Saturday Survey: Legalize Marijuana? — All Comments

3. Do you favor legalizing marijuana?

Prohibition is pointless. Tax the sales. Save millions on enforcement.

I’ve undergone the benefits of medicinal marijuana in conjunction with my severe nerve and muscle pain.

Using the legal system to control such a relatively harmless substance while the system permits and is in business with more harmful substances (alcohol, for example) degrades personal liberties, harms the legal system and its officers, jams the prisons, and puts a great overload of decision-making power in the hands of prosecutors. I’d like society to look at the problem of there being so many unhappy people and let’s get busy to help with that and get child and maternal health going right and many other improvements to life and health.

Why should ANY substance NOT be legal for personal use?? I have seen no non-circular justifications for self-use (including self-abuse) prohibitions of any kind.

Stop prohibition crime.

I feel the way I do because Pot has proven to be a less harmful drug than Conservatives would like to paint it in the eyes of many. More people die from alcohol abuse than marijuana abuse. And frankly, if both the State and Federal governments tax the flow of legalized Marijuana, we could solve our Deficit problem faster than what’s projected. Unfortunately, there are enough ignorant people in the US of A, who’ll believe that smoking Pot can lead to harder drugs.

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Do you favor legalizing marijuana?

The minimum risk is far outweighed by the reduction of expense to society of criminal gangs and government costs plus economic gain of regulating it.

I know too many folks that abused mj. Plus the laws are made to protect the affluent and their friends.

Simply because it is widely available anyway and we are spending billions to try and stop it. Legalize it, tax it, and 1/2 the war on drugs will be won.

One may only Prohibit the ingestion of a thing to a person whom they own. Since Slavery was made illegal with the passing of the 13th Amendment in 1865, this mean that those who claim ownership over any other individual is a criminal and a Traitor.

The price in money and corruption is too great. We do need controls similar to alcohol.

Alcohol is far worse on the body. It could lead to more tax revenues for the government to operate on, by legalizing it and taxing both the consumer and the purveyors of it. The War on Drugs is just a waste of money

Because marijuana is good for people, whether they are ill or otherwise.

It is an assinine law that criminalizes relaxation and creates an entire criminal class that simply would not exist without this jack-assery.

Because I know so many wastoid pot heads .

Decriminalizing will let the “war on drugs” focus on dangerous drugs and the gangs that profit from them. The US contains 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. Kids sent to prison for possession are not being punished by society – they are being mistreated by it and prisons provide a fertile environment to turn basically good people into career criminals. This could be the first step in returning prisons to government control and stopping the abuses that are running rampant in the privatized prison system where those who profit from bodies in cages by sucking on the government teat that provides them with the money to incarcerate, pay themselves large salaries and deny inmates basic rights or any remedial programs are making the US penal system the most oppressive outside of non-democratic regimes such as Indonesia, the Congo, Iran and Russia. If I can’t or don’t wish to drink – why can’t I relax without having to worry about being sent to prison? My neighbors can get drunk as skunks, crash their cars and upchuck on my lawn but that’s ok??

For the above indicated reasons. It would help break the stranglehold on illegal drugs traffiking to the United States, reduce crime levels in the United States, divert money and energy of law enforcement agencies and courts to more pressing, urgent matters.

It cost tax payer dollars to arrest someone for something that is considered, in my opinion and many other’s opinions, to be a victimless crime

All drugs should be legalized. Pushers and Drug Cartels would go out of business, and addicts could be identified and required to undergo treatment.

Tobacco is still legal and taxed. Do the same for Marijuana. OR, make tobacco illegal!

Should be focused on Meth

with controls

It’s ludicrous not to legalize marijuana. Alcohol and tobacco are America’s legal addictive drugs. That’s a big hipocracy.

I have produced more drug education videos than anyone in the history of the planet and other than lung damage I have never seen any serious negative impacts from marijuana smoking or consumption. Prescription drugs are a far greater danger to health and welfare.
too many people have been jailed for using weed

It would save countless of million dollars that could be directed to help out the Homeless .

