Denver OK`s Marijuana

Submitted by: mooseyfate 11 years ago in
http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-denver-marijuana,0,3099114.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

Up to an ounce if you"re over 21.
There are 82 comments:
Male 667
There are no dangerous drugs.

It`s the PEOPLE who are dangerous.

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Female 179
Exactly. Not a single person who is claiming marijuana is so addicting has ever even tried it.
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Male 528
Also, on addiction, weed IS psychologically addicting. So is gambling, food, working (workaholics-yes people really do work themselves to death, or ruin their lives because of it), hell even video games are mentally addicting. If me quitting and thinking, man i wish i was high now is an addiction, then a sailor who hasnt been at sea in awhile says to himself, man i wish i was sailing right now, he must be addicted to right? Sure he is but if he doesnt go out to sea hes not going to go through herion withdrawl.
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Male 528
I think its worth noting that all the arguments (or at least most) for legalization are well thought out and articulate. All the ones against them say things like, "man all that nicotine in those buds will kill your ass!". Ridiculous. At least know SOMETHING about the topic at hand before you open your mouth, consider it your part in making the world better.
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Male 266
MADCHERRIES, YOU ROCK. Don`t change for someone pushing their beliefs on you. In the words of cypress hill "I WANNA GET HIGH, SOOO HIGH" so let`s take "HITS FROM THE BONG". I agree with everything you`ve said.
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Male 695
FINALLY SOME SANITY
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Female 179
Besides, you`re sadly mistaken if you think I`m going to change any remote aspect of my life because some ignorant, brainwashed, little kid on an internet message board doesn`t think I can. Have a nice day.
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Female 179
I stopped for 3 months recently when I was looking for a job. I didn`t do it for 3 weeks after I got a job because I didn`t feel the need to. I just went through a couple weeks recently where I did it every day. And now I`m quitting for a while again because I spent all my money on a trip to washington. It`s not hard to quit marijuana.

I don`t know why you`re arguing that it is in the first place, do remember that you`ve never even tried it in the first place.

Yes, there is a slight psychological addiction that I`m sure is more intense for some than for others. There are times when I haven`t done it for a while when I think "Hm, I`d really like to be high right now" but its as simple as knowing that you can`t or shouldn`t and you get over it pretty easily. It`s about as bad as a craving for a kind of food. Maybe even less so.

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Male 1,420
i DARE one of you who does marijuana daily or weekly to stop for a whole month. i bet you wont. maybe you could last a week or two. then you would start to think: oh well, theres no reason to stop, so why should I? that IS addiction. and then you will start up again. if anybody can PROVE that it isnt addicting, then i wont argue anymore.
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Male 1,420
"No, you just believe in harming the bodies of people who don`t believe in the same thing you do. Crusades ring a bell?"
No, i believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior. nowhere does that say i have to hurt otehr people, and i dont. the crusades were long ago. i dont hurt people who dont belive the same things, nor do i hate them, but i would like to try to get them to see that light.

"Maybe there are a few people here that are smart."
so your only smart if you do drugs? or if you condone drugs? the way i see drugs is a way toavoid problems in your life for a short while. or to feel good for a short while. but it also affects how you mind and body work, and there is no need. that is also why Christianity is a good thing. not only do you live eternally in heaven after you die on earth, but you also can find more productive and righteous ways to entertain yourself.

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Female 179
Exactly, I would much rather be high on marijuana than drink alcohol. When I`m high I`m still completely coherent, I can still walk, talk, think, drive. I`m still rational. Where as on alchol I`m stumbling everywhere and slurring and couldn`t drive if my life depended on it.
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Male 50
Thanks cherries!

Maybe there are a few people here that are smart. The way I feel about all drugs, including alcohol, is that before you do something, you should have the knowledge on how it affects your body and your mind. Personally I`d rather smoke up a joint here and there than suck down a pack and a half a day of cigarettes a day. Is a whole lot better for you.

