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Dayton is wrong to oppose legalization. The misguided "war on drugs" is ending, first in Colorado and Washington. Minnesotans deserve the same freedom.
I can't imagine any rational arguments against it. The entrenched police, prison and prosecutor industries will have to find productive work to do.
Politicans are not competent to diagnose cancer and they are also not competent to develop treatment plans for cancer. Marijuana can benefit cancer patients suffering from nausea and lack of appetite due to chemotherapy. Let doctors and patients make treatment decisions and get the politicians out of the process.
I must say Thank You governor for you stance on this issue. I'm usually at odds with you on your views, but on this one, you have earned my respect.
The drug war has failed miserably. As far as marijuana goes, it should be legalized, taxed and regulated. This will put money into the state coffers instead of the criminal enterprise and will also save the taxpayers money on prosecution and incarceration costs. This would also stop the demand for synthetic pot which is much more harmful to the human body. This also makes a bold statement to our out of control and over invasive Federal government while exercising states rights as defined in the constitution. I would also stress that even while legal, employers would still have the right to drug test and possibly deny employment to those that fail their standards so I believe that would keep this from becoming a problem. As for driving, we already have laws that relate to inattentive, impaired, and reckless driving so even if a roadside test is not available, there are ways to keep this from becoming a problem.
Yes I would guess the Tribune is pro prohibition. Some people have got the refer madness zombie disease bad. lol There is no stopping legalization now though if the feds don't sue. It doesn't look like Obama is in any hurry to say anything about it. :)
2011 Minnesota BCA Crime Book reports 17,729 narcotic-related arrests of which 12,043 (68%) were marijuana-related and the majority of marijuana arrests are for possession. Minnesota also arrests blacks at a rate 3.3x greater than whites. Gee, I wonder why law enforcement would be against legalization. The costs and devastation caused by marijuana prohibition is far greater than marijuana itself!
Not if the Strib continues to bury and editorialize by editing, arrow004. Isn't it funny how quick this story fell of the front page.
Notice how much people are talking about this now and well it's beginning. Just going to be front page stuff for a very long time to come. Could cost him a re-election?
Folks, you know you're talking to a misinformed (and increasingly, in the minority) individual when you hear the tired and cliche "We don't need another drug around" response. We live in Minnesota. Home of Medtronic. Their number one goal is to alleviate pain (look it up, it's on their website). Don't anyone EVER ask why MJ, medical or otherwise, remains illegal in MN. Yeah, we don't need another drug around, do we Mr. Dayton. The tri-fecta of death and destruction we promote now (alcohol, tobacco, big pharma) are killing enough people on their own, they don't need any help from MJ, do they. The tide is changing folks, like it or not. It's inevitably going to be legal. Deal.
Just so people don't get confused, marijuana users CAN and DO become physically addicted to the drug, but that does not mean I think it should be outlawed....anymore than I think cigarettes or alcohol should be. The reason is because marijuana's legalization would not have an adverse impact on the community like opiates, cocaine or amphetamines would. Same with cigs and alcohol. When the control of a drug causes MORE crime, arrests, and spending, that drug should be considered for legalization.
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