In A Recent Survey, 40% Of People Say Legalize It

Submitted by: VictoryRider 8 years ago in
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/february_2009/40_say_marijuana_should_be_legalized

People are getting closer and closer to accepting the legalization of marijuana.
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Male 432
thebandit
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
54 Posts Sunday, February 22, 2009 6:02:37 PM
Abacab2112 i love you.
it makes me sad to see personal judgement fading away the way it seems to be (tho hopefully no longer).
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:-) Dr. Ron Paul cured my apathy.
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Male 10
despite what my thinger says im a teenager an di believe that the 18 plus law is kinda crap, i have my own opinions and shtuff. I`m anarchistic adn under that type of "government" all this stuff would b legal and really no one would b able to say dif, the only ppl that would b able to stop it is the community and that would be a moral that is taught, that way if they decided to go against their elders, it wouldn`t be any punishment by any1 outside of the family in which they live
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Female 495
"well duh. illegal marijauna is just a dragged out projibition. if drugs wer leagal. i mean all drugs. we could end almost all gang violence. they would have no way to make money."

Wrong.

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Female 531
xbox, by your statement, taking tylenol for a headache or vicoden after a surgery is stupid... damn you`re so smart, i wish my doctors would have been as smart as you, then i never would have had to deal with that pesky numbness and lack of pain after my surgery!
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Male 1,089
lol projibition. always spell check before attempting to sound well read.
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Male 1,089
well duh. illegal marijauna is just a dragged out projibition. if drugs wer leagal. i mean all drugs. we could end almost all gang violence. they would have no way to make money. and even when it is illegal theres still that 5% of the population thats going to use it no matter what. the "war on drugs" might as well be "lets go make gangs some money and destroy some teens life in a poor neighboorhood." same with public schooling, a little off subject but still, poor area= less taxes= crappy schools. if u made school privatized u could have the nordstroms and walmart of schooling. get wut u can afford with maybe a tax refund for a better school.
agreed iab?
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Male 648
Trix, that stuff isnt illegal because the alcohol and tobacco industries pour allllooooot of money into politicians pockets in campaign contributions...and on the back end they keep their poisons legal...Who do you think is behind all the "Above the Influence" commercials??? Alcohol companies dont want you smoking weed...they want you getting poofaced...bar hoppin...and killing your liver.
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Male 147
"If anyone uses anything to make them feel better or to have fun (more than just socially) is stupid."
So using anything other than social interaction for entertainment is stupid? I guess that rules out the internet for you xboxman!
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Male 362
lol, coming from a guy named xboxman
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Male 380
If anyone uses anything to make them feel better or to have fun (more than just socially) is stupid.
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Female 1,063
I do it because I like it.
I feel that the gov`t doesn`t make it legal because they can`t tax it. The stuff can grow almost anywhere. I once found a plant (albeit skinny and very pale, lol) growing behind one of my bookshelves. I had a pipe leak and the floor got wet so the dammed thing grew right where the seed landed.
It also doesn`t not make you dumb. I have graduated college and have a great career. Cigarettes and alcohol is way more addicting and can (and does) kill you! How come THAT isn`t illegal? It`s so fkn backwards.
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Female 471
god damn. go maren!
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Female 531
i`m reading back and seeing all these people say that if you smoke you are retarded or stupied or whatnot. How self ritcheous can you be? you think you`re better than us because your straight edge? do you drink coffee, because right there you facing a worse addiction that pot is. i smoke on a daily basis and i definately don`t consider myself retarded. I`ve gone through college, i`ve lived a full life, i can still beat anyone of my friends or family at trivial persuit! if pot made me dumb, i wouldn`t have over $10,000 saved up on a military enlisted salary from a year. and furthermore, intelligence isn`t all learned from a book. You have to do things to learn things, and i`ve learned amazing things about myself and society through pot. Pot is the only reason i didn`t go to rehab for anorexia when i was 19. pot taught me how flimsy or solid a relationship can be. Pot is not for retarded people. It`s a choice, and frankly, its not for people to judge, because you can be judged too.
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Female 4
Boomshot:

Although you presume that I am a "boob" as deemed by your archaic insult, I am merely not a windbag such as yourself.

Please do stay out of the lives of recreational "no-brained" marijuana smokers. We do it to have a pleasurable escape from ridiculously ancient forum trolls. Also, I`ll be laughing my ignorant self to the bank when I finish my college degree in Chemistry.

Have fun thinking about that at night when you`ve got a stoner running the power plants and chemical production stations!

I think I`m ready for a blunt right about now. Care to join?

