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CutieLemon07
Student. Journalism Major. Full time football fan
07:32 PM on 09/02/2012
I don't like pot use, but regardless of my opinion, people are going to use it.
The easiest way is for the government to regulate all drugs-which in the long run would end the 'war on drugs'-stop the rebellion, the 'ooh as a High School senior, I'll smoke pot purely because it's illegal' frame of mind, it'll keep the money away from the Mexican drug barons, be able to be kept away from high schoolers, keep the dealers under control, stop dealers overcharging for the wrong weight of the drug and keep the drug user in check as well, because it will be regulated, the user will also be regulated.

It's for all these reasons I am for the legalisation of pot. The same can be applied to other drugs.
Although I still don't like pot being used.
02:00 PM on 09/03/2012
Well I don't like what you like doing.

How does that make you feel?
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CutieLemon07
Student. Journalism Major. Full time football fan
09:16 AM on 09/05/2012
If that was supposed to be an insult, it was a pretty poor one. If not, then fine.
In answer to your-supposedly sarcastic-question, I feel indifferent actually. We weren't all made the same, so we all don't like the same things and I accept this.
I'm pretty sure I can be for legalisation of drugs and still at the same time be against drug use.
08:16 AM on 09/28/2012
It won't be kept from high schoolers. There are numerous dealers, some of which grow some on their own. On top of that, the underground trade will continue because there will always be those people who wont wanna pay the price the government is charging.
03:21 PM on 09/02/2012
Legalize it.
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12:24 AM on 09/02/2012
Don't like marijuana and will still be 100% against it's legalization.
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mlrock
Not a liberal, not a conservative, not even a cent
10:15 PM on 09/02/2012
Just because you personally don't like it? I'm sure there are music genres/tv shows/movies/books that you don't like as well, do you think they should be outlawed?
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12:06 AM on 09/03/2012
Of course they shouldn't be outlawed, they are not drugs. Marijuana is a drug. Do you want every drug legalized?
02:02 PM on 09/03/2012
Doesn't matter what you think, unless you are claiming to be God ruling all? You have no authority over the plants of the earth.
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Joanne Pang
07:41 PM on 08/31/2012
America... GET A GRIP!!! I have yet to hear of a person dying just from the effects of marijuana alone. Alcohol kills more people every single second of every day!!!!! You see the rich man with his 5 cocktails a night, his scotch during the day and wine with dinner (I see this all the time) but he snobs his nose at marijuana!!!!!!! Hipocrits
05:00 PM on 09/01/2012
I always joke the only way Marijuana could kill you is is you built a house out of it and set it on fire with you in it. :P No more dangerous than pine....
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hanspij
04:48 PM on 08/31/2012
Why Marijuana Should Be Legalized?: Because Pot Prohibition Has Been A Failure .
And 40 years making the same mistake is'nt a sighn of intelect. And than they say pot makes ppl stupid. Use cops so much pot?
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VapeGirl
Disgruntled Progressive Democrat
06:21 AM on 08/31/2012
I wish Huffington Post would make a poll, and the first one they should do would be, "Should marijuana use be decriminalized and legalized on the federal level?"
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Deep Thinking Man
A Wet Bird Never Flies At Night !
08:57 PM on 08/31/2012
i'm with you Sweetie !!!!!!
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Deep Thinking Man
A Wet Bird Never Flies At Night !
05:39 PM on 09/02/2012
ALM...we musr be the best that we can for each other...don't you think ???...thank you for the fave my friend !!!!
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joebro1060
DFAS is sucking me dry!
10:14 AM on 08/30/2012
Good article. I personally don't like Marijuana at all, but I can appreciate a well put together article.
05:03 PM on 09/01/2012
Many people don't care for the effects of alcohol or marijuana, to each their own. There are plenty of drugs that effect brain chemistry that are legal, I'm glad this article explains in common sense why Marijuana should join the ranks of Alcohol, Caffeine and Chocolate.
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Big Dave McNeeley
Cannabem Liberemus!
12:46 AM on 08/30/2012
If every hater read this article, weed would be legal by now.
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kevin hunt2012
10:44 AM on 08/30/2012
Just wait until SuperBenFranklin shows up. He is a weed hater to the max. He does more damage to the cause of prohibition than any legalizer could.

