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Kit
- 3403 days ago - npr.org
California has just authorized a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. If it's approved in November, the state will become the first to make pot legal for fun and profit. Personally I think all the chatter about Medical -->



   

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Kit B (276)
Friday March 26, 2010, 2:57 am
If after a tough day at the office or whatever work is, I come home an pour two or three fingers of a delightful single malt that costs me dearly....am I breaking a law? If I kick of my shoes, flick on the depression hours or nightly news - and do not drive my car or do anything that harms anyone else - am I doing anything illegal? We all know the reasons for pot being illegal and the scare stories we have heard and heard to the point of them becoming bad jokes. Will young people be more prone to trying the EVIL WEED should it be legal and not a "forbidden fruit?" Who can answer that? With honest education, which parents and students both need, it is far less harmful then what IS going on every week at all high schools - drinking and smoking. They will probably try it, but an honest discussion about everything from alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, SEX and the rest of the cornucopia of pit falls is and always has been the defense a parent has, treat your child with respect be honest and they will return it three fold. Vices, methods of "letting go" all should be personal decisions, these are laws that go far beyond the reasonable boundaries of public safety and "snoops" into and dictate your private life choices. If you're a Christian and believe something is wrong - don't do it, as is the same for any form of behavior. Marijuana is not illegal because it harms you, but because it is profitable to make it illegal.

I recently met with a specialist in migraines and he said - "Oh Kit if only we were at my office in Denver, I could just write you a script for the pot and not all the semi-useless, mostly dangerous drugs that I must write for here because here pot is not allowed for any reason. We have some serious convoluted thinking going on - and it's time we crawl out from under the bed and stop being afraid of everything, and begin to breathe in life - even if it's a puff of "feel good buzz." I would rather deal with a mellow pot head then a pissed -off mean drunk any day.
 

. (0)
Friday March 26, 2010, 5:01 pm
True, Kit. Marijuana is no different than any other 'legal' drug we use. And the tax revenues generated off of this currently-underground commodity could be substantial.

Aside from its very real medical uses, I don't particularly care if people occasionally indulge just for fun. I doubt I'd use it myself - but who knows?
 

Deborah O (98)
Friday March 26, 2010, 5:08 pm
States with BIG budget problems--and California has some very big problems--need to consider THE MONEY. Tax revenues from sales. Lots of money. New Industry means new jobs--LOTS of new jobs of all kinds plus new life in industries which provide packaging materials, marketing services, etc, so a few more new jobs there, too. Those people will all be paying taxes again instead of being unemployed. More money. The new companies from the new industry will be paying fees for licenses, inspections, etc. More money. Factories will have to be built or converted. More jobs. More money. Land will be purchased by new growers and by farmers wanting to expand. More fees. More money. This is a cash cow which gives so much milk, California, you'll have enough for butter, cheese and ice cream! Workers with jobs can buy things again, California. More money. People in less enlightened states might relocate to California or at least visit more often--more money. And it isn't just the smokeable parts that generate money, California--this is a crop which MANY things can be made from, using all parts of the plant, making this one of the smartest industries you could ever, ever get behind.

Right now, it provides work for only a few and income mostly for criminals--who don't pay taxes. Legalize it and get those taxes, California! It's not like you don't need the money.
 

Tierney G (381)
Friday March 26, 2010, 5:13 pm
Ditto on what Deborah O says. It could fix thier money problems fast LOL!
Thanks Kit
 

Sally Ann G (256)
Friday March 26, 2010, 5:32 pm
Think of all the knitting I could do if they would allow Californians to grow it legally and make it in to fiber for knitting, fabric for clothing etc. On a lighter note having lived here for 14 years would I recognise anyone on dope - not really in Hollywood they are all mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Sue K (12)
Friday March 26, 2010, 5:47 pm
I agree this should be legal for adults.As we all know it is not as addictive as alcohol,or other drugs,legal or otherwise.I have not known anyone to overdose on marijuana,or to get in their car & end up killing anyone. I do think it should be legalized,but double the penalties for the other drugs,like Crack,or Meth!!
If I'm on my property,not out driving,I'm not hurting anyone.So I don't see the harm.
I do see the harm in other drugs,legal or otherwise.If it's available to adults,and not "forbidden" many kids won't be so likely to jump into it & not know what they're getting into.Forbidden fruit is the thing that makes it more attractive.
And think of the taz money generated by legalizing it.
 

Leslie Y (156)
Friday March 26, 2010, 6:03 pm
Thanks,nice article.Noted.
 

Yvonne White (229)
Friday March 26, 2010, 6:16 pm
I sincerely hope California legalizes pot & allows people to "grow their own".. it's just ridiculous that it's illegal, while alcohol & cigarettes are legal! Legalizing is way past due!
 

Tiffany L (27)
Friday March 26, 2010, 6:20 pm
legalize it.
 

Lynne L (71)
Friday March 26, 2010, 8:13 pm
long overdue and needed by All states.

think of all the money this country would save on "the war on drugs" if they didn't go after the marijuana users. now that's a REAL WASTE of time and money. they could pocket that money and earn income on the taxes and fees earned, instead!
 

