Legalize Marijuana

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The American people are overwhelmingly in support of states passing medical marijuana laws. A new survey of likely voters by Mason-Dixon found that three-quarters of Americans believe the federal government should respect state laws when it comes to medical marijuana. Two-thirds of Republicans surveyed also agree.

Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia have approved medical marijuana laws, although President Obama’s Justice Department has ramped up crackdowns on marijuana dispensaries operating legally under the laws – despite his campaign promise not to. Richard Nixon’s “War on Drugs” is a complete failure today – draining our nation of critical resources, throwing innocent Americans in prison, and denying the sick an effective medicine. It's time for a common sense drug policy – legalize marijuana.

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Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 10:59 am


If the Constitution leaves to the states and the people all rights and powers not ceded to the then new federal government... what is the moral/legal basis for government to deprive The People (expanded from the original 1787 definition) of rights using blanket restrictions instead of targeted legislation aimed only at those who are irresponsible? Put another way is ANY law that exceeds legitimate intent an abuse of power? Plenty of adults could use such drugs in a recreational manner and NEVER pose any risk or danger to the public. Should not laws seek to both protect/expand rights AND protect society?

Pierpont's picture
Feb. 29, 2012 2:19 pm

yep then tax the hell out of it like we do cigs it would still be cheaper than getting from a dealer though

CollegeConservative's picture
May. 4, 2012 2:22 pm

If you cannot stop something,the next logical step is try to control it. Who can be against common sense? The criminal & insane.

tayl44's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Re-legalize... American High Society

Maple Sugar Hashish Candy
Starting in the 1860s, the Ganja Wallah Hasheesh Candy Company made maple sugar hashish candy, which soon became one of the most popular treats in America. For 40 years, it was sold over the counter and advertised in newspapers, as well as being listed in the catalogs of Sears-Roebuck, as a totally harmless, delicious, and fun candy.

Today we have Ganjabars in Vending Machines,
Ain't that America, Home of the Free Baby.

Cannabis in Japan (Taima) Hemp (Asa)
大麻. Kana: [たいま] Romaji
Shinto, cannabis is the symbol of purity.

Chinese: ❝ma❞

Countries where hemp is legal
The world-leading producer of hemp is China, with smaller production in Europe, Chile and North Korea. Over thirty countries produce industrial hemp, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine.

* UNITED STATES Importers and manufacturers have thrived using imported raw materials. Farmers in the US seem to be missing out on this incredible plant.

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DdC's picture
Mar. 22, 2012 1:39 am

Legalize will never happen. The cops love the drug war and its impound and grant riches and the growers like it illegal to keep the price high. Here in CA, the growers waged a campaign against legalization-go figure. Only users want it legalized. Too much profit is being made under the current system. Plus the drug testing companies really fear legalization since that would kill their industry since they mostly catch pot users because of the long time metabolites stay in the body. It would be hard to justify the cost of testing if you couldn't test for pot since you would so rarely catch anyone on anything else.

May. 8, 2012 12:06 pm

The America I Knew Has Almost Disappeared

Like an alcoholic family that won't discuss alcoholism (and proving Don Quixote's warning to never mention rope in the home of a man who's been hanged), far too many Americans are unwilling to acknowledge or even discuss the ongoing collapse of democracy in the United States.

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