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Mr. Prager, You are Wrong on Marijuana

Gabriela8 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 9:00 AM
Legalizing marijuana is idiotic. Our students are already dumb, lazy and fat enough. How does this help us compete with Asia in terms of education, jobs and invention? Now we're going to put this dumber-and-dumber drug within students' reach. You might say "it's already in their reach," but there's a difference between legal and illegal substances. "illegal" should give us pause (for a long time, it has many people--and make drugs harder to acquire). I also agree with other commenters who note that they don't want to have to inhale another person's marijuana smoke, which is already bad enough even though pot is illegal.
Dean197 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 11:34 AM
Yet, countries where pot is illegal tend not to have as high a usage rate as the USA. Maybe it's not as cool if it's legal and your granma is smoking it for her cataracts.
kevin_hunt Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 10:37 AM
A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology finds an intriguing connection between marijuana use and body weight, showing that rates of obesity are lower by roughly a third in people who smoke pot at least three times a week, compared with those who don’t use marijuana at all.

kevin_hunt Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 10:32 AM
If you can come up with any credible evidence that marijuana use causes obesity, i'd like to see it. I've got evidence to the contrary.

Only an idiot doesn't understand that the black market that you have help maintain makes it EASIER for kids to get weed because weed is sold by the cartels, not licensed businesses.

"--and make drugs harder to acquire)" Not true.... Drugs are cheaper and more plentiful than ever after 100 years of prohibition.

Corbett_ Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 9:58 AM
Criminalizing marijuana is idiotic. We already have a government that overreaches in every facet of our lives. The drug war has only made the problem worse. It has put millions into prison or on probation. It has fueled violence in our cities and on our borders. It has corrupted our police departments. The list of unintended consequences is endless.
Jake8728 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 9:11 AM
I agree. It's common sense. Legalize it and more people will use it. Bialosky's argument loses a lot of merit when he denies this.
Mike23 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 9:17 AM
Well, it has been proven safer than what the government currently allows. And doesn't advertisements cause more people to use alcohol?
fiddlerMO Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 9:22 AM
I guess this means that if it's legal you will start using it, even though you think it''s bad for you!
It may be bad for you but it isn't for me.
Quit trying to tell everyone else what to do just because you don't like it.
Mike23 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 9:32 AM
Funny, you telling people to quit doing something because you don't like it! I'm a LEAP member and would like to see changes for humanitarian reasons. We waste 50% of the Drug War budget on marijuana enforcement and Jail 3/4 Million Americans annually at a huge cost to local governments for using a substance safer than what the government allows.
kevin_hunt Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 10:33 AM
Hey Jake, oxycontin is legal. How many of those do you pop every day, since legalization turns people into junkies?
Terminus in WA Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 10:46 AM
Oxycontin is legal with a prescription only. Make it an OTC drug, and watch what happens. Prescription narcotics are already heavily abused.
kevin_hunt Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 11:04 AM
..and the feds say that industrial hemp (schedule I) is more dangerous and addictive than oxycontin (schedule II). Do you have proof of that, or does the government lie to us about hemp?

In his column of March 12, 2013, my beloved friend wrote on the issue of legalized marijuana in the state of Colorado. On his radio show, he justifiably bemoaned readers of his column who had written comments questioning his sanity and their relationship over this one issue despite years of being Prager groupies. I will not do any of that. But for only the second time in our long relationship, Mr. Prager, you are dead wrong on a topic … but I still love you.

We Baby Boomers grew up in a generation where marijuana made the jump from the dark...