I-A-B Poll o` The Day: Should Pot Be Legalized?

Submitted by: fancylad 8 years ago in

In the article posted above this one, a recent poll says 40% of people are OK with it. What do I-A-B readers think?
There are 189 comments:
Male 178
by making you pay a growers tax or making you pay taxes on how much you yield, and you would probably need a growers card, which makes them even more money
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Male 108
how would the government make money if people grow it them selfs
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Male 108
because its a tax free product,, an the government wont make money, isint the thought of making nature kind of going against free will?
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Male 259
Hey, where I`m from (British Colombia, Canada) pot is our number 1 cash crop, even though it is illegal.
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Male 108
because its a tax free product,, an the government wont make money, isint the thought of making nature kind of going against free will?
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Male 1,064
this is talked about enough in chat, i`m not getting involved here
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Male 22
no way the profit margin is already skinny enough
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Female 14
It should be legal because it will provide us with things that will help the enviroment. Gas, paper, cloths things like that. Thats the only reason it`s illegal. Less money for those big buisnesses. What`s alcohol and tobbaco do except kill ppl the worst ways? why is drunk driving illegal but drinking isnt? i dunno
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Female 495
"The fact that it isn`t a productive pastime has nothing to do with the fact that what I do in my spare time should be my and only my decision, not the governments."

Yes thats true. Although that line or reasoning isn`t something that can always be used and make sense. But still, what is the point of legalising it? It would still be legalising something that isn`t smart, isn`t necessary.. it gives the impression that its OK to do it. Why legalise it just so people with no self-control or love for their bodies can do it legally?

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Female 495
"Sure, everyone will be willing to pay for taxed pot, instead of getting the CHEAPER stuff from other sources."

Was thinking that exact same thing. There will always be a black market.

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Male 1,270
"yes, with an age restriction.
my argument is two words: "alcohol" and "tobacco""

So we`ll just add to the list, shall we?
Hell, if we`re handing out legality, we may as well stick murder on there.

Just because cigarettes and booze are legal, it doesn`t mean every new substance we come across should be treated in the same way.

Also, what`s this crap about putting a tax on it to help the finanicial problems?

Sure, everyone will be willing to pay for taxed pot, instead of getting the CHEAPER stuff from other sources.

So, SO naive...

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Female 531
oh baalthazag you did not just use that stupid testicular cancer article from a week or two ago for your argument!!! red forman should put his foot up your arse.
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Male 648
whoa, leopardson...where are you getting your doobage from??? "99% laced with pcp or herion"

The problem is people dont do their own research, they listen to the talking points of other people and cling to it. High ranked DEA officials have come out on the record saying its a waste of their time and money to fight the "war on pot"...its not the devil`s drug and everyone knows it now...all that 50`s - 80`s propaganda has been unvieled and we all know the truth now so lets stop acting like Weed is destroying our country

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Male 1,360
A good reason to legalize it is to control the the whole business and stop criminal organization to make money out of it.
And quality control is a good thing to.
It will create lots of job too.
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Female 1,386
I don`t drink, I don`t smoke, I don`t partake in any alternative medicine or drugs. I DO think pot should be legal. The amount of money invested by the government into combating it is staggering, considering how mild of a "drug" it is. I mean...seriously, people can`t even decide if its all that bad for your health, and it even has some health benefits attached. Is it really worth all this effort to "combat"? Make it legal, slap some government regulation on it, and any bought weed (ie not homegrown), should be taxed just like cigs. Turn that wasted gov money into a profit, I say.
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Male 49
Also Ass Bandit I’m talking about your comments on the IAB post after this one. And every one knows that hemp in more useful then smoke able cannabis so grow up. Your rebuttal to my post gives us a bad name just for the fact that you think fighting for hemp is unimportant.
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Male 49
Hey Ass Bandit why don’t you post some comments that make since and make good points to the topic. Nothing you have said in the whole blog have any intelligent references as to why cannabis would/should be legalized. Just silly arguments with kids about how ya’ll cant type what you’re meaning to say. And I love getting off on THC but the reality is hemp should be number one reason why it should be legal. Other wise cannabis it is just a drug and should only be used in medical practice. Go google “Hemp for Victory” and get slapped with some knowledge.
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Male 384
i think it should be legal along with many other things. drugs, in particular, though, are stupid to have illegal. prohibition proved that anytime you make a substance people want illegal, all you`re really doing, is empowering people willing to work outside the law. seriously, think about have many illicit activities are funded by drug sales? take all that away, (by making it available at the local convenience store) and what can those guys do?

not only that, but seriously, the role of our government, as defined by the founders of this country, was to to protect us, and little more.
anytime i hear about someone getting a jail sentence for some pot, it makes me sad thinking that a more than likely good person is going to jail, and now, as a taxpayer, i gotta help foot that bill!

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Male 362
awf1011
seriously, dont use the hemp argument. it makes the rest of us look bad. no one will ever believe your fighting for hemp, so just stop.
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Male 1,051
Might as well, it`s up to the person to decide what goes in and out of their body. And if it helps their mental health w/e makes them feel good then I think that`s something a little like pursuit of happiness? Dunno what I`m talking bout. But w/e.
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Male 49
I’m going to try and post the only reason why Cannabis should be legal. And that people, would be Hemp, and hemp alone. I’m 25, live in Texas, and have smoked pot for years and years. Nothing bad or negative has ever happened to me other then having to look over my shoulder, because of cannabis. It doesn’t matter if its legal or not people are going to do it if they want. So stop pointing out that cannabis is safer then tobacco and booze and start to focus on the fact that we can’t grow hemp because cannabis is illegal. And go Google that (hemp) if you need a better reason to hate the Gov. and have cannabis made legal. Also remember that all the drugs you kids are scared of, coke, MDMA, and the real dope, heroin, used to be legal and medically regulated until a synthetic prescriptions were created.

