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    madest Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2011 at 7:00 am
    Link: Man Sentenced To Life In Prison - For marijuana?
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    fivezones Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2011 at 9:19 am
    legalize it
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    AtomicSkier9 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 9:30 am
    redonkulous.
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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 9:38 am
    its like the guy who got life for 12 duis in texas. some up and coming DA wants the conviction on their record, he`ll go to jail for a little while and get out in less then 10 years.
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    temp4comment Male 60-69
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    May 10, 2011 at 9:41 am
    Exactly what a repeat offender deserves. Get it through his head SOMEHOW. Don`t worry, he`ll get parole.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

    This is politics messing with the justice system.

    Mandatory sentancing is stupid.
    Prohibition is stupid.
    Combining the two is moronic.
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    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 9:45 am
    What did ever happen to the 8th amendment? Regardless of the guys past record, the conviction here is just for marijuana - that`s it. Nothing else, and life? That is so wrong.
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    cityncolour Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2011 at 9:55 am
    I hate our "justice" system.
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    beckyn3kids Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 9:56 am
    Meanwhile a lady that bashed her toddlers head in gets 5 years, and a boy that ran over 4 ducks is facing 4 years. Wonder drating full justice system huh????
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    CaptKangaroo Male 50-59
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    May 10, 2011 at 9:58 am
    Aside from the legal and constitutional issues,think about this;The moron was caught 4 times.There should be a place for folks like him-maybe not prison-but somewhere for people too stupid to be on their own.
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    username3415 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 9:58 am
    give him a fine. That way if he doesn`t pay he goes to jail. and if he pays he`s free and just has less money for pot and learns his lesson
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    username3415 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:02 am
    it is kinda like having masturbating illegal. some people say it`s harmless while it`s not. most say they don`t partake in it but they do. anyone who says they don`t masturbate is lying.
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    hatface Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:07 am
    "it is kinda like having masturbating illegal. some people say it`s harmless while it`s not."

    *sigh* it pains me to have to ask this in 2011, but WHY is masturbating harmful?
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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:09 am
    The war on drugs is a war on personal liberty.
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    kummi90 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:12 am
    In Singapore, people get hung for trafficking drugs, possession warrants caning and many years in prison.
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    thenedman Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:18 am
    I do love how many videos that they have of people smoking weed
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    hatface Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:19 am
    Yeah drugs for everyone! Yeah! Despite the fact every western country in the world is being lobbied to ban smoking, lets still legalise another form of smoking! Woo! Personal liberties! It gives you super powers! etc etc etc...

    It`s not going to happen guys. Please stop.
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    DingDingDong Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:24 am
    Marijuana should be legal. If it doesn`t significantly hurt others then the government shouldn`t be involved. Legalize: prostitution, drugs, gambling, driving without seatbelts, riding without helmets etc....
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    kittehdee29 Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:35 am
    REHAB. IF THEY HAVE A PROBLEM SEND THEM TO REHAB. Seriously, you`re gonna give this guy life in prison for being a drug dealer? Send him to rehab where they might actually get to the root of the problem, why he`s selling to begin with.
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:46 am
    @kittehdee29- You seem to misunderstand the purpose of rehab. Drug rehab is for people who are addicted to drugs, not for people who like to make their money selling them.

    I do agree with the premise though- prison should work to rehabilitate people who go there for economic crimes, the goal being to reduce recidivism. However, in the case of this guy, he should walk free. What he was doing shouldn`t be a crime to begin with.
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    Retconaddict Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:52 am
    @hatface

    You are aware that smoking marijuana isn`t the only way to take it, right? If not your comment is even more stupid than it looks.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    May 10, 2011 at 11:01 am
    Insane. A couple of pounds of weed and $1,600? Not exactly Pablo Escobar.

    How much will this cost the US taxpayer? OK, maybe it`s worth it because of, y`know, winning the war on drugs.
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    chimmeychang Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2011 at 11:04 am
    This guy didn`t get sentenced to life for marijuana, he got sentenced to life fore being a dumbass...dealing(not smoking) while still on probation?
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    May 10, 2011 at 11:09 am
    Ah..... the prioroties of the US and States justice system. facepalm
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    hatface Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 11:43 am
    @retcon

    Oh, I know. You legalise weed, you legalise smoking weed. they come hand in hand. Can you show me any stats of the most popular type of taking weed? I`ll bert it`s through smoking. It doesn`t matter. It won`t happen.
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    PUDDING1961 Female 40-49
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    May 10, 2011 at 11:45 am
    ?? O__o ??
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    bofh88 Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    This was completely appropriate. Break the same law 4 times, he obviously has a problem with authority or does not have a clue, either way he has proven that he cannot fit in with society...Just because you do not agree with the law does not make it less illegal. Get the law changed, but until then, it is illegal.
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    netro Male 18-29
    139 posts
    May 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    Ah America, how you make me love my country even more.
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    ledzeppeloyd Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    and of course the prisons are privately owned. drat you america
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    May 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    what part of "repeat offender law" did he not understand?
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    green_batman Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    I can`t watch the video because I`m in public and without headphones, but, if this is one of those three strike deals, it`s ridiculous. You should get punished appropriately for the crime you commit. Life in prison for four minor offenses is just lazy legislation and lazy judicial execution. The point of the human element of the judicial system is to appropriately judge the severity of a crime, rather than applying a blanket rule where it might not be appropriate. Whether you agree with marijuana being illegal or not, it is a minor offense in comparison with rape, murder, and most other crimes. To sentence a marijuana user with life in prison when other, worse crimes are getting off on parole, is just wrong.
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    duckflash Female 13-17
    570 posts
    May 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm
    @green_batman, exactly!
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm
    "Ah America, how you make me love my country even more"

