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Why Legalize Marijuana?

Updated on January 27, 2013

The Case for Marijuana Legalization


Legalizing marijuana is a topic that hasn't received the attention it deserves because so many people dismiss it as the delusional rants of Cheech and Chong individual and dropout high school students who (it's irrationally implied) would be the 4.0 geniuses if they just hadn't stumbled onto this evil, evil, weed. Now before jumping fully into this, just to make sure I'm not overstepping some vague legal rules: this hub does not endorse doing anything illegal, but is here to make a true rhetorical argument for why legalizing pot should at least be considered.

While billions of dollars are being spent on cheap drugs, even though compared to medical marijuana, cheap pharmaceutical drugs are insanely dangerous, many with side effects that are fatal. It's nearly incomprehensible that a natural plant that has been used as medicine for centuries is banned while drugs that cost up to or over $100 a pill, and can damage the kidneys, liver, heart, or even cause death, are seen as good things, even though some work a paltry 30% of the time or less.

News media tells us marijuana rehabilitation is critical, and that pot is dangerous. Look, if you're truly addicted, go ahead and get help. But marijuana does not have the chemical dependency that other drugs have - meaning if there is addiction, it's never physical, the way many prescription drug addictions are.

There is a great case for legalized marijuana, not only on the medical level, but on the economic, societal, and common sense levels, as well. Maybe "marijuana recovery" should stop being hoisted as propaganda, and should be a service for those few who truly need it. How many alcoholics would go to AA if Prohibition was still in effect?

There is a lot of propaganda out there about pot, and all I'm asking for those reading this is to give the argument for (and against) legalization a fair shake, and to not let beliefs founded on propaganda, someone else's moral standards, or beliefs unfounded in fact to sway you. Look at the arguments and decide for yourself. There are plenty of individuals who don't smoke marijuana (or don't smoke it anymore) and still think it should be legalized, so let the facts help you make your decision, not the propaganda.

And for those who are yelling at me that there is no propaganda: watch the movie Reefer Madness and remember that often times marijuana was referred to in the 1920s as "Mexican Murder Weed," proving that government propaganda can also be racist.

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Legalized Marijuana: 5 Arguments For Legalization


1) Prohibition of Marijuana has failed MISERABLY. There are millions of regular pot smokers in the United States despite increasingly harsh laws, and it's estimated that as many as 50 million may have tried pot - and those numbers are probably low since people tend to be less eager to admit to a practice that is so harshly punished.

Even the government admits use by over 25 million annually. Pot is the largest cash crop in the United States, yet none of that money gets taxed and most of it goes out of the country because of drug laws. Marijuana has been used for centuries - short of finding a way to brainwash and control the entire world, its use will never be wiped out. Prohibition of alcohol created the mafia: harsh drug laws have helped to create drug cartels. Getting rid of the anti marijuana laws will get rid of the worst problems.

2) Arrests for Marijuana possession are disproportionate to minorities. One study shows that police are more likely to "let it slide" if the person in possession is a white college student. Pure statistics show that the arrests for drug use are disproportionate by race - and don't give me the "minorities use drugs more" bull crap. Disproportionate means disproportionate.

African-Americans make up only 13% of the population, and only about 15% of annual marijuana users. But they're 26% of all marijuana arrests for use. Hispanics make up an even higher amount of arrests, despite being 15% of the population. So 28% of the pot smoking population makes up over half the arrests, while approximately 70% of pot smokers (white) account for less than half of arrests. The punishments are also disproportionately light on white offenders, and heavier on minorities.

3) Regulated legal markets for marijuana would reduce teenage exposure. Yes, there are teens who pay adults to buy beer for them, and pot would probably work the same way, but there are millions of teens who smoke pot now when it's illegal. It's big money for other teenagers who can hook up with dealers to sell it. If marijuana was legal and regulated, it would be a lot less valuable, making it far less profitable for the lazy teenage entrepreneur. Legalized marijuana would not only likely cut down on the number of teenage dealers, but that would also keep them further away from exposure to more serious drugs that should remain outlawed.

4) Legalized Marijuana keeps money in the U.S. and out of foreign cartels. One argument I hate is "Marijuana funds terrorism." Really? Marijuana is not grown in Afghanistan. Or Saudi Arabia. Or Iran. Or Sudan. Or Libya. ((UPDATE: As this hub is five or six years old, this has changed as Afghanistan now is one of the world's largest producers of marijuana, which was not the case at the time of publication)) Yes, money from the U.S. ends up with cartels, while the U.S. spends billions of dollars more prosecuting marijuana offenses when PCP, cocaine, LSD, and meth are far more dangerous drugs that should be getting more attention. If marijuana was legal, it would be cheapest grown, processed, and produced in the United States, putting marijuana based cartels out of business and allowing government agencies to focus on far more important matters while a giant source of new income could be used to fund education, help to balance soaring deficits, and even be used to stamp out meth.

5) Like it or not, Hemp has enormous potential and use. Hemp can make great natural rope. It can be used for clothes, and some of the most efficient and cleanest bio fuels in the world could be produced from hemp. This would allow incredibly efficient ethanol and butanol for vehicles to run on, while keeping crop prices affordable AND allowing the few surviving family farms to grow this cash crop instead of corporations. So legalized marijuana could save the environment and the family farm in one move.

These are just a few of reasons to consider reversing the current policy of outlawed marijuana. Consider these, and maybe if you were previously opposed to the legalization of marijuana, maybe the outlawing of this plant begin to seem foolish when compared to the potential benefits of regulated legalization.

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Legalized Regulated Marijuana: 5 More Arguments


1) Propaganda, misinformation, and blatant lies are the basis for illegalized marijuana. Marijuana is less harmful than aspirin and peanut butter as far as directly causing deaths. Are we going to outlaw all food from food poisoning? Aspirin because of Reyes Syndrome? Peanut butter because some people are allergic? The dangers of marijuana, especially compared to legal prescription drugs, are next to nothing. Alcohol is far worse. Chocolate and refined sugars are more dangerous. Peanut butter is more dangerous. Marijuana was once referred to by our government as "Mexican Murder Weed." Enough is enough, and the reason anti-marijuana propaganda uses fear is because the facts don't benefit the position.

2) Marijuana is NEVER lethal. Marijuana is not toxic and lethal the way the other drugs are that it is often grouped with. Scientific studies show that marijuana is not toxic to humans, and the "overdose" amount is so unrealistic as to be laughable. As in 1,500 lbs. in 15 minutes. Smoking that much pot is impossible. One thousand people couldn't do it. Alcohol and tobacco are both more addictive and dangerous than marijuana. Look at the chart at the bottom of this hub to see some statistics on the many common and uncommon causes of death that outrank marijuana. Mary Jane is certainly safer than both tobacco and alcohol - it's not even close in comparison.

3) The cost of fighting marijuana is ridiculous considering budget shortfalls. There are schools in inner cities that have history books printed before the moon landing, with references to segregation as a necessary part of current society. But there's no money for education. There's meth running amuck causing robberies, violent crimes, and killing sprees, but that's not important. But there is time to bust 750,000 people a year for possession, at a cost of over $36,000 a prisoner per year. This wastes jail space, clogs up court systems, wastes time of judges and law enforcement, and funnels badly needed time and funding from far more needed causes. Add that to the fact of the sheer amount of money that could be made from taxing marijuana, and getting more cops on those 25,000 murder cases a year instead of busting a guy who likes to work 40 hours a week, go home and smoke a joint and stare at a Pepsi can...there might be something to that. The economics are ridiculous.

4) Marijuana and hemp have multiple positive attributes. Marijuana is nothing like meth, which destroys lives, families, homes, and societies. Marijuana has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries, and has shown incredibly effective painkiller (and appetite stimulant) for cancer and AIDS victims, offering a much higher quality of life as well as more life after suffering from these ailments. Aside from that hemp can make an incredibly efficient form of bio diesel that doesn't cut into the world's food supplies.

As a recreational choice for adults, marijuana is far less harmful than tobacco, and tends to have a calming and mild effect, while alcohol makes many adults violent and verbally and emotionally abusive. Between these three, marijuana is by far and away the least harmful. Which would you prefer: a guy listening to Pink Floyd trying to match it up to The Wizard of Oz, or a drunk getting angrier and angrier before he looks for his gun?