End the insane drug wars! Tax and regulate the stuff and it will do a world of good.

It is a natural herb. It is relatively harmless. It has been used and been legal to use for 99.9999999% of human history without causing anywhere near the catastrophic human tragedies alcohol is responsible for. It has medicinal properties. Tobacco is a smokeable plant that has been legal to use for centuries in spite of the fact that it is directly linked to serious medical problems and/or death but no one has ever died from marijuana use.

Not that I would use it. Tried it in the past and didn’t do much for me.

Mostly because it is ridiculous to incarcerate folks and ruining their lives over recreational use of a substance far less addicting and dangerous than alcohol.

We need the revenue.

Rather than a war on drugs, it would be more effective to have a war on drug gangs — and the best tool for that is to eliminate the high profits from running illegal drugs by legalization, which would plumet the price. Let every one grow their own marijuana — that would totally undercut the illegal import from Mexico. This would serve to cut crime in California.

It is not the smoking of marijuana that is harmful but the incarceration of marijuana users that destroys the user’s life and the lives of his family.

I believe marijuana is safe and beneficial in many ways. It is a natural product that has been used by people for thousands of years. Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol in the early 20th century, and it’s equally ineffective for marijuana today. It’s just a matter of time.

I don’t think using marijuana should be a police matter, just as I do not believe that drinking beer is a police matter. Having impaired judgement while driving from whatever cause is a police matter.

Criminalizing marijuana has ruined the lives of our youth. Enough is enough. Too much money has been wasted in this area.

Reduces criminal prosecutions, lessens overcrowding of prisons

It is probably no worse than alcohol, but the primary reasons for alcohol use being widespread is that it was widely used and very profitable before Prohibition. If legalizing marijuana would reduce alcohol consumption proportionately, then we should do it, but of course it won’t. It might be possible to tax it sufficiently to offset its costs, and then a legalization policy probably would make sense.

I use medical marijuana for MS, and the other drugs are adisaster. I know the tructh. Propaganda and money keep the drug war going. $1,200 ever second spent on the drug war?? CRAZY!!!

Adults have the right to decide for them selves how they treat their own body and mind.
It will defuse the crime ! ! ! !

The criminalization of any drug has fostered a long war that we have continued to loose at great expense, which deprives other sectors of our society- like education- with adequate funding. Legalize marijuana would be a valuable revenue source at a time when budget are having to be cut for traditionally basic functions of government. The application of drug law under three strikes has filled our prisons with disproportionately large segment of poor and communities of color. And finally, If I choose to grow marijuana, I would not be subject to the loss of my house for growing it on my property nor would I be forced to use illicit marijuana that might have truly dangerous chemicals used in its growth.

I worked in drug abuse treatment. Relative to other drugs that may be recreational marijuana is one of the least dangerous including alcohol and tobacco. Politics has always been one of the most important elements of drug policy regarding those that may be recreational.

The “war on drugs” is, and has been, an utter failure.

We can tax it and use the revenue to benefit the general public.

There are too many folks in prison who have only used Marijuana. They have not performed any illegal acts; stealing, hurting someone (beside themself), etc…legalize and get the tax money!

It should be legal, but nobody wants to see cheech n chong n RCrumb n Naughty Nurses signs all over the place. Plus, employers are terrified of legalization bcz they don’t know how to spot someone who’d mildly high, whereas they can spot someone who’d at work drunk, re: any associated work errors. When made legal, there must be also strong sanctions against being Under The Influence In Public when that means unsafe or obnoxious behavior, whether form alcohol or MJ or pills. Also, nobody knows how to train drivers to be safe — you can’t make a handy chart of body weight v hours since last drink

There should no prohibition placed upon all drugs. The harm done to civilization in the name of the law far surpasses any damage done to the individual and the community. We Americans use half of the illegals drug on the planet, they should be taxed and the revenue used for social security and education. There would be enough money left over so that we could fund a few more wars around the world,kidding

I have cerebral palsy and Marijuana makes me so much “looser”. It relaxes my over-tight muscles and instead of horrible side effects it actually promotes creativity and strength so that I can work. I started using Marijuana recreationally in college. In all the years after, I have never felt the need or desire to try the next thing. I am in a lot more control when using Marijuana than with alcohol.