    i was thinking the same thing!
    you crazy crazy Americans and your crazy crazy laws
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
    3142 posts
    May 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm
    He obviously didn`t learn his lesson the first three tines, maybe he will now...
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    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    @green_batman: I agree. Stupid sentence. And the comments that actually condone this sentence sadden me... we still have a long way to go as a species.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    31759 posts
    May 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm
    Legalize it!
    But really, this guy IS A DOPE! Gosh if you cannot control yourself knowing you`ll face LIFE next time, you might as well go directly to jail, don`t bother passing Go either...
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm
    Ridiculous. No deterrence value and a huge waste of money feeding and housing this guy for the rest of his life. The law has no apparent utility and should be revised.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm
    And people with multiple DUI convictions roam the highways.
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    hatface Male 18-29
    605 posts
    May 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm
    @xiquiripat DUI can still mean driving under the influence of drugs. So yeah, there might be plenty roaming the highways, and I`m sure many of them have been convicted for driving under the influence of drugs.
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    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm
    this made me wanna smoke
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm
    wow
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    IceDragon77 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    Here is an idea - Don`t do the crime!
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm
    A few things. First, his crime wasn`t smoking it, it was dealing it. $1600 and 2 pounds of the stuff. Second, this wasn`t his first offense, but his fourth. He got off with probation on the three prior convictions, but didn`t this time. Third, he wasn`t given life for dealing pot, it was given life for being a repeat offender. That`s a different law. A technicality, yes, but one worth mentioning.

    I personally think that he should have gotten the maximum sentence allowable by law for the dealing offense, and NOT the mandatory sentence of life. That has more to do with my opinion on mandatory sentencing than on the legality debate about pot.
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    Reignblazer Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm
    Should`ve moved to the Netherlands after his second conviction!
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    Negativitron Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm
    so.... this guy gets three meals and a cot, at the expense of taxpayers, for life, when it would be cheaper to sentence him to something lighter. hmm.
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    magerune Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm
    Wow the land of the free...

    Say what you want about Canada but I love it here, the bible belt in the united states honestly scares me sometimes.
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    mrpuddle Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm
    Please tell me that a man did not just get life in prison over a plant.
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    mrpuddle Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm
    magerune our laws have nothing to do with the bible. The laws agents hemp started because it was starting to infringe on the lumber companys.
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    BigM Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm
    you know whats sick. within the month marijuana will most likely be decriminalised in the land of Canada.
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    planty Female 30-39
    119 posts
    May 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm
    This is exactly why Marijuana needs to be legal. This person was not causing harm to anyone but himself. If it was able to be bought like cigs and beer he would not even have to put up with the dealers and their thug ways.
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    shalantas Male 18-29
    426 posts
    May 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm
    where is the video? ugh... hey google... we meet again.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm
    For weed? INSANE. I don`t care if it`s two pounds or two hundred bales, this is BS.
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    TwoEyezBlind Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 7:28 pm
    Yaaaaay. One down. 3 billion to go!
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    erikthevikin Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm
    So glad to be Canadian.
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    Ffoulkes Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm
    Agree with it or not, the law is the law. You break the law, you go to jail.
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    nnotdead Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm
    the libertarian in me is getting upset.
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    sourkraut Male 40-49
    357 posts
    May 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm
    Jesus, what`s wrong with you, USA?

    But tobacco is legal?!? Go figure...
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    PTPete Female 30-39
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    May 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm
    We Californians are working on ending stupid sh*t like this. It`s taking foooorreeeeevvverrr.
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    pariahnola Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm
    Figures it would be in my town lol
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    pigsnout5 Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm
    yep i agree with the law on this one. he had 3 other mj charges before this one...therefore, he should be gone. don`t do drugs! they kill!
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    apedrana Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm
    hey pigsnout5, your a douche! that is all.
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    Dead-Kittens Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm
    Isnt mary jane only illegal because they wanted to run the cotton farms in the "prosperous south" instead? hemp = 500x more useful than cotton.
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm
    If you get arrested three times for the same thing, and then you know you could go to jail for life if you get caught again, and still don`t stop, you deserve it.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm
    Dumbass should have quit after getting busted 3 times. If your stupid enough to get caught 4 times then drat you, your fault. Like it or not its illegal, quit whining about it.
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    Kernel Male 18-29
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    May 11, 2011 at 12:01 am
    This is bull poo.

