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Well alcohol causes a lot of issues why don't we make it illegal. Oops, that didn't work. And how well is that making marijuana illegal working? Crystal-meth, bath salts and who knows what other things have come from it. All the war on drugs has done is create more drugs that are legal until they are made illegal and cause worse issues because they are poisons vs a natural substance. I wouldn't smoke it personally, but if people want to do it, how is it worse than alcohol? The only time I thought it seemed like a good idea was when I was already drinking so that debunks the gateway drug thing...
I'm not pro-weed, but I am against the colossal waste of money spent on interdiction. The industrial-drug police complex is way out of control and totally ineffective. Legalize it and tax the hell out of it.
"Law enforcement leaders say marijuana is an addictive gateway drug that is associated with violent crime..." -- They still showing law enforcement recruits that Reefer Madness film?
Toke away. More high paying jobs for the rest of us!
As a retired police officer, I support legalizing marijuana. I do not know what boundaries to set, however..except absolutely no tolerance while driving a motor vehicle. All of my problems with people came from alcohol. I never had to fight someone high on marijuana. Police don't like it because that is their mindset..it is just not in their nature. And to use the Feds as an excuse...legalizing would sure end a lot of death and crime. Gateway drug? C'mon my fellow officers...ridiculous. Anyone can score marijuana. meth, anything if they want now. That is hype from the 1940's.
So law enforcement is against legalized marijuana? Of course they are. It's called "job stability." Look back at how marijuana became illegal. William Randolph Hearst feared that marijuana plants threatened his investment in forests for making paper. So he started writing about the evils of marijuana. A young official who wanted to start the FDA needed an excuse. Marijuana was the evil drug that blacks used to make our white women along with jazz music have sex with them. Business and prejudice drove the illegalization of marijuana. And fills our expensive out-sourced prisons with people that have done nothing but sell the stuff.
Legalize it, tax it, let the free market decide. Save tons of money and maybe let the cops go after real criminals.
Arguments put forward by these "Law Enforcement" officials make no sense. Marijuana use is associated with violent crime because the law makes it so. Ditto "gateway" ... Alcohol is by far a more dangerous "gateway" drug.
LE standing in the way of _especially_ medical use of Marijuana is really sad. I question their motives. Is it... job creation? The prison industrial complex and forfeiture laws have created a self-perpetuating travesty of justice. They need to do the right thing and get out of the way.
roymercer @4:43pm -speaks the truth! I too don't use it but I really don't care if other adults do. On a national basis if this were legalized and taxed we could greatly reduce the deficit with the proceeds. Some say it's an 'entry level' drug for kids. Fact is alcohol is and always has been THE 'entry level' drug which needs more attention and control. A kid is more likely to 'ingest' a liquid than they are to smoke something. Plus it's harder to hide the smell of smoke than it is to hide the smell of something like vodka in a soda! It's 'high time' to legalize and tax pot!
C'mon!! This is Minnesota not a red state. I can't believe we can't get on board with this. We have always been somewhat of a common sense state, why not on this topic as well?
Maybe Minnesota will have to go the route of Washington and Colorado and bypass our Legislature by making this a ballot initiative. It's painfully obvious that the politicians are afraid to lead on this issue, even though common sense, logic, science, and public opinion says that Marijuana laws needs to be relaxed or stricken completely.
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