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Old 04-02-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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IMHO - All of the currently prohibited drugs should be legalized and sold in State owned stores as is done with hard booze in your neighbor New Hampshire. the legalization is to lower the price to bankrupt the smugglers and to provide some funding to help the existing and new addicts find help in stopping the use of their drug. Even though in some cases use of the drug, like Meth, is deadly but the loss of these individuals is less costly for the society than our current insanity of prohibiting same deadly drugs but selling and taxing others.

Anecdotally I have heard of marijuana saving the lives of people so sickened by chemotherapy that the associated nausea prevented them from eating. They were literally starving to death faster than the cancer could kill them. Using illicit marijuana restored their appetite and they survived the chemo long enough for the cancerous cells to be killed.
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Old 04-02-2015, 03:47 PM
 
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Push your legislators, GregW!!!
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Venus
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Will Vt legalize pot? The simple answer is yes. The real question is WHEN?

I think pot is going to be legalized nationwide-and quite possibly in my lifetime. Prohibition doesn't work. That is why the 21st Amendment was ratified only 13 years after 18th Amendment was ratified. Unfortunately, marijuana didn't have a strong lobby like alcohol did back then-until now.

Most people don't realize this but the reason why pot became illegal in 1937 was because of the Mexican immigrants used it. In other words, it was outlawed because of racism-plain and simple! Much of the negative info you hear about it are lies. Has anyone actually seen the movie Reefer Madness? It is pretty hysterical in terms of how they portray what happens when someone uses pot. Totally false. Unfortunately, too many believe that.

Marijuana is not like other illegal drugs. Most people TRY to put it in the same category as coke, heroin, and the like. Unlike those other drugs, pot helps so many ailments & illnesses. Cancer is the top of that list. Take a look at this list that pot has helped: Illnesses Treatable with Medical Marijuana Plus, even those synthetic drugs which are legal with a prescription are more dangerous and more addictive than marijuana is. Can you say "Oxycontin"?

The problem I do see with pot use stem from eatables (if anyone reads Maureen Dowd). There really needs to be some regulation as to how eatables are labeled and such-but that is another issue.

There has been WAY too much money spent on the prohibition of a plant-from law enforcement to incarceration. How many remember 10 years for 2 joints? The punishment definitely didn't fit the crime. By legalizing it, our law enforcement can concentrate on going after REAL criminals. Also, taxing it will be revenue for a small, poor state like Vermont.



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Old 04-08-2015, 01:07 AM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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IMHO - All of the currently prohibited drugs should be legalized and sold in State owned stores as is done with hard booze in your neighbor New Hampshire. the legalization is to lower the price to bankrupt the smugglers and to provide some funding to help the existing and new addicts find help in stopping the use of their drug. Even though in some cases use of the drug, like Meth, is deadly but the loss of these individuals is less costly for the society than our current insanity of prohibiting same deadly drugs but selling and taxing others.

Anecdotally I have heard of marijuana saving the lives of people so sickened by chemotherapy that the associated nausea prevented them from eating. They were literally starving to death faster than the cancer could kill them. Using illicit marijuana restored their appetite and they survived the chemo long enough for the cancerous cells to be killed.

I happen to agree with this. The laws, as they exist today, make no sense. They also create additional social problems, and contribute to a dangerous underground economy.

Alcohol prohibition was a complete failure. The War on Drugs has been worse, in part because it has been going on for over 40 years. What people do in the privacy of their own homes, is not of my business. Drug prohibition causes crime.

As far as marijuana is concerned, there are many medical applications. You have listed several. Glaucoma, fibromyagia and a multitude of other ailments are improved by marijuana.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:27 AM
 
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I am not a religious person, but to me it comes down to this: What man has a right to tell god that something that was put on this earth has no purpose or that we should not be allowed to use it? It's here for a reason.

Now, chemical man made drugs...that's what should be banned.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:38 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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What man has a right to tell god that something that was put on this earth
has no purpose or that we should not be allowed to use it?
Now, chemical man made drugs...
Exactly the distinction that needs to be made and used to guide enforcement.

Re-LEGALIZE the natural state substances.
Re-MEDICALIZE the pharmaceuticals and other synthetics.
It's really not all that complicated.
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