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Marijuana Prohibition?

  1. figment profile image80
    figmentposted 7 years ago

    Do you agree or disagree with legalizing marijuana.  Why... why not?

    1. Castlepaloma profile image74
      Castlepalomaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I wrote a hub on legalizing marijuana it was ban on the Hub pages. I guess it's because it's illlegal in every country in the world.

      The punishment is far worst then the crime, I think the insanity is slowing down

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        Home Girlposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Do not see principal difference between smoking marijuana and drinking coffee. They both are stimulants, as any stimulants they are not good for you in the long run. Only coffee smells divine and m. stinks like a skunk that's it. I do not use both and in Canada m. is illegal, but lots of people still use it. Personally I think m. should be legal for reasons like: people like me are not going to use it, no way. Lots of drug dealers will have less profits. Really ill people who claim that it helps, will be having easy access to it.
        it should be illegal to put chemicals and sugar into all, yes ALL our foods. We have natural preservatives like jalapeno pepper, yes, it's more expensive, but we'll have less people who are sick and cannot support themselves. I hope it's coming.

        1. Pandoras Box profile image67
          Pandoras Boxposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Jalapeno peppers eh? That's interesting.

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            Home Girlposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Yes.  Some Asian food producers do that. And personally if I put some jalapeno in my soup or stew I do not have to worry if I left it on a table instead of fridge for a day. I will come home and eat it still fresh. Jalapeno is an amazing product. And you do not have to eat seeds they are way too hot. Just a little of it goes long way.  I love it.

    2. zduckman profile image60
      zduckmanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It is time to legalize this harmless weed. Nobody has EVER died from marijuana use...granted my worst drug experience was eating to many pot brownies...NOT GOOD!
      This could turn our ...and every economy around almost overnight. I believe the real reason pot is illegal is so that hemp can be kept illegal. hemp is the most useful plant on the planet and can be made into 25,000 different products.
      I wrote a couple Hubs about it.


  2. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 7 years ago

    Marijuana was demonized so that Hemp a cousin, one of the greatest resources on the planet, could be prohibited, by the paper companies and no doubt the oil industry.

    1. zduckman profile image60
      zduckmanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You are correct sir!!!
      Actually it was the William Randolph Hearst( a newspaper magnate) and Du Pont
      Du Pont had just invented Nylon ...and the process of making paper from trees.....previously all paper was made from hemp!!! You could recycle hemp clothing and textiles into paper. Hearst owned many newspapers and thousands of acres of forest, and wanted to make his newspapers from paper made out of the trees on his land
      greed greed greed

  3. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 7 years ago

    California had a proposition to legalize marijuana not long ago. Lost of course. You would not have heard this in the media, but Mexico's president pleaded for its passage to stop some Mexico's horrific drug violence.

    1. figment profile image80
      figmentposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Texas can be fully blamed now for marijuana border wars... it is the non medicinal marijuana  state that has not legalized marijuana for medical purposes... increasing TX border drug trafficing.

    2. Pandoras Box profile image67
      Pandoras Boxposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You know, that's one of the things that piss me off. THERE ARE SOLUTIONS!!!

      I'm sorry, I wasn't yelling at you, just voicing my frustration. And it's like that with everything. The solutions are there, the public awareness isn't. No public will, the politicians can get away with anything.

  4. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    not only marijuana, but all herbs have been demonized - partly by the synthetic drug makers who have a very good billion dollar deal going for them - if people learn a little and grow their own herbs of all kinds we'd be much better off.  Hey, we can do that!  Screw their rules and use good judgment - don't overdo it kids! and remember not to drive while you're smokin'!  once they figure how to make a bundle like they did off tobacco - well you know where that's going!

    1. Castlepaloma profile image74
      Castlepalomaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Marijuana is America’s no.1 farm cash crop and USA has 25% of the prison in the world. If you’re in jail for weed, it likely you will learn a worst crime trade when you come out.