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Male 212
""I think that marijuana should be legalized, but regulated. It should be 18+ just like tobacco and only in your home or on your own private property and you MUST have a job as well."
WTF? I was all for what you said until I got to the job part. You seriously think the government should force you to have a job? I mean, it`s a good thing and all but if I don`t want one that`s my right."
not to mention two friends could hire each other
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Male 2,313
"I think that marijuana should be legalized, but regulated. It should be 18+ just like tobacco and only in your home or on your own private property and you MUST have a job as well."

WTF? I was all for what you said until I got to the job part. You seriously think the government should force you to have a job? I mean, it`s a good thing and all but if I don`t want one that`s my right.

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Male 362
the reason that marijuana is considered a gateway drug is because its the first illegal drug people are usually willing to try since its effects are very mild compared to stronger drugs and they just arent very afraid to try it since so many people do already. smoking pot is a very easy law to break without feeling like a piece of poo about yourself for having broken the law. the feeling of "oh, i tried drugs and i dont see this messing with my future" is what gets people on to the harder stuff. if pot were legalized, people would be less inclined to associate pot with the harder drugs. if they dont relate pot and hard drugs, then they will still have that fear associated with doing drugs for first time users, except drugs will be more looked down upon because pot wouldnt be considered a part of it.

they didnt teach me not to run on sentences in school.

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Male 2,313
"Opponents of legalization argue that marijuana is harmful to health and has a “gateway effect,” encouraging use of harder and more dangerous drugs."

Oh, drat you. Alcohol and tobacco are a hundred times more harmful than marijuana, so we`ve established that them being harmful is not a reason to ban substances, and it`s only a gateway drug if you make the conscience decision to take harder drugs. It doesn`t make you, saying so is bullsh*t and get the f*ck out of any intelligent debate if you`re to try and pull that one.

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Female 688
its sleepy time, beloved thread. 3.15am bedtime calls.
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Male 3,296
huh.....

whats taking us so long??

what are we scared off. and the gov, is looking for revenue, here it is.

just like prohibition in 1933 heres MJ on 2009

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Female 688
turning an impressionable young mind to the perils of drugs? BE ASHAMEDDDD.
hahaha, i was completly kidding.

aside from it being a dumb idea in my mind, i have other reasons for staying well away. people say `never say never`, but i can deffinatly say never haha.

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Male 362
if i thought for a second that you were being serious i would feel like such a piece of poo
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Female 688
yea. and germany did the reverse in 1923.
bloody hell. its grim to be alive in times like theseeee.

... almost makes me turn to drugs.

bahaha.

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Male 362
didnt russia try to do the same thing? and by try i mean fail miserably.
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Female 688
on a totally unrelated subject, i just heard that the bank of england are printing more money to combat low inflation.

good god.
a pack of chinchillas could run this country better than labour.

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Male 362
Abacab2112 i love you.
it makes me sad to see personal judgement fading away the way it seems to be (tho hopefully no longer).
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Female 688
also, just call me megann :)
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Female 688
i was just reading through previous pages.. its dead funny to read how people are really going off on one about the economy and then at the end are like... IT STARTS WITH WEED

lmaoo.

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Male 362
megann_exoh glad to see your still here... i hope Baalthazaq gets back tho. ive been having too much fun with this
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Female 688
i must admit, i giggled when you said about the cardboard boats, Baalthazaq.
i love camel riding thoughh :)

i still havnt closed this page. hahaha, im so forgetful :/

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Male 432
ONLY 40%?

I think it`s prohibitionist laws like this that weaken the moral character of this country. When the responsibility of taking care of a person goes from the parents or the person himself to the government, then what do you have? You have a society of people stuck in a state of infantile dependency where they must be reminded by laws what is right and wrong, not by common sense or virtue. Without common sense or virtue, you get situations like we are in now, where the people treat the treasury like a place to make withdrawals from the bank. The national debt at around $10 trillion and our currency can hardly buy anything compared to a century ago. Lawmakers are taking away people`s freedoms with no backlash. We have troops stationed in 130 countries and people don`t even notice. That`s what happens when the government takes control. We need to take it back.