Think for your self. Question authority.

Hemp for Victory!

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Male 731
They way I see it, people all already doing it, and the places they are getting it are lacing it with even worse stuff.

If you legalize it, you can regulate it, moderate it, make money off it, and most importantly, TAX it.

It would be a nice shot in the arm for the economy in America.

As for the age limit, 21 if that`s what they keep the alcohol age limit. 18 otherwise.

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Female 400
sixclaws13, I feel like you`re such a hardcore libertarian. Or am I off?
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Female 4,447
haha, I`m the 1337 person to say yes. It`s a sign!!
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Female 1,264
Akappy?! Is it really you? I thought you died. I sent flowers to your family. And took your computer.
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Male 891
yes, with an age restriction.

my argument is two words: "alcohol" and "tobacco"

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Male 2,616
Maybe cigarettes should be illegal.
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Male 2,313
"what would be the point in legalising it? It isn`t healthy, there is no need to do it, its not something that should really be encouraged. Once it is legalised for any length of time, it will be incredibly hard to go back if it doesnt work out."

The fact that it isn`t a productive pastime has nothing to do with the fact that what I do in my spare time should be my and only my decision, not the governments.

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Male 315
Political losses from legalizing Marijuana:
Some corrupt connections to pharmaceutical companies.
Some corporation payoffs.
Increase in DUI`s and national depression/suicide rates.
Political gains from legalizing marijuana:
-Takes out thousands of gangs
-Decreasing murder rate due to gang seperations.
-Decreases death rate from smoking Marijuana since it is no longer 99% laced with PCP or Heroine or something.
-Loosens pharmaceutical corporation`s power conside
-If controlled like Alcohol, decrease in alcohol addiction rate. (Marijuana is also an anti-other-addiction agent used in some rehab centers)

I think the gains outweigh the losses

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Male 315
Side-effects of Marijuana:
Good:
Pain Relief
Drunk-feeling
Sleepiness
Bad:
Addictive (Not as cigarettes or Alchohol)
Kills almost all ambition
Causes major depression

But then again, take a look at alcohol:
Good:
Drunk-feeling
Bad:
Pain-increasing
Depression-causing
Ambition-killing
Addictive
Causes violent behavior in some people


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Male 612
if they do legalize it i dont think it would be as much fun as if it was illegal.
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Male 152
i say yes to legalize it
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Female 738
I don`t care either way, although I think with alcohol there`s a fine line between responsible enjoyment and complete stupidity.
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Male 1,788
"How is that ANY different from cigarettes and lung cancer?"

I`ve posted like 8 times about this point. Difference in how much smoke you inhale, difference in how many you smoke....etc, etc..


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Male 777
I-A-B has spoken. Now the government must listen.
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Male 3
drat all that, smoke weed everyday.
legalization of pot = fixed economy.
if you dont wanna smoke weed cause of some bogus survey, then dont, but why force it on everyone else.
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Male 2,172
thebandit, I know what you mean... it`s because of the wording, the lenght of the whole phrase and the colors around it. It gives the illusion that something else is written and you have to read twice to be sure.

I always read those pool carefully since last time. Somebody`s trying to mess with our cognitives abilities on iab, i`m pretty sure of that.

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Male 340
@Perfection:
"""Research says" Marijuana has never killed anyone?
Testicular cancer does.
Marijuana causes a rise in Testicular cancer.
Estimated regular usage and estimated risen risk indicates:"

How is that ANY different from cigarettes and lung cancer?

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Male 1,788
""Research says" Marijuana has never killed anyone?
Testicular cancer does.
Marijuana causes a rise in Testicular cancer.
Estimated regular usage and estimated risen risk indicates:

12 million regular users.
8000 people get testicular cancer per year.
70% increase in risk to Marijuana users.

Result:
Total of 400 odd cancer patients a year due to Marijuana.

Thank you for playing."


You are citing one study, done with very few people. Do you know how many hundreds of studies there need to be before the medical community recognizes something like that as a connection and nothing more than a coincidence?

Also, how many of those people die?

Economics are on the side of marijuana. So are statistics and common sense.

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Male 362
iab needs to phrase the first option better. im all for legalization in equality with alcohol, but when i read that, i thought it said all ages so i didnt vote. but now that i read it more slowly ill vote.
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Male 516
We can legalize pot so that all the predictions about technological advances would be FALSE.

Fight the power!

Times aren`t so exponential anymore now are they?!

Let`s degenerate America`s society even more by legalizing marijuana.

Anyone want to fight about it?

/federalgovernmentfacepalm

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Male 154
"Result:
Total of 400 odd cancer patients a year due to Marijuana."

HOLY poo THATS ALMOST .001% OF THE POPULATION
More people die from drinking too much and drowning in their own puke, which is impossible with pot.(you can only OD on pot if you take SO MUCH that you asphyxiate from lack of oxygen)

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Male 2,616
Daniel Tosh got it right when he said Marijuana should be legalized just so we don`t have to hear pot-heads complaining about it all the time. Because they do ALL the TIME.

