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Old 02-18-2009, 12:21 AM
 
Location: 30080
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Was having a debate with someone about it and figured it would be a good discussion here. First let me say that I DO NOT smoke it. However I am pro legalizing it. Why?

1) Even while illegal its the #1 cash crop in the US
2) Long term effects are less harmful than both alcohol and cigarettes.
3) Put a tax on it and it would bring insane revenue to the economy. More than any of these stimulus ever will.
4) One less drug you have to worry about dealers.
5) Lessens marijuana related crime regarding drug areas.
6) Less money spent on a "war on drugs" that will NEVER be won.

Honestly I never understood how liquor can be legal when the side effects are almost identical minus the liver problems. Plus it'll definitely stimulate the food market with all the munchies cravings afterward lol

But seriously though you can go anywhere in the metro area and within a 3 block area I guarantee you can find weed... its so easy to get even a caveman can do it. Rather than funding the cartel it goes to building new schools.

And I really don't agree with the argument that it'll make more people smoke. Cigarettes are legal and you couldn't make me put that stinking mess onmy lips.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:30 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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This isn't directly related to the metro Atlanta area - moving to where it's a more appropriate discussion for debate.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:51 AM
 
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The most horrible thing is the issue on medical marijuana specifically. The FDA testing on drugs has gone way downhill, they test for a couple years and when it hasn't caused too much bloody diahrria or blindness, big-pharma puts it on the market and advertises heavily. Many drugs such as anti-depressants and ADHD medication are pumped into our kids, half the time they make things worse and there is no way to test for chemical imbalance.

Medical marijuana has been proven to work, yet they still need testing on it. The reason is completely unethical: pills make money. People spend $1000s a month on synthetic THC pills, when growing pot costs almost nothing. Organic, natural medicine is better when it's available, but big-pharma would rather buy more private jets than support the interests and health of their consumers.

Aside from medical marijuana, recreational use should be legal as well. Why don't people look at the effects of prohibition: underground crime, violence, booming black markets. These went away when alcohol was legalized again. Currently, the same issue is happening with other drugs, only worse, and people just don't get it. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:29 AM
 
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Its all politics. The first president who tries to legalize marijuana is committing political suicide, seeing as how the ignorant crazy religious (I said crazy religious, not all religious) nuts that make up most of their constituents would never allow that, no one has had the balls to try.
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Brusssels
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Aside from medical marijuana, recreational use should be legal as well. Why don't people look at the effects of prohibition: underground crime, violence, booming black markets. These went away when alcohol was legalized again. Currently, the same issue is happening with other drugs, only worse, and people just don't get it. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
So true! Plus, just think of how much in revenues states could pull in by taxing it.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Was having a debate with someone about it and figured it would be a good discussion here. First let me say that I DO NOT smoke it. However I am pro legalizing it. Why?

1) Even while illegal its the #1 cash crop in the US
2) Long term effects are less harmful than both alcohol and cigarettes.
3) Put a tax on it and it would bring insane revenue to the economy. More than any of these stimulus ever will.
4) One less drug you have to worry about dealers.
5) Lessens marijuana related crime regarding drug areas.
6) Less money spent on a "war on drugs" that will NEVER be won.

Honestly I never understood how liquor can be legal when the side effects are almost identical minus the liver problems. Plus it'll definitely stimulate the food market with all the munchies cravings afterward lol

But seriously though you can go anywhere in the metro area and within a 3 block area I guarantee you can find weed... its so easy to get even a caveman can do it. Rather than funding the cartel it goes to building new schools.

And I really don't agree with the argument that it'll make more people smoke. Cigarettes are legal and you couldn't make me put that stinking mess onmy lips.
I agree.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Southeast
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Was having a debate with someone about it and figured it would be a good discussion here. First let me say that I DO NOT smoke it. However I am pro legalizing it. Why?
I have grown out of it, and no longer use, but I am for letting the states decide if it should be legal within their borders..

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1) Even while illegal its the #1 cash crop in the US
I doubt that.

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2) Long term effects are less harmful than both alcohol and cigarettes.
Marijuana - Testicular cancer
Cigarettes - Lung caner
Alcohol - Liver caner

Pick you poison I suppose.

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3) Put a tax on it and it would bring insane revenue to the economy. More than any of these stimulus ever will.
Well, I don't know about 'insane revenue' but I doubt it would top the $787 billion stimulus..

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4) One less drug you have to worry about dealers.
Good point.

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5) Lessens marijuana related crime regarding drug areas.
I can live with that.

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6) Less money spent on a "war on drugs" that will NEVER be won.
The 'war on drugs' employees a lot of people, now would not be the best time to cut them out.. It is also debated that the 'war on poverty' will never be won, yet we continue to fight it with billions of dollars.

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But seriously though you can go anywhere in the metro area and within a 3 block area I guarantee you can find weed... its so easy to get even a caveman can do it. Rather than funding the cartel it goes to building new schools.
Cartels do not make heavy profits from marijuana. The return on investment is not nearly as 'good' as it is with say, cocaine.

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And I really don't agree with the argument that it'll make more people smoke. Cigarettes are legal and you couldn't make me put that stinking mess onmy lips.
On the contrary, I believe less people would smoke it.
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