Katz R (54)
Friday March 26, 2010, 9:08 pm
what is more serious about this [and I am in favor of legalization everywhere and know it works for migraines though have never been an interested pot smoker under norm situations] is that it will take a chunk out off the corruption it has been used for in Cal [an maybe other places though I doubt as bad] as it was a great "compromise" tool along with other drugs to rationalize illegal investigations as well as seizures. For a while professional informants as well as criminal undercover agents were able to get away with murder [robbery and you name it] under the guise of a "drug investigation" informants were able to glibbly rip off or have people ripped off they didn't like with no fear of reprisal, this at least with get a large majority of people out from under that threat and do something to help all gropwers and blow the profits of the "special" growers that have had immunity from procescution and made a fortune without fear of getting busted while WHAM members were treated like bonafide terrorists
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Friday March 26, 2010, 9:46 pm
I do hope this comes to pass. Cannabis should never have been illegal. So many people with terrible deseases like closed angle glaucoma, which can only be treated with cannabis, have suffered so needlessly.
 

Agnes N (703)
Friday March 26, 2010, 10:58 pm
Thanks Kit :)
 

Linda M (0)
Friday March 26, 2010, 11:23 pm
thanks
 

Carmen S (69)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 2:43 am
My gosh we all agree it certainly should be legal, and maybe, just maybe people will be satisfied with this one and not buy any of the really bad ones. This could drive away the drug smugglers cause they would not have anyone interested anymore. That would be wonderful.
 

. (0)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 8:01 am
NJ is thinking of doing the same thing here. Now if only the entire drug war would end! It would end a lot of violence, especially down by Mexico.
 

pam w (139)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 2:15 pm
It will be ABOUT TIME! If it makes the November ballot, you can bet I'll be helping to pass the measure!
 

Lynn M (192)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 5:01 pm
Eureka! Have they finally seen the light? Maybe I'll move to the west coast...
 

. (0)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 6:35 pm
As a CA voter, I was one of many who gladly signed the petition for this to get on the ballot and I hope to see it pass in November. Legalize it and tax it. Marijuana serves a better purpose than those cancer sticks that people are 'legally' sticking in their mouths now. There's no question as to the benefits of pot as a medical drug. And for those who just use it for plain old relaxing, well I don't think it will hurt our wine industry much. Perhaps we will also get an increase in tourists should this pass. Win-win!
 

Agnes H (144)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 7:14 pm
Thank yout Kit as I found it interesting to read. Never having used any of that I can't really give an opinion as I tried cigs when I was about, I don't know but soon gave it up as I didn't like it one little bit. I suppose the same thing would have happened with other things I believe. But I did hit the bottle during a very bad spell of depression so Hubby says and even now I sometimes say I feel like getting drunk and all the open bottles stay in their place as he knows I'll ask if I want a drink. But he told me some of the horror stories I used to do until it got too bad for him and he put me back in the hospital and I've had a drink but also stopped when he told me I had enough. I've got children and a very good Hubby looking out for me. I think I'd only try the stuff if it were on prescription. Who knows maybe one day the DR's will see that it's better for you than other drugs. Until then I'm afraid I do with what my friend and DR thinks is best for me and I can't even afford the stuff at the moment so why should I go into debt for it?. I'm glad I never heard of it when I was going to school I must have lived a very sheltered life in some ways. I'm glad for it as well.
 

Kathleen R (983)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 8:41 pm
I'm praying every state will follow suit!!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 28, 2010, 12:45 pm
make it legal
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 28, 2010, 1:55 pm
In the years that I have posted submissions to Care2 News Network I have posted about 6 on legalizing marijuana. I admit I was fearful that most would send me the stacks of private hate letters I've had on so many topics, but this one - it rarely brings forward a negative voice, and even then politely. The closer we get to finally ending the stupidity of prohibition - something that we KNOW does not work the stronger the support. Bill Maher, someone I trust would be "in the know" said the proposition will allow for growing of personal use in one's own yard, patio or whatever.
Then there is the scary downside of all this euphoria, suddenly new and substantially questionable "testing" has come forward to show that pot MIGHT be dangerous after all. Really? What timing.

Mexico, that country to the south of us that we like to consider so backwards, has had Universal health care for some years, (in fact many Americans are sharing addresses in Mexico to get access to health care) has legalized all drugs and is in the process of setting up clinics for proper distribution, this will end the "illegal" drug business - though they will not go without a fight - and offer drug users cleanly processed drugs, syringes and needles. As an individual I may not personally approve of drug use, but we know it's been a part of human history - before history. I would rather see those who are going to use drugs do so in a clean environment, with controlled dosage, and clean utensils then what we know is the counter to this. Mexico just cut crime in half, maybe more. The clinics will cost far less then paying the police, the legal system, the prisons to deal with a personal problem, but one that because of our thinking leads many to commit crimes. Viva la Mejico! Maybe in a century or so we can catch up!
 

Jennifer Martino (70)
Monday March 29, 2010, 11:08 pm
The key here too is to remember that this would be Re Legalization!
 
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