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Thursday, January 26, 2006

One Hundred and Fifty First Question

Do you think marijuana should remain illegal in the United States?

14 Comments:

  • At 11:16 AM, Blogger Slutbag said…

    i think we should legalize it as then we are able to monitor what is actually being put into your pot. And the govt can tax the hell out of it (like they need more) to earn money for something or other that they are going to waste it on. but yeah, we are definitely focusing on the wrong 'drug' on our war on drugs. and i don't even smoke it!

     
  • At 11:59 AM, Blogger Tumbleweed said…

    I am really not sure on the whole deal. I think if we make it legal it may get out of control and how do we monitor the safe driving aspect of it?

     
  • At 12:01 PM, Blogger Mandy said…

    Make it legal! woohoo!!

     
  • At 12:51 PM, Blogger StacyGrrrL said…

    If you're handy enough to grow it, smoke it. Who cares? The only reason there's a stigma about it is that it's illegal. Works like everything else.

     
  • At 2:10 PM, Blogger Mind Sprite said…

    Yes, I think we should. It could be controlled just like alcohol is, with the same punishments for driving while intoxicated. Most potheads are harmless slackers, anyway.

     
  • At 2:19 PM, Blogger nancy =) said…

    absolutely legalize it...it would free up much needed jail space...

     
  • At 5:05 PM, Blogger HappyKap said…

    I think it should be legal.

     
  • At 9:07 PM, Blogger Bent Fabric said…

    I don't have an opinion either way.

     
  • At 1:32 AM, Blogger Ace of Spades said…

    I totally agree with freemind sprite. Ditto that.

     
  • At 11:55 AM, Anonymous jamie said…

    Like Slutbag said..legalize it and tax the livin shit out of it. BUT, I also think that for those who use it they should have a tattoo on their forehead that reads " Asleep at the wheel."
    And no, I don't use it either. I like my brain non-mushy.

     
  • At 7:41 PM, Blogger AKH said…

    If cigarettes are legal, I think marijuana should be legal as well.

    Although just like they are limiting public smoking of cigarettes, they should limit the public smoking of pot. If I'm walking down the street with my kids (you know the ones I will have someday), I don't want them getting a contact buzz from the guy walking next to us.

    And yes, tax the hell out of it, just like they do with cigarettes.

     
  • At 3:19 PM, Blogger Mind Sprite said…

    Good point, Ahk, about smoking "zones" so little toddlers aren't spacing out walking down the street!

     
  • At 9:19 AM, Blogger Sphinx said…

    Legalize it. Here in Canada, too. That way it frees up resources to crack down on real crime.

     
  • At 4:10 PM, Blogger Limited Ed. said…

    I think the United States should follow suit and do what many countries in Europe have done. For example, in the Netherlands, they have decriminalized marijuana to the point where possession, growth or use of up to 30 grams is legal and it is legal to sell up to 5 grams. Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland and Spain also do not prosecute people for possession or use of small amounts of marijuana. A recent study has also shown that marijuana use did not increase in the Netherlands due to its decriminalization. The US should set up "Coffee Shops" like they have in the Netherlands where sale and use of small amounts would be tolerated, but treat them like bars are treated in the US. There should be a legal age limit for possession and use, like alcohol, and people driving under the influence should be detained. Marijuana retailers should have to have a special permit, just like alcohol retailers, and anyone caught selling without a permit should also be detained. Growing up to a certain amount for personal home use should also be decriminalized. It just makes a lot more sense than our current draconian drug laws. The real question is, if you legalize marijuana, do you have to legalize all other drugs? Should "soft" drugs (like marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms) be legal and "hard" drugs (like cocaine, heroin, MDMA, etc.) remain illegal? Can you have it both ways? And does the Declaration of Independence, which guarantees all citizens the right to "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" apply to the happiness some people feel when taking illegal drugs?

     

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