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Do you think they should legalize marijuana?

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      Jenz ~ wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Funny you should bring that up. My son Chris just showed me a short documentary called “Super High Me.”
      It’s about a man who stopped smoking for 30 days then started again & smoked every day for 30 days thereafter. All of his medical testing, test scores of various kinds were considerably higher when using. Doctors were involved in this with him. They also showed what the dispensaries are like in California. It was interesting.
      To answer your question, I’d lean towards yes rather than no. I’m not a smoker myself. I’m not 100% against it though either. If it’s the only way someone suffering from an eye disease or cancer can feel any better, with an MD’s approval, I say smoke away.




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      Ms-kay wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • I have to play both sides of the fence here...

      Pro - Marijuana has some medicinal values  

      Con - Marijuana is a doorway drug to harsher more dangerous drug use  

      Either way it would not effect me in any way but these are my thoughts ~ the outcome couldn’t possible please everyone.




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • It’d free up the jails if you let the folks out who got busted just for being high or possessing small amounts.

      It’d be another tax option for the government.  

      From my personal experience, the people I’ve known who smoke have never had an issue with abuse or moving to harder drugs. I myself had no desire to try anything harder.  

      These are just MHO.




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      Inakika wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • In the words of Bob Marley: Legalize IT!




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      Jean Walter wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • My opinion...

      Medicinal purposes ~ yes!

      Recreational Drug ~ Nay!

      Opens up a lot of controversy and it would be interesting to see how the government would control it.




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      Ms-kay wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Another Con - It will make the drug readily available to our country’s youth  

      My thoughts




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      Feathermaye wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • It needs to be legalized, and in fact is close to it in many aspects.

      Several states have already decriminalized it, which is a step in the right direction.

      And making it more available to our youth is really not a valid con (no offense intended) because alcohol and tobacco are clinically-proven to have greater adverse health effects, and they are legal and readily available already.

      Like has been said: legalize it, tax it, control it. Too many hard-working people are wrongly attached a stigma for smoking pot.  

      And in regards to gateway drugs, that’s also an old myth. Anyone determined or destined to move on to harder stuff just will. I’ve known people my whole life who’ve smoked pot regularly, and tried other stuff but never “moved on” to anything harder. Marijuana is no more a gateway drug than tobacco.

      Edited to add: if anyone believes it’s not already available to our kids, they‘re fooling themselves.




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      Denise Richardson wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • For medical reasons yes, anything other than NO!




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      Jean Walter wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • LOL..Annie there is no logic...otherwise it would have been legalized years ago!!

      I was just responding to what some one else commented on about how “sick people” benefit from pot being used for pain, etc.

      I am no hypocrite, I have smoked my share of pot but to ever think that it would be legal in the US, I’d be very surprised!

      I live in a small community and a few houses have been closely watched by the police and the drug trafficing that goes in and out is scary in itself! One of these kids carries a gun and it freaks me out to think that I let my kids play outside so freely!

      If pot was legal would this be controlled and would it make our neighborhoods any safer??

      I don’t know, like I said before... very controversial!!!




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      Ms-kay wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • No need to ADD  to the things already "readily available to our youth".  

      Doorway was another way to say “A choice, a decision“.

      Either way it would not effect me in any way but these are my thoughts ~ the outcome couldn't possible please everyone.




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • It’s like any other recreational stimulant, it has its proponents and its detractors. There was a time when pot was legal and booze was not. When booze was outlawed, that’s when the mafia really got a toehold in our society, by bootlegging.  

      Feather is right, I see tons of kids drinking and smoking cigs, and there are supposedly strict laws against both.  

      And Annie, once upon a time alcohol was medicinal. Whiskey for babies to soothe their gums, all of the old elixirs were nearly all alcohol.

      I think a lot of it has to do with society’s “norms.”




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      Jean Walter wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Lou I actually did that when my oldest was teething let's see 28 years ago always thought it was Ok to rub the gums down with whiskey!! OLD SCHOOL LOL




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      Feathermaye wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Jeanie, that’s actually one of the pros of legalization... it would stop the neighborhood dealer and his toehold on our kids.

      How many neighborhood tobacco dealers and beer sellers do we see on the news?




