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Old 03-25-2010, 06:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Legalize it! California to vote on recreational marijuana

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Calif. voters could legalize pot in Nov. election

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ (AP) – 4 hours ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When California voters head to the polls in November, they will decide whether the state will make history again — this time by legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults.

The state was the first to legalize medicinal marijuana use, with voters passing it in 1996. Since then, 14 states have followed California's lead, even though marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

"This is a watershed moment in the decades-long struggle to end failed marijuana prohibition in this country," said Stephen Gutwillig, California director for the Drug Policy Alliance. "We really can't overstate the significance of Californians being the first to have the opportunity to end this public policy disaster."

California is not alone in the push to expand legal use of marijuana. Legislators in Rhode Island, another state hit hard by the economic downturn, are considering a plan to decriminalize possession of an ounce or less by anyone 18 or older.

A proposal to legalize the sale and use of marijuana in Washington was recently defeated in that state's legislature, though lawmakers there did expand the pool of medical professionals that could prescribe the drug for medicinal use.

And a group in Nevada is pushing an initiative that marks the state's fourth attempt in a decade to legalize the drug.

The California secretary of state's office certified the initiative for the general election ballot Wednesday after it was determined that supporters had gathered enough valid signatures.

The initiative would allow those 21 years and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, enough to roll dozens of marijuana cigarettes. Residents also could grow their own crop of the plant in gardens measuring up to 25 square feet.

The proposal would ban users from ingesting marijuana in public or smoking it while minors are present. It also would make it illegal to possess the drug on school grounds or drive while under its influence.

Local governments would decide whether to permit and tax marijuana sales.

Proponents of the measure say legalizing marijuana could save the state $200 million a year by reducing public safety costs. At the same time, it could generate tax revenue for local governments.

A Field Poll taken in April found a slim majority of California voters supported legalizing and taxing marijuana to help bridge the state budget deficit.

Those who grow and sell it illegally fear legalization would drive down the price and force them to compete against corporate marijuana cultivators.

Other opponents view marijuana as a "gateway drug" that, when used by young people, could lead them to try other, harder drugs. They worry that legalization would persuade more people to try it, worsening the nation's drug culture.

"We are quite concerned that by legalizing marijuana, it will definitely lower the perception of risk, and we will see youth use go through the roof," said Aimee Hendle, a spokeswoman for Californians for Drug Free Youth.

The initiative is the second proposal to qualify for the November ballot. The other is an $11.1 billion water bond measure championed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature.

Associated Press Writers Lisa Leff and Marcus Wohlsen in San Francisco contributed to this report.
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Well, this is interesting. I thought it a big step for the U.S. to have gone as far as medical use of maijuana, but now here we have a November vote on whether to allow recreational use.

In Canada, we've had debates over "decriminalization," which would make it so carrying over a certain amount of the drug was illegal. I'm actually quite uncertain of the legal issues surrounding possession, but from what I've heard, small amounts will be somewhat tolerated. It's not uncommon to smell the smoke in public spaces in Toronto.

What do you think of the legalization of recreational use? Do you think it could lead to problems? Do you buy the "gateway drug" argument? Do you think it should be a controlled substance?

I believe that restrictions should be set as to how much you are allowed to carry on you, meaning that if you are carrying over a certain amount, then you could very well be trafficking. What this means is that I think fewer people should go to prison as users. I know the War on Drugs in the U.S. is largely responsible for the world-leading incarceration rates. I can't see how pot smokers are a menace to society.

It will be interesting to see how this vote turns out. What do you think? Is California ready for this? Is the U.S.? How will the Feds factor in this?
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it should be legalized. I don't think that there should be "consensual crime" laws in the first place. (Prostitution, gambling, drug use, being examples of consensual crimes)
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm voting for legalization simply because there's no legitimate reason to have cannabis criminalized. I may be a liberal, but I don't like unnecessary laws. Is California ready for this? Sure. A majority of Californians seem to support the idea, at least. What I'm curious to see is the eventual attack adds against the legislation, a la Prop 8. Very soon there will be blatant, bold-faced lies spread across the California media landscape by interested parties about how marijuana leads to child rape and Satanism and makes you fat. I was actively involved in fighting against Prop 8, but looking back I don't think I fought hard enough. I'm fighting tooth and nail for this one, as practice for the next time something important like equal rights appears on the ballot.

