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- Published: Saturday, 08 May 2010 02:22
- Written by Gen.Barry R. McCaffrey (Ret)
Published: 07 May 2010
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This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoCorrelation does not equal causation. Do you have the moral authority to tell me what I can do with my own body, when it will never do anything to harm anyone elses body? Do they have any citations for the amount of harmful carcinogens? Marijuana has killed NO ONE. EVER. The only associated deaths are from an unjust war on harmless usage. The illicit and violent trade of marijuana is caused by Its prohibition. You want to help keep kids away from marijuana? Then legalize it! Kids today can get it easier than alcohol.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoYes, you can be impaired by marijuana--just like alcohol. But you can't overdose on it like you can on alcohol. I agree with the first commenter: legalization would save a lot of lives!
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years ago@Chad
Drug use isn't a "victimless" crime. Yes, when you do drugs you are doing damage to your body and the bodies of others. Drug use funds a global network of evil that finances everyone from al qaeda to the taliban to organized crime gangs and mafias. And yes, we have a right to stop you from doing drugs.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years ago@Marsh
"rug use funds a global network of evil that finances everyone from al qaeda to the taliban to organized crime gangs and mafias. And yes, we have a right to stop you from doing drugs."
You realize that that's possible because of people like you, not drug users.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoYou realize the real reason it's illegal is becuase it would drop the bottom out of the textile and paper industries. Alcohol is indeed more harmful. Tobbacco does indeed cause more cancer. However they are both still very legal. Why woud that be?
Prohibition only strengthened Organized Crime, it didn't stop or slow alcoholism. Legalizing Marijuana and using it the way the Founding Fathers did, would be a very good thing for us. Hemp fibers are far superior to cotton and tree based cellulous. Hemp paper lasts longer is far cheaper to produce. Hemp clothing far outlasts cotton. Hemp rope is by far one of the best natural types known to man.
But the textile industry does not want you in lasting clothing, you HAVE to buy next year's styles. The paper industry does not want you to have cheap renewable paper. The want you to pay the premium on their tree and cotton based paper products.
Marijuana usage should be legalized then controlled and regulated the same way alcohol and tobacco are. If you are dumb enough to use any of the three to excess, you deserve the damage to your own body and you deserve the harsh treatment the laws provide for DUIs.
This would solve the problem we have with the Mexican Cartels and their illicit trade. Dry up their funding source, erode their power.
Legallizing Marijuana is by no means the same thing as legalizing narcotics and hallucinagenics. Hemp fibers properly cultivated and utilized could do so much for our world, but they aren't because some misunderstanding people want to lump them in with the narcotics and hallucinagenics. A misunderstanding perpetuated by the textile and paper industries.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoThe studies showing that heavy marijuana users do not perform well on math and other tests beg the question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? Perhaps the heavy users were not good at math and memory even before they became heavy users. Anyway my two cents worth is that marijuana should be treated the same as alcohol.