Legalizing Marijuana separates it from the real problem drugs, and allows society and law enforcement to concentrate on them. Marijuana is nowhere close to being in the same league as LSD, PCP, crack/cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, or meth. In fact, tobacco and alcohol are closer to most of those drugs than marijuana is. Meth and crack/cocaine absolutely destroys communities, people's lives, and brings violent behavior and crime. Marijuana does not.

There might be a very tiny minority that are for complete legalization of all drugs, but that's not what most pro-legalization of Marijuana people want. Legalize it, tax it, and regulate it the way you would alcohol or tobacco. This is much more reasonable, and then money can be spent on hammering the meth problem and on much more important matters. Not to mention that the sheer amount of taxable income from this could even make a dent in balancing budgets.

How Becoming a Christian Led to Me Supporting Legalized Marijuana


Marijuana is not physically dangerous. More people have died from prescriptions drugs, firearms, alcohol, aspirin, or peanut butter than from marijuana. No one dies directly from smoking marijuana. I think the problem with the debate over marijuana is that propaganda and beliefs play too much of a role as opposed to facts and common sense. My personal irony of this is that I believed the myths and was adamantly opposed to marijuana until halfway through college.

When I was a sophomore in college I had my first major religious experience and converted to Christianity. This actually became the catalyst that changed my mind. Jesus talked about always being truthful, so I set about reading up on subjects, and as I read up on the arguments it became clear to me that the arguments for keeping marijuana illegal weren't logical or based on facts.

The more I studied, the more clear this became. Aside from that, common experience told me that stoners were generally just hanging out, doing their thing, watching "Alice in Wonderland" over and over and "stimulating our economy" by spending paychecks on food. The drinkers, some of whom would later be lauded as conservative moral leaders, shattered bottles on my door, picked fights in the hall, vomited in the bathroom sinks, and had huge loud fights for everyone to hear.

The stoners were much better company, and their get togethers never ended in fights. They also had a higher combined GPA than the drinking frats.

Since at that point in my life I wanted truth, logic, and fact to dictate the way I thought, I switched from being against legalized marijuana to being very strongly for it. The arguments for legalization are too strong to ignore.

Common "Facts" Against Marijuana Debunked:

"It's a gateway drug." There is no chemical dependency from marijuana. First of all, if there is an end all be all gateway drug, it's alcohol. Second, you are more chemically addicted to Pepsi, Marlboro, or Budweiser than pot. Some people are going to try anything no matter what, and some people have addictive personalities, but Mary Jane is not a gateway drug the way it is portrayed.

"If we legalize it everyone will run out and become an addict." 25 million people already admit to smoking pot regularly. 15 million more admit to occasionally partaking. Yet students still graduate college, work still gets done, and the economy hasn't collapsed ((well it is, but due to rich scumbugs running corporations who would rather have everyone scream about a drug they don't use as opposed to watch our 401-k while they rape the economy before demanding million dollar bonuses & bail outs)). Where are all these new pot smokers going to come from? There are already 40 million smokers in a country of 300 million. That's not taking into account the 75 million under the age of 18, or the 39 million over the age of 65. Plus since so many people are already against it, they're not going to admit it. There will be a surge, but that will be more to people admitting to a legal action than actual new smokers.

"Crime will go through the roof." Stoned people buy colored Christmas tortilla chips, eat Twinkies, and stare at Pepsi cans. The sheer amount of people who would no longer get arrested for possessing marijuana will lead to a sharp drop in crime in and of itself. Add in the people switching from alcohol (so less fighting, spousal abuse, child abuse, assault, sexual assaults, and murder) and all those wasted crime fighting resources towards actual serious crime and the truth is that crime will go DOWN by quite a bit.

There are many more myths, and this page includes several resources, including links to pages showing how these "conclusive studies" showing the harm weed causes are anything but.

I hope this at least gives you something to chew on when considering this debate topic. If you have any thoughts on the legalize marijuana debate, please feel free to comment - just keep the language clean and respectful, please.

Number of people who died from (per year avg):

Rabies: 1-2

Tipping over a vending machine: 2

Red Bull & Vodka: 0-5, depending who you ask

Peanut Butter/Peanut allergies: 7

Snake bite: 12

Struck by lightning: 26

Giving Birth: approximately 600

Aspirin & similar anti-inflammatory drugs: 7,600

Homicide: 23,000

Car accidents: 26,000

Firearms: 29,000

Suicide: 30,600

Alcohol & alcohol poisoning: 85,000

Tobacco: 435,000

Medical malpractice: 195,000 a year (in the U.S. alone)

Heart Attack: 460,000 a year (U.S. alone)

Prescription drugs (overdoses, side effects, wrong prescriptions, etc): 783,936 (yes, that number's right - I double checked several times to be sure)

Marijuana overdoes deaths: ZERO!

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      Robert Godsil 

      4 years ago

      Great article.

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      6 years ago from USA

      Great hub, legalize today!

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      Stellar Phoenix 

      6 years ago

      This post is incredible! You certainly know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost..ahaha) Fantastic job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool! Stellar Phoenix

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      6 years ago

      wow nice hub... i think it should be legalized as well. Its really about time this illegal non-sense is over.

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      6 years ago

      I believe it should be legalized, but not decriminalized. I also believe that trafficking weed to minors is not right, and the only way to avoid that is to decrease the amount people can carry on them. Do i think you should go to jail or even be charged for smoking marijuana .. of course not.

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      Karma Jello 

      7 years ago

      With all the facts available, it's tough to argue against legazlizing cannabis. For the uninitated, here are some facts you should know about marijuana:

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      Joshua Pine 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thumbs up! Well Written

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      7 years ago

      The US war on drugs places great emphasis on arresting people for smoking marijuana. Since 1990, nearly 5.9 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges, a greater number than the entire populations of Alaska, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming combined. In 2000, state and local law enforcement arrested 734,498 people for marijuana violations. This is an increase of 800 percent since 1980, and is the highest ever recorded by the FBI.

      As has been the case throughout the 1990s, the overwhelming majority of those charged with marijuana violations in 2000– 646,042 Americans (88 %) — were for simple possession. The remaining 12% (88,456 Americans) were for “sale/manufacture”, an FBI category which includes marijuana grown for personal use or purely medical purposes. These new FBI statistics indicate that one marijuana smoker is arrested every 45 seconds in America. Taken together, the total number of marijuana arrests for 2000 far exceeded the combined number of arrests for violent crimes, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

      Like most Americans, people who smoke marijuana also pay taxes, love and support their families, and work hard to make a better life for their children. Suddenly they are arrested, jailed and treated like criminals solely because of their recreational drug of choice. State agencies frequently step in and declare children of marijuana smokers to be “in danger”, and many children are placed into foster homes as a result.

      This causes enormous pain, suffering and financial hardship for millions of American families. It also engenders distrust and disrespect for the law and for the criminal justice system overall.

      Responsible marijuana smokers present no threat or danger to America or its children, and there is no reason to treat them as criminals, or to take their children away. As a society we need to find ways to discourage personal conduct of all kinds that is abusive or harmful to others. Responsible marijuana smokers are not the problem and it is time to stop arresting them.

      Once all the facts are known, it becomes clear that America’s marijuana laws need reform. This issue must be openly debated using only the facts. Groundless claims, meaningless statistics, and exaggerated scare stories that have been peddled by politicians and prohibitionists for the last 60 years must be rejected.


      TOBACCO …………………… 400,000

      ALCOHOL …………………… 100,000

      ALL LEGAL DRUGS ………….20,000

      ALL ILLEGAL DRUGS ……….15,000

      CAFFEINE …………………….2,000

      ASPIRIN ………………………500

      MARIJUANA …………………. 0


      Source: United States government, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bureau of Mortality Statistics

      Like any substance, marijuana can be abused. The most common problem attributed to marijuana is frequent overuse, which can induce lethargic behaviour, but does not cause serious health problems. Marijuana can cause short-term memory loss, but only while under the influence. Marijuana does not impair long-term memory. Marijuana does not lead to harder drugs.

      Marijuana does not cause brain damage, genetic damage, or damage the immune system. Unlike alcohol, marijuana does not kill brain cells or induce violent behaviour. Continuous long-term smoking of marijuana can cause bronchitis, but the chance of contracting bronchitis from casual marijuana smoking is minuscule. Respiratory health hazards can be totally eliminated by consuming marijuana via non-smoking methods, i.e., ingesting marijuana via baked foods, tincture, or vaporizer.