As far as I'm concerned, legalize it, tax it, and smoke em if you got em. I can't wait to run over to Whole Foods to pick up a dime sack of high quality organic weed to relax after work or on the weekend.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would imagine certain industries, like tobacco, would be very happy if this passed. Once legalized it's only another small step to legalize mass production and huge profits. Imagine the tax revenue if that happened.
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Will pot lose some of its allure if it is legalized? (I've never smoked anything, but I'm curious about the perception.)
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Numerous studies have debunked Anslinger's "Gateway Drug" crap. I just don't get how you decriminalize it based on quantity and expect things to be much different. Cops are still going to waste their time searching people for drug violations, even after the law. You'll have less guys in prison, I guess.

I'd imagine employers will still engage in drug testing. I don't want the newly legal potheads doing anything that involves quality control or safety.

Common sense: If legalized, it needs to be lumped into the "booze" category and not the "cigarettes" category as far as use time acceptability.

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Will pot lose some of its allure if it is legalized?
Research has shown that, within a lifetime, it may even stay the same. The "public education" regarding the drug is pretty strong one way or the other. Those who currently engage in its use will continue, those who don't probably won't. It'd be like legalizing sex in public... the 'occurrence of the activity probably wouldn't change a lot because of the current public perception is that it is still taboo. Give it a generation or two to see any change.

I'd like to think that people would refrain from it because it's unhealthy. Look at how tobacco use has declined over the last 50 years.

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I'm all kinds of mixed up about this. From a law enforcement perspective, if they can unfuck it so the police aren't wasting valuable patrol hours chasing and caging these types... I'm for it. Marijuana, as a drug, isn't incredibly criminogenic. Rumor has it that it makes hungry slothlike giggle-people.

Generally speaking, I dislike schedule drugs and people that use them, partly because the negative stereotypes have always been reinforced.
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Honestly it's a drug I've never tried.

I'm not a CA resident (yet) but I would vote for legalization given the research that has been put in front of me as to it's minor level of health risks vs the dangers of alcohol (which I also feel people are free to indulge in responsibly)
Along with the crime and economic impacts of legalization, the argument to pass it is very very solid.

besides, I really hate the stoner culture, how they act like they're "sticking it to the man"

legalizing it would pretty much kill off that whole "omg im so cool cuz I smoke weed" culture over time I think.

I'm not sure how it would fly with drug testing. I mean people are free to drink and smoke and whatnot as it is now and maintain a job, I would wonder about the point of legalizing for many people if they had jobs that tested them for use which seems to stay in your system for a month or more.
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'd vote for this in a heart beat. The tax revenue is only one side, the tax savings of not searching for and locking up pot smokers would be huge.

As for the gateway argument I call bull shit. I smoked before joining the Navy, never made me want to shoot smack. I used some after crushing my leg and foot several years ago, had an Oregon medical card from my doc. He said it would help with the pain. I was really looking forward to trying it again. Turns out it didn't do much for the pain and I honestly didn't like the stuff anymore. But I met people who swear it does help them with pain and other medical issues. I have no reason to believe their not being honest. Plus I really don't care if you toke up for recreational use, don't see how that's any of my business.

Bottom line- prohibition didn't work with booze and it isn't ever going to work with pot. Legalize it, stop harassing users and tax it. Society will be better off in the long run.
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Just imagine the increased tourism to CA if this passes.
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Old 03-25-2010, 11:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Although I think it's a good idea, federal law will always trump state law. For a state with a huge budget crisis, I think they're wasting a lot of time and money even considering this.

As for the gateway drug theory - I don't buy it. But I also don't buy into the "Let's decriminalize everything" thought process, either. I think legalizing drugs like cocaine and meth would be insane.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm all for it and I've never did any sort of drug. It's just completely illogical for it to be illegal.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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OMG, I will support this initiative to my dying breath....