The best part about that sight is it is very informative.

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Female 179
I recommend everyone reads thegooddrugsguide.com website that anchorless posted. It`s very informative and talks a lot about how to be safe with drugs rather than avoid them all together. Much like teaching safe sex rather than abstinence. :)
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Male 667
"My opinion and bottom line: Cannabis Sativa, Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Opium Derivatives, the whole lot - should be stayed away from.

I myself have never tried any kinds of illegal drugs, not even alcohol. I, being 14, hope to never try any kinds of illegal drugs, and keep away as much as possible from alcohol or cigarettes for as long as I live."

If you`ve never tried anything, then where do you get off telling people to stay away from any of those substances?

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Male 50
Dear sertrbl

Since you believe the first thing you are told here is evidence of the contrary:

http://www.thegooddrugsguide.com/cannabi...

sounds scary doesn`t it?

http://www.thegooddrugsguide.com/cannabi...

oh my god, MILD symtoms!? RUN FOR THE HILLS!

And for all of you worried about how you might become addicted to pot, or think it is a serious issue check this out. Caffine is an addictive drug to worry about!

http://www.freedomyou.com/addiction/caff...

you might want to put down your cup of coffee first...

Also sertrbl, let me quote you:

" cause im a Christian and dont like harming my body."

No, you just believe in harming the bodies of people who don`t believe in the same thing you do. Crusades ring a bell?

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Female 179
flipz is right, everything has risk factors. Eating too much unhealthy food can lead to a heart attack and kill you, so we do it in moderation. Simple as that.
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Male 51
Honey, go get the kids and all your belongings... WERE MOVING TO DENVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Male 266
EVERYTHING KILLS THROUGH SIDE EFFECTS, THE GOD DAMN SUN has killed more people than marijuana. DONT GO OUTSIDE, DENVER HASN`T MADE IT LEGAL YET
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Male 1,420
the only person i have reson to belive so far is fermented, and thats because he has proof. i was also on his side in the first place, but maybe thats cause im a Christian and dont like harming my body.
-yahoo reference
-wikipedia reference
yes that does say ther is no deaths ONLY because of marijuana, but here is proof that marijuana kills through side effects, scroll down to "cannabis deaths"
also, it can cause heart attacks
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Male 266
I took drugs and society last year and it was the best class ive ever taken. I learned some really cool things in that class. Plus everyone would get high before it :)
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Male 266
Fermented, you are right, marijuana does cause somewhat of a psychological dependence, but in no way can you compare that to nicotine dependence. As we speak, im currently quitting cigarettes. The mental part is the easiest thing to get over. If someone really wanted to stop smoking weed, they can in a matter of seconds. The psychological dependence is no match whatsoever to the physical. You have AIM fermented. We should chat. :)
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Male 119
I forgot an asterisk after the drug policy link

* The link provides information on the topic from an interesting perspective. Though I do not find it all completely correct, it does have some interesting facts, and it`s perspective, as everyone else`s is as valid as my own.

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Male 329
I`m still never gonna smoke pot.
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Male 119
Here are some sources:

http://www.marijuanaaddiction.info/effects-of-marijuana.htm

http://www.well.com/user/woa/fspot.htm

http://www.health.org/govpubs/phd641/

http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana/fact...
-One of the best sources I have come across

I have also taken a health class, and read books about drugs. I research before believing.

-Fermented

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Male 266
This law that was passed is a lot like the medical maryjane law. The state, or in this case, the city, will not charge them with anything, but the feds could come in and raid a medical marijuana patients house at any time. It is just a building block, so people, dont buy your tickets to Denver just yet. If you are good friends with a doctor, and live in a state that has medical marijuana, say you have glaucoma! jk jk :-)
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Male 266
MADCHERRIES, EXACTLY! When i drive a car under the influence of weed, I DRIVE SO CAREFUL. Reaction times probably dips a little bit, but i have good reaction time anyway so i can afford a little dip. People who are high, drive careful, for real, and you are in tune with the road. I`m not saying, go get high and joy-ride, thatd be stupid, but its not nearly the same as driving under the influence of alcohol.
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Male 119
"The way you put it it sounds as if you do it once and you wont stop"

I never once said if you do it once, you cannot stop. OVER TIME, nicotine causes physical dependency and marijuana causes psychological. Also, I have recently done courses, my own research. I have even talked to people who have abused a variety of drugs. I do understand the topic, though sometimes I do make a mistake, or am too general.