Quoting SuperBenFranklin: "Pot =sniffing glue, I point out that smoking pot is the exact same thing as sniffing glue, Go back to your fake highs glue sniffer. What a baby you are., Nobody wants you glue sniffers invading their town. , When it comes to pot, so called liberals quickly become Republicans, You have more in common with Republicans than I ever will, And yes, you are the exact same as the reason I hate the Republicans.Pot is not evil, wah wah wah., Every not pot head person wants pot shopts gone., wah wah wah, my job is so stressful, i need my pot, oh wah wah wah, "

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/10/marijuana-legalization-fa_n_1765475.html
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Big Dave McNeeley
Cannabem Liberemus!
02:19 PM on 08/30/2012
Yeah, I have witnessed the gross ignorance of said fellow. Maybe one day he/she will open their eyes and educate themselves just a little bit so they don't sound so childish.
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casualtysr
02:44 PM on 08/30/2012
Unfortunately the ones with the deepest pockets and most to lose by legalization are driven by their greed not logic or reason. They bribe and corrupt with reckless abandon to protect the cash cow.
11:47 PM on 08/29/2012
Marijuana legalization would likely reduce the illegal sales of it, but at the same time, you could have even more crazy people out there who go shoot up a place after smoking something that the government says is okay to have.

I dunno. I really think that if we're going to make it legal, we need to do it slowly and methodically, because otherwise it might do more harm than good.
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kevin hunt2012
10:46 AM on 08/30/2012
" but at the same time, you could have even more crazy people out there who go shoot up a place after smoking something that the government says is okay to have. "

I was not aware that marijuana induced violence or that it was hard to obtain now. Please elaborate.
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casualtysr
02:49 PM on 08/30/2012
The great thing about cannabis is that if you smoke a moderate amount then you usually still have your faculties in tact..and if you smoke too much you go to sleep. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that people become violent on cannabis. Any anecdotal reports are an extreme anomaly and not representative of the clear majority that show signs of calm behavior instead.
04:17 PM on 08/29/2012
If you don't like it , don't smoke it. Its one of the most, if not, the most useful plant in the world taken away from you so some rich people can make more money. Its been around for thousands of years and will still be around long after this country burns itself down. Its your money they are wasting fighting this war against a plant.
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Kathleen Chippi
03:05 PM on 08/29/2012
I want pot legal for everyone for all uses and have spent the last 20 plus years working towards that. I will be voting NO on A64. The language in A64 will not be upheld as legalization, an end to prohibition or like alcohol in the court of law, it's as simple as that. The 280 e ruling, the Blue Sky ruling, the Beinor ruling and the Watkins ruling and even the new marketing ban in Denver--A64 is null and void before we even vote on it.
05:00 PM on 08/29/2012
Don't you know A64 is a stepping stone? Voting it down doesn't move the ball forward, but leaves it motionless. Think not as an individual, but as a team. Pick up the ball and move it as far down field as you can. If A64 is NOT a touch-down in your eyes then we can, at the very least, agree it's a first-down, right?

Get the ball moving...even if you know we can't score a touch-down. It's not about you or me...it's about the fight for everyone.

Don't you know what will happen as a result of A64 passing? EVERYONE in the country will be watching Colorado for the next few years. It won't be five years before another state adopts a better law. Then there will be a snow balling effect.

Please help us.
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Phil DeBowl
07:44 PM on 08/30/2012
I agree with Stu,here in WA. We also have an initiative to allow state licensed growing,processing and selling to adults for recreational use. It is not a perfect initiative,but as it is said "let's take the possible,we can work on perfection as time goes by" ,but I guarantee that if either one of these moves towards legalization fails it will send a strong signal to the prohibitionists to continue the obscenity and madness that is damaging our nation.
03:55 PM on 09/02/2012
I agree. I think that Amendment 64 is probably the most well written so far. When it passes, it will make a very good example for other states to follow and improve upon. We just need a few states and a couple of years in effect for everyone to realize that the propaganda that we've been fed for years was a sham.
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Rational Voice
A voice of reason in a world gone insane
09:11 PM on 08/29/2012
There are only two groups who think we should continue the abysmal failure that is Uncle Sam's cannabis prohibition -- those who are unaware/uneducated about the issue, and those who are profitting directly from it. Since we've established that you're not in the first group, I have to ask: how is it that you are profiting from prohibition? That's all I can think, because your arguing on the same side as the drug czar -- you think people should wait to legalize because the language isn't perfect. It's never going to be perfect. We have to end prohibition now, while we've got the chance.

*** VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 64 ***
10:58 AM on 08/29/2012
Legalize...A day of reckoning is on the horizon...Colorado will be the first,but not he last...Free the weed!!!
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Kathleen Chippi
05:37 AM on 08/29/2012
What voters need to review is the title board hearings for A64 (then called i30) (at the sec of state website to the hearing 6-15-11) where the PROPONENTS and their attorneys argue for over 2 hours as to how A64 is NOT LEGALIZATION. Perhaps if you hear it from their mouths you will believe it? It's NOT legalization. It's not an end to prohibition and it;s not like alcohol. They admit to everything I am posting on record for anyone to listen to and are misleading Colorado voters in the marketing. It's a SCAMpaign, nothing less. It will put misled people in harms way of the law because ALL jail-able offense will remain in the Colorado CSA and other statutes. Vote NO on A64.

And you can hear the Attorney Generals Office state that they will NOT CONSIDER IT LEGAL.

So when I say it does not legalize--I mean the language will not be upheld in the court of law as legalizing-- so it's does NOT LEGALIZE.

Again, I beg the HUFF post to stop misleading Colorado voters (and all the people across the nation and world who will move here if this passes thinking pots legal, when that is so far from the truth, and arrests will increase) Your not in compliance with CRS 1-13-109 and neither is the A64 scampaign. Have MERCY!
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kevin hunt2012
12:32 PM on 08/29/2012
I'm voting for A64. I would have voted for A70, too, but it failed to make the ballot.

Sorry Kathleen.
02:51 PM on 08/29/2012
It's a step in the right direction.

The more states that legalize, the more people become aware of the real issues the closer we are to pushing the federal government into changing the status of MJ from a 'narcotic' into a more reasonable position.
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HUGOBOX
03:28 AM on 08/29/2012
What's the point of raising millions to build schools when all the kids in it will be too stoned to learn anything?????? sure is a money maker and a lot of people will benefit but at what cause? can anybody be absolutely sure the regulation of it will work ? I don't know of any kids who has any problems obtaining regulated alchohol, please people do your kids a big favor legalizing poison is not the answer..vote HELL NO !!!
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jackinthegreen
immoderated
03:29 AM on 08/29/2012
Drug use went DOWN in Holland when they legalized it there.

And the kids are stoned NOW.
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HUGOBOX
11:07 PM on 08/31/2012
I don't know are you there? checking on them ?? 
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kevin hunt2012
12:34 PM on 08/29/2012
Portugal decriminalized marijuana in 2001 and "between 2001 and 2006 in Portugal, rates of lifetime use of any illegal drug among seventh through ninth graders fell from 14.1% to 10.6%; drug use in older teens also declined".

Teen use of marijuana is 1/3 in the Netherlands as compared to the U.S. Marijuana is, of course, decriminalized in the Netherlands

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html#ixzz1puDAayjF
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jackinthegreen
immoderated
03:23 AM on 08/29/2012
Free country my eye. Drug prohibition has made us the least country on Earth with more people in prison than any other country in history.
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FlyingTooLow
Shoulda Robbed a Bank
09:37 AM on 08/29/2012
I am with YOU, jackinthegreen...

With all of the rhetoric surrounding the marijuana debate, the item most overlooked:

Freedom of the individual.

“…over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign”.”
— from the essay On Liberty by John Stuart Mill

What happened to, "This is a FREE country"?

That is what we have been telling the rest of the world for decades.
Please, let us live up to it.

Lead by example.

After spending 5 years in Federal Prison for a marijuana offense,
I wrote:

Shoulda Robbed a Bank

No, it is not a treastise on disproportionate sentences, but a look at what the 'marijuana culture' is really about. People pursuing happiness in their own way, Harming no one...nor their property.

To this day, I just don't get it.
Many thanks for your comment. Someday, all of this will change.
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kevin hunt2012
12:35 PM on 08/29/2012
..and a higher incarceration rate than any other country, including communist China, North Korea, Cuba, Iran...etc.