If I never have to hear one more explanation about how it "isn`t that bad," legalization would be worth it.

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Male 4,793
*votes...`calculating results`...* wow, y`all a bunch of pot heads ^^
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Female 208
if pot was legal, we would eliminate overcrowding in the prisons. Plus the cops would have more time to focus on the real criminals
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Female 1,571
America would totally be out of debt if pot was legal and made on farms and harvested just like crops. If it was legalized, id say keep it the same as the tobacco limit! Tobacco is probably more bad for you then pot.. tobacco has what.. 1000 different chemicals in it after its made into a cigarette...and marijuana is natural! It cant be THAT harmful! Im pretty sure more people have died a tobacco related death than pot..
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Female 706
"Adults CAN be more responsible, so if it was legalized, I`d say an age limit of at LEAST 28."

So people should be able to smoke weed but not until 28? When they are responsible enough to be able to use tobacco at 18 and drink at 21? Why 28, anyway? I mean, I agree that weed should not be legalized for minors but I don`t know why you`re not mature enough to handle it at 25, 26, or 27 but at 28 you are finally responsible enough. We shouldn`t keep pushing back the age where the law says, "you`re finally old enough for us to allow you to decide whether or not you want to take this substance". I know that a 21 year old is not as mature as a 40 year old, but that doesn`t mean that they`re still so helpless that they still need to be told what`s best for them.

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Male 108
ha I mean from like 16-25 (high school-college) is where there are all the party animals and irresopnsible people binge.
so I`m saying at least early 30`s late 20`s would be the safest way to go.
and damn why is this such an important topic anyways? The excuse is that it will earn money and somewhat stabilize the economy, but it`s a DRASTIC change. Just forget about weed and do something productive. :D
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Male 354
Limit should be even with tobacco.
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Male 108
Although it really shouldn`t be legal at all, I suppose if they did legalize it, PLEASE for the love of jesus, keep it out of the hands of minors. It would be the same thing as alcohol, teenagers just go crazy on the stuff, I`m in high school and it sickens me seeing all my friends and even that special girl get lost in the influence. Adults CAN be more responsible, so if it was legalized, I`d say an age limit of at LEAST 28.
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Male 4,867
to be fair it doesn`t make a difference - even though its illegal it doesn`t stop anyone
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Male 1,252
In British Columbia Canada, annual Marijuanna revenue generates more than Mining, Forestry and Agriculture put together.

now watch what happens when we pay tax on it.

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Male 1,270
"And the study you are talking about says that testicular cancer has a higher risk if you smoke a ton of marijuana when you are 14-17."

Most of the people who I know who use marijuana did, in fact, smoke `a ton` in their teenage years. And legalising it will stop kids getting hold of it?

Lets lead by example, if you`re man enough.

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Male 58
@ Baalthazaq

The dangers of marijuana are alot less than that of cigarettes or alcohol.

And the study you are talking about says that testicular cancer has a higher risk if you smoke a ton of marijuana when you are 14-17.

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Female 254
I vote that marijuana should NOT be legalized, but that it should simply be decriminalized.
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Male 4,546
"Research says" Marijuana has never killed anyone?

Testicular cancer does.
Marijuana causes a rise in Testicular cancer.
Estimated regular usage and estimated risen risk indicates:

12 million regular users.
8000 people get testicular cancer per year.
70% increase in risk to Marijuana users.

Result:
Total of 400 odd cancer patients a year due to Marijuana.

Thank you for playing.

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Male 45
I see a different side to this. Economists say that if we were to legalize pot and the government monopolized it, then in theory, we could wipe out some if not much of our nation`s debt. With millions of potheads out there, it might be able to produce that kind of revenue. As for the dangers of it, its really more of a personal risk. Much like alcohol and tobacco, it is in fact a choice to use it. And it will be the user that suffers any consequences there may be. Personally, i wouldn`t smoke it. But hey, there are upsides and downsides to the whole matter.
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Male 17,511
it`s likely meowmeowmeow.
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Male 187
wtf are 70% of the iab users drug addicts?
At least im a kid
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Male 1,270
"Research says that marijuana has never killed anybody"

`Research` misses the fact that there are knock-on effects.

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Male 1,270
I think it`s a case of where to draw the line...there are other drugs which are VERY dangerous socially, and making cannibis legal will surely open the floodgates. Nobody NEEDS cannibis...I guess its the addiction taking over in some people?
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Male 162
Legalize it. The government can then tax it just like alcohol and cigarettes. Smoke `em if you got `em.
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Female 15,763
Wow, people really get worked up about this, don`t they? I don`t think whether it`s dangerous for you or not should have any weight in deciding the legality, as long as there are age restrictions. I`m 18, I can do a plethora of dangerous but legal things. I just decide not to, like I decide not to do any drugs. That`s my choice, and I would hate it if anyone impeded upon it, so I won`t impede upon anyone else`s choice.
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Male 1,788
"I don`t think pot is an end all be all thing that will cause everyone to go to hell, but really, just because one bad thing exists, does that mean we should allow other bad things to exist alongside it?"

What makes you think it doesn`t cause more harm being illegal, than it would legalized?