  5. Evan G Rogers profile image76
    Evan G Rogersposted 7 years ago

    Once again: liberty is easy to explain, and tyranny requires twisted tongues and vile deception. Making any peaceful activity illegal is nothing short of tyranny.

    Reasons to keep drugs legal:

    1) Why the hell not? If I wanna smoke pot, then let me. Who cares?

    2) Horrible drugs like crack, exctasy, and meth are simply attempts to produce a high for a cheap cost. If weed were legal, it would be much less cost effective for people to blow themselves in meth labs.

    3) By making drugs illegal, all we do is give bad people a chance to make massive amounts of money. When an entire industry is illegal, what kind of entrepreneurs are attracted to the business? Those that follow rules, or those that are willing to disobey them?

    4) Making the drugs illegal raises their cost of production. Thus it costs more to enjoy the material. Thus those that wish to get high / are already addicted need to spend MORE money and waste MORE wealth to pay for their drug. Thus crime is more likely to offshoot.

    5) Why the hell am I paying police to go around telling you not to roll up grass into a paper and light it on fire? really? That's not really worth money to me.

    ... I could go on for days.

    For a more thorough account of why making peaceful things illegal is stupid, check out "Economics of Prohibition".

    1. zduckman profile image60
      zduckmanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      FYI meth was created by the Japanese for their kamakazi pilots, and was later used by the Nazi army. Nobody could understand how the Nazis could cover such a great amount of territory in such a short time frame....THEY DIDN"T SLEEP.... they were spun out of their minds.

      Most hard drugs were created for other uses.
      Heroin is actually a Bayer trademark
      Ketamine and pcp are animal tranqualizers

      and yes...pot should be legal...but until the big pharm companies can profit from it...it won't be...sad but true

      1. Jeff Berndt profile image86
        Jeff Berndtposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        "FYI meth was created by the Japanese for their kamakazi pilots, and was later used by the Nazi army. "

        I think your timeline might be a bit off...the first Kamikaze attack occurred on October 25, 1944, by which time the Germans were on their last legs. There was plenty of fighting left to go, but the Nazis weren't taking any new territory by any stretch of the imagination.

        You got any sources for this information?

  6. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 7 years ago

    Read yesterday think the DEA funds themselves you know their jobs by confiscation and auctioning property. Kind of like the middle ages where accuse someone of being witch and confiscate their property or throw the Japanese in camps with two weeks to sell their property.

  7. Onusonus profile image80
    Onusonusposted 7 years ago

    We need to advance as a socioty, not become a bunch of dope smoking retards.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image74
      Castlepalomaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Which one of these substance is not deadly

      A. Alcohol
      B. Cigarette.
      C. Marijuana

      Are you ratarded if you make yourself dead?

      1. figment profile image80
        figmentposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        so true

      2. zduckman profile image60
        zduckmanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        alcohol= 500,000 deaths per year
        tobacco = 500,00 deaths per year
        all illegal drugs combined = 2,000 deaths per year
        marijuana = no deaths ever reported

        this is in the U.S.

    2. Jeff Berndt profile image86
      Jeff Berndtposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hey, if someone wants to dope himself stupid, he's welcome. It's not as though he's making me smoke the stuff.

    3. figment profile image80
      figmentposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      So are you calling some of the founding father's of this country a bunch of "dope smoking retards".  Do your research Onusonus

  8. kerryg profile image88
    kerrygposted 7 years ago

    The smell of pot smoke gives me a violent headache, so I'd prefer that public use be restricted like tobacco is in most of the US these days, but I think it's stupid that pot itself is illegal. Making hemp illegal was beyond stupid to the point of insanity - the stuff is one of the easiest to grow and most useful plants on the planet.