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Male 362
god hope you come back to this page Baalthazaq. but in your perfectly logical world, a few things you like to do (racing, skiing, cardboard-boating) would also be illegal.
DEMOLITION MAN!!!
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Male 362
i never hit the reset button. that comment about humans being animals was a way for me to show you which direction i am coming from, where everything is legel and then outlawed rather than illegal then legalized. and i wasnt trying to push pot propaganda on megann_exoh, but dont expect me to stop arguing just because im arguing with a minor.

and im back :)

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Female 1,380
wow....this topic is crazy...
I think that marijuana should be legalized, but regulated. It should be 18+ just like tobacco and only in your home or on your own private property and you MUST have a job as well. The government spends so much money from marijuana a year and its rediculious. The citizens who can hold down a steady job and get the poo that they need to get done done should be able to relax after a long days work with a nice joint or a few bowl hits. We pay our taxes, and do what needs to get done...theres so many more important things the police could spend their time and our tax dollars on instead of marijuana. I personally don`t believe the government should have any right to tell me what to put in MY body.
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Male 670
You guys are annoying. Smoke pot if you want to, but as long as you`re not crashing cars into other people, no one cares.
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Male 4,546
You`re welcome.
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Male 78
man boomstick IS a douche
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Female 688
by the way, thanks Baalthazaq for putting into words what i couldnt regarding the whole negative effects on my peers thing.

i think it was partially me to blame with my poor wording as well as him for manipulating what i said. its all cool tho, we reached an agreement of sorts. it ended on the cool.

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Female 688
god, boomsick. your a peen and a half.
you proper need to sort your life out :(
i think its sad your getting such basic life advice from a 16 year old when your like 30 odd. thats really quite grim isnt it?

shouldnt you have figured it out for yourself by now?

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Male 4,546
I don`t mind shouting matches on their own.

I started uninterested, I made a comment against whoever said legalizing it wouldn`t matter. Then someone responded so I got interested. Then they just hit the reset button on the issue and it bugged me.

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Male 122
"You sir are a douche."

Have you ever noticed that in the absence of strong rational arguement, that incompetent and inarticulate boobs resort to personal insult?

One presumes that if you had an opinion actually supported by fact you would not stoop to such levels.

In any case, to all of you that would invest your time and effort in attempting to legalize marijuana - I wish you good luck! I`m confident that your wasted efforts will have only one result: To keep you from using your time in wiser ways which might actually accomplish something meaningful.

In the meantime - keep smoking! The quality jobs and higher pay available to people who actually have brains will be enjoyed by the rest of us.

Thank you for choosing marijuana!

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Male 4,546
Funstuff:
Skydiving: Never.
Raced in a car: Yes. (Alot)
Paintball: Yes. (A hell of a lot).
Bungee Jumping: Yes. (Once)
Rugby: A lot in the past. (Tore up my knee and needed physiotherapy for 6 weeks).
Sandboarding, Horseriding, Camelriding, Skiing, and I`m sure some other stuff off the top of my head I can`t think of.... I once built a boat out of cardboard and took it sailing in the sea to see how long it`d last...


Substances:
Smoked: Never. (All but one grandparents died of lung cancer, usually hospitalized for more than 2 years).
Drank: Yes. (A few times, never liked any of it).
Greasy foods: Yes.
Drugs: Never. (Prescriptions don`t count I assume).

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Male 122
"You`re not angry because of my sarcasm. You`re angry because I disagree. Otherwise you`d have likely said something about the dismissive comments from the people who agree with you too. You didn`t. "

I just happened to see yours first, honest. I hate shouting matches, because it muddles the issue and doesn`t accomplish anything in regards to getting whatever it is settled. I promise those people piss me off no less. :)

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Male 3,819
For what it`s worth, I`m pretty sure weed helped me develop nice case of anxiety.

I don`t look down on people who smoke weed, but it`s definitely not good for everybody. Just saying.

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Male 4,546
Sorry Imjesus, but when someone ends a debate by ignoring everything said for the last hour and retreats into "I personally think of humans as animals, and that we would be happier if we were more grounded to our roots so keep that in mind with everything i say".

The alternative was wondering why he`s on a computer and not foraging for berries in the underbrush.

Despite the sarcasm, my point illustrates my position perfectly. Healthier == Happier.

You`re not angry because of my sarcasm. You`re angry because I disagree. Otherwise you`d have likely said something about the dismissive comments from the people who agree with you too. You didn`t.


Such as
"Boomstick:
You sir are a douche.
Go smoke some weed and calm down."

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Male 362
sorry, i know i said i would leave, but i saw baalthazaq is still here so i gotta say one more thing
i didnt say that because you dont smoke pot you dont enjoy life, but judging from your arguments, i highly doubt you do anything that could decrease your lifespan. have you ever raced in a car? have ever been skydiving? no matter what, the human lifespan will always be relatively short. you dont enjoy life because you wont let yourself enjoy what life you have.

and now im out.... i promise this time

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Male 4,546
The_Bandit,

I find it incredibly sad that you seem to think that because I haven`t smoked pot, I don`t enjoy my life.

Effectively "No pot? Then what else is there?!".

Very, very sad indeed.