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Female 94
i`m for legalizing it, i just think that there should be an age limit... 18, like cigs.
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Female 471
I have a friend who runs a kennel out of his home. One of the dogs there had cancer and was on chemotherapy. I had known the dog for a long time, and she just got so weak and too sick to eat, she got so skinny that you could see her bones. My friend was getting scared they’d have to put her down. One day he administered THC drops, which is the active ingredient in liquid form derived from marijuana. She was up and eating and playing outside with the other dogs every time he gave her a few drops. It got her through her chemotherapy without her starving to death, and today she is fully recovered :] marijuana absolutely, without a doubt has medical benefits. I fully support the legalization of it medically and recreationally, recreationally with limits, of course (age, driving restrictions, etc).
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Male 442
I wouldn`t take it myself but they are healthier than ciggarettes (aside from the whole testicular cancer bit) and it would be safer for anyone who already takes it since they don`t need to worry about having their weed spiked.

Also it might help reduce drug trafficking and organised crime since nobody will want weed from them anymore

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Male 629
I already hate having to breathe the smoke from cigarettes.
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Female 447
I am all in for legalizing it, even though scientific studies are finding that it can cause testicular cancer. It would create jobs for farmers and laborers. It would save tons of money for the government due to lack of senseless arrests and imprisonment. The government would also make tons of money on taxes just like they do with cigarettes. Yes, it does contain more chemicals than cigarettes, but there are less harmful chemicals than cigarettes contain. There is more to pro-legalization than just getting stoned. :)
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Female 471
"im straightedge, so screw having pot legalized. thats like giving a mass murderer freedom."

that might be, might be, might be the stupidest metaphor i`ve ever come across.

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Female 471
i get high everyday so one day i can win 8 gold medals. hehe. really though, i love smoking pot. i hope one day its legalized.
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Male 426
you can`t OD on it, there`s little/no hangover involved, almost everyone i know has tried it (family included), it`s not physically addictive (maybe psychologically so, but so is coffee)...

...so what`s the problem?

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Female 12
Research says that marijuana has never killed anybody. You would have to smoke the equivalent of 150 pounds of it to overdose. I think it should be legalized.
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Female 472
Wow. IABers are potheads.

I don`t smoke and I think pot is bad and ruins families and dinner.

No, that`s a lie. It is true I don`t smoke pot and never will, but I don`t see the harm in it. I know a lot of potheads and just as many drunks. I`d rather hang with the potheads.

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Male 4,546
I vote for keeping it illegal.
Medicinal is the exception.

I`d also vote for a smoking ban though. :P

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Male 1,556
"Pot kills sperm"

Ya but isn`t that kinda the persons choice?

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Male 485
squid, i promise u it will be legalized in our lifetimes
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Male 1,204
Hmm... people always talk about cigarettes and alcohol being bad, who cares? they`re too instilled to remove out of our society. You say we should add more poison to our society because there is a greater poison out there. That`s like saying after killing millions of people through drugs, it`s okay to kill another couple thousand through these different drugs.
Although marijuana isn`t near as bad as cigarettes or alcohol, do we really need more drugs screwing the careful balance of endorphins within our body? I don`t think pot is an end all be all thing that will cause everyone to go to hell, but really, just because one bad thing exists, does that mean we should allow other bad things to exist alongside it?

although i do think that the penalties are too severe,

why am i arguing on this forum nobody is seriously going to read this anyway...

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Female 15,763
Banana, so does getting hit in the crotch but that seems to be legal.
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Male 1,509
"pot kills sperm."

Excellent argument for legalization.

"since theres no age restriction option, i guess i`ll just have to go with everyone`s invited :)"

everyone of age = Age restricted (First option)


It`ll never be legalized anyway. No matter how much people want it to be. It has been turned into a horrible drug that FORCES you to move on to getting hooked on Heroin, Cocaine and Reality Television.
Because, cigarettes and alcohol are PERFECTLY safe. /eyeroll

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Female 2,672
legalize nao
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Male 1,764
I don`t think pot is any more dangerous or addictive than, say, alcohol or cigarettes, so I really see no point in banning it. However I`m not willing to fight for it`s legalization. If it gets legalized, fine, but if it doesn`t, I couldn`t care less.
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Male 2,591
and about the aggressive ball cancer thing: if you actually read the ball cancer articles, you`d know that it only affected men who already had ball issues. Like dudes who ever had an undescended ball. and something else about ball problems i forgot. but if you never had a ball catastrophe in your life, you`re good to go.
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Female 1,401
pot kills sperm.
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Male 2,591
since theres no age restriction option, i guess i`ll just have to go with everyone`s invited :)
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Female 495
"Yes, across the board for everyone of age."

There.. ;)

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Female 1,004
....where`s the "Yes, but an age restriction like cigarettes" option?
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Female 4,376
I still say legalize it. Man if I-A-B were the world it would be legalized now lol
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Female 495
"Sarah this is when you smoke them like a ciggie, otherwise with use of filters like bongs and the such, it is healthier.

Even so, cigarettes are smoked much more than spliffs would be, so overall the amount of smoke inhaled is much less."

Yeah i completely agree. Although that just applies to people doing it smartly! I can`t imagine many people would want to smoke a spliff through a filter! I dont think I would!

I would imagine you would inhale much more smoke per spliff than per cigarette though. Although I have no evidence for that!

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Male 1,788
"Of course you can probably find statistics to state otherwise. But don`t you feel that cannabis *might* be dangerous in that respect?? To me saying that it isn`t seems a little short sighted."

The only cases, to my knowledge, where it has been found that a patient who smoked marijuana had cancer, also smoked cigarettes.