      A 1997 UCLA School of Medicine study (Volume 155 of the American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine) conducted on 243 marijuana smokers over an 8-year period reported the following: “Findings from the long-term study of heavy, habitual marijuana smokers argue against the concept that continuing heavy use of marijuana is a significant risk factor for the development of chronic lung disease.”

      Neither the continuing nor the intermittent marijuana smokers exhibited any significantly different rates of decline in lung function as compared with those individuals who never smoked marijuana.” The study concluded: “No differences were noted between even quite heavy marijuana smoking and non-smoking of marijuana.”

      Marijuana does not cause serious health problems like those caused by tobacco or alcohol (e.g., strong addiction, cancer, heart problems, birth defects, emphysema, liver damage, etc.). Death from a marijuana overdose is impossible. In all of world history, there has never been a single human death attributed to a health problem caused by marijuana. Legalize marijuana and life would be better for most people.

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      7 years ago

      Marijuana is the only naturaly recurring drug. It is the only drug you pick from the plant, make no changes to it except dry it and yet they say it is illegal. But with tabacco it is picked and then processed but that is legal. And alcohol kills more people then any other drug around due to alcohol related accidents. There is no reason pot should be illegal. The government is always complaining they need more money. If they legalized it and taxed it they would make a killing.

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      7 years ago from Frederick Maryland

      I completely agree with you about legalization. Still, not everyone should do it just like alcohol or smoking cigarettes...which many think are both much worse.

      What I'd like people to understand much more than playing the blame game about which is worse is...why was marijuana made illegal in the first place? Because we need to understand that to ever get it completely legalized. It's possible adverse affects on people aren't why it's illegal.

      Very well-written article!

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      7 years ago

      Marijuana is hated on too much it saves lives push to fight for the legalization!

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      7 years ago

      A well thought out and correct piece :) I agree that most of the disaproval about marijuana comes from propaganda.

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      R Govt Is Corrupt to the Core 

      7 years ago

      Legalizing pot makes alot of sense...Which is exactly why our corrupt and nonsensical govt will never do it.

      It will take our economy collapsing completely and our corrupt govt scrambling desperately for any and all possible solutions before they'll even consider it. And even then im doubtful. Theres probably a better chance of their crooked asses admitting to extra-terrestrial contact before they'll do anything that makes as much sense as ending prohibition.

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      Amen Brotha 

      7 years ago

      This hub brings me great clarity, and I am so pleased I found it. I am a self-proclaimed medicinal user (as in, I realize I am doing something illegal). I do not have a MC, because I live in one of the 36 states that has failed to jump on the "Legalize Marijuana" bandwagon.

      I completely agree with nearly every point made. I use marijuana as my own personal medicine, because I have back pain and random ailments that I simply do not find worthy of unworthy pills. (i.e. the popping of 6 pills) I also use it because my nerves are hyper and like to be easily irritated.

      HOWEVER, my reasons aside, I will say that marijuana does of course have its negative effects, as any drug does. (and on a side note, it absolutely should NOT be ranked as a Schedule 1 drug) ANYWAY, those negative effects can be but are not limited to: apathy, complacency, lethargy, and some phlegm (although over a year of smoking reguarly and I have never coughed anything like that up). Point is: I smoke responsibly (I didn't used to), and I work full-time so if I wanna stare at a freaking Pepsi can then by golly, I'm going to! Thing is though, I don't find that. When I smoke high quality marijuna, I use my brain to think outside the box and I make lists of things I need/want to do, and guess what... it gives me random motivation. I also use it to enjoy episodes of my favorite television show just a little bit more... how awful am I?

      The only reason I'm even bothering to post this several years after this hub's publication is because just this morning I had an encounter with my mother. I took one hit out of a personal pipe and the scent lingered in our bathroom even with the window open. My mom starts crying and freaking out to which she says, "I don't know how you can even call yourself a Christian."

      EXCUUUUUUUUSE ME?!?! How is it any different than someone who has premarital sex? I don't think I heard you tell my best friend, "HOW CAN YOU EVEN CALL YOURSELF A CHRISTIAN?" when she had sex before marriage. In all reality, I did something less harmful to my emotional and physical health than she did by sleeping with random people.

      I rest my case.

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      7 years ago

      for pleasure and leisure if u dont want it dont smoke if u want to smoke no one is forcing u...and its better illegal than legal trust me..wether legal or not i will continue to smoke

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      kerry stamps 

      8 years ago

      Many people assume that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of process involving scientific, medical, and government hearings; that it was to protect the citizens from what was determined to be a dangerous drug.

      The actual story shows a much different picture. Those who voted on the legal fate of this plant never had the facts, but were dependent on information supplied by those who had a specific agenda to deceive lawmakers. You’ll see below that the very first federal vote to prohibit marijuana was based entirely on a documented lie on the floor of the Senate.

      You’ll also see that the history of marijuana’s criminalization is filled with:



      Protection of Corporate Profits

      Yellow Journalism

      Ignorant, Incompetent, and/or Corrupt Legislators

      Personal Career Advancement and Greed

      These are the actual reasons marijuana is illegal.


      For most of human history, marijuana has been completely legal. It’s not a recently discovered plant, nor is it a long-standing law. Marijuana has been illegal for less than 1% of the time that it’s been in use. Its known uses go back further than 7,000 B.C. and it was legal as recently as when Ronald Reagan was a boy.

      The marijuana (hemp) plant, of course, has an incredible number of uses. The earliest known woven fabric was apparently of hemp, and over the centuries the plant was used for food, incense, cloth, rope, and much more. This adds to some of the confusion over its introduction in the United States, as the plant was well known from the early 1600?s, but did not reach public awareness as a recreational drug until the early 1900?s.

      America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law “ordering” all farmers to grow Indian hempseed. There were several other “must grow” laws over the next 200 years (you could be jailed for not growing hemp during times of shortage in Virginia between 1763 and 1767), and during most of that time, hemp was legal tender (you could even pay your taxes with hemp — try that today!) Hemp was such a critical crop for a number of purposes (including essential war requirements – rope, etc.) that the government went out of its way to encourage growth.

      The United States Census of 1850 counted 8,327 hemp “plantations” (minimum 2,000-acre farm) growing cannabis hemp for cloth, canvas and even the cordage used for baling cotton.

      The Mexican Connection

      In the early 1900s, the western states developed significant tensions regarding the influx of Mexican-Americans. The revolution in Mexico in 1910 spilled over the border, with General Pershing’s army clashing with bandit Pancho Villa. Later in that decade, bad feelings developed between the small farmer and the large farms that used cheaper Mexican labor. Then, the depression came and increased tensions, as jobs and welfare resources became scarce.

      One of the “differences” seized upon during this time was the fact that many Mexicans smoked marijuana and had brought the plant with them, and it was through this that California apparently passed the first state marijuana law, outlawing “preparations of hemp, or loco weed.”

      However, one of the first state laws outlawing marijuana may have been influenced, not just by Mexicans using the drug, but, oddly enough, because of Mormons using it. Mormons who traveled to Mexico in 1910 came back to Salt Lake City with marijuana. The church’s reaction to this may have contributed to the state’s marijuana law. (Note: the source for this speculation is from articles by Charles Whitebread, Professor of Law at USC Law School in a paper for the Virginia Law Review, and a speech to the California Judges Association (sourced below). Mormon blogger Ardis Parshall disputes this.)

      Other states quickly followed suit with marijuana prohibition laws, including Wyoming (1915), Texas (1919), Iowa (1923), Nevada (1923), Oregon (1923), Washington (1923), Arkansas (1923), and Nebraska (1927). These laws tended to be specifically targeted against the Mexican-American population.

      When Montana outlawed marijuana in 1927, the Butte Montana Standard reported a legislator’s comment: “When some beet field peon takes a few traces of this stuff… he thinks he has just been elected president of Mexico, so he starts out to execute all his political enemies.” In Texas, a senator said on the floor of the Senate: “All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff [marijuana] is what makes them crazy.”

      Jazz and Assassins

      In the eastern states, the “problem” was attributed to a combination of Latin Americans and black jazz musicians. Marijuana and jazz traveled from New Orleans to Chicago, and then to Harlem, where marijuana became an indispensable part of the music scene, even entering the language of the black hits of the time (Louis Armstrong’s “Muggles”, Cab Calloway’s “That Funny Reefer Man”, Fats Waller’s “Viper’s Drag”).

