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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by obeygiant, Oct 17, 2011.
Well, well, well......
So now they just need to get old conservative republican women from the south on their side. Quite a niche audience
Hmmmm... I wonder how many Macrumors members support it?
Do you think it will ever end up being legalized?
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And your graph shows you have done your research. I suffer from constant pain from several medical conditions that I won't post hare as it contravenes forum rules.
I am on an ever increasing dose of the most powerful and addictive pain relief known to man (once again won't post but you get the gist) Many friends have suggested that the use of cannabis would provide me with a similar amount of pain relief without the nasty side effects and the point at which my dose can not be increased any further.
Cnt see it happening in the USA or the UK any time soon. But my rant is an obvious one.....Legalise, organise and the tax and revenue from the controlled sale would be huge.
Any DDA guy will tell you it's a losing battle.."Smugglers Blues" comes to mind, but its true. You've got Colombians building submarines to smuggle coke for ** sake.
Will it happen in my lifetime? I doubt it. Will I try cannabis as an alternative / addition to my pain relief. Probably.
I support it.
Legalized and dispensed by licensed professionals is good but ideally I'd like it see it simply DECRIMINALIZED. Having it legal but still under quite a lot of government control just makes it big business and lands everyone with all the problems associated with that. Small dispensaries and growers won't be able to compete and prices will skyrocket while quality, choice and friendliness nosedive. Simply decriminalized doesn't stomp big business but it should mean fewer complications and problems without ruining it for "the little guy".
Unfortunately cannabis being illegal is purely a political move. It's easy to kick the "hippies", push misleading propaganda, especially when supporting legalizing/decriminalizing is usually political suicide. It's an incredible shame.
I'm glad more people are favoring legalization.... but I'm more glad that I live in California
It matters little how many people favour it.
Do the lobbyists in Washington favour it?
You remember them, right?.
The voice of Corporate America, who have way more "votes" in Washington than any large group of people.
I'd love to see those results...
I definitely see many benefits to legalization of cannabis but it would come with a lot of negatives. By legalizing it, the government makes it seem like it is okay for everyone to use. I don't know about everyone else, but it scares the ***** out of me when I see a teen who is texting on their phone - now imagine they are high & texting.
I'm not saying people don't get high & drive now, but having a legal barrier definitely makes it less likely than if cannabis is legalized.
Sure, it definitely benefits people (ex. pain suffers, cancer patients etc...) - I recognize that too. But it seems like there would be a lot of abuse. I don't think we need to add another legal drug to that list of abused medication.
I have a simpler solution to the whole driving issue; if they get caught under the influence (read: over the legal limit of the respective substance) they lose their license permanently. There's no excuse to not be responsible. Now the issue in the US is that the public transportation system isn't exactly top notch... but that's their problem as far as I'm concerned.
Drugs are abused by people who have a tendency to abuse drugs. This fact shouldn't ruin it for everyone else who has a sense of self-imposed limits.
And of course I got voted down on speaking my mind on a thread inquiring about opinions, lol.
@iBlue - I agree with what you're saying. I personally believe people should be allowed to do anything they want as long as it doesn't negatively affect others. But unfortunately, with the government 'okaying' weed usage, people will be irresponsible & us as a society will pay the consequences.
But that's not what I'm saying. Alcohol is legal. Not everyone goes out and gets completely trashed and drives home. You can't tar everyone with the same brush, let alone blame the intoxicant for it, legal or not.
Besides, I'd prefer a bunch of stoners to a bunch of drunks any day.
Don't get to excited, the DEA is cracking down on the pot shops.
Don't let a little thing like "law" come between you and medication. Try it out. If it helps, use it. If it doesn't, don't. But dear God, man, don't let a political football prevent you from improving your health.
Marijuana should not even be classified as a drug ... it is the only "Drug" from thousands with zero OD level ... you cannot OD from it where every other Drug does have an OD level.
nobody has ever died from Marijuana ... however legal Alcohol poisoning kills people daily. ... as the saying goes ... if ya got them, smoke them.
The only reason that pot is a "gateway drug" is because when you go to a dealer he tries to sell you more powerful stuff. If the government was in control of it they could just give you unlaced pot the thing most people are after to begin with.
Alcohol causes a lot more deaths too.
I don't really care about drugs being legal or not but i do think a poll would be interesting with like 3 options:
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I don't really buy the argument, people who want to smoke weed pretty much smoke weed, the law is merely an inconvenience and a risk to their livelihoods. I don't think that upon legalising cannabis one would see a sudden hike in usage, stats from countries that have decriminalised certainly back this up.
I don't smoke cannabis myself, I just don't see where society benefits from criminalising the activity of such a large portion of the population. It's insane and the possibly negatives associated with legalisation are so utterly insignificant compared to how things are now.
I'd be interested in seeing a poll options to reflect whether you use cannabis and whether legalisation would change whether you would use cannabis.
It will be legalized in the US in my lifetime (33).