Smoking anything produces some risk of cancer, marijuana does not pose a major risk because of three reasons:
1. People who smoke cigarettes usually smoke every single day.
2.. People who smoke marijuana every day don`t smoke packs of joints a day. While marijuana MAY pose more risk per joint, it doesn`t pose as much overall risk.
3. Marijuana does not have to be smoked.

Once again, Tobacco kills however many thousands of people a year, marijuana, none.

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Male 1,078
Habbazoot:

I don`t understand your question.

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Male 311
Sarah this is when you smoke them like a ciggie, otherwise with use of filters like bongs and the such, it is healthier.

Even so, cigarettes are smoked much more than spliffs would be, so overall the amount of smoke inhaled is much less.

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Female 495
Just to play devils advocate.

I know that cigarette smoke is really nasty stuff, and im sure that a big cause of lung cancer is probably more to do with the toxis than actual smoke. --- But some studies have found that smoke from spliffs has 50% more cancer causing carcinogens than tobacco. That was from the British Lung Foundation. Couple with the fact that most people don`t smoke them pure, so you have tobacco toxins in there too.

Of course you can probably find statistics to state otherwise. But don`t you feel that cannabis *might* be dangerous in that respect?? To me saying that it isn`t seems a little short sighted.

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Male 1,219
I have to go with medical only. I mean, drugs have ALSWAYS been used as meds. I don`t trust the general population enough for EVERYBODY to have them >_>
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Male 311
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Male 1,141
If you guys want to be infertile, girls have more testosterone, guys have less testosterone, have diminished or extinguished sexual pleasure and have extremely unhealthy lungs then be my guest. Pot has 50-70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke does and people inhale/hold in pot smoke much more deeply than tobacco smoke causing more exposure to the smoke. ALSO, "In one study, heavy marijuana abusers reported that the drug impaired several important measures of life achievement including physical and mental health, cognitive abilities, social life, and career status." This is from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and I know you`ll all just disagree with me, so good luck being lazy with no kids = ) I am currently taking neuroscience and pot does some pretty detrimental things to the brain and central nervous system. But hey it`s worth being high and relaxed.
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Female 1,653
I vote for
So`s the government can regulate it to a certain extent and all the poor Columbians can get workers rights.

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Male 1,788
Ddraper--Terrible, useless, moronic point.

Rat poison, and cyanide, both kill. First, by your metaphor, cyanide should be legal correct?

Yes of course, why then, you would come back and say, no that`s not what I meant, it should be illegal because it`s bad for you.

So by that you are saying alcohol, because it is bad for you, should indeed be illegal? Well, we tried that. Didn`t work too well.

It would be fine, having less bad things for you being legal, if it didn`t create crime. If it didn`t create drug trafficking, murder, and everything that goes along with it.

ALSO, you are assuming, a major assumption in my eyes, that marijuana is DANGEROUS. Which, sorry to correct you again, but it is not.

ZERO deaths have been associated with marijuana. And police rarely, if EVER, have to fight a combatitive stoned person. Violence and stoners, do not co-exist.

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Male 1,078
Neagle, that`s a good point...Hemp is a fairly viable material, excluding marijuana.

ECONOMIC VIABILITY- IT`S WHAT`S IN POT!

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Male 1,788
One more point for...

8. Government would then be able to regulate those scary THC levels they are always so afraid of.

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Male 311
"but at the same time no as it is bad for you"
explain how.
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Male 1,788
POINTS AGAINST

1. Impossible to regulate
2. Price of regulation would outweigh benefits
3. Increased drug use
4. Increased impaired driving
5. Increased cost in police force used to curtail impaired driving.
6. Everyone would just grow their own.

POINTS FOR
1. Regulate like tobacco, make selling seeds highly illegal, make growing plants without permit highly illegal
2. Billions in tax revenue, corrections, prosecutions, and police force would be saved, outweighing regulation cost.
3. Less drug use, just like people over 21 drink less because it is no longer illegal for them.
4. Cost of policing impaired driving would be less than cost of police now.
5. People wouldn`t grow pot plants if they could buy joints from the gas station down the block.
6. Studies have shown time and time again street officers support legalization of marijuana.
7. Stopping some of the mexican drug trade that is causing a civil war.

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Female 761
I can`t believe there`s so many people for pot. I feel like I`m in bizarro world. Why don`t we just vote Snoop Dogg into high office (no pun intended) and call it a day...a long, mellow day.
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Male 1,404
It should have never been made illegal to begin with. With all the cra_p the "legitimate" tobaco companies have been known to put into there products I say we should have a set limit on the number of plants one can grow and a strict grow your own laws making it illegal to distribute with exception of the seeds or starter plants. Then we can start growing way more hemp commercially with the lessened stigmata on pot.
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2,838
rabe, you must be high right now....
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Male 1,788
If you do the research there`s really no way you can logically say that it should be illegal.
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Male 833
all you need to do to be convinced of its legalization is to look it up lol.... it would better the economy and when legal it wouldnt have to be smoked without filtering, which takes away all the unhealthy effects, as getting the supplies would be way easier when legal, and it could just be plain eaten more often.
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Female 102
I really have no idea. I mean I guess it would be nice just to have it open so all of the dealing crap stops but at the same time no as it is bad for you (except for medical reasons.). Well, maybe an age limit put on it. I`m rather divided on the issue.
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Male 833
shadowmaster.....

is trolling, just leave him alone

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Male 2,388
Right it seems i-a-b has no clue on how surveys are done. Ten thousand questionnaire are taken in both countries and are then compared. DUH they don`t interview the whole country and then compare 3.3 million to 2 million.
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Male 552
I think it should be treated the same as alcohol, legal, with an age limit, and laws prohibiting the use of any machinery, including a car. The way I see it, Marijuana is much less destructive than alcohol, or tobacco.