      Again, racism was part of the charge against marijuana, as newspapers in 1934 editorialized: “Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”

      Two other fear-tactic rumors started to spread: one, that Mexicans, Blacks and other foreigners were snaring white children with marijuana; and two, the story of the “assassins.” Early stories of Marco Polo had told of “hasheesh-eaters” or hashashin, from which derived the term “assassin.” In the original stories, these professional killers were given large doses of hashish and brought to the ruler’s garden (to give them a glimpse of the paradise that awaited them upon successful completion of their mission). Then, after the effects of the drug disappeared, the assassin would fulfill his ruler’s wishes with cool, calculating loyalty.

      By the 1930s, the story had changed. Dr. A. E. Fossier wrote in the 1931 New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal: “Under the influence of hashish those fanatics would madly rush at their enemies, and ruthlessly massacre every one within their grasp.” Within a very short time, marijuana started being linked to violent behavior.

      Alcohol Prohibition and Federal Approaches to Drug Prohibition

      During this time, the United States was also dealing with alcohol prohibition, which lasted from 1919 to 1933. Alcohol prohibition was extremely visible and debated at all levels, while drug laws were passed without the general public’s knowledge. National alcohol prohibition happened through the mechanism of an amendment to the constitution.

      Earlier (1914), the Harrison Act was passed, which provided federal tax penalties for opiates and cocaine.

      The federal approach is important. It was considered at the time that the federal government did not have the constitutional power to outlaw alcohol or drugs. It is because of this that alcohol prohibition required a constitutional amendment.

      At that time in our country’s history, the judiciary regularly placed the tenth amendment in the path of congressional regulation of “local” affairs, and direct regulation of medical practice was considered beyond congressional power under the commerce clause (since then, both provisions have been weakened so far as to have almost no meaning).

      Since drugs could not be outlawed at the federal level, the decision was made to use federal taxes as a way around the restriction. In the Harrison Act, legal uses of opiates and cocaine were taxed (supposedly as a revenue need by the federal government, which is the only way it would hold up in the courts), and those who didn’t follow the law found themselves in trouble with the treasury department.

      In 1930, a new division in the Treasury Department was established — the Federal Bureau of Narcotics — and Harry J. Anslinger was named director. This, if anything, marked the beginning of the all-out war against marijuana.

      Harry J. Anslinger

      Anslinger was an extremely ambitious man, and he recognized the Bureau of Narcotics as an amazing career opportunity — a new government agency with the opportunity to define both the problem and the solution. He immediately realized that opiates and cocaine wouldn’t be enough to help build his agency, so he latched on to marijuana and starte

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      8 years ago

      I lived in L.A. Calif. all my life and have seen plenty of boxes of marijuana due to the fact my brother was a dealer. No not on the steets at all. I move to Arizona only to have seen the port of the issue 7,000 lbs a day going thru this state and NO TAX on it. Wake up Mr. president. You stated if elected that you would put an end to all this confusion on marijuana and once elected you dropped it like a rock. Sounds alittle like John McCain Flip Flop. This is an opportunity to MFG fuels,clothes,and other products as well that will employ 1,000's let alone the tax revenue for the smoker.I broke my back in 1979 in three places, since then I've attended 2 drug rehabs for prepsricption drugs and after having 3 major heart attacks due to the morfine I'm required to take just to get around. My doctor told me to try Marijuana which is no problem to obtain by the lb. And yes, I have a normal life now with NO ADDICTIONS and went back to work. Tks

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      8 years ago

      Great job on posting a true way to help the American people and the easist way to get rid of the deficit. I just want to know who to speak to so we all can together the same day at the same place to show our Government what really needs to happen! Please someone start a movement and lets get the ball rolling!!

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      8 years ago

      It's much to difficult for people to look at legalization objectively. There's too much prejudice. Good article, well researched

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      8 years ago from Rutherford, NJ

      You make a logical, well-informed case. The fact is that, the longer this remains illegal, the more people's lives are going to be destroyed. I think you might be interested in some of my hubs:

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      Horse Feathers 

      8 years ago from Indiana USA

      Although I stopped smoking pot many years ago I do believe there is a case for legalization.

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      Ryan Mcmillan 

      8 years ago

      Please read my research paper called "Legalize it Already" on my blog at I would love to hear your opinion and discuss your views on the topic. I need this information to conduct a research study involving public opinion. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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      8 years ago

      Please sign the petition to legalize Marijuana in BC by signing this petition

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      8 years ago

      You are absolutely right, I am writing my synthesis paper arguing about the advantages of legalizing marijuana at a catholic college. Ive got to stop smoking at least 2 weeks before i give in my paper.

      Hemp indeed has many many advatages as a replacement to wood because it has very strong fibers.

      My country is better known for hash than weed but although we have many lands filled with hash plants, hash is illegal and the police go after poor citizens who are caught possessing a few joints instead of capturing the farmer who make their living off of this thing. I beleive it should be legalized all over the world, but with regulations and strict punishements for those who dont follow them . Marijuana is a plant , a herb and it is even used in medicine where all other treatements have failed. Come on! LEGALIZE IT ALREADY.

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      8 years ago

      okay weed is not a gate way drug. its just an excuse to use more and different drugs. weed it self is the best thing ever made on this earth by GOD! tobacco alone kill more people then weed does but yet im smokin a cig right now... weed makes everything better makes food great makes tv.

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      8 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      This is were I will always stand with this issue, it should be legal yet only if a doctor has said you need it for a chronic pain or another such reason. I have worked in the medical field and seen first hand just how great these pills work for patients when given. It should be legal, but for the people who really need it.

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      Nickolas Cushing 

      8 years ago

      I would like to discuss the validity and scope of the second given argument for the legalization of marijuana. It was written,

      "2) Arrests for Marijuana possession are disproportionate to minorities. One study shows that police are more likely to "let it slide" if the person in possession is a white college student. Pure statistics show that the arrests for drug use are disproportionate by race - and don't give me the "minorities use drugs more" bull crap. Disproportionate means disproportionate.

      African-Americans make up only 13% of the population, and only about 15% of annual marijuana users. But they're 26% of all marijuana arrests for use. Hispanics make up an even higher amount of arrests, despite being 15% of the population. So 28% of the pot smoking population makes up over half the arrests, while approximately 70% of pot smokers (white) account for less than half of arrests. The punishments are also disproportionately light on white offenders, and heavier on minorities."

      This argument is indeed a fair discussion to bring up, and may be related to marijuana use and legalization. However, there are within it a couple of unmistakeable informal fallacies that render it, in its current form, invalid. I would like to discuss three particular fallacies of this argument: The Red Herring, the False Cause, and its appeal to an Unreliable Authority.

      First, the argument may be found unpersuasive because it seems to "miss the point," thus making it a red herring. While the premise of the entire article is that marijuana should be legalized, this segment of the argument gives data that should reasonably suggest another conclusion than it does. The conclusion given does seem to miss the point of the premises within it. Assuming all the facts and statements are true, it would be fair to say that Minorities are wrongfully convicted at a much higher rate than non-minorities for marijuana use. However, based on that inference, the logical conclusion to make would be that consequently, laws should be put in place that regulate the discipline of all marijuana users, so that there is no room for the authorities to waver on how to punish whom. This is A possible, logical, conclusion, however not at all the only one. But jumping immediately to deciding that therefore marijuana should be legalized and saying that will somehow solve the problem, misses the point and is a red herring.

      Next, the argument outlines a false cause for its conclusion. The argument is based on facts and statements that suggest that the problem lies within the question of whether marijuana is legal or not. The issue, of course, is that statistics seem to show that minorities are more wrongfully convicted for marijuana use and punished more severely than their majority counterparts. The argument infers, moreover, that these problems have arisen from the illegality of marijuana. This conclusion, I believe, draws on a fallacy of a false cause. While Marijuana's illegality may be a possible reason for some of the unfairness in law and arrests for minorities, it is by no means the only reason. Also, it does not account for the fact that other causes may be much more logical to conclude as the major cause of the unfairness. For example, it would be logical to say that racism is a major cause, or discrimination. However, the illegality of marijuana is rather logically unconnected, and may lead the reader down a slippery slope of sorts.

