Would you vote to Legalize Recreational or Medical Marijuana?

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  1. ThompsonPen profile image64
    ThompsonPenposted 9 years ago

    Would you vote to Legalize Recreational or Medical Marijuana?

    WIth Washington DC and Oregon having just legalized recreational marijuana, where do you stand? Surely the rest of the country is soon to follow.

  2. peeples profile image90
    peeplesposted 9 years ago

    Yes. I would run to the polls to vote YES! It is idiotic that this is still an issue. It's a plant! It's also a safer treatment for many illnesses than the medication currently being given. It has its downfalls but the positives far outweigh them!

    1. ThompsonPen profile image64
      ThompsonPenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I'm there with you. I live in Washington state, and the biggest problem I've seen with the recreational is that the Liquor Control Board has stepped in and begun dictating medical, which 502 has nothing to do with.

    2. Robert the Bruce profile image59
      Robert the Bruceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Right, it's a plant for goodness sake! Just think of the money that will be saved not having to lock up people who use it. Yes, it will still be abused by some, but that's part of having freedom. I don't plan on using it though.

  3. handymanbill profile image76
    handymanbillposted 9 years ago

    Tax it high and Legalize it. ( I am not a user). 1. The amount of money that can be made on taxes would be well worth it. 2. Decriminalize a drug that a great many people use. The amount of Marijuana that is being sold and used makes a lot of money for criminal enterprises. The amount of money the U.S. government spends on the "War on Drugs", Is  throwing more money down the drain. Think back in the day of prohibition, where so many people made money on boot legged Whiskey. They made it legal and shut a lot of illegal enterprises down.

    1. ThompsonPen profile image64
      ThompsonPenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      exactly! In Washington state it is getting taxed high for the moment, but I think it'll go down eventually, and be less strict eventually as well. I am also not a user (except on an extremely blue moon)

  4. M. T. Dremer profile image83
    M. T. Dremerposted 9 years ago

    I live in a state that has medical marijuana and, if recreational marijuana were to come back to the ballot (it failed a few years ago) I would vote to legalize it. There is enough research to suggest it is safer than alcohol, and with the right regulation and taxation, it could be beneficial to people who don't use it at all. The benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

  5. Morgaren profile image67
    Morgarenposted 9 years ago

    I would vote to legalize marijuana, from its medicinal use, ability to produce more paper than trees, ability to be used as a fuel, and just so freaking great as a recreational activity, I don't understand why it's illegal. Well I understand why, what I don't get is why it took over a decade of the information age before people started to wake up to something they all already knew. How many adults from the 70's seriously thought pot was worse than alcohol?

  6. LandmarkWealth profile image66
    LandmarkWealthposted 9 years ago

    I would.  But not because I believe it is a good thing to use recreationally.  In fact we know it is extremely bad for you.  It's shown to permanently alter the human brain function in young people who use it even in a nominal amount in a recent Harvard study.  However, that doesn't change the fact that people are going to do it any way.  Tobacco is also bad for you, and so is alcohol when not used in proper moderation.  Yet we haven't made it illegal for people who are dumb enough to poison themselves with cigarettes.   

    People make poor decisions.  That's part of being free.  If you drive under the influence and injure someone, there would still be consequences.  If your employer finds that you came to work under the influence, they could also still hold you accountable.  My issue is the large number of law enforcement resources we waste trying to chase after people who sell it.  If there is demand for a product, someone will provide it no matter what.  The best way to prevent people from using things that are harmful is by educating them...and some will always be foolish enough to still do it.

    In fact I would legalize all drugs...on one condition.   Don't ask the average John Doe citizen to pay for your rehabilitation via gov't funded programs or higher private insurance premiums for people who now claim they have a disease because they've burnt out their brain cells or become chemically addicted.  If you're willing to poison yourself...don't make it my responsibility to pay for your stupidity.  This cost of this type of treatment should not be shared by people with enough common sense not to poison themselves.  There are enough kids in places like St. Judes hospital with real diseases that never had a choice.  They need our help...not someone who chooses to voluntarily destroy themselves at a slower pace.


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