(Incidentally, no, it`s not 1-2 hours as my link demonstrates.
You`re still forcing a false conclusion on a <17 year old when you try to get her to compare 10 year effects in a 5 year timespan, then dismissed her response by arguing direction of correlation.

So the exact wording of your question is irrelevant, as you still make the same flaw for the same reasons. I wasn`t correcting your grammar.)

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Male 122
"I happen to think we`d be happier if we weren`t dying of lung cancer and slightly retarded.
I guess we`re all right in our own little way..."

Sarcastic oversimplifications of an issue are immature and counterproductive; they`re more like bullying than debating. Stop that bullpoo if you`re interested in trying to understand another person`s stance on an issue.

I say legalize it. I`m one of those liberal people who`s all about personal choice, and not legally requiring traditional values. More than just ethically, though, I don`t see how the u.s. can justify banning weed practically. Given how rampant marijuana is, I feel I`m beginning to know what prohibition was like. Yes, I use.

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Male 362
from themself, sorry typo.
but it was fun. ill be back later to take on anyone else. arguing about pot has become a sort of hobby for me.
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Male 362
and my concluding statement because im about to go to my parents house, is that nobody should protect you from yourself, the only time law should be included is when danger comes from an outside source.
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Female 688
last post was for jewsus, btw.
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Female 688
its people like you that make me REALLLLLLLY mad.

you go on about how drugs `open your mind` but you are SO close minded, its unbelievable. you have no respect for law obiding people or authorety. your gonna do well in life. your a winner.
whatever.

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Male 362
I`ll admit, that the very first time a person smokes pot could be considered retarded because of the fact that they are doing something illegal that they dont know what it does. (try as hard as you can, you cant explain being high to a non-user). but if someone knows what theyre doing, they will generally get away with it (thus usually taking the law factor out)... but not always
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Male 58
"everyone knows that most laws are there to protect us."

Another poor brainwashed soul.

Go Pot!

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Female 688
i didnt mean that smoking pot makes you retarded, like properly. i meant that you are retarded for doing it. but i guess thats not much better lol. i shouldnt have used the word retarded, i should have said its a silly thing to do.
i guess i kinda am for legalisation, but either way its just meh. i guess it would stop some things but cause others. its swings and roundabouts i suppose.

im sorry for snapping too, i shouldnt have said what i did. it was pretty unreasonable of me lol. sorrryyyyy :)

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Male 362
megann_exoh
im sorry i snapped at you earlier, i just have a tendency to take implications as direct insults.
I=pothead, pothead=retarded, therefore I=retarded. but overall it kinda sounds like your for the legalization, but i could be wrong.
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Male 362
Baalthazaq
but see potheads arent retarded, thats the thing people dont seem to get. yes they are retarded while they are high, which lasts betwen 1-2 hours, but they are not retarded people. potheads are generally very good at choosing a time to be retarded when it wont cause problems.

and god i hope you dont live to be 80 and look back and regret playing it safe your whole life... then dying anyway

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Female 688
other factors probably have a lot to do with declining grades. but whatever, we all know its unbenaficial. i chose not to do it, and i think people that do smoke it are fools. we are all born with a sense of right from wrong and everyone knows that most laws are there to protect us. at the end of the day, its up to the person what they do. legalise it, or not. i really dont care all that much. i have much more important things to be worrying about in my life than others peoples choice of recreational activities.
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Male 362
Baalthazaq
i didnt ask if she saw anything bad happen, i asked if those bad things THAT SHE DID SEE HAPPEN were related to anything other than the regulation of pot.
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Male 4,546
I happen to think we`d be happier if we weren`t dying of lung cancer and slightly retarded.

I guess we`re all right in our own little way...

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Male 362
megann_exoh
im going to go ahead and say that smoking pot at the moment is no less than irresponsible. with that said, wouldnt it be more likely for irresponsible people to do an irresponsible thing such as smoke pot (note that i say pot, not drugs). and isnt it also safe to say that irresponsible people tend to just not apply themselves at school because of the fact that they would rather watch tv than do homework?
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Male 4,546
The_Bandit, I`d appreciate it if while you preached about what a "truly caring" society would be, you don`t push Marijuana propaganda on someone you obviously think is in the 13-17 age category.

"Have you noticed anything bad happen to any of your friends due to Marijuana?"

No. Obviously not. The same can be said of tobacco saying as signs don`t tend to show up until years out of highschool.

Furthermore, how would a 13-17 year old notice the difference in learning capabilities of one of her peers? How many grade scales would someone have to fall before another student would notice?