      Finally, the argument is invalid because it appeals to unreliable authority. This issue is very simple, and does not need much explanation. Essentially, the data and facts given can be very persuasive, and are greatly linked with the premise of the argument, that minorities have a high rate on wrongful conviction for marijuana use. However, these data are not cited or backed up by any authority or source, let alone a reputable one. The issue a reader may take with the argument, therefore, is that it's entire premise is based off of facts that for all they know, may not be fact at all. This is not to say that they are not true data. In fact, I believe they probably are fairly accurate. However, I would recommend to increase the validity of the argument that the author add citations and give the reader reason to believe the argument is based off fact from a reputable source.

      Though these three informal fallacies were found in the argument, and make it in many ways invalid, it is by no means a bad argument. It has many relevant points, much good data that simply needs to be backed up, and could pose as an influential argument for the legalization of marijuana. To get there, it simply needs to follow the advice outlined above, and make more logical inferences between each statement. Even the conclusion may be well connected to the premises, and avoid the red herring, if it could add a few sub-conclusions about the implications of the legalization of marijuana. For example, legalization could mean less convictions, and therefore less wrongful convictions. however, I would encourage the author to delve more deeply into the causal connections between each statement before publishing arguments.

      Overall, a very thought-provoking argument.

      -- Nick Cushing

      Westmont College Undergrad

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      Darvon Lawsuit 

      8 years ago

      Some countries allow the use if marijuana, they even planted it in their backyards. In contrast, some states too prohibit the use of this hence fatal as they perceive it and it's dangerous as well. Marijuana is also used for medicine. However, given that we are now in the new era and highly inclined in technology, there are possibilities that temptation thru the use of new technologies will lead us to experimentation. This might be one reason that law enforcers are anticipating. Even though we want to preserve marijuana as merely a plant but I think it's too late to say that.

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      Larry Fields 

      8 years ago from Northern California

      Good job, Jerry G2. There's an interesting wrinkle on the Gateway Drug argument against legalization.

      Typically when people first experiment with marijuana, they are pleasantly surprised by a couple of things. First, they don't become addicted. Second, they aren't particularly motivated to run out and commit violent crimes.

      Then they may reason in the following way. The government has lied to us about the putative dangers of marijuana. Maybe they're also lying about the dangers of heroin and meth.

      Given our draconian anti-marijuana laws, together with the lack of honesty on the part of certain government officials, it's very possible that this type of epiphany could increase the probability of experimentation with hard drugs. Ironically, government misinformation about marijuana is the logical equivalent of a Gateway Drug!

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      8 years ago

      This is the most honest and complete argument I have ever read on legalizing marijuana. You have covered all bases for counter-arguements. Very well written. Kudos to you for this informative hub.

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      David NoMaryJane 

      8 years ago

      i lost a gud friend this morning. He argued with me again over jsuing Marijuna. I have known of several young people that have had bad effects from Marijuna including Marijuna induced Schizophrenia. Make no mistake about it. Marijuna is not a harmless drug. Nor is alchohol.

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      8 years ago from Dublin

      looks very interesting looking forwarding to reading more. Bookmarked for further reading.

      Garlic Angel :-)

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      8 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great hub! Well researched and presented. I often wonder how alcohol can be legal when it's a factor in so many accidents, crimes and violent episodes. People who smoke pot just don't get into public brawls like drunks do. And there are so many uses for hemp that it's insane we are not allowed to grow it in this country. The time for legalization has come.

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      8 years ago

      I agree with you completely. Most people that smoke weed are relaxed. They smile, get the munchies. If they don't have any weed, they just don't. They don't go out and rob anyone for that weed high. Marijuana has great medicinal purposes as you mentioned. Make it legal and get some tax money out of it. It's not addicting.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      awesome write, I agree with all of it. LOL @ the poster above "Smoke em if you got em" : P

      I am considering writing a 'marijuana etiquette' hub for new smokers/old ones that need reminding.

      The article will cover:

      etiquette when conducting transactions

      behavioral etiquette

      smoking etiquette

      and other general etiquette rules that most people don't use anymore.

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      8 years ago

      Completely 110% argee with this article. It was very true I loved it everyone should read this, most importantly the people who don't believe marijuana should be legal. To all those smokers out there....Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

      Peace Out

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      8 years ago

      what the hell, I'll leave a comment noone will read. and those that might read it won't care what it says 'cause who the hell am I, right?

      it is pathetically absurd that marijuana is NOT legal. everybody knows it, but the people we elect to "lead" our country don't have the balls to introduce legislation aimed at decriminalization. there's no point in outlining an argument on web-sites, 'cause the only people reading this are people of like mind.

      ideally, what we need to have happen is: 1) for the far right to fully appreciate the profit motive stemming from taxation, 2) some huge tobacco company like Philip-Morris to appreciate the unlimited money to be made from legalization and start sending lobbyists to stir up conversation, and 3) hope that some state hits the jackpot and elects a senator/representative with balls of steel who fully understands the situation and REFUSES to back down. Someone in a position of power to give a voice to our collective lamentation.

      bad news though. it'll probably NEVER happen...

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      8 years ago

      I think marijuana should be legalized with regulations as with beer and alcohol!

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      8 years ago

      this is an amazing article why marijuna should be legalized but what the hell does pot have to do with marijuna

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      Mr. Blue Goo 

      8 years ago

      Great article, Great information, Great job.

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      8 years ago


      Speaking of pot, you said, "Yes, it can alter your state of mind, but nowhere near as much as you can becomed impaired while drinking."

      Well, pot not just "can" alter your state of mind, it always does. I've never smoked pot. I agree that people can become terribly impaired when drinking, but getting wasted and raging all over the place is not a foregone conclusion when you drink. It is possible to have alcohol in moderation, a few beers, and not be affected and still have self control. It is not possible to smoke marijuana and not become high; when you smoke, your natural, healthy state of mind is immediately altered.

      Again, I really don't know how I feel about pot. Just looking for discussion here, let me know what you think

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      seth from sipes room 

      8 years ago

      weed should be legal i love it. idk why anyone wouldn't

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      Jerry G2 

      8 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      @1775: Fair enough, that section is updated. Next time, you might also want to check the publication date of the original page: which was many years ago when Afghanistan was virtually solely heroin and opium harvests before geo political forces changed things. Otherwise it's like calling me out on not believing the Packers are a Super Bowl team on an article written in 2003.

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      8 years ago

      i think that it should be legal with no regulations so everyone can just throw a few seeds here and there so everyone can have some it doesn't have to be a huge mega-corporation like tobacco is. everyone can grow it and smoke it i don't see any problem with that, in fact i do believe it would bring peace to the piece of crap world we live in now. not only that but its impact on the economy would be tremendous, maybe even large enough to dig us out of this hole we have created.

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      8 years ago

      Strange that you say marijuana is not grown in Afghanistan. Check your facts.

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      8 years ago

      I am all for legalizing Marijuana. Yes, it can lead to harder drugs, but so can alcohol and cigarettes. Yes, it can alter your state of mind, but nowhere near as much as you can becomed impaired while drinking. Between myself and friends, we have had all out smoke sessions and the worst thing that happens is someone spills the bong (it stinks bad)!! Or we run out of food. I have been to many parties, weed or alcohol, and 90% of the time at the alcohol party a fight will break out, things get broken, cops are called. But us pot smokers are too busy laughing at whatever we are watching and having fun to cause trouble. Pot should be legal for many reasons. The number one reason, with our economy the way it is, is money. You hear it all the time, money makes the world go round. Legalizing marijuana will greatly increase tax revenue in many states.

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      8 years ago

      I like some of your arguments. Some of them are fallacious and make hasty generalizations, but i nevertheless enjoyed reading your article.

      As for myself, I'm not sure about pot. Some days I'm all for it, other days I say no. I've never smoked.

      Nevertheless, the one argument that continues to keep me from being all for pot is that pot alters your physical state of mind. You can't take one hit and enjoy it for what it is. You can have a beer and enjoy it for what it is, you can smoke a cigarette or cigar and enjoy it for what it is without becoming addicted to either. Marijuana is not addictive, I agree, but it changes your physical state of mind immediately and thus puts you out of touch with reality. In a sense you lose your humanity when you're high because you forgot who you are and you don't always make good decisions because you're not in a state to control yourself and your actions.

      I'm not trying to be mean. In fact, I want you to convince me that marijuana is not wrong.

