I never understood how a state law could override a Federal law anyway. Make it legal, tax it, and stiffen the sentences for illegal growers/distributors.
when I hear alcohol can kill you but pot can't I think it's ignorant. most people don't buy alcohol for the sole purpose of getting drunk, but people buy pot to get fried. I wouldn't want to be in a car with someone who has been drinking OR high on pot. as far as killing people, pot is just as dangerous as smoking, in fact even more injurious to your lungs as cigs. it's all about states making millions of dollars. what's next, cocaine, heroin?? not too far out man!!
They would find it difficult to turn down all that tax revenue. It's all about the money!
To papa1 and the other uneducated:
Annual Deaths in the United States:
Tobacco 435,000Poor Diet/Exercise 365,000Alcohol 85,000Microbial Agents 75,000Toxic Agents 55,000Motor Vehicle Crashes 26,347Prescription Drugs 32,000Suicide 30,622Homicide 20,308Sexual Behaviors 20,000All Illicit Drug Use 17,000NSAID's (Aspirin) 7,600MARIJUANA 0
Not one person is killed in a car crash while high on pot? I'm calling BS.
freedomtruth and all other potheads. and how many on your list were also using pot and high at the time. I worked with people who were potheads and all they did was laugh and giggle. I wouldn't want them behind a wheel or in any responsible position. what happens if there's a national emergency and you clowns and bill maher (vegaterian, which is laughable!) are all sitting in your house watching cartoons?? which, by the way, I never knew a pothead who didn't follow it up with a few drinks. try getting high sometime and watching serious news instead of the Disney channels. the u.s. has had anti smoking ads and how to quit for decades but pot is a-ok? it's all about greed and money mickey mouse. debate this. the majority of people that buy alcohol do not buy it to get drunk. but everyone who smokes pot does it to get fried, or as you potheads put it, high.
Papa1 and all other believers of "Reefer Madness", Wow, it must have been horrible to have worked with people that were laughing and happy as opposed to those which were hung-over and miserable. And how dare a person enjoy themselves watching TV as opposed to fighting and abusing their spouse & kids. And if you think the "news" as portrayed by the current media is accurate & factual, I feel sorry for you. Calling someone a "pothead" because they use cannabis equals calling everyone who consumes alcohol a "drunk". Did you know that the United States government even has a patent on cannabis? Look up patent 6,630,507.
For those that say that it's about the money, who do you think profits from the current prohibition and whom does it harm? While the United States represents about 5 percent of the world's population, it houses around 25 percent of the world's prisoners. Almost twice per capita as Russia and six times that for communist China. Since 1980, the prison population has quadrupled, mainly because of the war on the American people, aka "drug war".
Anyway, no one is suggesting that it is okay for a person to drive or work while impaired from anything, whether it's Alcohol, Pain Killers, Lack of Sleep, or Cannabis. You are missing the point entirely. The question is, should someone be fined / thrown in prison for using any substance responsibly, whether medicinally or recreationally? Thomas Jefferson stated “If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny"
far out man. see you in the funnies!! by the way, don't you worry about smoking related cancers?
It is about the money, whether it's alcohol, cannabis, or any other "borderline" socially acceptable substance that can be abused. I think it's a matter of practicality. Cannabis is a popular drug and since it's currently illegal in most states, a tremendous amount of drug cartel money is funneled into its production, just as it was during the prohibition of alcohol in the 1930's. I think we all know the consequences of that by now. Wars between the mobs of the 30's and the cartels of today kill a lot of people, innocent or otherwise. At this point, I think legalizing cannabis is the lesser of two evils.
Far out man, seriously? You must have mistaken my passion for the truth and peoples rights for actual behavior. Just because I may support a persons right of "gay" marriage does not mean I, myself, would do it. Didn't you know that it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt?
Nevertheless, smoking is an outdated method of consumption as most use other means of ingestion. Besides, there is no definitive link between smoking cannabis and lung cancer. This is because of its anti tumor / cancer compounds. Why do you think the pharmaceutical companies are against it? They would rather have people pay for drugs that treat symptoms rather than eliminating the disease altogether. Where would the profit be in that?
there's no link between cannabis and lung cancer. because of its anti-tumor/cancer compounds?? please splain lucy. so pot is good for us??
@freedom truth, I think that pot and poor diet should be a combined category. Cheetos aren't healthy. A stoner is least likely to die in an auto accident because they are only driving 10 mph when then hit something.
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