1. It's entirely irrational that weed is illegal: it is less harmful than either alcohol or tobacco, and those are both legal. There is really no evidence to support that smoking pot leads to heroin or other "hard drug" addiction. I know that I, for one, have smoked many a bowl in my time, and never once had a splinter of a grain of interest in heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, or other such drugs.
2. It was originally made illegal for racist, classist, and economically oppressive reasons. It would be a restoration of justice to make it legal again.
3. Legalizing recreational marijuana would undoubtedly lead to the legalization of industrial hemp farming, which could make California a leading producer of environmentally friendly paper pulp, hemp textile production, hemp oil production, hemp plastics, and many other quality, sustainably produced materials. This would create jobs, attract investment monies to the state, and produce considerable business/industrial tax revenues.
4. Savings from not wasting police/corrections resources on arresting, trying, and locking up decent people who take a toke instead of having a martini or a shot of whiskey would save billions, and help unclog the court system, and help relieve prison overcrowding.
5. The world's fourth or fifth largest economy is in monumental fiscal crisis. Tax revenues from regulated pot sales would be huge. It would be insane not to take advantage of this previously untapped financial resource.
6. Weed kicks ass! 420, yo!
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I can't wait to run over to Whole Foods to pick up a dime sack of high quality organic weed to relax after work or on the weekend.

imagine if.............like they are trying to vote in........you could have your own little garden plot,and have your veggies and spuds,maybe some rhubarb.........all growing right beside your organic pot plants.........damn that would be sweet.


no hassles for smokin' a jay. even sweeter........


tax the hell out of it,just like alcohol and tobacco.........and let's all move on.








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See, I never understood the association to "420"

all I know about 4/20 is that it was Hitler's birthday and the day of the columbine shooting.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:45 PM   #15 (permalink)
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......and this whole post is really good too........


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OMG, I will support this initiative to my dying breath....

1. It's entirely irrational that weed is illegal: it is less harmful than either alcohol or tobacco, and those are both legal. There is really no evidence to support that smoking pot leads to heroin or other "hard drug" addiction. I know that I, for one, have smoked many a bowl in my time, and never once had a splinter of a grain of interest in heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, or other such drugs.
2. It was originally made illegal for racist, classist, and economically oppressive reasons. It would be a restoration of justice to make it legal again.
3. Legalizing recreational marijuana would undoubtedly lead to the legalization of industrial hemp farming, which could make California a leading producer of environmentally friendly paper pulp, hemp textile production, hemp oil production, hemp plastics, and many other quality, sustainably produced materials. This would create jobs, attract investment monies to the state, and produce considerable business/industrial tax revenues.
4. Savings from not wasting police/corrections resources on arresting, trying, and locking up decent people who take a toke instead of having a martini or a shot of whiskey would save billions, and help unclog the court system, and help relieve prison overcrowding.
5. The world's fourth or fifth largest economy is in monumental fiscal crisis. Tax revenues from regulated pot sales would be huge. It would be insane not to take advantage of this previously untapped financial resource.
6. Weed kicks ass! 420, yo!


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I just think this will lead to the increased issues of bogarting, and by all means, that in itself should be illegal.

Gateway my ass, that's like saying kool aid is the gate way to absinthe. If California weren't so dry and cold, I would have never left but I prefer hot and sweltering, the sticky grows better there.

One day when I'm old with my curtain arms and my O2 tank, I will enjoy every sunset with a beer and some hand twisted perspective. Ah, the simpler life.
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Measure to legalize marijuana will be on California's November ballot - latimes.com

Soros & Men's Wearhouse Founder, Zimmer both donating heavily for this.

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Old 03-25-2010, 02:01 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Wow, people putting good money behind this.

I wonder.....

....maybe if they legalize marijuana, more people will be laid back enough to allow gay marriage soon thereafter.
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:10 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:51 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Just think of the tax money California could get to help them with their huge State Education problem!

And that's just the tip of the iceberg of major problems there in California...it's in big monetary trouble and they have to come up with a few solutions or the entire USA will continue to slide into that 3rd World status with it.