"And as for you fermented, CANNABIS SATIVA is marijuana you idiot"

I did know Cannibis Sativa is marijuana, but I found myself to be repetitive to keep saying Marijuana, so I changed to the broader term (which incorporates HASHISH) Cannabis Sativa.

All in all, I respect your opinions, and hope we can talk more about this subject, I would like to be further enlightened. I do, after all, yearn for answers.

Thank you for your input.

-Fermented

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Male 1,066
Mari-Jua-na
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Female 179
By the way, to anyone saying "I`m going to Denver!" state laws still apply. You can still get in trouble for having marijuana. Regardless though, the fact that it was approved by voters as legal is a huge step in the right direction.
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Female 179
How about all you people who have never touched a drug in your life and are sitting here whining about "Marijuana does this and this and this to you!" go jump off a cliff? If you`ve never tried pot you do not know what it`s effects are. End of story.

I have smoked pot many times. There have been times where I would smoke every day, multiple times a day for a week or more, and then just stopped for a while until I felt like doing it again. Did I experience any withdrawl symptoms? No. I did not.

I wouldn`t recommend anyone drives while on any sort of intoxicant but I have seen many times how much better a high driver is than a drunk driver.

All the people talking about pot causing cancer still haven`t been able to produce one case of someone dying of cancer from smoking marijuana alone.

Have you ever heard of anyone dying of a marijuana overdose? Have you heard of anyone dying of alcohol poisoning? Which ones legal? Yeah, our country is smart.

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Male 70
Let`s play a game called cite your sources!! When you make a claim, burden of proof lies on you. Which means, that if you make a statement, such as "Marijuana causes cancer and mental retardation!" or "Marijuana doesn`t hurt you at all and is only illegal to protect the white-centric cotton industry" you better damn well cite a credible, preferably peer reviewed source.

Citing sources not only backs up your claims and shows intelligence, it also prevents spreading of bad information.

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Male 851
"mooseyfate, Who is on your Avatar?"

that would be Red Mage my tiger friend

you may check one of them out in any old Gameboy Final Fantasy games

I have never played those however, I put him there because of a little webcomic called 8-Bit Theater

http://www.nuklearpower.com/

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Female 1,262
I`m so going to Denver.
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Male 100
mooseyfate, Who is on your Avatar?
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Male 266
MARIJUANA CONTAINS ABSOLUTELY NO NICOTINE YOU RETARDS. It does contain tar though. And as for you fermented, CANNABIS SATIVA is marijuana you idiot. I agree that you should stay away from coke and opiates, but if you wanna smoke some weed, go for it, it causes little harm. In my opinion alcohol should be a class 1 drug over weed, it causes SOOO many more problems, from mental and physical dependance, to abuse to accidents, to STUPIDITY. And as for the occasional methamphetamine, hell, it really does do good things for your mindset, but thats a totally different story, and it never should be legalized, plus most of it comes from the middle east, and i dont want to snort any anthrax. MidoriBug has never even smoked and she even thinks weed should be legal. And yes Hkatee, I CANT WAIT TO SEE A SOUTH PARK ABOUT THIS. :)
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Male 50
(gun)na be pretty

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Male 50
To: Idiots

You can basically get cancer from anything. Live your life in fear, you get it from the sun, hard metals, inhalation of smoke blah blah blah.

Everyone dies someday. You can`t live forever.