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Male 362
Baalthazaq
man its hard to argue with you because we have two majorly different views on a perfect world. i personally think of humans as animals, and that we would be happier if we were more grounded to our roots so keep that in mind with everything i say. smoking only causes personal health problems when done in excess. id say more people eat greasy foods than smoke, and when done in excess will kill people faster than cancer.
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Female 688
thebandit, if i looked at my year group in school, and separated drugs users and non drug users, i can conclusivly say that at least 80%`s grades are not what was expected of them or what they are capable in comparison to their grades prior to drug use.

in addition, there are a whole host of non-physical dangers and effects that are direct results of drug use that can be equally as damaging as reduction of brain capacity or whatever.

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Male 362
never apologize for saying what you think
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Male 362
megann_exoh
female 13-17
your peers are probably in your age group, as thats a piece of the definition of "peers". im sorry if i didnt make myself clear that their most certainly should be an age cap on smoking marijuana because of brain development. but has what happened to your peers been anything other than getting in trouble due to the fact that they were doing something illegal?
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Male 4,546
Also, just throwing this out there:
The reasons they were making it illegal is irrelevant if there are still legitimate reasons not to do it.

Incest is illegal *currently* due to various genetic problems that occur. It doesn`t matter that monkeys have the same taboos from some primal defense mechanism, or that cavemen believed sleeping with your sis turned your soul to salt or whatever.

"Incest does not turn your soul to salt" is not a legitimate argument for legalizing it today.

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Female 688
sorry, thebandit. i shouldnt have told you to stfu. your entitiled to your point and all that. just proper riles me when people jump to conclusions. sorry again.
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Male 362
Baalthazaq
it sounds like your saying that cigarettes are only legal because of population control. im sure your not saying that tho because thats a very bold and very wrong statement.
when you say "Tobacco would be illegal if they care about individuals (Cancer alone should be enough for this statement). " you are only considering lifespan as something to be cared about. and caring isnt the same thing as forcing. caring would be trying to get people to WILLFULLY not smoke.
watch demolition man, while its not a very good movie (in my opinion) it does make a big point on what you`re saying
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Female 688
umm, yeah okay. how about you just stfu thebandit? i dont base what i think on `what my mommy told me`, i base it on what i have seen happen to my peers. its not difficult to work out that DRUGS ARE BAD. there is NO `excuse` for using them. if you want to, thats fine. whatever. just dont complain when your thick as pig shiz.
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Male 4,546
Well, I concur it`s a vague concept.

I assumed specific goals in the logical society which included harm to individuals as well as society as a whole.

Tobacco would be illegal if they care about individuals (Cancer alone should be enough for this statement).

The logical society is letting you smoke because it kills you. (Although a more logical step would be to shoot you when you hit 60). This gives population control, (you die and die younger than non smokers), and makes sure most people contribute their entire lives and not just for part of it.

Also "T.V. Rots the brain" is more a disproved catchphrase from Soccer Moms, "Marijuana rots the brain" is documented research.

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Male 3,819
When I was just a wee little sprout, my mama sat me down on her knee and gave me this timeless advice:

"I would rather you get high than be drunk. If you were to drive drunk, you could kill somebody. The worst you could get pulled over for while high is driving too slow."

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Male 362
ummm, strange double post. sry bout that.

but megann_exoh
you may not be retarded enough to use pot, but you are retarded enough to think of pot users as retarded based on what mommy told you.

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Female 688
infact, i DO care. it really annoys me the way the bizzies (police) just arnt arsed about it at all. my school, theres this one guy thats a total bag head and he sells and everything. we have a full time police officer in our school and he just isnt not arsed about it at all.
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Male 362
a perfectly logical society? firstly that is a very VERY vague concept, but im going to go ahead and roll with what i think you`re trying to say. in a perfectly logical society, these substances would not be illegal. what WOULD be illegal would be the bad things that the initial legalization was trying to prevent. they didnt outlaw pot because they didnt want people smoking it, they outlawed it because they didnt want people doing the bad things that could result from it.
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Female 688
to be honest, i dont care. im not retarded enough to use it and so it affects me in no way.
i can see both sides of the argument, but i really just dont give one.
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Male 7
It`s silly how legal marijuana should be.
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Male 362
a perfectly logical society? firstly that is a very VERY vague concept, but im going to go ahead and roll with what i think you`re trying to say. in a perfectly logical society, these substances would not be illegal. what WOULD be illegal would be the bad things that the initial legalization was trying to prevent. they didnt outlaw pot because they didnt want people smoking it, they outlawed it because they didnt want people doing the bad things that could result from it.
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Male 362
someone counter-argument please. i have so much fun doing this
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Male 4,546
I`m not arguing for it`s legalization here. I`m simply countering the bad argument that making it legal will not impact (or will reduce) usage.