(remember when California was Number 1 in the USA for good grades, a high standard of SATs and promising futures for every kid - white, black, yellow or brown or rainbow?)
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:25 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 03-25-2010, 04:44 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Surprised at the amount of pot users here. Huh. To me, pot users have always been stupid and lazy. I've never been proved wrong as of yet, I've never met a user I liked as a person. Not saying any of you on TFP are, I'm just saying I've never met anyone who doesn't exhibit bad qualities.

I think it would lose allure. Seems that some of the thrill in it is that it's illegal. Doesn't California have bigger problems? Like, having no money. That seems like a better place to start than legalizing marijuana. As old Arny said himself: "WE HAVE NO MONEY."

I don't see the appeal in it, but if someone else wants to do it then they can go for it. I can go either way about this, but I lean more towards keeping it illegal, as it makes (some) people stupid. I hate stupidity with a passion.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:04 PM   #25 (permalink)
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whether you smoke it or not..........if you're stupid and lazy........then that's it,you're stupid and lazy.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:14 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I am on the fence on this law. Yes, I've smoked my fair share of pot. I spent 5 years in a hazy cloud during my college years. I enjoyed it before it made my depression and anxiety worse.

That said... I'm not sure it should be legal. I know it's not a gateway drug, but I just seeing it as another excuse for people to be lazy. "Man, I'm stoned, I can't figure out/do that right now."

The people that know how to handle it? Good for you, but I see it as another way it will make the younger generations that much lazier and less motivated.

I don't like the fact we spend so much tax payer money to put people in jail over it either.

Again, I'm on the fence. I couldn't even tell you what I would vote on this law if I had the chance.

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That is very true fly and I agree with that. My main problem with it is, when does it become an "illness" like alcoholism has become? When do we start having people on disability (I know you can't get it because of drinking, but I personally know people on it because of drinking health problems they lied about) because they have smoked so much weed that they "Can't help it, I *can't* stop if I wanted too" crap we hear from heavy drinkers/smokers. When does it become another excuse for people to do nothing with their lives because of this now legal drug.

Yes yes, I know they are going to be that way on pills/booze/anything else, but I don't know why we should add something else to that list of legal items that they can blame their problems on.

Call me a negative nancy, but I see all the bad things that happen when this comes about.

I wish we could let people who could handle weed (or pills/booze for that matter) have access to it and keep those away that are just going to use it as an excuse to be shitty people all around. I know we can't do that, I just wish we could.
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Yep.

Guess what? I just made honor roll--again. And yes, I smoke on a daily basis.

I think it should be legal but with age restrictions, and I'm glad to see California leading the charge. If they succeed, I have little doubt that Oregon and Washington will follow.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:50 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I have to say, I have known quite a number of pot smokers, in every context of my life: when I was in community organizing and politics, I knew lots of politicos and organizers who liked to spark one up Saturday night instead of going out for drinks. When I was in the film industry, I knew plenty of successful producers, directors, cinematographers, and technical experts who smoked in their spare time. I have known pot smokers among my friends in education, and among my friends in the rabbinate. All were bright, motivated, and successful in their fields.

None used hard drugs. None were alcoholics. Most smoked a bowl or a jay or two with some friends, a couple of times a month, maybe once or twice a week, tops, for some people.

Sure, when I was in college, I knew some people who smoked all day, every day, and they were capable of some pretty monumental slackage. But most of them grew out of that phase of their lives, and cut down, and stopped slacking, and became more or less successful and productive people. Very few were actually content to just slack their lives away forever.

I smoke about once a week, and I am close to the top of my rabbinical school class; I have also been a very successful classroom teacher for years.

One can always run into a particularly slackish group of people. But I think that mostly, the whole "pot smokers are all hopeless slackers" thing is just a media stereotype.
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On a side note, The Arizona Senate today just approved a bill to put before voters in November to legalize (and heavily tax, of course) medical marijuana again. We voters approved it (back in '96, IIRC) once; but the wording of the bill did it in - it said it had to be prescribed by a doctor, which is illegal under federal law. This time around, it just says it must be recommended by a doctor. So I guess now we'll just need a note! No problem in my wife's case - she's already had at least three doctors recommend it for her chronic pain. Anyway, they're going to tax it both at the 5.6% state tax rate, and put a $20 per ounce "luxury tax" on top of it. That sucks, but it's better than nothing.