Marijuna actually does not promote cancer as much as your cigarettes do. It still allows cancerous cells to commit "suicide," where if you are just your straight cigarette smoker, these cells build up. Build of up cancerous cells caues tumors.

People say that pot has 4 times the amount of nicotine as 1 cigarette. When is the last time you saw someone smoke just 1 cigarette a day, a week, or a month. If you smoke 12 joints a day, I doubt you could get off your couch or respond to anything, but it isn`t uncommon to see someone smoke 12+ cigarettes a day. Do the math.

Pot isn`t dangerous. If you want to talk about addiction - caffine is a 6/6 for addiction. Go to your local office building and take away their coffee in the morning. See what happens before 9AM. It ain`t gun

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Male 1,016
so they can have it but they cant smoke it?
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Female 1,603
Hickenlooper has a brewery?? I was not aware of that!

Anyways I HAVE NEVER SMOKED WEED!!! I have never done any kinds of drugs. So I guess I am one of the few out there...But I still think marijuana should be legal.

Fermented...I hope that you can keep from drugs! I have and I have no regrets at all about it!

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Male 119
QALAUGHTRACK is right.

"For the record, one joint has 4 times the amount of nicotine as a cigarette.

In case you don`t know this ethier: Nicotine causes cancer."

Marijuana does not contain nicotine (which causes physical and mental stimulation and addiction) at all. It does however, contain THC (a chemical that causes physical stimulation and mental addiction).

Nicotine does not cause cancer. It is the carcinogens found within the same things nicotine is found in.

My opinion and bottom line: Cannabis Sativa, Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Opium Derivatives, the whole lot - should be stayed away from.

I myself have never tried any kinds of illegal drugs, not even alcohol. I, being 14, hope to never try any kinds of illegal drugs, and keep away as much as possible from alcohol or cigarettes for as long as I live.

-Fermented

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Male 119
Most any plant smoked into the lungs, will add to the risk of getting cancer. This includes marijuana and cigarettes.

Also, this is a REAL story and article.

Marijuana is a DANGEROUS drug, no matter how much you have heard about it`s recreational use. It causes relaxation, and decreases the users judgement and inhibitions, causing the users to make irrational decisions, and also causes PSYCHOLOGICAL DEPENDENCE. The only reason medical marijuana was legalized, was to help TERMINAL CANCER PATIENTS, and is about the only good use for the drug. Marijuana is proven to stay in a person`s system FOR UP TO TWO MONTHS.

Everything above has been clinically researched, studied, and proven.

-Fermented

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Male 5
Ok. Im not really into people complaining about what others say on these sorts of things but Ive seen some stupid comments. So, IMNOGOD this is what you said:
"For the record, one joint has 4 times the amount of nicotine as a cigarette."
WHAT?!! Pot contains no nicotine!!!

Secondly, Firebird37, you say people can do whatever they want to thier bodies as long as it doesnt cause anyone else harm. A drunk driver who gets didtracted and hits a woman and her two year child, and both of them die but hes allright, that affects others.

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Male 730
^did you ever wonder why hippies were so peaceful? hmmm? cause they werent on cocaine. they were on WEEEEEEEDDDDDD. (and LSD, but that poo is a rather complex molicule, and you cant grow it.) so mostly weed. besides that, cigarettes suck. theyre just not as good. ROAD TRIP TO DENVER! RIGHT ON!
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Male 1,149
So it has begun. The return of the 70`s...

For the record, one joint has 4 times the amount of nicotine as a cigarette.

In case you don`t know this ethier: Nicotine causes cancer.

My mind is not poisend by the government... No, it`s just not being convinced by people who get rid of there problems by geting "high."

Harder drugs do promote violence. Are you going to tell me that the Cocaine addict Scarface is a man of peace? ;-/ didn`t think so.

