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Mr. Prager, You are Wrong on Marijuana

James B. Davis Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:02 PM
Sorry, but I don't want the people driving our school buses, trucks, their own cars, or flying planes to be buzzed on either dope OR alcohol. I understand the libertarian arguments and the financial arguments regarding freedom, product purity, the ability to tax, reduction of crime, etc. If you would support mandatory drug testing for all of the above, with irrevocable license forfeiture if the test is positive, then I would consider supporting the legalization of marijuana. Note that we already have testing and license suspension/forfeiture for dwi, so this would be consistent. Do you want your child taken care of by a stoned child care worker? If not, then why would you support legalization?
Barbara1247 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 2:21 PM
This is an easy fix - just insist that anyone who takes care of your kids must be drug/alcohol free. I'm pretty sure that the airlines, trucking companies, etc. also have a strong interest in drug/alcohol testing. They don't want their planes or trucks destroyed, and they don't want to lose customers due to death or damaged goods.
kevin_hunt Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 2:35 PM
Pilots are not even allowed to use ADD drugs..the use of which is legal for automobile drivers. They will always be held to a higher standard than the general population.
Grant75 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:38 PM
Let’s keep the issue (and the law) strictly about what people do to others, not about what they do to themselves. I think that would be wise, if we love liberty.
JohnHavoc Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:23 PM
Who here is advocating for allowing anyone to go to work high on anything? We don't have a problem with most of the alcohol drinking population going to work without being drunk, why would you automatically presume anyone is condoning allowing people to just do any drug at anytime?

kozzzer Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:25 PM
But but, marijuana is BAD... All people who use marijuana are stoners who want to drive school buses stoned.
kevin_hunt Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:34 PM
Marijuana users = bats.

Many of our ancestors were very superstitious and believed that marijuana transformed citizens into bats. Our current drug policy is based on these types of principles.

".... in Newark New Jersey, in 1938, the pharmacologist said, and I quote, in response to the question "When you used the drug, what happened?", his exact response was: "After two puffs on a marijuana cigarette, I was turned into a bat."

He wasn't done yet. He testified that he flew around the room for fifteen minutes and then found himself at the bottom of a two-hundred-foot high ink well

What do you think the Newark Star Ledger headlines the next day, October 12, 1938? "Killer Drug Turns Doctor to Bat!"

kozzzer Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:16 PM
So you are advocating the continued illegality of marijuana based on what someone "might" do?

Is this an argument that you would abandon if I were to say that using your logic "guns" should be illegal?

Because, as we have seen countless times, someone gets enraged with his or her spouse and in a fit of anger and poor judgment they "might" pick up said gun and use it to kill said spouse?

Now I am in no way advocating making guns illegal. I am simply trying to point out the weak nature of your argument.

kevin_hunt Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:15 PM
Would you want your child taken care of by someone that uses oxycontin for severe back pain? That is currently legal.

“Comparing traffic deaths over time in states with and without medical marijuana law changes, the researchers found that fatal car wrecks dropped by 9% in states that legalized medical use.”

Source: Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption by D. Mark Anderson, Daniel I. Rees (November 2011)

kevin_hunt Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:14 PM
Would you want your child taken care of by someone that uses oxycontin for severe back pain? That is currently legal.

“Comparing traffic deaths over time in states with and without medical marijuana law changes, the researchers found that fatal car wrecks dropped by 9% in states that legalized medical use.”

Source: Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption by D. Mark Anderson, Daniel I. Rees (November 2011)

kevin_hunt Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:14 PM
Would you want your child taken care of by someone that uses oxycontin for severe back pain? That is currently legal.

“Comparing traffic deaths over time in states with and without medical marijuana law changes, the researchers found that fatal car wrecks dropped by 9% in states that legalized medical use.”

Source: Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption by D. Mark Anderson, Daniel I. Rees (November 2011)

kozzzer Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:10 PM
Do you want your child taken care of by a drunk child care worker? If not, then why would you support legalization?

kozzzer Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 4:10 PM
Uhh yeah, I completely agree. The problem is the person using a destructive substance, not the substance itself.

My comment was sarcastic.

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...