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12:17 PM on 11/06/2011
Recent polls show national support for legalization of marijuana at around 50% despite it's long standing classification as a schedule 1 drug. (The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.)

The supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution provides that federal law trumps state law and its haphazard attempts to legalize a federally controlled substance. Therefore, the only reasonable solution in order to preserve respect for the law is for fifty (50%) percent of the entire U.S. population to report to their local U.S. attorney's office and request to be incarcerated.

This would effectively solve the problem.
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LI2USsomemore
my dog has midriff bULGe
12:22 PM on 11/06/2011
Bring your own pillow.
12:35 PM on 11/06/2011
I get right on that.
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LI2USsomemore
my dog has midriff bULGe
12:17 PM on 11/06/2011
Dear NYPD:

Please show the statistics correlating violent crimes with cannabis consumption.

A misprint you say?
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mikey09
Living off the grid.
12:58 PM on 11/06/2011
Cannibis comes from someplace, like Mexico, the bastion of safety?
01:05 PM on 11/06/2011
Cannabis comes from many places. Canada for one, local growers for another.
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LI2USsomemore
my dog has midriff bULGe
02:14 PM on 11/06/2011
Keyword - consumption. Pot smokers don't break into businesses, nor do the statistics show a relationship to domestic violence, etc. etc. As a matter of fact, and it's an easy Google, municipalities have known for decades that pot consumption bears no relationship to crime in general.

So, mikey, if you're a proponent, congratulations. If you're an opponent, read.
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markspence
06:22 PM on 11/06/2011
All crime is interconnected. Look up something called the Broken Widow Theory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory
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LI2USsomemore
my dog has midriff bULGe
04:50 PM on 11/07/2011
A b_llchit theory at best, whose adherents support a totalitarian state.
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Czechster
Enough is enough
12:16 PM on 11/06/2011
Think about this, why would big pharmaceuticals have spent the time and money to synthesize and gain FDA approval for Marinol (fake marijuana) if there was no medical value? Also think about all the people and agencies who profit by keeping marijuana illegal. It seems the only group not profiting is the American people.
01:12 PM on 11/06/2011
There was a good article on HuffPo a few months ago where the author argued that often pharmaceutical companies isolate a particular compound of a medicinal plant and put it in drug form and more often than not the drug form doesn't work as well as the whole plant. His theory was that all of the plant's compounds work synergistically to offer more positive affects. This could be why big PHRMA would campaign so strongly against legalization of cannabis because they probably know that Marinol couldn't stack up to it. Plus cannabis would also be a lot cheaper.
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Czechster
Enough is enough
02:33 PM on 11/06/2011
Best evidence regarding Marinol is that it takes several hours for it to work. The liver sees the synthetic compounds and starts to eliminate those chemicals it deems unnatural. So what is Marinol good for? It is a money producer for the manufacture and lines the pockets of the crooks in Washington. What else can be said?
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12:11 PM on 11/06/2011
Can anyone imagine what would happen if the assets and energy wasted with these arrests were put towards actual crimes?
01:06 PM on 11/06/2011
Violent crimes would decrease or at least more violent criminals would be arrested. Those same undercover vice officers could arrest more DUII violators.
dancingbones
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12:08 PM on 11/06/2011
Look like suspects--yeah, right. Being black or Hispanic automatically makes you a suspect to the jack-booted 'New York's Finest'.
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mikey09
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12:59 PM on 11/06/2011
Even if the New Yorks finest are also black and hispanic?
01:13 PM on 11/06/2011
That's exactly what I took from the NYC assessment of their "program".
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USA10
Put America First - Step Up - Be American
12:02 PM on 11/06/2011
TRUTH FINALLY BE TOLD. NOW DO THE SAME FOR MURDER AND VIOLENCE TO GET THE SAME RESULTS. Profiling my _ _ _ it's reality and the only time they themselves don't admit it is in media and public demonstrations openly. A plight on society.
dancingbones
Teach, lead by example, example, exampl
12:06 PM on 11/06/2011
Huh? Yu bin hittin' the red bull?
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fumes
Old black water, keep on rollin'
12:20 PM on 11/06/2011
Profiling USA10:

1. White

2. Anglo

3. Saxon

4. Protestant

5. Republican
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tuhloola
The facts have a well-known liberal bias
11:59 AM on 11/06/2011
Not only in NYC.....this is happening all over the USA. Then, they tell us that they have to release violent sex offenders, and other felons, back onto the streets because the prisons are overcrowded. DUH !!!!!! I wonder why that is ???
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12:13 PM on 11/06/2011
Marijuana law enforcement is the largest Industry of Misfortune in U.S. history amounting to BILLION$/year.

It's a bidness, y'all. NOT law enforcement.
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tuhloola
The facts have a well-known liberal bias
12:27 PM on 11/06/2011
TOUCHE', getoff......a very LUCRATIVE business, at that ! Thus, the reason that republicans are pushing to "privatize" the prison system. Can you say chuh-ching ???
12:35 PM on 11/06/2011
I'd love to see more prisons built.
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coveark
Obstructionists, get off the hill !!!
11:57 AM on 11/06/2011
What a waste of time, energy, resourses and money...........no wonder the coffers of American cities and states are hurting......................a waste.
11:57 AM on 11/06/2011
I still think we ought to decriminalize pot, including its sale in small amounts.

Thousands and thousands of small time pot dealers are put in prison while the real criminals(banksters on Wall Street)who looted the savings of tens of millions of Americans, and who destroyed the equity in their homes, are doing better than ever, raking in even more money.

Obama refuses to prosecute them while the GOP views them as heroes who should not even be taxed.

No wonder there is growing unrest in our Republic.

No wonder Occupy Wall Street is growing.

There is something rotten in our financial system that needs radical surgery.
12:46 PM on 11/06/2011
Yes there is something rotten, but it has nothing to do with pot laws.
01:19 PM on 11/06/2011
So prohibition laws that are based on myth, bad science and outright lies that place thousands of people in jail costing millions of tax payer dollars have nothing to do with what is rotten. I think it's a perfect example of what is rotten in this country.
11:54 AM on 11/06/2011
This is nothing more than an Mafia styled shakedown. The corruption in the NYPD is legendary.
11:53 AM on 11/06/2011
Legalize it or make it illegal to sell as "medicinal use", which is an insult to any health professional out there
11:53 AM on 11/06/2011
50,000 times man hours to arrest times man hours to book times administrative costs times jail personnel man hours times feeding and clothing is most likely a rather large number with regards to the burden placed on taxpayers. On the other hand, we could legalize, control, and tax the product turning this equation around about 180 degrees and then some. Common sense is being overruled by greed, yet again. Too many folks are making too much keeping it all illegal.
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Rodger leMonde
I call them as I see them.
11:52 AM on 11/06/2011
Prohibition has been proven to be a failure.
The biggest addicts are the police who get funding to fight an unwinable battle.
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Mojito
"Change is a constant fact of life"
11:47 AM on 11/06/2011
“One more time, all together now.... Legalize, Regulate, and Tax!”
11:45 AM on 11/06/2011
See how they equated low level pot busts with a decrease in violent crime? Even though there is not even a HINT of any correlation? The system is very good at blurring the lines between heresay and the truth. There is absolutely NO F******* reason for this stupid, immoral, unproductive policy to continue, except to sustain the status quo of America as a Police state, a Nation that incarcerates more people than ANY OTHER NATION, aNation with 5% of the World population, but 25% of the World's Prisoners! Hooray for the Fascist States of America, where you are incarcerated and bodily fluids are checked to make sure you are not smoking the evil, Devil's weed!!
12:08 PM on 11/06/2011
Woah, woah, woah....too many facts and too much truth in such a small paragraph. Information overload! I think my connection is too slow to award you a badge, but you get my Insightful Badge.