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      Jean Walter wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Feather~ then I say go for it!

      Because right now I have a lot of freaked out neighbors that live closer to this kid then I do!
      Plus I know this kid’s parents very well... and they are in such denial about the whole thing!  

      It’s a mess!!

      As far as alcohol ~FAKE ID’s people.... they are everywhere!!
      The legal drinking age in MD was switched from 18 to 21 when I just turned 18 and this is so out of control with young kids now a days, or maybe it always has been...

      So if pot were legalized what do you think the legal age should be?




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      Tuliplady wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Legalize it so it can be taxed and regulated.

      I live in a very small neighobrhood.  I know who does and who doesn’t use it.  Legalizing it is not going to make it any more available to kids than it is now.  Lots of kids just go to the guy down the street or dad’s stash or whatever.

      Legalizing it would also open the doors for commercial growing of hemp.  Not the kind used for pot, but the plant used for fiber for making clothes.  There is a difference in the two plants, but legislators can’t seem to wrap their minds around that, so they won’t let farmers grow industrial hemp while the others is still illegal.




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      3sa wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • ok.  All I have to say is, I don’t think it should be legal.  It’s my thought that alot of people just don’t do certain things that are illegal, but if it became legal they would most likely try it and get hooked.  More smokers, and weed smoke still causes cancer.  Our kids could legally smoke weed like cigs, and most pot heads I know are stupid and forgetful. Great.

      But on the other hand, if made for medicinal purpose there probably isnt a person on this site that couldn’t find one of the reasons in the note below to get a prescription, including me.

      READ THIS....

      In a year 2002 review of medical literature, medical cannabis was shown to have established effects in the treatment of nausea, vomiting, unintentional weight loss, and lack of appetite.[34] Other “relatively well-confirmed” effects were in the treatment of “spasticity, painful conditions, especially neurogenic pain, movement disorders, asthma, [and] glaucoma.“[34] A number of other conditions have been claimed to be treatable or otherwise ameliorated by cannabis, though based only on anecdotal evidence.

      Elsewhere it has been shown to be beneficial in treating symptoms associated with treatments for cancer, AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease, and hepatitis.[citation needed]

      Cannabis also acts as an antispasmodic and anticonvulsant and is indicated for neurological conditions such as epilepsy especially complex partial seizures, multiple sclerosis, and spasms. As an analgesic and an immunomodulator it is indicated for conditions such as migraine, arthritis, spinal and skeletal disorders. As a bronchodilator it is beneficial for asthma. It also reduces the intraocular pressure and is indicated for glaucoma. Recent studies have shown the drug to be efficacious in treating mood disorders and mental health issues such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, attention-deficit disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder[35] It is also indicated for premenstrual syndrome, hypertension, and insomnia. It is also reported to be an effective treatment for constipation.[citation needed]

      Preliminary findings also indicate that cannabis-based drugs could prove useful in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease (consisting of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis[36]




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      Tuliplady wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Jeanie, just my opinion, but I think 18 ought to be the legal age for everything.




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      Feathermaye wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • bb, it’s hard to accurately state the medical effects, because most of the studies are sponsored by entities and organizations that would suffer financially if pot was made legal. Naturally, their results are skewed.

      And yeah, “special” brownies are double whammy... get you buzzed, which gives you the munchies, so you eat more brownies... wheeeeeee! ;)




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      Inakika wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Yeah MON! Puff, puff, pass, Lu!




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      Feathermaye wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • I think 18 - 21 is fair, just like alcohol.




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      Mztracy wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • hmmmm tough for me as a hit off a j is better than my pains meds anyday, and more natural.

      If i did not have kids under 18 in my home, I’d be smoking it daily. It takes away my pain and helps me sleep like a baby. With the medical mj i got no munchies and was fresh when waking up in the morning.

      Alcohol not only can kill brain cells, but your liver as well. There are more drunk driving deaths in the us than anything from mj. Yet it is legal.

      And how many high speed chases are they on pot? When ya get high, the last you wanna do is go driving. You‘re too paranoid!! lol

      When my kids do go away, i will light up. Smack me!estatic




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      Feathermaye wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • I don't believe it's addictive. I've had long stretches in my life when I smoked regularly, but gave it up without struggle. I missed it, but I didn't suffer a whit without it.

