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A Thoughtful Look at the Marijuana Legalization Trend

GPeyton Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 3:22 PM
Pretty sad to read the comments thus far. Whether or not you agree with Ms. Alexander's thoughts, she made an honest attempt to look at both sides of the issue. Too bad many of those commenting won't or can't do the same.
george293 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 10:24 AM
Sorry Peyton - this woman is only looking at one side, and she didn't do it objectively at all.
ggallman Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 4:37 PM
What about the good that could come from the legal growth of the hemp plant. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed and other products. The hemp plant is currently harvested for commercial purposes in over 30 nations, including Canada, Japan and the European Union. Nevertheless, U.S. law strictly forbids its domestic cultivation.
ECGTB Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 4:34 PM
Frankly, I see few actual thoughts in this cut and paste collection of drug warrior talking points. She could have saved herself the time of writing this by simply posting a link to the ONDCP website and calling it a day.
exterminate Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 3:59 PM
Did she mention the costs to society of prohibition at all? The misdirection of police resources away from violent criminals? The release of violent criminals early to make room for drug users in prison? The drive by shootings of innocent bystanders due to drug trafficking? The death of 100,000 on our borders due to smuggling? The increase in property crime due to addicts having to pay black market prices for their "fix"? The increase in use that has occurred since prohibition began? The reduction in potential tax revenue from those with criminal records? The loss of ability to get an education for those with a record? There was no mention of "both" sides at all. Prohibitionists never like to discuss the costs of their ideas.
VickyD4Liberty Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 3:26 PM
How is she looking at both sides? She is pointing out every negative speculation relating to the subject, non of which are based on actual fact.

Society is gradually becoming more liberal – or libertine – in many ways, and one of the latest trends is the gradual legalization of marijuana in one state after another. This past election, voters approved marijuana for legal (recreational) use in Colorado and Washington. Marijuana has been legalized for recreational or medicinal use in 13 states, with more states to consider it soon. 15 million Americans are regular users of marijuana, a little over 5% of of the population. It seems problematic to criticize its legalization from a logical perspective considering alcohol, another psychoactive substance, is legal. If it is acceptable...