Having said that, in a perfectly logical society, lots of things would be banned that are currently available, including addictive substances like Tobacco and Alcohol, which account for millions of deaths, rapes, and spousal abuse.

A comparison is basically saying:
"Marijuana is ridiculous"
"So? We do many ridiculous things, why not this additional ridiculous thing?"

"Because it`s ridiculous" is still a valid answer, even if it is less ridiculous than previously mention things.

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Male 362
baalthazaq, you`re right. if they legalize pot, more people will use it. but is that any excuse to keep it illegal? everybody i know watches television. should t.v. be illegal? i`ve heard all my life that t.v. rots the brain, but its never been illegalized.
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Male 4,546
Also, massive "lulz" a Kougaji flying off the handle at someone practically agreeing with him, and all the while talking about how Marijuana kills no brain cells.

Way to go at stereotyping yourself.

Almost as cool as the first argument I ever heard in favour of Marijuana. "No man, Marijuana makes you... um... uhhhh... what? ... oh... Marijuana makes you ... ummm... oh! Smart! because it`s umm... weed"

Was 14 when I heard that. Never touched the stuff.

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Male 362
I know this will probably hurt my credibility for anti-legalization people. I still consider myself a clear thinker even though i am not always THE most responsible person in the world.
I have driven drunk
I have driven high
driving high (while still a very bad idea) is much safer than driving drunk. dont believe anybody who hasnt done both, because they have no way of knowing other than word of mouth.
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Female 15,763
Was anyone else completely distracted by all the Palin ads?
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Male 4,546
Legalizing anything ups the usage. Has always been the case.

It`s true of abortion. It`s true of gun use. It`s true of drugs. It`s true of alcohol. It`s true of everything else that people claim legalization has no impact on.

Alcohol use went down during prohibition, the problem was cost went up, where the money went was worse, and usage did not go down enough to warrant the drawbacks. It still went down.

Legalizing abortion demonstrated a spike and rise in abortion since it`s legalization from 20 per 1000 to 28 per 1000 and has never returned to 1975 levels despite severely improved birth control methods.

You often hear stories of "Alcohol being widely available in Saudi Arabia despite the illegality", when the truth of the matter is their average consumption in the country is 5.5 units per person a year compared to the UK`s 520.

Legalization matters.

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Female 2,927
personaly, i dont care either way, but i dont see the big deal against it. you never hear of violent crimes done by a person ON weed. selling it, dealing it,yeah but not on it.from what i hear its your happy, your hungry then your sleepy. thats it. more damage seems do be done by drunks than pot heads.
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Male 362
boomstick, you need some learnin son

people dont grow to dislike pot the older they get, its the older generations who dislike pot because in their time drugs werent as rampant, and people believed the anti drug propaganda because they didnt have any real world drug experiences to base them off of. and theyre nearing death.

and this point on your other argument about going to work stone.
if he were to tell his boss that he was stoned, he would be fired. he wouldnt be fired because of bad work, he would be fired for using illegal drugs. if pot was legal, he would not be fired for using illegal drugs because pot would not be illegal. although he probably would still get fired for coming to work under the influence.

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Male 3,255
@Kougaiji

Ever heard of an insult, idiot? Pulling out your gun and firing wildly when someone talks bad about your precious life-blood, weed, really shows your true levels of cognitive reasoning.

Grow up. I`m not an ignorant retard and I`ve smoked the poo, almost constantly from the ages of 13-17 to be precise. If the conversation is over your head, just smile and nod. It makes you look stupid when you fly off the handle about something you THOUGHT someone meant.

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Female 652
"legalize it.. time to recognize itt..."
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Male 3,255
I say we do a trial legalization. Make it legal for 5 or 10 years (must be 18 or 21, and only in your own home of course), at the end of which, it automatically goes back to being illegal. Then we take another vote to see if we want to go back to legal permanently.

That way we can see actual results of a pot legal society here in America.

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Male 604
ignorant retards?
http://coedmagazine.com/2009/02/06/the-1...

and that`s not counting all the scientists and lawyers that don`t get fame, all the musicians like the beatles and rolling stones, pink floyd, etc.

Ignorant people (aka zerocyde) are ignorant, and smoking cannabis (which kills no brain cells and causes no cancers) is not a cause of that.

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Male 3,255
As much as weed and the ignorant retards that smoke it disgust me, I can see no reason why it should be illegal. Just keep it out of the hands of people driving, and make sure it stays in peoples own homes so me and my kids don`t have to get the poison in our lungs and I say go ahead, legalize it.