      It took me several failed attempts to quit smoking cigarettes before I was successful at it.

      And, I do have an addictive personality.




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      UK Girl wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Ladies UK perspective here ...... we did legalise here -you guessed it a vote winner and the politicians lined up to pass the law
      It's a nightmare as we now are reaping the rewards we have a nation of teenage pot heads.  They are all smoking high power skunk which can cause deep depression and paranoia – so we have teenagers committing suicide – dropping out of school work – and all on some form of high dose depressive medication.

      In the UK we have groups campaigning to change the law even the dumb ass politicians realise they have set off a time bomb across the nation – it cuts across all class barriers. There are heart wrenching stories in the press weekly of families torn apart dealing with teenagers who now are having to be sectioned due to their heavy drug use ......

      Please don't let it happen in the US ...




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      Mztracy wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • wow vicki, we do not hear that here.

      I am not saying to leagalize it all over. But, medically, it works for me.

      the only bad part, like getting handicapped parking placards, and butthead can get those from doctors who do not care. That is the problem i see happening with medical mj.




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      UK Girl wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Apparently the stuff on the street illegal – pre the law was low grade – so soon as it was legal people started growing their own as they knew they wouldn't get busted and that stuff is really high powered and the type that's addictive and causes the problems – now the Government realise this and hadn't factored that in their law – DOH!

      But you get people renting houses and just turning them into pot farms – with sprinkler systems – feeding systems and it's really high grade stuff – that like a week on that and your sectioned – scary no one expected this.

      My friend her son has gone from A student – sports freak to a bed dosser overnight – abusive – a week before Christmas she came here for 4 nights he had attacked her is a psychotic state after spending 3 days smoking his dope ..... he is resting in a rehab they are paying for but the doctors told her he will have mental health issues for the rest of his life – that has seriously scared me.




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      Feathermaye wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Where is the regulation that should have come with that new law? And if that particular strain is so destructive, why is it among the strains for sale?

      Like with any other controlled substance, there needs to be strict regulation. And each new “idea” is going to have kinks.  

      I have a hard time accepting that there are that many more potheads than before—perhaps now they‘re just more open about their issues because they can’t face legal issues for being users.




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      Feathermaye wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Bernadette makes a great point: for all those who believe smoking pot should be illegal, how do you feel about tobacco being legal?

      Many organizations like NORML are campaigning for “responsible use” laws. That means you don’t fire up a doobie and then get behind the wheel of your car, or smoke a bowl before going into work in the morning, etc. Stiff criminal penalties would still be in place for those sorts of behavior.

      And, you only smoke in places where it is acceptable to smoke, as Amsterdam has done with their hash bars, or your home.




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • The debate on this will never end. It’s very interesting to hear everyone’s thoughts and beliefs on why/why not they’d want to see it legalized.  

      Pilots are not allowed to drink before flights, yet some do.  

      Tracy, I think I saw some skit where a stoned driver was trying to get away from the cops and he was driving like 5mph!

      BB-don’t bogart! heh heh heh!




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      3sa wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • tobacco is not a mood enhancing drug, you can smoke cigs and still drive, or do whatever.  Your personality doesn’t change.  It kills you yes but it’s not the same as weed.

      Marijuana is not ADDICTIVE, it is habbit forming, addiction is a physical process, habbituation is a psychological process, anything can form a habit.  

      I also know that long time ago weed was these little skinney rolled joints, now people smoke alot more, blunts. Weed also affect the part of the brain that creates new memories and so young people could possibly get more screwed up, because like I said, so kids won’t do it because it’s illegal but if it was legal.....more people and kids would.




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      Jean Walter wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • Lou~ I agree... no happy ending!!

      LOL...and I can just see the “smoking area” filled with pot smoke... talk about 2nd hand smoke...WHEW!!! LOL




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      UK Girl wrote Feb 2, 2009
    • We now have no smoking anywhere in the UK - yep you can smoke pot/dope but not ciggies ... so you have crowds in the street outside bars, clubs , resturants and offices in huddles smoking ....




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