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Female 179
This is a great step, I think anyone who disagrees with legalization of it is seriously misinformed by government propaganda and should start thinking for themselves.
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Female 39
I live in Denver, and it is true, we did pass I-100 which legalized 1 ounce or less! Even for non-medicinal purposes. BUT, we still have to wait for it to become legal as far as federal law. :(

Hickenlooper is our mayor- barely any political experience BUT he owns a great brewery here!

NOW, I can guarantee you SOUTH PARK WILL TO AN EPISODE ON THIS!!!

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Male 197
hey... i live there!!!
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Male 266
Yes, i do like to start arguments when people comment on something they don`t know about. You dont know what your talking about moosey. Im sorry for calling you retarded, but you tried to prove someone wrong who was right, therefore making yourself look quite stupid, im sorry, lol :) lets get high.
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Male 914
^^^lol ya I don`t smoke it but I think it is a lot safer than alcohol. Why not legalize it the government is so stupid they could make billions on billions off taxing it. If I were in a car with someone I`d rather the driver be stoned than drunk anyday, not that I ever let myself get in that situation
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Male 396
and i love how our govt still claims that pot use is linked to violent crimes.. yea when i smoke a joint i cant wait to go f*ck up whitey.
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Male 396
no doubt papa.. plus, state and local tax payers pay 6 BILLION dollars anually prosecuting and arresting people for bud.
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Female 1,403
^ The same at my school!
Flipz4 likes to starts arguements, doesn`t he?
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Male 528
Im 17. I can tell you there is only one or two people in my entire school-not exaggerrating-that hasnt at least tried weed. If weed isnt legal today, it will be when my generation takes over. Untill then, the goverment can just keep giving the billions of dollars to drug lords and organized crime, instead of putting it to good use, buying school books or B 52 bombers or w.e else or gov blows money on.
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Male 851
flipz4: being wrong about something makes me retarded?
I notice you didn`t have proof, but I don`t care, I`ll just believe you so that we can get this over with
you also said that Vermont just passed the Marijuana Registry Act
sorry, but I live in South Carolina and news from Vermont doesn`t spread very much around here

in the future I shall try to keep my marijuana knowledge up to date so as to avoid further meaningless conflict

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Male 106
Guapodude just because it is currently illegal doesn`t mean it is immoral. Please quote any religious text saying that marijuana is immoral.
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Female 379
I didn`t bother reading this article because I read one yesterday... but that other one said they are allowed to POSSESS up to an ounce, that says nothing for people who are caught after they have already smoked it. Get high, still go to jail.
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Female 329
I for one think this is a good thing. People should be allowed to do pretty much whatever they want to do to their own body so long as it doesn`t affect others.
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Male 266
yo B3EACH bum, are you drating stupid? Weed stays in the system for up to 5 weeks, depending on the amount of usage, where as alcohol is gone after a day. And for you MOOSEYFATE, you are MOST DEFINATELY RETARDED. I live in Vermont, and we just passed the Marijuana Registry Act. The state does not supply the patients with ANYTHING. I believe you are thinking of the late 1980s drug named Marinol, which is basically just extracted THC from weed. It is rarely used today. Cancer patients who are on the registry are allowed to possess 2 mature plants and 4 plants in total. THEY DO ACTUALLY LIGHT UP BLUNTS! I have seen no evidence of marijuana causing cancer, and even if it did, who cares Alcohol causes cancer, Cigs do, they are legal, SO F.UCK IT.
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Male 329
This worlds going to hell in a handbag
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Male 851
Hickenlooper is a very silly name though!
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Female 1,603
Oh P.S. I thought it was amusing that some thought it was fake!!! :-D
especially because of the mayours name! Here is a website about that dork!
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Female 1,603
I live in Colorado so I know this isn`t fake. As said previously, however, I have heard that they are going to enforce the state laws instead to keep marijuana off the streets. I couldn`t believe that this one passed.
I have never done drugs of any kind but as a person who wants to get into law enforcement, I agree that it should be legalized. I believe by making it legal, it would help free law enforcement time, money, and resources (such as jails and prisons) for other serious issues. I hope it does become legal someday...I still won`t do it though. :)
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Male 667
My best friend owns and operates a Medical Pot clinic here in the Bay Area. He was able to open the business several years after Californians voted yes on Prop.215, which grants legal access to pot for anyone with a medical need for it. The state allows him to keep the business open under Prop.215, but Federal law still classifies pot in the same group as herion, PCP, cocaine, and methanphetamine. Which means that the Feds can roll in and shut down any pot dispensary whenever it politically suits them.
Oh, and B3ACH_BUM, you show me one genuine case of someone who contracted cancer from pot, and pot alone, and I`ll give you my car. Get your facts straight before you start running your mouth about a subject you clearly know nothing about. The hasn`t been ONE single medical case of anyone dying of cancer from pot use.
If you lose a parent to cancer you speak up about these things.