It`s no where near as destructive to the individual and those around the individual as alcohol, and it will help keep prison resources spent on things more deserved.

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Male 12
the problem with legalizing it is the level of the society.
a cultural rich and aware society, a civilized and educated one will take maryJ just as a good wine, while a different society will just smoke it`s ass out and produce deranged future generations.

I`m against it. our society is lacking.

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Male 1,219
All I have to say is: I don`t do it and I like it that way.
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Female 4,376
I haven`t even smoked pot yet and even i say just legalize the damn thing. It isn`t that big of a deal.
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Female 4
Boomstick:

You sir are a douche.

Go smoke some weed and calm down.

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Female 1,653
I figure they may as well if only because that way the columbians who make that shizz get a fairer deal.
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Female 1,082
i just feel like it is your decision to do something stupid if you want to, and its not up to the government to make the choice for you. theres nothing wrong with recreational marijuana, its just like recreational alcohol.
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Male 122
"I go to work stoned all the time"

Nice. I predict a successful future for you in the workplace. I wonder though - since you are such a strong supporter for the legalization of marijuana - do you tell your boss that you`re coming to work stoned? If not you`re missing an opportunity to make a stong statement.

But you`re not telling him are you? I can tell you why... because you know you will be fired if he were to find out.

I hope you don`t drive a fork-lift at work - since I would hate for you to take someone else with you when it all catches up with you.

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Male 122
"I like the way Doug Benson puts it. "the only reason weed is illegal is cause old f*cks vote" Once all the older generation dies off then we will see legalization."

You are funny. Tell me - have you found the fountain of youth? Are you planning on staying young forever?

Unless you know something that the rest of us don`t, the older generation will never be gone since... brace yourself for this... PEOPLE GET OLDER. You might actually get to be a member of that generation one day - unless of course Darwin catches up to you along the way.

The same people that were protesting at Berkley in the 70`s are the conservatives that you`re complaining about now.

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Male 122
"Another thing is that all studies show that once legalized use will not go up."

You are full of crap.

No such study has been conducted - for the obvious reason that no such situation has existed. The situation in Amsterdam is not, and never was, as you have described it.

Further - the situation in Amsterdam is far from rosy. Social problems are rampant there among drug users. This is not to say that marijuana is responsible for all of these problems - but there are clear consiquences that come with the premissiveness in Amsterdam.

It`s pretty easy to say things with the phrase "all studies show" in them. But unless you know what you`re talking about you reveal your ignorance.

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Male 119
only 40%? How stupid are you america?
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Male 1,766
only 40% im sure upward of 90% has used though
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Male 1,232
I`m kinda 50/50 on this, not sure if they should, or shouldn`t. Didn`t really choose a side yet.
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Male 48
The real reason why it`s still illegal is because it supports the huge unnecessary prison system, and because of pharmaceutical companies not being able to refine THC properly. http://blip.tv/file/1356143 Watch this, it`s pretty biased but it does bring up a lot of good points.
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Male 10
Another thing is that all studies show that once legalized use will not go up. Well of course there will be a celebratory spike in use but over time use has actaully been shown to drop. Thats what happened in Amsterdam, They legalized and after the celebratory spike in use dropped the total number of smokers actually went down. Also youth use dropped substatially. This all sounds liek a good thing to me.
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Male 10
I like the way Doug Benson puts it. "the only reason weed is illegal is cause old f*cks vote" Once all the older generation dies off then we will see legalization.

Oh and as for SirKevin you my sir are full of poo. I go to work stoned all the time, do a great job also. My boss tells me that I am his best employee he has ever had. I get paid more than any of his other workers.

One other thing is that decriminalization is the most stupid thing that a country can do. Why take away all the penalties for it but still put the power for who provides it and sets the quality standards in a drug dealers hand. The same drug dealer is going to want to push coke and meth and other more expensive drugs on the person who just wants weed.

If we legalize then we will put the power in the hands of people who will do quality control over it. Also we can tax the poo out of it. Think of the tax profits we will reap from it.

