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Why Election Day Marks the Beginning of the End of Marijuana Prohibition


Society & Culture  (tags: americans, culture, ethics, marijuana, rights, society, politics, government, freedoms, GoodNews )

Carrie
- 717 days ago - alternet.org
With just days to go before Election Day, voters in two states - Colorado and Washington - are poised to make history.



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Val R. (244)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:54 am
The argument or one of them in Colorado against the measure is that it is against the Constitution - can't they find a better reason? It's not even true!
 

pam w. (191)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 10:12 am
We should NOT "legalize" marijuana!

We must DECRIMINALIZE it!

It's a PLANT, people....not a synthetic concoction of drugs....just a plant.

If it's "legalized," the government can tax it, inspect for it, regulate it.....just as they do home-made liquor.

THAT is a ridiculous concept.....it's a PLANT! How can anyone be arrogant enough to tell me I can grow basil, thyme, tomatoes and mint.....but not marijuana?
 

Jae A. (323)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 3:11 pm
Great read and I'll smoke to that !
[puffpuffpassss...it's ok , we're in Ca. where the cannabis is not only acceptable for consumers it also grows beautifully here..and many do grow it for their personal use :-) ]
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 4:05 am
Thanks for the update.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 1:18 pm
I agree with Pam on decriminalization. In fact, I read last week that the debate is hot in DC to remove it from Schedule 1. Finally! This has been the biggest holdup in decriminalization for decades. It should've never been put on that list. I don't believe it belongs on a drug classification schedule at all....being that it's a "weed." But, at least, hopefully, it will be demoted. That will go hand-in-hand with these states votes. Denver has more MMJ clinics than Starbucks....that should say something. Here in AZ, we passed the bill for MMJ and have some clinics up, and tens of thousands of people with cards.
I look forward to the debate that will allow people to grow their own plants equivalent to people brewing their own beer at home. By that time, the abysmally high prices MMJ stores charge will have come down, and growing cannabis will be equated with vineyards.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 1:29 pm
Legalize it. There are so many more important issues than pot.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 2:58 pm
I can hardly wait. Legalizing pot would not only drastically reduce the drug-crime rate in the US, but also strike a major blow to the Mexican cartels, leading to better relations with our neighbor to the south. How's that for a foreign policy coup?
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 11:33 pm
This evening there was a news item about the possibility of legalising Marijuana in the US, specifically Washington state. I live in BC and our marijuana is said to be very good (I have never tried it nor am I likely to). Often our marijuana is smuggled across the border and cash, guns and cocaine are smuggled back. With the legalisation, there should be a substantial drop in the guns and cocaine coming northward but of course that is yet to be seen. It will be interesting to see what happens. The other matter is that the Canadian growers might have difficulty selling their crops. One other point was that the legalisation in the US may spurn the provincial or federal governments to follow suit. Time will tell.

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Giana Peranio-Paz (385)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 11:47 pm
This is good news. It will solve many problems for sick people and for fighting the drug cartels.
 

reece C. (29)
Monday November 5, 2012, 4:23 am
Legalize marijuana?
Are you kidding?
The republicans want to make it illegal for women to choose their own health care. They want to make homosexuality illegal, and they want to make the entire country into a christian theocracy.
Automatic weapons? Yes. Marijuana? Not on your life.
That disgusting vial creature Romney has half of the country voting for him, HALF! Do you think that same half is going to let us enjoy a smoke?
One of the largest backers in the shadow money is the privately run prison industry. Where will they get their customers if we legalize marijuana?
We have no chance unless we get corporations out of our political system.
 

Gloria picchetti (296)
Monday November 5, 2012, 5:45 am
Everytime someone is arrested for a small amount of pot the police waste valuable time that should be used to find criminals. Then the courts and jails waste more time on a little bit of pot instead of finding murderers & thieves.
 

Many Feathers (131)
Monday November 5, 2012, 6:50 am
now im fired up...
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday November 5, 2012, 12:33 pm
I have never used a drug of addiction, nevertheless I see no harm in legalising this drug. Having said that I would then wage an education war on the use of this or any other drug, as I do personally on that most harmful of all drugs, TOBACCO. I say this having lost two sons to tobacco induced cancer in the past two years..

It should be an individual's choice whether to abuse your body not a Government decision. Now that should really appeal to the Mitt Romney and G O P philosophy.
 

Katie K. (70)
Monday November 5, 2012, 1:15 pm
This is one thing I wish to see happen before I depart this world. Mother Nature gives us this medicinal plant that requires little to know refining except for a flame. Have never met an angry stoned person but have dealt with more angry drunks than I can count.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday November 5, 2012, 2:03 pm
I once sailed on a ship that ran out of tobacco. I'll not lay ALL of the blame on that foul drug but we ended up pulling into Algiers to have the French Navy take two badly injured men to hospital. Withdrawal from an addictive substance, voluntarily or compulsorily , can be a dreadful thing, Nearly as bad as taking the stuff, and that applies to many prescription and quite legal stuff.
 

donald Baumgartner (5)
Monday November 5, 2012, 4:21 pm
Mt legalized it & the Fes Still came & took them to jail. So BE CAREFUL!!!
 

donald Baumgartner (5)
Monday November 5, 2012, 4:24 pm
Sorry, that's suppose to be Feds,not Fes". I don't use it & will NEVER use it, but I leave the Final decision up to the patient.
 

John B. (175)
Monday November 5, 2012, 7:24 pm
Thanks Carrie for the post and may this be so. Read and noted.
 

Charlie Rush (56)
Monday November 5, 2012, 10:23 pm
Legalization of marijuana can't happen SOON ENOUGH. It should have occured long, long ago
In fact, all drugs should be legalized, controlled, and taxed.

As we speak, drugs, can be purchased, at any time in many places, by any age person.
School kids can tell you who sells the drugs and where to find them.
If you do a litle research, you will discover that the majority of public officials who want them to stay illigal, are the people making money from them, directly or indirectly.

The scam is on the American public and unfortunately, many citizens use their emotions, instead of their heads, in deciding against legalization.

Pimps abduct your children, get them hooked, and force them into prostitution and selling the drugs. Legalization could stop most of this activity.
 

Diane L. (110)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 1:50 am
Tom Edgar, marijuana is no more of a "drug" than dandelions or clover. Dandelions and clover are more than "just" weeds. Both have medicinal properties as does marijuana.

Now, if the 3 states that have issues on their ballots tomorrow do "decriminalize/legalize" pot, think about how there will be one less topic for rightwing conservatives to rant about in Care.2, LOL!~ There IS another discussion in Care.2 on this subject and the member who posted it is on a crusade to silence anyone who disagrees with her..............SHE is totally against the use of anything containing THC and insists it causes addiction and mental retardation. Comments refuting her "facts" get deleted, but only after those members are insulted and called names.
 
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