P.S. I don`t smoke weed. But everyone, EVERYONE in my life does.

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Male 4
im straightedge, so screw having pot legalized. thats like giving a mass murderer freedom.
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Male 260
to bad my nob of a prime minister made it a class b drug, AGAINST EVERYONE`S ADVICE. Stupid hpocritical gordon brown. SCREW YOU BROWN!
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Male 833
yay everyone is voting yes! which is funny cause there are still bunches of comments from the ignorant non smoking people.
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Male 1,526
there should be an age limit, 18 or something. so I didn`t vote
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Male 833
I think it should be legal but not for all ages

should have to be 16-18 ish before alllowed. but yes it should be decriminalized/legalized

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Female 761
And LT, what`s the population of Amsterdam, like 10 million (less?) the population of the US is 300 million so no duh, more people here smoke pot than there. *face palm
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Female 761
I mean, I really don`t wanna live in a country full of stoners--how would we look to other countries. so I voted hell no, but if you have like glycoma or multiple sclerosis or something then you should be able to smoke it to help the pain.
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Male 1,078
As perhaps one of the only non-potheads here (and I don`t plan on trying it), I fully support this. No reason not to. With plenty of restrictions, this will help almost everyone. But it needs to be 18+, taxed like hell, some restrictions while driving etc. Case closed.
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Male 2,245
and you can drive fine high, its actually more enjoyable. that may be due to the fact that i like to drive anyway, but whatever.
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Male 72
Hey Ddraper, you may be true on that but listen to this.

Ask the police what are the cause and effect of the "war on drugs"

also let me know how many people died in the great crusade against a "poison" like marijuana.

If it was just as you were saying then I agreed with you. But too many people in prison, and too many people dead later, the "war" drugs has been a complete and utter failure.

Besides how dare you try to insist what I can and cant do. If what you say is true, you should never be allowed to do anything that could be addicting, which includes a whole loootttaa things such as video games and even basic eating.

There is a reason why they stopped prohibition on alcohol back then, and it will almost parallel with the reason why I think they should legalize marijuana.

BTW about the whole "history thing", you should take your own advice and read up on marijuana history.


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Male 612
actually if you legalize it you will lose many well paying jobs. DONT LEGALIZE for the drug dealers sake...
joke... MAKE IT LEGAL
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Female 741
marijuana would save this country if they taxed it and made it legal for 18+.
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Female 741
Im happy with you people, well most of you

Personally, I think stupid teenage brainless stoners are stupid, but a lot of us are smart and use it for better uses then just being cool.

anyone who is against it`s use, even though they aren`t using it, is just ignorant and will one day die from alcohol poisoning or overdose on pain pills, or even just get cancer of the lungs or throat from cigarettes, since people have actually died from those substances..and not one single person has died from marijuana. It`s proven it actually stunt cancer growth.

I think we should be worrying about crack and speed and heroin,not a substance that has never hurt a person just because some person`s ignorance.

I dont like lettuce, that doesn`t mean I can be like " oh yeah that should totally be illegal"

If you don`t like people peer pressuring you, tell them to grow the drat up and don`t hang out with them. Only immature people peer pressure.

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Female 495
I said no apart from medicine. I used to do a hell of a lot of drugs as a teenager. And I guess it did me no harm, (at the time i think it really screwed a lot of things up for me and im sure I would be more successful now if i had never touched them) but now ive got my masters and ive got a job I love, im happy and healthy. So it worked out fine. So I dont think drugs, least of all cannabis, are always bad or dangerous.

Having said that - what would be the point in legalising it? It isn`t healthy, there is no need to do it, its not something that should really be encouraged. Once it is legalised for any length of time, it will be incredibly hard to go back if it doesnt work out.

Im totally for legal use for certain medicinal purposes however.

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Male 2,245
Ddraper, that`s actually an excellent point. i think i`m back to being a little undecided on this issue.
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Female 101
Ddraper: "Pot has history too, but less, especially in western countries."

actually marijuana was and is greatly used in south america and mexico. your whole comment made no sense at all. and marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol in many cases, and less dangerous than cigarettes*(ifyoursmoking completely untainted marijuana)* alcohol makes many people violent, and makes it hard for people to control thier body (walking, driving, talking) cigarettes do not alter your mind or your percetions of reality, but are riddled with chemicals and addictive substances. Marijuana DOES alter reality and i would NEVER reccomend operating machinery or driving while high, but it does not cause you to act the same as when you are drunk, and although it does create some similar effects as alcohol-these effects are much less. it just makes you laugh and eat alot and drink alot of water. what is the big deal? do it in moderation :)

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Male 20,908
I will say one thing, and a few people I`m sure have said this (patchouly), if it is legalized in the US, it needs to be taxed as much as cigarettes. Right now, it looks like it`s the only thing that`ll start digging the States out of its financial hole.

I`m sure those against it would think it`s a sign of the final days, but if it`s intake is restricted the way alcohol is, it`s a no harm, no foul drug.