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Male 612
it is a natural plant the government has no right to say we cant use it, (same goes for poppy and coca leaf.the law shouldnt be about growing the raw ingredients but in refining them (such as opium to heroine). there is too many drug related people in prison that arent really a threat to socity. i personally dont do drugs but i think the natural stuff should be legal after all it was here before we were.
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Male 486
Legalize it for goodness sake. It`s no worse than tobacco or alcohol.
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Male 928
There are other reasons I think it should be legal as well, but the only way to win over conservatives (most of whom take advantage of the legality of alcohol) is to talk about taxes. Even if something is a social ill, I would like the freedom to make that choice.
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Male 240
If you think it should be legalised, you`re an idiot. Decrimialise, yes, but the last thing the world needs is more pot heads. When you smoke weed, what do you want to do? Nothing. Good luck getting anything done. It`d be useless. I dont know about america, but in England there isn`t "Millions from taxpayers`" money going into fighting it. If the police here find you with a spliff, they`ll take it off you. Yup. Just that. I have nothing against it, it just shouldn`t be legalised.
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Male 10,440
"ganj", never heard that one before.
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Male 928
We have a higher percentage of our citizens in jail than any other country in the world because of our absurd drug sentencing policies that grew out of Reagan`s war on drugs. One in 100 American adults is in prison eating our tax dollars. Let the stoners out, seriously.
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Female 741
It`s pretty much legal here if you have a card.
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Female 267
I wonder how many people were killed by drunk drivers this weekend compared to drivers under the influence of the ganj?
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Female 609
legalize it!!! wouldn`t it help the economy? =P
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Male 471
I`ve smoked it once out of the country, and if it was legalized, I probably wouldn`t smoke it anyway,

But hell, legalize it. Police/prisons/the legal system are wasting too many resources on pot offenders, it`s no more dangerous than tobacco or alcohol, and the government could tax the hell out of it.

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Male 471
I`ve smoked it once out of the country, and if it was legalized, I probably wouldn`t smoke it anyway,

But hell, legalize it. Police/prisons/the legal system are wasting too many resources on pot offenders, it`s no more dangerous than tobacco or alcohol, and the government could tax the hell out of it.

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Male 181
I don`t smoke it, and never have. But I hope Obama does something to legalize it for drats sakes! Our Government is wasting such an unbelievable amount of tax payer dollars on "fighting" Marijuana.

Alcohol causes more problems then Marijuana ever could. Ever seen someone stoned and want to fight? Ever see a drunk person want to fight? Yea....

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Female 400
Aww haha in2gooh, that`s true, you won`t have the tourists from America and other places in Europe coming to visit as much!
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Male 1,254
I`m for legalizing it but I don`t like smoking. Tried it once freshman year and I sat on a couch thinking, I could be drunk right now.

So I say go right ahead! Tax the helluva out of it, bring down other tax rates, and you`ll see a bit of an economic boom.

The only bad thing is, while pot really won`t bring you to harder drugs, it is likely that the pot dealers will migrate to dealing harder stuff. I don`t see the majority of them saying "Oh its legal now, guess I`ll straighten out my life and get a modest 9 to 5 office job."

For dealers, most want to take the easiest route in pretty much all of life`s facets . If pot is legalized, the easiest route for them is clear.

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Female 317
don`t legalize it! in my hometown of Amsterdam it is legal to smoke and we love it when you guys come here! there`s nothing like a summer day in the park having a great conversation you`ll never remember the next day and a cold glass of wine.
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Male 308
60 percent on IAB say it should be :D
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Female 531
gateway drug my arse. i`ve been smoking for what 5 years now, usuallly recreationally, ocassionally heavily, and never once have i done any other sort of drugs. i admit i would love to try shrooms, but i probably never will. I spent my college years watching boyfriends play around with drugs that was good enough for me. my days of lying in a bed with a guy snorting lines is over.
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Male 889
everyone pops pills and snorts zoloft now, nobody does drugs..
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Male 265
Oh and that gateway effect crap... The most retarded claim ever. Its a spurious relationship, like for example, When Ice cream sales go up its a fact that crime rates go up as well. Does that mean that Ice cream causes crime? Hell no there`s a third variable, and it is when summer roles around ice cream sales increase and criminals become more active. Its the same with Marijuana, simply by being illegal its more likely to around other illegal substances, If it was legalized the gateway effect wouldn`t exist!
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Female 400
I thought it would`ve been more than 40% too... But isn`t there like still 14% undecided? So its actually pretty split.
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Male 357
Hell yes legalize it.

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Male 265
Wow, I have a good chance to see the day it happens.
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Male 801
Only 40%?! Is that it?! I am generally suprised...
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Male 386
I`ve never tried it, but in my high school 75% of the kids smoke it regularly. It doesn`t seem to affect them much at school; many of them are in the same AP courses I`m in, getting better marks than me.
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Male 2,028
Merri-joo-wana!
Legalize it!
Just... just `cause... -_-
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Male 2,388
They can stuff the tax money up their rectum for all I care is just want what the bill o` rights promises
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Male 907
Yeah, legalize it to make profit.
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Male 1,461
Link: In A Recent Survey, 40% Of People Say Legalize It [Rate Link] - People are getting closer and closer to accepting the legalization of marijuana.
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