As I said earlier, I'm all for this. Just make sure (like Arizona didn't) that federal law doesn't supersede it.
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I'd vote for this in a heart beat. The tax revenue is only one side, the tax savings of not searching for and locking up pot smokers would be huge.
I agree with this.

I see it as no better or worse than alcohol consumption.

I do see an issue with regards to taxing it, when you start to factor in home grown weed. Will the tax collector see you as skirting the system?
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Legalizing it will make more pople drive impaired? I also doubt weed is to blame for kids being dumb or doing bad in school, but hey, whatever you need to tell yourself to keep thinking weed is bad.
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I don't mind seeing pot smokers go to jail at all. People who can't follow the law belong in jail. If you don't agree with the law, work to change it, but don't flagrantly violate it and claim that you're not the one who's fucked up.

I'm against legalization. We don't need another substance that will allow people to slime around. We don't need more impaired drivers on the roads. We don't need to make it easier for kids to do poorly in school.

The feds will still be enforcing federal drug laws, but legalization on the state level will bring a whole new level of tax evasion when marijuana taxes aren't being properly paid to the state. Legalization will also give the drug syndicates incentive to streamline their hard drug operations. It's about time that we can start getting more of a focus on the harder shit from our cartels. If you thought violence over marijuana trafficking is bad, you aint' seen nothing yet.

I take it you will be advocating for the prohibition of alcohol as well?
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:49 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Will pot lose some of its allure if it is legalized? (I've never smoked anything, but I'm curious about the perception.)
Does a cold beer taste any less awesome now that you're of age to buy it legally?

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You will have to excuse me. After staying up for 48 hrs, I tend to think in bullet points:
  • You'd think that broke-ass California would be all for legalizing marijuana as it would make for a helluva source of tax revenue.
  • As it is, money flows out of California and in to Mexico.
  • Drugs and violence flow out of Mexico and in to California.
  • Legalize marijuana, create a new industry/jobs, and suddenly everyone's buying American. And Papa Johns.
  • If everyone's buying American, all those dick Cartels will have one less source of revenue.

Oh, and shit like this won't happen anymore.
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I don't mind seeing pot smokers go to jail at all. People who can't follow the law belong in jail. If you don't agree with the law, work to change it, but don't flagrantly violate it and claim that you're not the one who's fucked up.

I'm against legalization. We don't need another substance that will allow people to slime around. We don't need more impaired drivers on the roads. We don't need to make it easier for kids to do poorly in school.

The feds will still be enforcing federal drug laws, but legalization on the state level will bring a whole new level of tax evasion when marijuana taxes aren't being properly paid to the state. Legalization will also give the drug syndicates incentive to streamline their hard drug operations. It's about time that we can start getting more of a focus on the harder shit from our cartels. If you thought violence over marijuana trafficking is bad, you aint' seen nothing yet.
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:07 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I don't mind seeing pot smokers go to jail at all. People who can't follow the law belong in jail. If you don't agree with the law, work to change it, but don't flagrantly violate it and claim that you're not the one who's fucked up.

I'm against legalization. We don't need another substance that will allow people to slime around. We don't need more impaired drivers on the roads. We don't need to make it easier for kids to do poorly in school.

The feds will still be enforcing federal drug laws, but legalization on the state level will bring a whole new level of tax evasion when marijuana taxes aren't being properly paid to the state. Legalization will also give the drug syndicates incentive to streamline their hard drug operations. It's about time that we can start getting more of a focus on the harder shit from our cartels. If you thought violence over marijuana trafficking is bad, you aint' seen nothing yet.
I disagree. I think pot smokers need to fragrantly violate the law and show that smart, healthy individuals can engage in recreational use of marijuana with no harmful effects. I really don't think the law will ever get changed on a federal level until enough people let the government know they want to do it and that it being illegal is not a deterrent.