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Male 528
Tax it. Money for us, money from dealers.
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Male 2,344
I woulda gone with yes, had it not been "everyone of age". If they do legalize it, I think it needs to have a limit, like 15, as low as it needs to go. everyone starts at about that age, so making it 21 would be pretty much useless. I went with no, because selling pot would not bail us out of our economy.
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Male 156
No. I really can`t stand people who are always smoking weed and trying to get me to try it. Not interested.

It`s just been put back up a class B drug in the UK which I think is good.

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Female 443
If they legalize it I wanna be able to grow ... I don`t want it to be like the tobacco industry...
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Male 7
now, people likes to compare the weed to alcohol and smokes and point out that they are more dangerous. I don`t really know if they are and I`m not saying that they aren`t, but really! people! wake up! It doens`t say that they aren`t dangerous, it`s just that they are less dangerous. Rat poison is less dangerous than cyanide but I still recommend you not to take either. Topacco is legal because it has a long history. It has became a simple part of your life. It is dangerous, but because so many people use it, it is impossible to ban. And alcohol has even more history. Pot has history too, but less, especially in western countries. It is a very good thing that it has been banned, let`s keep it like that. Few greatly dangerous things in the world legal is better than many greatly dangerous things and one less dangerous thing. Have some sence now people!
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Female 590
Yay IABers are a bunch of potheads.
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Female 310
when they take out the fact that its forbidden less people will abuse it because you always want to do what you not supposed to just look at other countries in europe where the drinking age is lower there is less abuse and underage drinking becuase its not something taboo
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Male 4,745
I don`t smoke it at all anymore. I just don`t have time for it. But...It`s a heck of a lot better then booze. I say, legalize it, set a minimum age and tax it to help monitor it.
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Male 2,245
i hate to sound like stupid stoner and say that weed should be legal, but it should be. just consider how much more dangerous drinking alcohol is compared to smoking weed.
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Female 400
"Researchers found that 42% of people surveyed in the U.S. had tried marijuana at least once, and 16% had tried cocaine. About 20% of residents surveyed in the Netherlands, by contrast, reported having tried pot..." From a Time article.
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Female 400
Really good point Lt Skittles. When its legalized for a while the novelty wears off... and its boring. That`s also why we have more kids that abuse alcohol at young ages than other countries because its so forbidden here.
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Male 1,357
Lt_Skittles, that statement is redundant because theres more people in the United States. By tens and tens of millions, so you need percentage of population, and you know what, i think its less.
High five!
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Female 1,963
Yeah, notice it says "everyone of age" that means above the age of 18 (or sometimes 16/21). It doesn`t mean all ages.
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Male 83
More people smoke pot in the United States than people who smoke in Amsterdam where it`s legal.
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Male 28
yes, but 18 and over.
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Male 338
ha... I-A-B is full of potheads...
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Female 1,963
Oh and yes, you can test people for being high while driving. They do it from your spit. I think they started doing that where I live. And obviously I think that if they were to legalize pot, and if tests showed that it impairs your driving ability, then it should be illegal to drive while high.
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Male 1,078
Personally, I would like to see pot legalized and tobacco made illegal (and perhaps set up public rehab centers). I don`t see why anybody smokes tobacco.
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Female 767
Go ahead and do it.
Half of why people do it is BECAUSE it`s illegal.
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Male 488
yay mary
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Female 1,963
I just don`t see the logic of having legal alcohol but illegal marijuana. Either they should both be legal, or both be illegal (which doesn`t make sense). I think this is a no-brainer.
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Female 400
Is that because you can`t SupremeLazy?

btw your name makes me giggle.

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Male 23
i don`t want to imagine the problems that legalized marijuada for everyone would bring...
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Male 1,078
Unmercy:

The inner know-it-all in me is compelled to tell you that the Prohibition happened before the Depression, during the 1920s. Otherwise, I completely agree with you.

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Male 308
hahahaha! router... that iss SOO! true. they should have a seperate lane on the highway for high people (no pun intended) but yea. sooooo true
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Female 400
Yeah, you`re right tornado, I think in the past I`ve been really high that I can`t even walk to the store to get snackies.
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Female 400
Ahahha router you`re right, my friend the other day doesn`t really smoke but had to go home while he was still high and took 45 min, listed to the whole Kanye album and usually its a bout a 10 min drive.

I think people just over think it and take extra safe precautions.

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Male 1,078
Starr:

I`m sure if you smoke enough of it, like absolutely wasted,it could definitely impair your driving. There should be a legal limit for that if pot is legalized.

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Male 612
id rather get in an accident with someone being high b/c the fastest they will go is 15 mph
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Male 612
OHHHHHHHHH my reefer leaf didnt work
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Female 400
I wonder if there is anything you can do to test people if you believe they`re high and driving? Driving high is not the same as driving drunk though, does it impair things that can cause accidents? Cause I`ve never heard of a crash from being high and I`ve know lots of people who do it all the time.
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Male 612
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Female 158
I think it should be legalized for over 16s or 18s. It is less dangerous than alcohol - it doesn`t turn people violent and isn`t addictive. Also, it only raises chances of mental ilness by 1% if you are a long term smoker!
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Male 308
agreed. easy to get, who is going to stop us anyways? the government, Ha! that makes me laugh, they are already failing at the economy, and they think they will be able to tell us what to smoke? pot is less harmful to the body than alcohol, soooooo... DUUUH
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Female 531
i`m not saying all ages, it definately does do some damage to the brain i think. but 18 or 21 would be reasonable and they would have to come up with something comprable to a breathalyzer so people can`t drive while high.
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Female 400
Hey, eff you, I have great morals. Just because I don`t care about things that don`t actually hurt anybody doesn`t mean I don`t have morals.