      So, please rebuff my last argument haha

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      bobby from scotland 

      8 years ago

      what's anybodys opion on smoking and drinking at the same time i dont drink very often but know a few joints brings me down a bit after the high of alcohol i feel much healthier with a bag of weed than with a few bottles of wine defo tho im all for it world would be alot better place then we could do it socially

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      8 years ago

      Actions speak louder than words. People for legalization, i believe, should stop the talking and stand up for it. Non-violent mass protests definitely catch more attention then a few stoners writing articles on the internet, no offense to any in rotation. If there was a powerful enough individual to lead a movement i would deffinately be alongside him an fight for what i believe in.

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      8 years ago

      Vala you have no idea what your even talking about... Its illagal to drink and drive and if Marijuana was leagalized then they would put a law on it so you cant drive while high... Just like drinking and driving its illagal are people still going to do it? yes but just think about it if there are at least 75milion people smoking weed then dont you think people are already doing it? how offten do you hear about smoking and driving on the news? or a high driver getting into a car acident? almost never... and your much safer driving high than drunk it really upsets me when people make statements on something they dont know what they are talking about in a negitive manner....

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      8 years ago

      MJ is proven to lower reaction time, so do we really want more people driving unsafe, might as well be drunk ,either way you are putting other people at risk to get that high

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      8 years ago

      I agree with with the legalizing of Marijuana. I think it'd be useful for medical use and useful for the people who just want/need to "get-away" from reality for a period of time. And if it got legalized there would be so much less police interactions and court dates and fines given out.

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      8 years ago

      i agree totally! smokin weed should be legal. it would def. help out the economy in many forms and have ppl just chillll outtt mannnn.

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      8 years ago from Chicagoland

      I whole heartedly agree with your article, and believe that legalizing and taxing marijuana could save our economy.

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      chris cody 

      8 years ago

      Even though I think that marijuana should be legalized, I’m sort of happy that prop 19 didn’t pass. I have a feeling that the demographic that doesn't smoke primarily "because it's illegal" is going to start experimenting with it, and we're constantly going to have a bunch of old a-holes crashing their cars because they don't know how much they can smoke/can't handle being high. I’d probably say only 10% of the people I know that smoke can drive normally while high, and those people have been smoking for god knows how long. I realize that even if marijuana was legalized that it'd still be illegal to drive high, but there’d still be a percentage of cars on the road that would be driven by these newbs who don't yet understand the technicalities of driving while being stoned out of your mind. For instance, a car ran over my mail box about 2 years ago. My security camera at my home recorded it so I got their license plate, and it turns out that the driver was high and claimed that it was their first time trying to drive on it (you can even see in the video that he’s smoking a joint while he’s driving. I even saved a picture… home security cam marijuana idiot). I’m sure over time that the demographic of “new” smokers will eventually know their limits and when they are not able to drive, but at the moment, I’m glad prop 19 failed because I wasn’t looking forward to buying a new mailbox.

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      8 years ago

      marijauna is only bad when u use it in skewl...

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      8 years ago

      @Ret Police Officer

      Marijuana hasn't in fact been directly related to death. Fatal accidents with drugs in aforementioned accidents has been a result of abuse of said substances. Thousands of people take Advil, Tylenol, and various other pharmaceuticals only to use them even slightly outside of prescribed usage, driving and operating heavy machinery, leading to accidents. These people who smoke weed and drive are the problem, not weed itself. Your thought process basically says "let's bring back prohibition, it will stop drunk driving." Regulating legal marijuana is the answer.

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      Ret Police Officer 

      8 years ago

      "Has no known relation directly to death". Hmmm lets talk about that for a minute. As a retired Police Officer and Accident Reconstructionist I have personnly investigated and have been invloved in over 1500 Fatal Accidents all involving Alcohol and Drugs. Of these collisions, (mind u 100% is alcohol and drug related) 67% of suspects had nacotics in the blood stream. Of these 1500 death related collisions, 43% were directly related to Marijuana only. Meaning Marijuana was the only substance in the blood stream. My Law Enforcement career was close to the Mexico Border. I have had the disturbing and painfull task of notifying thousands of family members of the passing of their loved ones. Marijuana is like any other narcotic it impairs ones ability to function with the proper motor skills. I tell you what, I am still an active accident reconstructionist, the next time I have to tell a father or mother that their son or daughter is dead because of an impaired driver "just on marijuana" killed them you can come along with me and tell them yourself.

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      8 years ago

      I think we (The US), should just do what Amsterdam does. Open up specialty shops with marijuana availiable, and all that's required is that you be atleast 18 years of age, and have an ID. Why can't the government and politicians realize all the benefits of legalization? Even GLENN BECK thinks we should, for crying aloud.

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      8 years ago

      Just a couple of points regarding Marijuana legalization;

      Medical News Today has just posted results of a study that found Marijuana use triggers immune cell responses that cause cancer. How many people are unknowingly using to relieve pain caused by cancer... and shortening their own lives?

      Costs associated with legalization of MJ are 7 - 9 times higher that the revenue expected to be raised by taxing.

      Are those in favor of legalization (I'm not) ok with the birth defects associated with drug use?

      Studies also show smoking 5 joints a week is the equivalent of smoking 1 pack of cigarettes a day. Maybe users should re-evaluate the "benefits" of Marijuana.

      Everyone likes to point to alcohol use to justify drug use. So pointing to one bad habit justifies another?

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      College kat 

      8 years ago

      I used to be heavily against marijuana , due to the fact it was the way I was raised. " Marijuana is a terrible drug; it's evil; it makes you stupid; it rots your brain; smokers don't do anything with their Life's." I started changing my mind when I began to see lawyers, bankers, teachers, burning a joint after an honest day's worth of work. Hell, I'm in college right now and my grades are B's and A's. I prefer marijuana over alcohol. Peace!

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      8 years ago

      I personally do not think it should not be legalized. The penalties for Marijuana possession should be minimal. It should be just like a traffic ticket and should not show up on your record.

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      8 years ago

      I think they really should legalize it. The problem is the big corporations who are hindering this from happening (e.g. tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical companies). I really feel bad for the people who went to jail because of a plant. I also want this legalized for the sake of cancer patients.

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      Rachael D11 

      8 years ago

      This is really thought out well. Everything I hear on here sounds so true. It is not as bad as people claim. I say we legalize it.

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      Jerry G2 

      8 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Appreciate the comments. With a topic like this, you're never going to be able to come to a solid conclusion with everyone. There are still people who insist Prohibition worked despite the fact that history shows it as nothing short of a complete and utter disaster that gave birth to the modern mafia.

      I appreciate your comments sophie, but I have to disagree with your conclusions as they seem to be assumptions not based in fact. You say cut off the money and a person gets violent, but history shows the greatest violence comes with fighting over money from illegal commodities. Besides it's not "stealing their money," it's cutting off the cash flow. Huge difference. I didn't see phone companies blowing up buildings when the Internet went to Wi-Fi and DSL. Also, "does our economy really need a bunch of stoned people walking around" - studies suggest over 1/3 of Americans engage regularly, so they already do it in moderation, or they are the types who weren't working anyway and not getting unemployment. Finally, your statement "for those who already smoke prices will skyrocket" is just plain wrong. Much higher supply without having to have 6 middle men to smuggle it into the country and risk law enforcement means much higher supply, which equals lower prices because it's more plentiful. One dealer doesn't get to set the prices for an entire area. Again, these aren't hypotheticals: nations that have gone from having pot illegal to making it legal but supervised have been through these changes and in general their economies are in better shape than the U.S., more structurally sound, and have none of the drug violence.

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      8 years ago

      Each argument 4 is well thought out but think about this. What happens when u take money away from drug lords? You all say it will end the drug war but if u cut off a persons money supply their going to get violent. Plus why do we need another reason for Americans to get a buzz. I think we have enough substances already that attribute to that. All legalizing is going to do is give us another way to get a legal buzz. For those who already smoke it prices are gonna skyrocket for them... Does our economy really need a bunch of stoned people walking around?

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      8 years ago

      Though I agree it should be legalized for the above mentioned reasons I just feel there's been an over generalization of those people who drink alcohol in your argument which to me is a bit hypocritical. Since yes it's annoying and unfair how people who are anti-legalization, stereotype "pot heads" as drop outs that do nothing for society and the same can be said about alcoholics. But this just means that both sides are guilty of ignoring the vast majority of people who are responsible users of pot and/or alcohol. Also I noticed that no stats are kept for accidents as a result of being under the influence of pot, which does happen, so I'm a little impartial to say to hold off until we find ways to detect the amount of THC that's affecting a person on the spot before legalizing it. Not to be a dick or anything, just that if a douche t-bones me downtown because they were high out of his mind I want him to be just as accountable as if he was drunk out of their mind.

