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    We have a substantial budget deficit. Society has not benefited by marijuana being illegal. We spend billions of dollars on chasing down, arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning non violent marijuana users. This money could be much better spent on any number of things that would help the country. Just legalize pot and lets worry about real problems.
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    maybe the billions not spent on "the" war would offset the need to tax it, idk, I'd rather see it not taxed or regulated, but would support it anyway, it would be a step forward and anything to stop the insanity towards weed demonetization is good...
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    @hankf68 I don't care if they tax it or not. People should not be prosecuted for smoking pot. Let people grow it at home with laws similar to home wine making and home beer making. Tax commercial growers like we do alcohol. The whole idea of prosecuting people for smoking dope has been a failure. We should be going after Al Qaeda not Hippy Dippy Al the Weatherman.
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    I wish that pot smoking was all we had to worry about where i live, believe me it would be a blessing! Our biggest problem is illegal use of prescription drugs period. I don't know anyone in my family or circle of friends who has'nt been adversley effected by this poision dumped on us by doctors and big pharma compaines!
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    Hmmm let's see, keep spending billions yearly on a complete failer or make billions of dollars a year by taxing and legalizing? It really is a no brainer.
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    Urge your U.S. representative to regulate marijuana like alcohol!

    History has occurred in Congress! On February 5, 2013, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a bill to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol at the federal level. Following MPP’s historic 2012 ballot initiative victory in Colorado, making the personal use and cultivation of marijuana legal for all adults, along with a similar initiative in Washington State, members of Congress now see the writing on the wall. They know it is only a matter of time before the cultivation and sale of marijuana is legal across the country. This bill establishes a regulatory structure for marijuana at the federal level. Please ask your U.S. representative to support this bill.
    http://mpp.org/
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    I just wrote both Senators and am in the process of writing each and every federal representative in the state.
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    @jessejaymes - Kudos! I've done it too, plus my state has a medical mj bill in the house that I am supporting... Thanks for supporting liberty!
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    LOL Gays and pot. If you took those topics away from the left they would be speechless. It reminds me of the Monty Python skit where the Brits ran out of things to tax, so they propose taxing sex.
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    @drpeeper - It isn't just the left that supports repealing prohibition. And if you think about it, if you took away pot and gays, the right would have no one to use as scapegoats.
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    It amazes me the number of "small government" conservatives who prefer the goverment prosecuting and imprisoning pot users over regulating like alcohol.
    If Rand Paul was behind this half of them would take up crack in support.
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    If the police weren't so busy chasing pot smokers, maybe they could focus on getting some of the dangerous criminals off the street.
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    Don't just blame conservatives. Progressives played a big part in getting marijuana banned in the first place and they also helped pass prohibition...for a better society of course lmao...now they've moved on to big sodas bahaha
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    Law Enforcement Leaders Ask Department of Justice to Respect State Marijuana Laws:

    a former narcotics cop delivered a letter signed by 73 current and former police officers, judges, prosecutors and federal agents to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him not to interfere with the wishes of the voters of Colorado and Washington State to legalize and regulate marijuana.

    "We seem to be at a turning point in how our society deals with marijuana," said Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the group that authored the letter. "The war on marijuana has funded the expansion of drug cartels, it has destroyed community-police relations and it has fostered teenage use by creating an unregulated market where anyone has easy access. Prohibition has failed. Pretty much everyone knows it, especially those of us who dedicated our lives to enforcing it. The election results show that the people are ready to try something different. The opportunity clearly exists for President Obama and Attorney General Holder to do the right thing and respect the will of the voters."

    http://copssaylegalize.blogspot.com/2012/11/l...
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    Well, like the last bill these will unfortunately go down in flames. The same people crying about the budget deficit want to spend $50 billion a year on the DEA, arrest a million people a year on the taxpayers dime, spend billions per year housing these 'criminals', and not receive any income for these efforts except on the backs of working Americans.
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    Similar to prohibition, pot has enriched those violating Tax Evasion and Federal laws. Although regulations would be far reaching, it may solve a unsolvable 'pot wars' continuation. This is a "Police Action" that has become a quagmire that is creating a monster of punishment being far worse than the violation of use of a substance not belonging in the schedule I category.
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    Cannabis should be legal and not TAXED by the Federal GOV. Taxing everything only gives the criminals in Washington more money to recklessly spend, why don't they tax the air we breathe while their at it, and don't forget the water we drink too. Stupid is as stupid does, I say leave it up to the States, and get it out of the FED's hands, they have too much in the way of power as is. I say we should tax politicians at a 85% income tax level period, if would be a good way to flush the commode called D.C.
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    The gov't has spent over A BILLION TAX DOLLARS on the failing drug war. Time to take marijuana off schedule 1 drug list. Marijuana is safer than the legal gateway drug alcohol.
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    Good for you. Just don't tell other adults what to do with their money their bodies and their time. Simple huh?
  • #128
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    YES, and it NEEDS to be LEGAL in ALL 50 STATES!!!! The help that it can do far and I DO MEAN FAR out weighs ANY bad it 'supposedly' can do....
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    The only way our government is going to make up the difference in not taxing the wealthy. Legalize pot and tax it.
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    It's about time! Here's a PRIME OCCASION for the Republicans to cooperate and back this bill. Take the profit out of Drug Cartels and Reduce Gun Violence in inner cities!
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    The government can't tax an illegal substance. All it can do is to incarcerate the trafficker and user. That costs money. Since people want marijuana I think it should be made legal, taxed, and regulated.
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    Im very ok with this. Everyone is saying that every state except a couple is bankrupt. Legalize pot and tax it to make money for the states. People get to smoke and the states can pay out of bankruptcy.

    Kind of a duh moment really.
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    legalize marijuana ? sure why not, Car crashes in Colorado and Washington are already on the rise, Only after just a short period of time already.
    You want you more of your sons and daughters and grandchildren killed by impaired drivers...Go right on ahead!!
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    Car crashes have not increased in those states because of marijuana... that's hooey! And if you are that concerned about road safety, are you actively demanding a prohibition on alcohol too?
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    @Vance1 - The new study shows that people are at higher risk of FATAL car crashes, compared to people who have no drugs in their systems, NOT compared to people with alcohol in their system. The study also clearly states that the only thing they can measure is THC in the system at the time of a fatal car crash. They have no idea if the person was driving high or not since THC stays in the system for up to 30 days. Finally, the study shows that alcohol is still the primary cause of fatal accidents. And our daughters and grandchildren are killed by alcohol impaired drivers at an alarming rate... so, are you going to petition your representatives to make alcohol illegal? Or is time we promoted personal responsibility and accountability?

    "One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation." – Thomas B. Reed
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