence that during this era the discipline in the American school systems completely broke down? And can anyone doubt that the popular lax attitude, at the time, toward pot and coke has caused this country to play catchup with the world ever since.

    The reason I am so adamantly against taking drugs mainstream by making them legal is that we've been down this road before and I know what the end of the story is going to be.

    I also have to laugh when I read how so many of the Politixers claim do their drugs responsibly and if anyone hints that they might have a problem, they are immediately shot down. Well, the sad truth is alcoholics and drug addicts never have a problem that they will admit to and since I do not know these individuals personally, I am not inclined to take their word for their protestations of responsibility without a hint of skepticism.
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    @Ryunkin No one is debating problems here. Alcohol causes just as many problems if not more, are you insinuating we go back to Prohibition?
    This isn't about the drugs or health of people that do them, it's about the government legislating every aspect of our lives. Which apparently you seem to support. According to GOP members they are the party that is against Big Government, to which I reply, "Bullshit".
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    @gammler Not if the dosage was high enough. Also aspirin is a blood thinner, it could easily cause someone to bleed out from something such as an ulcer.
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    Could be another positive side effect of legalizing marijuana. The most glaring reason to legalize is still because it's nobodies damn business who is smoking what or drinking what when they are not causing harm to anyone else. I just find it incredibly hard to believe that people still don't like freedom.
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    I think this study is a stretch, but I see no reason not to legalize. Here in Colorado, we have not seen the negative effects that some conservatives said we would see. It has been handled well and should be used as a case study to legalize nationally.
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    I'm not sure there is enough evidence to prove that will lower opiated deaths....but...I figure that will be the case....good for pain....and no chance of OD....sound good to me
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    Marijuana shouldn't be legalized to lower deaths from painkiller OD's. Marijuana should be legalized because it's a weed that grows in the dirt, and keeping it illegal only strengthens the criminal element's hold over it, thus reaping them great monetary reward, putting lives in danger, and wasting law enforcement's time and money.
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    Just legalize it...Life is too short to stress over a plant that gives one a little buzz, cures epilepsy, soothes the terminally ill, and makes one hungry...
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    I saw this in today's newspaper. It's worth looking into. If Marijuana has medicinal properties it should be legal to prescribe it.
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    The problem is that you can take the "high"or of it and it will do the same thing for chronic pain, but people don't want that, OH NO
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    I answered no for the simple reason I'm an American citizen and it's nobodies business if I spark a bowl for recreation. But, prescription addiction is a serious problem. However, I was led to believe heroin is the drug of choice to replace pain pills. Maybe the idea is not to hook people on opiates in the first place.
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    Medical marijuana and even recreational marijuana can benefit a lot of people.....it's decriminalization will have little effect on those that would pop an oxy or two, smoke a bowl, chase it all down with some Jack Daniels......and then repeat over and over again.
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    Yep..Roll Five joints..and that's your limit.!! Keep a bottle of pills near ya..and..it could get confusing. DID I take My Pill??

    My question is. If Legal Marijuana gets approved nationwide..How will this affect the Pill Industry??
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    I've smoked a lot of weed have taken buckets of pain pills. I'm all for legalizing it but pot doesn't do anything for pain. They need stop exaggerating this.
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    Glad you were able to take buckets of pain pills. I wish I could. Pain pills have an awful effect on me and barely touched the pain I had. I had to endure the pain for 7 long weeks before surgery. Nerve pain is relentless. I did use marijuana illegally and it did take the edge off enough to get a couple hours of sleep. I don't think I could have coped without it. My father never abused a drug in his life, smoked the last couple weeks of his life when he was dying a horrible death from kidney cancer. He said it helped. The first time he smoked, he asked for food which surprised us because he had pretty quit eating. He had a good couple days that he was more comfortable and was able to say his goodbyes to my brother, who he hadn't seen in a long while. The day before his death, he could no longer speak, but he made a hand motion as if he was lighting a cigarette. Maybe it depends on the type of pain you are having.
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    @MContrary I went through a year and a half of surgeries fixing a gunshot wound. Pain pills worked on the pain but made me miserable. It was tough getting that monkey off my back. Smoking helps me sleep though.
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    Yeah sleep. When you have really bad pain, sleep becomes nearly impossible. The pain and sleep deprivation can really put your mind in a bad place. I had some really dark days. Hope you are feeling better.
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    @MContrary I'm ok except for scar tissue makes moving difficult. I always know when it's going to rain. That's handy being a farmer.
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    One less product that gang bangers can sell is good. If there's legal competition from legit businesses that care about the quality of their products and always ask for ID, there is no need to buy it from criminals who cut their pot with dangerous chemicals. It's all about personal responsibility. If you don't like pot, don't use it. Some people can handle it and some can't. I think that it's a horrible idea to make earwax in residual areas, though because an explosion can wipe out several houses. Simply growing it and using it for personal use for pain relief or any other reason shouldn't be a problem except that it can raise electric bills. Driving under the influence of anything isn't smart. Even cold medicines can make people groggy and unattentive.
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