It’s safe and harmless in its pure form. Keep people of all ages away from drug dealers; and regulate to make sure it doesn’t have harmful additives.

Because I’ve seen friends risk felony charges to get pot for relatives who had cancer. I’ve also known dozens of people who smoked dope in college and stopped when they graduated and got jobs. The “reefer madness” nonsense just doesn’t stand up to the light of reality. I am in favor of ALL herbs being legal. Education is better than prohibition; prohibition only benefits criminals.
Counter-productive to society to continue criminalization.

Anything that make you feel good is good if it doesn’t harm you or others

As long as it is illegal, there will be a strong attraction. And it’s illegality has contributed to horrible results in the area of crime control, racial profiling and the militarization of our so-called justice system. Thousands of lives lost to prison, crime and death.

Making marijuana illegal hasn’t worked and costs too much.

It’s not the governments business to tell me what I can and cannot put in my body.

only in licensed facilities with large tax included.

Marijuana use might actually decline slightly over the years after legalization, and certainly won’t rise significantly because it is already widely available. Taxation would help local communities and state’s budgets, and the supply and pricing of marijuana could be regulated by the federal and state governments. Drug crime would be reduced, especially in Mexico. Law enforcement could focus on actual crimes rather than wasting time and tax payer’s dollars on arresting people for marijuana.

we’ve lost the war on drugs. cut our losses and focus the energy on harder stuff.

I think marijuana use should be legal, because it will garner taxes revenue for the state/nation, it will undercut the criminal networks that now operate to supply the illegal market, it will reduce inmate numbers in our prisons and there are probably other reasons that aren’t coming to mind just now. It seems to me the high that’s produced by marijuana is a benign and in some cases even an enlightening experience, in contrast to the high from alcohol, which is generally degrading of a person’s intellect and abilities. Of the two intoxicants it certainly seems logical that marijuana would be the preferable one, both from the point of view of the individual and society as a whole. It’s illogical and detrimental the overall safety of our country and it’s economy to criminalize the cultivation, distribution, sale and use of marijuana.

I have used it safely for over 20 years, and am now abstintent because of legal problems with criminal cultivation charges in a state that doesn’t allow medical mj because it doesn’t allow for citizen initiated referenda or initiatives. I feel like it’s a political crime (check out the common law distinction between malum prohiitum and malum per se….murder and homicide are illegal in every civilized culture, mj has been illegal only since US treaties and Nixon’s Controlled Substances Act and the corrupted Schafer Commission in 1970 – 72. Google “Nixon, Marijuana, Jews” for an interesting discussion in the bugged Oval Office in his own words that Nixon’s targets were blacks, war protestors and hippies (and Jews and Psychatrists, all of whom he thought preferred mj to alcohol).

If alcohol is legit and has greater damaging effects and doesn’t require a prescription, how do we justify not legalizing marijuana?

These ridiculous laws that punish people, and a substance, that do no harm have to be stopped. Ignorance is no excuse to ruin people’s lives and deny people the well-being this substance can deliver.

Would be nice to have it as an alternative therapy. for neuropathy and to lower blood sugar. I am diabetic.