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      8 years ago

      So ... how many of you were high while on here?

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      8 years ago

      Prohibitionism is a shame and a waste.

      We should all get more involved and inform the uninformed or uninterested on this issue which is not only a "drugs" issue, but also a civil rights and an economy issue.

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      8 years ago

      ok i been skomking marry jane since i was 12 im 21 nowl live a good life i graduat from high school now im about 2 go 2 callege

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      8 years ago

      weed should be legal, its amazzzziiinnnngggg!!!!!!!!!!

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      Weedy McWeedpants 

      8 years ago

      Has anyone even noticed that the above video is credited to Bob Marley. Holy $#!& people! That is Peter Tosh! OMFG!

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      9 years ago

      smokem guys its mellow stuff..Stops spousal abuse,not like alcohol...Drunks will bust up an apartment,pot heads will take care of property because it does not mess your mind and body like alcohol,meth,crack.Pa its time to get with it you redneck poloticians...We enjoy relaxing with a good high just like you drunks,except we like to be able to stay in a good state of mind and not a drunken violent way.

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      9 years ago

      If we vote no on PROP 19 all of the users of Marijuana will obtain medical marijuana recommendation cards and will use the product anyway. If that happens it will continue to support illegal growing and importing of marijuana and there will be no conrol or taxes generated from its use.

      Please understand 1 thing, Pot is sold at every street corner now, if prop 19 is approved Marijuana will be completely controlled and handled in a safer manner including quality control, prices will be more realistic and in turn the illegal importing will cease to exist.

      The Dispenseries have spent money to setup the medical marijuana collectives therefore they have everything to lose if Prop 19 is approved, Remove all the scammers and peddlers vote yes and allow the state to protect the minors and keep some cash in this country for our future.

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      17 and enlightend 

      9 years ago

      This is just the site i was looking for!!! thank you so much for this helpful argument! i live with a super christian foster family and your views help me out to an exponetial level! I plan on speaking at a legalize pot rally later this year and i needed more arguments for my speech and with hope the government can see how benificial this wonderful plant is! Its all natural, its non-addictive, its never fatal, and everything thats worse is legal!!! So lets hear it for what the world needs....LEGALIZE WEED!!

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      9 years ago from California,Yuba City

      I agree that it should be like any other law as far as age restrictions go. I never understood how alchohol was legal but marijuana isn't. I think marijuana WOULD reduce deaths, promote peace, improve our debt(esp cali), and put an end to senseless arrests and discriminations. How many times have i seen someone put down or being arested or even judged for marijuana while they allow alchohol to remain legal, KNOWING how many lifes it kills compared to marijuana. Think of how many alchoholics that may be able to use marijuana as a substitute but are swayed from it because it is illegal? Seriously? LEGALIZE IT ALREADY!!

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      john from nc 

      9 years ago

      im 43 yrs old...been smokin it for longer than i haven't ....all i know is the ONLY bad thing in my life that has come from that ive lost a couple of good jobs due to it bein illeagle....other than that my wife and i have raised 2 beautiful children....btw...they were both in the top of their classes...i own a very nice home and 4 cars...have some money in the bank and we are both very productive community mambers....sooo......the govt can do what they want...ill be smokin till im dead....thanks for the article...dead on!

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      9 years ago from Lexington, Kentucky

      Great Hub! The problem with legalization of marijuana is that it is a drug that not only relaxes its users and makes them feel happy but it also expands consciousness, encourages free thought. The current power institutions that are in control of most of the world, find it in their best interest to keep societies functioning within a set limit of thought and feeling.

      What marijuana does (along with LSD and mushrooms, for instance) is it complete destroys those limits and sets your mind down, right here in the moment.

      Instead of worrying, feeling stressed and more apt to spend money on useless bull, you are contented, creative, passive and completely satisfied. You are less likely to give your energy and time to anything but yourself and where you are in that moment.

      Alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine (cigs) do the exact opposite. Alcohol constricts your perception, cafeeine sends your energy in every direction and nicotine keeps your mind focused on your next "fix." Unfortunately, as you so clearly pointed out, many people have been clinging to false beliefs; for fear of being "wrong" or having to admit that something that defines them, is actually based on nothing but lies and misinformation.

      Yet, the tipping point has arrived. This Novemeber, everything could (and I believe will) change. With complete legalization on the ballot for the first time in California, (and just in time for their economy) we are about to see a new dawn of law making based on logic and practicality rather than deception and greed.

      Peace and Love,


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      Zed Millar 

      9 years ago

      I was born and raised in Florida, my father had a huge zip-lock bag filled with weed, like a huge 2-3 brick size block of some kind of foul smelling weed. I never touched it, never took any of it, and he never smoked it in front of me. He distributed it to his friend as a "local dealer", while his "friend" who came by to give him some "stuff" was obviously his supplier/distributer. I never really got the big deal about it. I didn't once try any drugs until i was 19, I tried tobacco for the first time, and when I was 22, I tried marijuana.

      I had smoked marijuana, between 19-22, around 2-3 times, not getting high any of those times, and with more than a year between the times i tried it, and at 22-23, I got out of the Marines and still didn't really care to try it much. I flirted with it a little bit, and didn't enjoy it much, I found myself in dangerous situations, but that was mostly the individuals I was associating/aquiring the weed from. I remember my father always telling me "I would prefer you not to smoke/drink, but if ever you wish to do them, come to me... I know you'll do it anyways, so I'd rather you do it and be safe" ... My father basically supplied me with an occasional joint once a month or so I felt like smoking. Honestly, i felt closer to him than I felt in my life due to the fact that he wanted me safe more than he wanted to control me, though still preferred me clean.

      The only down side I've had from weed was about 3 weeks ago, my being unemployed and my sense of worthlessness, and the fact that I've never really let myself indulge in any substance (other than morbid alcoholism in the military which I have kicked the habit, drinking on a once a week to once a month or longer period, it's not really habitual) I decided, "hey, fuck it, I'm going to indulge." I smoked, and smoked, and smoked... I got trashed, blazed, roasted, toasted, whatever you call it, I felt it... all day, every day, for about two weeks. Of course, there were somedays where I didn't smoke but once in that time, and some that I didn't smoke at all, but most of the two weeks was seeing how high I could really get... to be honest, it was an extremely fun time, but I didn't enjoy it like i used to.

      I know now that i was using it for an escape from my problems, as a temp fix to help me forget them, if for a while. I am now employed, have been clean for a week, and know that I will recreationally use marijuana as I had before, for fun, for relaxation, but not for some sort of escape or masculinity contest to see how trashed I can get. Don't get me wrong though, I will from time to time, set aside a period to get roasted, but isn't that what habitual alcoholics do with their weekend bar hopping? Once in a while indulging more than normal isn't such a bad thing, so long as it doesn't control you.

      But as a closing statement, even with all my experience with it, i never felt "compelled" to smoke pot, obligated, irritated if I didn't, itch for pot, like I do for nicotine, or for alcohol (after a long day at the office). Nicotine is more addicting than heroine, and marijuana was only capable of causing an emotional/mental affiliation/attachment to, not a "need/addiction" to.

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      9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I totally agree with you that marijuana should be legalized. For one thing, it is less harmful than alcohol, and as you have so effectively pointed out, it has many potential benefits. And for another thing, just the simple fact that most of the information regarding marijuana has actually been MIS-information.

      Why can't people be open to accepting what the truth really is instead of holding fast to what they've been brainwashed with? It's frustrating.

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      9 years ago from Holland

      Well, as a Dutch person, I have to say that we have done pretty good for ourselves, even though marijuana has been legal for as long as I have known what it even was.

      I've done it myself a lot, and I turned out fine as well. There's really no harm. I don't really do it anymore, and you know what? I've never really had any craving after I made that decision. I only really quit because I just lost interest.

      Alcohol (which is actually a hard-drug) is a helluva lot more dangerous, that's for sure.

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      Smoke it 

      9 years ago

      @fran.. i've read the article from your posted link.. it said about Anxiety & Paranoid Feelings When High, anti-social,avoid talking dad and etc. This is all because currently it is illegal. What if its legal? Please think.