Marijuana does NOT cause tax evasion. If people are not properly paying their taxes, that is a completely separate issue.

Marijuana is not preventing drug syndicates from "streamlining their hard drug operations." If Marijuana was legalized and "made in the USA" so to speak, We wouldn't have to worry about pinching people importing it and we would be able to focus our attention on hard drugs. Not only that, but it'd really hurt the cartel's profits. It's not going to make them more violent than they already are. Legalization is not a positive thing for a drug lord.

Lastly, Marijuana does cause motor impairment but it also makes people very cautious. A marijuana smoker is much less likely to drive than someone under the influence of alcohol or a cell phone. This California law does not permit minors to smoke. It actually specifically states that it's illegal to smoke in the presence of a minor. Also, There is no reason to expect that more people would smoke if it were legal. Marijuana is legal for adults in the Netherlands and last time I checked it had about the same percentage of use as it does in the US.

Oh yeah, I don't smoke, and I probably wouldn't smoke if it were legal. If that matters..
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We don't need to make it easier for kids to do poorly in school.
If anything, legalizing and regulating the sale of marijuana in a manner similar to the sale of alcohol would make it harder for school kids to get their hands on it. The guys at the ABC store ask for ID. Drug dealers don't.

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Legalization will also give the drug syndicates incentive to streamline their hard drug operations. It's about time that we can start getting more of a focus on the harder shit from our cartels. If you thought violence over marijuana trafficking is bad, you aint' seen nothing yet.
I agree. Ilegally importing marijuana is profitable because it's, well, illegal. Because it's illegal, few people are willing to do it. Because few people are willing to do it, the demand will always outweigh the supply. Because the demand will always outweigh the supply, the guys supplying it illegally can charge whatever they want for it. If marijuana was made legal and grown locally, it would be offered at a much lower price and there would be no incentive for the Cartels to bother importing it. When that happens, a good chunk of our LEO's time, money and personnel would be freed up to focus on more serious matters.
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I'm sure there are some people for whom marijuana was the first drug on their road to shooting and snorting anything they can, but I think most of those people would have ended up on hard drugs regardless of whether they started out with weed.

Most of the country is downwind of California. World, get ready for a friendlier, mellower USA.

As for the taxing, isn't it legal to brew your own beer without paying taxes, so long as you don't distribute it? As long as you're taxing distribution, and not production, this shouldn't be terribly problematic. There will always be large numbers of stoners who can't be bothered to grow their own, or don't have a green thumb, or find themselves jonesing while away from home.
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There's places in the US where they're actually thinking about legalizing weed???? That blows my mind. I've always been under the impression that it was just a really big no-no down there. I'm not exactly sure how the law is defined up here. I believe it's actually not decriminalized, but in general you shouldn't get too much trouble from law enforcement depending on how the officer/judge is feeling and as long as you aren't carrying a large amount.... which I always thought was usually somewhere around a quarter of an ounce. I can't believe they're trying to decriminalize anything up to an ounce, that blows my mind.

Weeds totally alright and should definitely be decriminalized for many reasons. None less than the fact that it's just so ubiquitous and that we all live in the wonderful world of democracy. You think people who smoke weed are all idiots? Better not listen to any music*, look at any art, or read any literature. Anyways, I can't wait to see how this makes it through in CA. It'd be interesting to see what sort of support a referendum would have up here.......

*Note: I don't consider Country and Western music
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:44 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Completely on board with legalizing it as well...go California!

I've always found it completely absurd that pot was ever made illegal first place and that fact that there is still a fight to legalize it in the 21st century is even more ridiculous. It should have been done decades ago.

EDIT: No I don't think pot will lose its appeal once its legalized. I don't know ANYBODY who cares weather its illegal or not, its about the effect and I don't see that changing if its legalized...well unless strict standards are put in place limiting its potency, then yes it might loose its appeal. I still love alcohol as much at 30 as I did at 16, in my case (and most people I know) it was never about "getting away with something", or feeling "bad ass" because I was breaking the law.
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