I have had too many friends/colleagues/acquaintences (including elected officials) who suffered from extreme pain (athritis, cancer, lupus, ad infinitum). Those who chose the usual (pharmaceutical) medications, because of those prescriptions, were so zonked out they didn’t know their loved ones, were unaware if they were dead or alive. Those who chose marijuana, sometimes in conjunction milder does of pharmaceuticals, knew their familiy/friends, and were able to make lucid decisions about their lives. Other people us medical marijuana as a pain reliever (arthritis, rheumatoid, aches/pains from old injuries, etc.). Not everyone can take aspirin. For some of us, Tylenol is a waste of money. Some people are allergic to penicillin, to morphine, to dairy products, ad infinitum. To force people to either live in pain, or to spend their life savings on pharmaceuticals, as opposed to ‘growing their own’ is barbarous, malicious, and inhumane. Hmmm — I wonder why the drug companies oppose legalizing marijuana? (This doesn’t even begin the story of legalizing “industrial hemp!”

Legalize it, regulate it, and tax it heavily to raise revenue.

Because the consequences for cultivation, sale and possession are unwarranted; it is less dangerous than alcohol and cigarettes which are legal and only moderately and slightly regulated.

A number of months ago, some poor woman was arrested a mile down the road from where I now sit for possession of a harmless weed. Can you believe that? DISCLAIMER: I don’t smoke pot. Nor do I advocate its usage – unless for medicinal purposes of course. I haven’t touched the stuff since my nineteenth birthday – August 16, 1977 – which, coincidentally, was the day that Elvis Presley died. I always tell people that Elvis and I quit drugs at the very same moment, the only difference being that I did so voluntarily. Having said that, let me say this: Nearly three-quarters-of-a-century after it was made illegal; a half-a-century after it was proven to be practically harmless – why is it still a crime to possess and smoke marijuana? Here is a list of ten famous people – heavy smokers all – who died too soon of lung cancer or other diseases related to their addictions to nicotine: Humphrey Bogart Edward R. Murrow Nat King Cole George Harrison John Huston Noel Coward Betty Grable Walt Disney Gary Cooper Peter Jennings Here is another list. Ten famous people who died from alcoholism: Tennessee Williams Jack Kerouac Truman Capote Lorenz Hart Veronica Lake Bix Beiderbecke Montgomery Clift Dylan Thomas John Barrymore Errol Flynn Now I’m going to ask you to name for me one celebrity who has died from too much grass. Go on, I’m waiting….. You couldn’t do it, could you? Don’t feel bad, neither could I. Not only have I never heard of any famous person dying in that matter, I am not aware of it happening in all recorded human history! Why in 2011 are we still having this same, idiotic conversation? Is it a “gateway drug” as they never tire of reminding us? Yeah, it probably is. But so is Miller High Life – the Champagne of Bottled Beer. Let’s get a grip here. Tom Degan

I prefer that it is sold at dispensaries and that patients need to be evaluated and issued licenses to procure it.

The arguments for legalizing marijuana are well enough known that I don’t need to reiterate them here.

I am intimately familiar with the costs of the War on Drugs generally, and on marijuana in specific. The Drug War is an unmitigated disaster for the criminal justice system, a humanitarian catastrophe and a clear and present danger to national security. Marijuana, in contrast, is largely harmless.

It is useful for pain, anxiety and insomnia relief. Furthermore, it is much less dangerous than alcohol. Drunk driving accidents have decreased since access to marijuana has been liberalized. It is much more benign than alcohol when used as a cocktail.

At worse, it is a “least offense,” undeserving of criminal penalties. At best, it is a useful tool in dealing with physical and emotional afflictions which has been made illegal under false pretexts (read the history of marijuana) while real crimes continue to go un-prosecuted.

Because it could solve this country’s money problems. Legalizing takes the drug man out of the game!…and put the legal “drug man” in!

The long effort to criminalize marijuana has failed abjectly, locking up people pointlessly, doing little to stem marijuana use, and creating a vast criminal enterprise just Prohibition did with alcohol. A far better approach would be to legalize it, tax and monitor its sales as we do with alcohol and tobacco, and use social pressure to check its widespread use.


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