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Old 03-29-2011, 09:40 AM
 
Location: SW New Jersey
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According to the MPP (Marijuana Policy Project) One of their main agendas this year is to legalize marijuana for adult use ( much like its more dangerous counterpart, Alcohol) in CO. and CA. This will cause a population growth in Colorado like no other. I , by the way am for legalization of marijuana. As an RN and a chronic pain sufferer, I will move there STAT because of Marijuana laws. This will create a huge state revenue so Coloradans please vote for its legalization and start a trend in the US. Please become informed about the benefits of Marijuana eg: cutting cancer tumor growth, pain relief, muscle relaxation, increased creativity, etc. etc. And if you don't want people moving there then vote it in so it will become legal in other states.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Oh yay, just what we need another legal drug to make people stupid.
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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Hate to bust the OP's bubble, but I see nothing in the current legislative session other than some minor modifications to Colorado's current medical marijuana law. One bill that has passed in the House does makes "excessive" THC in the blood a DUI offense for drivers.

There has also been a considerable backlash against medical marijuana dispensaries in the state--with numerous counties and municipalities banning their operation (which current law allows them to do). It has become abundantly clear than the lax wording of the current law has led to a lot of people who do not need medical marijuana for a legitimate medical purpose being able to obtain it. To top it off, Colorado's current medical marijuana law still violates Federal law--and if and when the Feds decide to actually enforce the law that's on their books, medical marijuana will be dead in Colorado.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: MN
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One of the reasons my husband and I want to move to CO is for the acceptance of marijuana. Not because we use it but because we like the thought of the state making revenue from its sale and at the same time less tax money to put non violent criminals in jail. The sale of it also creates more business. Its a triple win for everyone. We also see nothing wrong with using marijuana.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Back in COLORADO!!!
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As a native of Colorado, I can tell you that the state is an interesting mix of liberal and conservative politics. Decriminalization of Marijuana has a lot of support there from a lot of people. Often even the most conservative (who would never use it themselves) support making it legal on the grounds that it is financially disadvantageous to spend tax dollars to prosecute and incarcerate people over a naturally occurring plant.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:19 PM
 
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MJ is de-facto already legal in a number of jurisdictions in Colorado. at least until the feds decide to enforce their laws as they did recently in a crackdown in Montana.

Unfortunately, the current situation is in my view a bit of a worst-of-both-worlds situation. The main benefit to legalization would be to remove organized crime from the MJ supply chain, plus generate state and federal revenues from regulation and taxation. Now, Retail MJ is out in the open, but the supply chain is still almost entirely in the hands of organized crime. Even on the retail side, the legal ambiguity is a deterrent to above-board business to really get in on MMJ, so much of the retail is also in a cloudy gray area between criminal and legitimate business.

Personally, I lean toward full legalization. However, I'd lean toward supporting a full rollback of MMJ versus what we have today. As I said, what we have now gives us all the societal costs of legalization but none of the benefits.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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As a native of Colorado, I can tell you that the state is an interesting mix of liberal and conservative politics. Decriminalization of Marijuana has a lot of support there from a lot of people. Often even the most conservative (who would never use it themselves) support making it legal on the grounds that it is financially disadvantageous to spend tax dollars to prosecute and incarcerate people over a naturally occurring plant.
Opium poppies occurs naturally, too (not in Colorado, thank heavens). Under your logic, heroin should be legal. In fact, most illicit drugs--with the huge exception of Meth--are obtained from naturally occurring plants.

Colorado's current medical marijuana law presents two problems that I believe are pretty serious. One is that marijuana is being obtained by quite a lot of people under the guise of medical necessity when the user, in fact, is obtaining for other purposes--namely, recreational use. The other is that, regardless of where one stands on the question of marijuana use, under federal law, it is still an illegal drug. I have a real problem with people who think it's OK to break the law when that law is inconvenient for them. That is part of the very big decay in current American society. If one thinks a law is unnecessary, unfair, or unjust, then work to get it changed. Until then--obey it!
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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I've never touched the stuff, chardonnay works fine for me and I only drink it in my home once I'm in for the day...

But, my sister had a recent experience with MJ for pain relief and swears it is the best thing she ever tried. She too is a straight arrow type and her strongest substance is rum and coke or an occasional bahama mama drink.

She was hit with sudden onset Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) which causes stiffness and aching of the muscles around the neck, shoulders and hips. Said to be hereditary, she was in extreme pain and her husband had to lift in/out of bed, half dress her, etc. She could no longer mount or ride her horses which broke her heart something fierce. About the only thing that helped her pain were the illicit joints she got from a neighbor.

I'll take her word for it that MMJ was of great help to her situation which has now pretty much departed after PMR's usual ~2-year visitation. The day she was able to get back on a horse and ride was one of the best days of her life, and she thanks MMJ for the relief that made it possible.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:44 PM
 
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Wink Mary Jane

As far as I'm concerned what one does with their body, or puts in it, is entirely their concern. Ours and ours alone, the government or anybody else can butt out.

Beyond that, in all its many beneficial uses marijuana is a blessing to mankind. It has many valid medicinal uses, is just nice to get high on, and is a great expander of consciousness.

The politics of this is another matter. Attitudes and laws are gradually becoming more liberal, but it may be some time before everyone understands what a wonderful plant we have here. A veritable weed, with God within.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:52 PM
 
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marijuana is illegal in Colorado?
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