    Unfortunately, the for-profit prison industry is not going to give up its cash cow without a fight, so the stupidity will probably continue for the foreseeable future. roll

    1. prettydarkhorse profile image63
      prettydarkhorseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it gives me headache too. I grew up in a place where we plant these things for medicinal use. My parents let us water it, take care of it, our neighbors do that too. We live in a valley overlooking mountains and every people plant it for their own use. It is considered medicinal plant for us. Some may abuse it, but for local people, they treat it as just another plant. It should be legal really. We call it "maryjane".

  9. Greek One profile image73
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    My body is a temple, and hence I do not use recreational drugs

    But if it was legal, I would add a related Amazon link on my hubs and profit as a e-commerce drug load

  10. Pandoras Box profile image67
    Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago

    Onus, once it's legal it won't be cool anymore.

    Imagine it was ooh... fast food! Same diff, makes ya feel good, harms noone but yourself (equal level of truth there for both).

    Then you would be saying the govt. needs to stop telling people what to do, right? I mean sure they'll get fat, high cholestrol, more diabetes and heart attacks the public has to help pay for, less productivity, etc etc. Same diff.

    So. Let's say they're the same. Do you want the govt. spending billions of our hard-earned tax dollars on eradicating it? Do you want all the french fry smugglers to be put in jail where we have to pay for their upkeep at the same time we're paying welfare to their family who has lost their provider?

    Yes, pot-smoking -- much like walking down the street -- can be detrimental to your personal health and well-being. But no more so than french fry eating. Additionally, even if you get rid of all the golden arches, the fry fetish will merely move underground. Then the Irish will start forming gangs, they'll have to build a wall around Edinburgh, the price of potatoes would get ridiculous and vegetable oil would become the new black gold.

    Is that really what you want to happen, Onusonus?

    Let it go, man, the end isn't worth the means. What we'd gain (which can only be what we have now) isn't worth the monetary or human price.

  11. figment profile image80
    figmentposted 6 years ago

    There's revolution happening here.


    1. DSCR626 profile image57
      DSCR626posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yes........isn't it strange how history repeats itself.  Prohibition now same thing with nature's plant.

      The problem is that the government hasn't figured out how benefit from making marijuana legal even tho it has been considered a remedy for several health issues.  Researchers have  found a reason the cocaine plants to be used for medicinal treatments.

      Sooner or later, someone will come up with an answer how to get legalization done.  Wait and see

  12. mikelong profile image70
    mikelongposted 6 years ago

    Marijuana has always been popular....all criminalization did was turn it into a "problem"...

    Now..if one looks at the timeline for criminalization..one will see that several things lined up...

    1) Angry out of work Americans resulted in a backlash against Mexican Americans...including the illegal deportation of legal American citizens of Mexican descent....all of this during the Great Depression...

    How did the government help "loosen" the minds of "white" Americans to enable them to pull off unConstitutional acts like this?  "Those dangerous Mexicans smoke the marijuana and they get violent and rape women.."


    2) The Mellon family (in league with William Randolph Hearst), deeply invested in the paper from trees business Dupont had cornered also had one of their boys in office...Andrew Mellon...who was the Secretary of the Treasury...

    It would be his actions...using familial connections as well, that would lead to making marijuana illegal..and the creation of what would become today's DEA...

    Of course..there is much more...and of course, the proof of the pudding is that they made all hemp illegal...not just the stuff you could smoke...

    Try smoking hemp buds sometime...I wouldn't recommend it...

    They could care less about "intoxication"....it is business...

    I know that there are those who fear the whole "gateway drug" imagery...but in my opinion its all garbage...

    The gateway drug is the person who lacks self-control, guidance, or self-preservation skills...

    If weed is a gateway drug, then alcohol, cigarettes and even coffee and sugar are even more so.

    "Drugs".....it all depends on who is making the "legalization" rules...

    I think, personally, that sugar is far more dangerous than weed...alcohol is far more dangerous....

    Additionally, I know enough potheads who never move on to any other substance (including cigarettes and alcohol) to realize that weed itself does not open anything....it is the person him or herself...and poor decision making...