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      9 years ago

      If President Jefferson (who drafted the Declaration), and President Madison (who played a primary role in writing the Constitution)were smoking pot, I don't see why we shouldn't be able to... The only reason marijuana started being viewed as "un-American" is because after the Mexican Revolution, the Mexicans started coming here, and brought marijuana with them for recreational use (at this time, these indviduals coming here, and brining their recreational pot was fine with the American man). Then, the Great Depression hit... The American man felt threatened by the Mexican man, and his recreational pot, and that is how the hatred for Mexicans, and pot began...

      If you are going to say "pot is bad" look at the accomplishments by President Washington, Monroe, A. Jackson, Taylor, Pierce, and Lincoln (who all smoked weed), and tell me that people cannot go about their daily activities if they smoke pot. If you think pot kills, look at President Monroe who began smoking weed while he was the ambassador of France and continued using it until he was 73 (so that was about 40 years). President Monroe died of a bacterial infection, not lung cancer. I don't even smoke weed, and I managed to "look at the big picture"-those of you who think marijuana should not be legalized should do your research.

      This great country that you live in, was colonized because of the cultivatioin and utilization of weed. These people who scream "WE HAVE RIGHTS, I DON'T WANT TO SMELL WEED SMOKE"... The individuals that gave you that right, were weed smokers, the document(s) that gives you that right, was created by--yes, that is right--"weed smokers"... How about that for some FYI... :)

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      9 years ago

      I'm totally against legalization of marijuana, I don't care what you'll think of me either. If you want to know why, here's why...

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      Jerry G2 

      9 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Thanks for all the comments once again, guys. Lizzie, appreciate the props. For all proper necessity and everything else, I will say that in my personal opinion, you probably shouldn't be smoking daily at 17, but all of us have to make our own decisions independently and act or accept consequences accordingly. I don't have an exact answer for whether I think legalized marijuana should be an 18 or 21 thing, but I'm leaning towards an 18 or even an 18 out of high school. If you're old enough to get drafted, or die overseas for your country, you should be able to drink and smoke a little bowl. Otherwise, I really appreciate everyone's feedback and it's really cool seeing the wide range of comments, backgrounds, and thoughts behind this topic.

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      9 years ago from Portland, OR

      I'm 17 & I smoke weed on a very regular basis. I really enjoyed reading all the information in this hub. Its not just some idiot saying we should legalize pot cuz "it's good stuff." It IS good stuff, but theres numbers backing up every argument for marijuana's legalization. Everybody knows, our economy is in the shitter. You all remember the '08 gas prices. People should be that high, not the price of fuel. (:

      Legalizing pot, regulating it, & growing it in America is the most brilliant idea I can think of. Buying weed would put money into the gov't which would jump start the economy again, & we all know we get hungry as hell when we're high, & we wanna rush to the nearest store to get munchies. Yes, buying food puts money into businesses. It's fool proof, really it is.

      & to all the people out there saying that pot is "bad"; yeah its bad... Badass! Pot smokers aren't mean people, we don't want to hurt people; all we wanna do is sit back toke a bowl... or more.. ;) & relax. Smoking weed doesn't impair your ability to function like alcohol. It doesn't keep you up for days like meth. It relaxes you, takes pain away, & feels damn good!

      Why don't you nonbelievers sit down, shut your mouth, take a fat bong rip....& another one, & see if that don't change your mind a little bit.

      "Theres a chemical in weed called 'fuck-it.'" --- Katt Williams.

      Oh, & @Jerry G2 thank you so much for putting this information out there for people to read! It's accurate & well thought out. Props! (:

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      9 years ago

      When are we going to wake up and legalize hemp? From cloths to paper to clean burning fuel. I don't smoke it but would fully support having it legal and regulated. I for one am NOT looking to get high I want a better country that does not have to live in lies and mistruths of the Government at the present time.

    • Jerry G2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jerry G2 

      9 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Thanks, Lynda! Glad you liked it, and always appreciate the link love.

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      Lynda Gary 

      9 years ago

      Fantastic info! Linking to it on my article:

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      Jerry G2 

      9 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      @az2 & mz3 (obviously the same person): at least take the time to read the hub or back up your arguments with facts rather than the same old propaganda arguments that basically boil down to "it's dangerous because of these numbers I made up and I say so." You say it's dangerous after admitting that people don't die from it, and then you say it's killing thousands of people, which is just outright untrue. You're going to have to make a better argument against Marijuana decriminalization other than 200 "!" marks.

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      9 years ago

      it doesn't matter if people dont die from marijuana it is still a dangerous drug. STOP THIS DANGEROUS DRUG SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      9 years ago

      you should make marijuana an illegal thing cause it is killing thousands of people ever year. STOP MARIJUANA NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jerry G2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jerry G2 

      9 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Newest counter argument received via message "U R an idiot and your beard looks like pubes." I can't help but think it's that kind of stunning intellectual discourse that has our country and society in general heading in the direction it is today.

      Thanks to everybody else for the great comments and discussions.

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      9 years ago from Colorado

      From any purely intellectual standpoint, there is no substantial reason for why marijuana should not be legalized. I no longer use the substance myself, but its criminalization is an infringement of personal freedom. There are multiple arguments for this cause, not the least of which is the amount of money the government would save by exterminating its extensive war on marijuana. The DEA could use its resources more effectively to target real, socially harmful drug use, and jails would free up space and resources for more dangerous criminals than weekend stoners. Levying a tax on cannabis products would also earn huge government revenues, helping to reverse the current economic deficit. But apart from these many logical considerations, I want to focus on marijuana versus alcohol. The rationale is simple: if alcohol can be legally and responsibly consumed, marijuana should be considered to be so as well.

      First, alcohol is a major cause of domestic violence. Alcohol often makes the user belligerent, where as marijuana is a mellowing substance. If a drug like alcohol, which results in spousal and child abuse in multiple occasions, is allowed to be purchased legally, there is no reason cannabis should not be. Marijuana smoking causes much less drastic behavior, and doesn’t lead to belligerence when used in excess.

      Some people argue that it is a health issue, yet the long-term effects of alcohol and cigarettes have both been shown to be more detrimental than those of marijuana. Liver sclerosis and brain damage are frequent consequences of excessive alcohol use, and cigarette smoke is much more cancerous and damaging to the lungs than marijuana smoke, yet both alcohol and cigarettes remain legal while marijuana is outlawed. Alcohol and cigarettes are also both physically addictive, while marijuana presents its user with no withdrawal symptoms. Lastly, one can DIE of alcohol poisoning, while it is impossible to overdose on marijuana.

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      9 years ago

      I think that everyone posting comments may just be to high to start a flame war, thank god. I've heard people fighting over this issue way to much! Amazing article jerry

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      B. Jones 

      9 years ago

      This hub doesn't have enough representative sample of those with other opinions and ideas afa pot legalization.

      So all you tokers know, if compared against alcohol, most would probably like to see alcohol made illegal vs. legalizing pot. Controls for the sale of alcohol and the relative size of the use container (can, bottle) make it easier to monitor for those underage or trying to sneak it at work. How are you going to control the distribution of a roach, or growth and use by minors? Ten year olds aren't building stills.

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for the well researched information and facts that people are able to interpret for themselves.

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      9 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      People NEED to stop writing Hubs on how cool POT is!

      That makes the Demand go UP!

      Demand always increases PRICE!

      I can barely afford it NOW!

      If y'all keep this up,I'm gonna have to cut down on toking up.

      YOU would be responsible for that!

      Please have pity...

      Or at least turn me on to a "J" once in a while lolol

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      9 years ago

      Wow, thank you Jerry G2 for providing a rational hub on marijuana. I recently found out about this site while looking for new baking recipes and natural health hubs and when I finally stumbled on marijuana I found MANY of the articles to be anti-marijuana, which is fine because it isn't for everyone, but what was disturbing was that all of these anti-marijuana articles were based on informatio.... I mean PROPAGANDA that was being released in the 60s-70s. I just find it so hard to believe that they stigma of "reefer madness" has held firm for so long. I'm not asking everyone to start smoking weed everyday (save some for those of us who actually enjoy it!) but I do ask everyone to open up their minds. They seem to have no moral reservations of popping the six different pills a day you've been prescribed.

      Marijuana is my anti-depressant!


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