    I could kill several people and get away with less, with a good lawyer.

    Oh wait, I forgot all the horrible problems marijuana directly causes. They should torture the bastard first.
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    Lardcarcass Male 40-49
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    May 11, 2011 at 2:46 am
    @PTPete
    Yeah, except ya`ll were too high to remember to go vote for it.

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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    May 11, 2011 at 5:17 am
    USA! USA!
    Let fill them jails with pot smokers
    United States of A-holes.
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    Ajikan Male 18-29
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    May 11, 2011 at 6:15 am
    He should have pulled a gun a killed one of the slavers before they dragged him away. At least that would almost justify the sentence.
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    Garu Male 30-39
    562 posts
    May 11, 2011 at 10:20 am
    Who wouldn`t sling if you lost your job and needed money? At least now he gets free room and board on our tax dollar. Way to go Big Government, you bunch of douches.
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    raeyo Male 13-17
    9 posts
    May 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    @PierreJeanFR

    Kinda bothers me when some one from France assumes I must be an ass hole because of where I`m from considering I grew up speaking French and my dad was born there.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    May 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm
    More taxpayer dollars down the drain thank you Uncle Sam.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    May 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm
    Here is an idea - Don`t do the crime!

    Easier said than done.
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    May 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm
    "Here is an idea - Don`t do the crime!"

    What nonsense. This argument totally disregards the fact that the punishment is TOTALLY out of proportion to the crime. You know, considering nobody who argues for prohibition of marijuana can come up with a cohesive explanation for how marijuana actually harms anybody, and life imprisonment clearly will cause a great deal of harm to this man and everyone who loves him.
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    VastHerd Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    *facepalm* Just legalize it already!!! I need a drink . . .
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    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    May 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm
    sbeelz

    You have a sound argument, but ruin it by adding a falsehood.

    That marijuana harms many users is beyond reasonable dispute. It drastically increases levels of mental illness for just the start. That is not a conclusive argument for prohibition however, much less a justification for such a ridiculous punishment. Therein lies your case, don`t claim no-one is harmed when that is clearly not true!
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    bongsmoka420 Male 18-29
    290 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm
    @randomxnp: the chemical agent that is the desirable part of marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol, is not in anyway, especially mentally, harmful to people. The carcinogens in smoking the plant are what can be potentially harmful. That said, you can get the same harmful carcinogens from a well cooked or burnt steak from your grill, and probably close to ten times more from tobacco cigarettes. All this can be avoided through different methods of consumption of the THC, i.e., a vaporizer. A tool that instead of burning the plant, heats it just enough for the sticky THC content to liquify, and then vaporize. Nothing is burned, no smoke is produced, no carcinogens are inhaled.
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    bongsmoka420 Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm
    @randomxnp Part 2: As for whether or not it causes mental issues is much more debatable, but perhaps your viewpoint can be swayed by considering that we all NEED sleep to live. A human will die from sleep depravation well before they die of hunger, less than a week I believe. During our sleep, approximately every 40 minutes we go into R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. During R.E.M. is when we have our most intense dreams. These dreams are NEVER remembered because the memory is rejected by our brain due to the intensity of the dream. The reason for this is that during R.E.M. our brain is producing a chemical called D.M.T (look up the scientific name), a psychadelic that makes these dreams appear as shapes and colors we`ve never experienced and the such. Now, EVERY living thing produces some amount of DMT. Also our brains produce mass amount at birth and at death. This is where speculation comes in. They way I see it, DMT is the souls gateway to and from the body.
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    bongsmoka420 Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    @randomxnp Part 3: Now consider the fact that we produce this mind expanding chemical while we are at rest. resting helps us be healthy and recover from injury and such. so that tells me that it is healthy to seperate your concious (or unconcious a.k.a. sleeping) mind from the physical self. that being said, consider the idea that use of THC, a much weaker and sutle mind altering chemical than DMT, is a tiny step towards mental health, in the sense that it will seperate you from your emotions towards or issues and allow you to think logically and effectively without your emotions clouding your judgement and encumbering your comprehension process. sometimes being ALERT makes you blind, leaves you within the boundaries of what`s physical and deems anything beyond that as nonexistent. That can`t be healthy.

    YOUR MIND HAS BEEN BLOWN!!!
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    crudson Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2011 at 11:24 am
    thanks IAB. I almost forgot to smoke weed. *cough*
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    Way bored Female 30-39
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    May 16, 2011 at 4:04 am
    NO PERSON SHOULD BE SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR SUCH CRIME! WoW...REALLY LOUISIANA? IS THIS the kind of CRIMINAL that you want YOUR HARD EARNED TAX DOLLARS PAYING TO HOUSE ON A LIFE SENTENCE? Or WOULD YOU RATHER PAY TO PUT PEDOFILES, RAPISTS, MURDERS in PRISON on a LIFE SENTENCE?

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