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Most Americans Want Marijuana Legalized and Regulated


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Kit
- 883 days ago - alternet.org
The latest public opinion poll shows that a growing majority of American voters support the legalization and regulation of marijuana.



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 12:30 pm

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters support legalization if marijuana is regulated and sold only in pharmacies. Thirty-two percent (32%) oppose legalizing marijuana even if its sales are controlled in this way. Ten percent (10%) are undecided.
According to Rasmussen, 62% of voters believe that American consumer demand is "a major factor in the drug violence and gang warfare in Mexico and Central America." In response to the violence, nearly half (47%) of all Americans are open to the idea of legalizing marijuana and cocaine if that would reduce border violence.
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AlterNet / By Russ Belville

Please read full article....then puff - puff - pass, it's the polite thing to do.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 5:32 am
knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

Michael MacDonald (27)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 6:03 am
it's the same here in Canada.

Of course the majority of people want it legalized/regulated.

Even a lot of parents these days want that
seeing as drug dealers don't check ID's and offer hard drugs to young people when they buy Cannabis.

We also don't want to see organized crime profit off of it anymore.
Organized crime kills too many people in our own countries alone,
let alone all of the brutal murders by drug cartels in Latin America.

It is a senseless war that results in hundreds of thousands of needless deaths and higher rates of drug use.
We saw the same thing happen with alcohol prohibition.
Organized crime was born out of it and under-aged drinking was at an all time high.

Furthermore,
we now know that over 90% of drug addicts are either mentally ill or have experienced sexual/physical abuse that they are trying to self-medicate.

Charging people for having addictions is charging someone for having an illness.
It's incredibly wrong and it is going to change even if it takes another 2 decades of tireless fighting.

A lot of us end prohibition activists have had friends/family/loved ones murdered or raped by bad dealers and it's not just about emancipation even though this is important.
It's a war that destroys countless lives.
It's time to start being rational about this and regulate it.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 6:12 am
I smoked from the age of about 18 years and did so for about 20 - 25 years going to festivals to see Pink floyed, bob dylan ,bruce springstein, police , genesis, thin lizzy, U2 in Australia 1989 ( my last time ) and many more, I am now in my sixties and can honestly say it did me no harm, I saw life from many angles - It did not leed me on to other heavier drugs, I am fit and well and lived life to the full.
Legalize it and sell at a competive price to defeat the dealers, there is no agression when you relax with a good joint. I would love to strike one up, but I do not want to get involved with dealers, that is were the danger is having to buy from !!!.
 

paul m. (93)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 6:47 am

Sorry people, I'm against all drugs,,,
 

Nancy Hatcher (8)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 6:49 am
A quick quiz of the day - Which of these two substances is more dangerous and unhealthy - pot or alcohol?
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 7:49 am


I wonder what it matters if someone....Paul M as an example, is against drugs? Does that mean because the few are against or for something it must affect all of our lives? I would not think of forcing him to use marijuana and yet that same mind set has no problem keeping it illegal and putting young and old alike in prison for five years or more. I also wonder what if anything would convince people that if they take so much as aspirin they are taking drugs? If all drug wars -(what a farce) were stopped tomorrow no one would suddenly become addicted to heroine, suddenly smoke marijuana. The difference is choice, and the incredible amount of money from our Taxes is used fight these "wars" that do nothing but feed (the cartels) currently illegal money gains, and control the populace.
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 9:06 am

Excellent comment Charles, as always. I know that some can over-use marijuana, some people over use Tylenol and they will die because of that. I'm not recommending that children use pot, any more then I would want children to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. However, many adults come home from work and pour a shot of Bourbon, or Scotch - whatever is the choice, just to let go of the day's burdens. Very quickly that becomes two or three shots of alcohol, or worse they live on potentially dangerous drugs from anti-depressants to Xanax and Valium. WE do live in stress filled world, most need a way to let it go, a couple of puffs on marijuana can do that, and the person is not drunk or delirious. Just relaxed. Yes, it can open our minds, because when we are relaxed, not stimulated we can see things that our mind suppress just so we can meet the demands of the day to day grind.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 12:36 pm
It pisses me off that Big Pharma boagerts all the "legalities"! >:(
 

Yvonne White (232)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 12:39 pm
Dude, I swear I'm not stoned..that was "bogarts"..;)
 

Val R. (246)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:01 pm
Big Pharma and the government - synonymous - want their cut - it's always about money!
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 7:43 pm
I don't want it "legalized and regulated!