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Male 132
shoot
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Male 132
theyre drated up people
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Male 851
"No, it`s not fake. Yes, the mayor`s name really is Hickenlooper. Yes, this vote passed. No, it really won`t do much good, since the state laws will still be enforced."

just agree with everyone and life is happy!

"California already legalizes weed for medicinal purposes."

No they don`t. The thing they give to people with cancer is a natural painkiller that can be FOUND in weed. They don`t hand `em blunt and say, "light up."

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Male 121
You know that if tobacco or alcohol were discovered now they would be class A, without a doubt.

The only reason they are legal is the huge ammount of tax the government gets from them

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Male 1,465
By the way, I don’t smoke weed since I happen to be more of an alcohol and tobacco person. In fact, weed gives me a kind of buzz that I`m not comfortable with. I just don’t think that weed is as dangerous a drug as some would have you believe.
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Male 1,465
"Unlike alcohol, it is harder to detect - we don`t need stoned doctors and pilots and lawyers out there."

What are you talking about? A pee test can show if a person has smoked any time in the last month and alcohol is out of your system in a matter of hours. Oh, and if it were legalized, what makes you think that people would automatically do it on the job? It’s not like everyone who drinks gets buzzed during work.

"Plus, smoking marijuana has been proven to cause cancer"

So does tobacco. In fact excessive tobacco and alcohol can lead to cancer, liver and kidney problems, stomach and skin problems, impotence, damaged brain cells, memory loss, loss of appetite and vitamin deficiencies.

The thing people don’t realize is that alcohol and nicotine are in fact drugs. They just happen to be legal.

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Male 220
This is even stupider than my boss. Legalizing marijuana wouldn`t accomplish anything. Unlike alcohol, it is harder to detect - we don`t need stoned doctors and pilots and lawyers out there. Plus, smoking marijuana has been proven to cause cancer, affect fertility and cause an excessive usage of the word `dude`.
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Male 1,061
kool!
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Male 70
California already legalizes weed for medicinal purposes. Problem is the federal laws try to kick in. There are many FBI raids, esp. in Bay Area. So unless it is not a federal crime anymore, a state legalizing marijuana is almost pointless.
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Male 382
awesome
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Male 1,586
No, it`s not fake. Yes, the mayor`s name really is Hickenlooper. Yes, this vote passed. No, it really won`t do much good, since the state laws will still be enforced.
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Male 396
we lost the values but we kept the weed..
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Female 80
*tear* Its a fake? Nooooo! I was so happy when I saw the headline. Blaa...I am still moving to Amsterdamn anyway...
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Male 979
hell yeah chestertheje!
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Male 605
pppppphtt...Canada did that years ago...:-P

Vive la Columbie Brittanique!

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Male 851
"Mayor John Hickenlooper" as a clue
still it`s interesting until you realize that
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Male 979
oh oh... wait i just read the first 5 words... and its obviously fake
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Male 979
IT BEGINS!!!! actually im quite glad cuz now canada will get it too but only until your 19 :P
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Male 851
Link: Denver OK`s Marijuana [Rate Link] - Up to an ounce if you`re over 21.
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