If the hookers in Amsterdam weren`t tested constantly and didn`t have crazy strict sterile procedures they go through with you before you do the deed, then that would be dangerous and I wouldn`t be so okay with it.

I`m also not for legalizing something like heroine or coke because that hurts people and really effs people`s lives up.

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Male 762
Ive visited this site for a while but as you can see this was my first post, router52000. I couldnt stand silent any longer.
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Male 612
unmercyfuldu thank you for saying that i wanted to say the same thing but was too lazy to type it :P
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Male 208
I don`t smoke it, but it`s easy to get anyway, might as well make it legal.
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Male 1,135
According to this poll 67% of IAB is pot-heads.
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Female 400
Amsterdam was such a cool, relaxed place and I feel safe the whole time. I think people would be surprised how non-seedy it is there. It was also great when you`d pass people on the street and they`re just toking up like nothing.

I don`t smoke here because its too risky with my job and everything but if it was legal I sure would.

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Male 1,182
you guys have no morals at all.

and no one gives a poo if you dont have an opinion that just means your useless

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Male 762
"If it is legalized, there will need to be extremely strict laws put down, or else more people will just start abusing it. Kinda happened with Alcohol after the repeal of the prohibition."

It "kinda" happened with prohibition eh? Sounds like you know what the drat you are talking about. But you are right... "kinda" abusing alcohol is much worse then patronizing gangsters to get your illegal hooch and promoting murder and terrorism.

Here is your prohibition history crash course. During the great depression no one could get a job, which is well... quite depressing, so people drank. After this went on for a while, ass backwards morons like yourself thought people werent working cause they were drunk. So... they abolished alcohol.

Same thing happened with abortions, when they become illegal people get them illegally and often quite dangerously and many have died.

Ive never smoked pot but when you take away people`s rights, people find a way to get th

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Male 119
Where`s the "I really don`t give a care." option?
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Female 400
The Red Light is awesome... I`m sorry that I missed the Blue Light though (male hookers) haha.
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Female 660
haha yeah starrstreet. It`s illegal to smoke tabacco in cafés,shop,shores,indoor public places. So you can imagine how stupid people think it is in a coffeshop lol
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Male 1,078
And let the flaming begin...

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Starr, that comment inspires me to go to Amsterdam one day. I don`t smoke it, but I want to see that... and you know, I heard the Red Light...ok I`ll shut up now.

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Male 5,314
" only snort coke off dead hookers.. " male hookers boners

hahaha

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Female 400
I love that when I went to Amsterdam it was illegal to smoke tobacco in the coffeeshops so if someone was in there suspicious that you might`ve been smoking a cigarette you had to be like, "Nooo, no, its just pot I swear!"
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Male 420
yeah, EVERYONE uses it up here in Canada, and frankly no one gives a rats ass either
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Male 889
i only snort coke off dead hookers..
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Male 1,718
MMMmm? interesting. It seems that i-a-b members arent all pot heads. I suppose thats good to know. Now if it were 4chan.....
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Male 1,182
you fu-cking drug addicts next thing you know we will be voting to legalize cocaine.
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Female 660
I live in The Netherlands. They sell pot in coffeshops here. I don`t use it but I don`t mind if others use it.It`s not as harmful as some people think it is. I`ve bought it before with a friend of mine (from the states,she was curious) and it`s just like any normal coffeeshop. They don`t sell alcohol there and nothing besides marijuana,sport drinks,coffee,tea and snacks. Some shop have pool table game room etc and I remember when I was in college,the shop across my school had internet for free and printers lol I used to do my homework there and drink tea while my classmates smoke up. I`m sure some people think all potheads are slow druggie doing nothing but it`s not,at least not here.
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Male 276
"If it is legalized, there will need to be extremely strict laws put down, or else more people will just start abusing it. Kinda happened with Alcohol after the repeal of the prohibition."

or maybe people do it just to rebel against their parents? so by legalizing it less people will be doing it

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Male 386
Pretty much every kid at my school smokes it regularly (and it`s a very good school). There are plenty of kids in the same AP courses I`m taking, getting better marks than me (95%+)
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Male 2,028
I voted to legalize it, but was really surprised by the results I saw. 58% for total legalization (although the fact that only 42 people voted before me so far probably skewed the results).
I`d like to see the results in a few hours.
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Male 4
Smoking marijuana is a victimless crime and I am really against enforcing victimless crimes (like seat belt laws). The argument is that there are victims if someone under the influence kills somebody else driving but my counterargument is that it should be enforced like drinking where you are arrested if you have too much in your system. It should be allowed like alcohol is.
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Male 976
If it is legalized, there will need to be extremely strict laws put down, or else more people will just start abusing it. Kinda happened with Alcohol after the repeal of the prohibition.
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Male 2,388
omg there have been three votes including mine and im appalled at the person who voted it should only be used medically :P
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Male 20,908
Link: I-A-B Poll o` The Day: Should Pot Be Legalized? [Rate Link] - In the article posted above this one, a recent poll says 40% of people are OK with it. What do I-A-B readers think?
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