I want it DECRIMINALIZED! PERIOD!

It's an HERB, friends...and I should be able to grow it right next to my basil and my tomatoes! If it's "regulated," you can bet the government will have its hand in the process!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 9:23 pm
My friend's husband is a brain researcher. He not only works on imaging development and innovation, but studies brains of all types of living experiences. Those that come from long-term pot smokers are filled with holes. No substance that affects our consciousness is good. We need to meditate if we wish to experience higher states.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 12:25 am
You can try to force your BS propaganda on others.
We are so tired of your Prohibition Propaganda.
My friend's husband is a genius and he says your friend's husband's opinion is unsubstantiated.
800,000 people are incarcerated every year, that is full of crap.
Prohibition dos not work, never has.
If YOU don't like it, don't do it.
Otherwise - don't force your OPINION on me and don't try presenting it as a FACT.
You know who I think should be put in prison?
All the self-righteous, hypocritial, bigoted bullies who use guns, dogs, tasers, pepper spray, fines, prison, take our jobs, kids, homes and dignity away in the name of "MORALITY".
For all I have suffered from you bigots, you can take your false claims and opinions and 'shove it'.
Your 'morality' is full of holes.
You blame your victims when YOU are the criminals.
 

John Gregoire (258)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 4:50 am
Pot, booze, other drugs are all no goood and have lasting negative effects. I've read the research described by Yvette and many other studies that prove that pot smoking has residual negative health effects. That said, we surely don't need diatribes as presnted by Mr Cause on Care2.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 5:46 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Judy C. (108)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 1:09 pm
We need to legalize it so they'll quit wasting money chasing people down and imprisoning them. They could tax it, too, and it would bring in much-needed revenue.
 

Judy C. (108)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 1:13 pm
Oh yes, and alcohol is of course worse. It is a neurotoxin, and is physiologically addictive.
 

TomCat S. (234)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:43 am
I don't have a dawg in this hunt, as I gave it up 30+ years ago, but I see it as less harmful than alcohol, and far easier to tax and regulate than to police and incarcerate.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday June 1, 2012, 1:20 pm

As I live in Texas and the earth's axis will have to reverse before marijuana is legal here, I guess my dog in this is just to end the indoctrination and propaganda about drugs. Sure if you use marijuana every day, from a young age it will probably be harmful - so is sugar and fructose, GMOs, alcohol and tobacco. The study that Yvette cited listed few participants and those were heavy pot smokers - at least those studies that are available.

We are spending far more in yet another race for prohibition then we would in building and staffing clinics to aid in distribution of drugs. If you don't use drugs now then why would you suddenly go out and begin to use them? It's not rational thinking to assume that.

I'm very tired of the lies and stories concocted to create and manufacture fear.
If we were a free country we would allow people to make a decision, with - education authentic education about the possible and lasting effects of the use of any drug or processed food.

Can we please grow-up and deal with problems honestly and not with images of fear? The United States created those cartels, we are taxed to pay for the private prisons that hold youth for as little as one marijuana cigarette. It's fine to try a shot of booze, but don't ya dare think of taking a hit of pot. Pure financial corruption and hypocrisy. As for John Cause - why should he have any less right to speak then anyone else?
 

Valentina R. (4)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:23 pm
Ugh, drugs are drugs.
 

Tanja Zilker (3)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 11:08 am
noted
 
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