America and Marijuana: The Truth of the Matter?

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago

Is it an actual conspiracy, to fill private jails, or just blatant corruption that has been going on for far too long?
There are 60 comments:
Male 96
I guess that in the end everyone is wrong when they talk about drug or alcohol use. It is alright as long as your not abusing it. Everything in moderation, that`s the key. However, temptations can often be hard to resist. The problem with many drugs, especially alcohol, is that the line between using and abusing is often crossed too easily without knowing. That`s the real danger. Been there! Not cool! When it comes to smoking pot; it can in fact have a lot of negative consequences on ones physical and mental health as well. Yet, I do think that the government`s policies on the use of marijuana are out of proportion and inhumane (e.g. ruining peoples lives by locking them up for possession). Compromises can, and should be made if the government insists on refusing to legalize. But I think we can all agree that this sh*t`s getting out of hand!
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Male 197
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Male 684
@BB MAL, they see a link between schizophrenia and cannabis. I smoke cannabis myself, so my intellectual processes might be hindered, but i did notice that there are an awful lot of cannabis users, and the number of regular cannabis users is growing, but the number of schizophrenics is not following the curve. One who is not intellectually impaired might reason that the personality type that most schizophrenics have is the type that would use cannabis, and that the cannabis is just bringing out something that is already present, and not actually creating the situation.
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Male 1,360
"The squares on here are cracking me up."
shut up, nerd.
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Male 1,360
most of the crackdowns are happening in the larger Ca. cities. their correctional centers are not privately run.
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Male 2,424
its pretty crazy that it`s still illegal.

Some day they will make shows about the underground pot market, with over the top violence and tons of sex scenes, like boardwalk empire but with weed instead of booze.
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Male 4,306
The squares on here are cracking me up.
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Male 171
"Legalizing will cause a whole host of problems that many stoners just don`t think about."

Its true.
For example, think of the prison, that instead of being overfilled, will be almost empty (40% of ppl in there are on charges related to pot)
Think of all the vicious prison guards without a job, and and the money that was spent from the governement on prisoners (which cost a ton), that suddenly will have no use.
Think of all the "unemployed" pot dealers who suddenly will have an actual job.
Think of all the extra tax money we wont know what to do with.
Think of all the extra fibers we can get from the stems and leaves, much much more efficient than wood or cotton at creating clothes, and paper.
Think of all the seeds, that are just way more efficient use of ground to feed ppl compared to wheat.

It does bring along a lot of issues ppl dont normally seem to think about.
Less money for cotton, paper, alcohol, petrol,
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Male 1,293
THe guy complains of governments demonising marijuana while supporting government demonisation of alcohol with blatant misrepresentation of the health effects of whisky.
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Male 218
FistOfBono: "Legalizing will cause a whole host of problems that many stoners just don`t think about. "

tell that to someone in jail or on probation for possession
besides if it`s legal you grow it yourself, no problems
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Male 256
I`ve found most of the reasons for keeping it illegal are removed if the following stance` are taken:
1. What someone does to their own body is their problem/concern (let me know when the obesity issue has been `fixed`).
2. The money that goes to the `drug lords` does it in the same way as money did during the prohibition.
Laws should be there to protect the public at large from the few who wish harm upon others. Anything more than that and I think the law is overstepping the mark.
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Male 33
I love marijuana, but I`m happy with it being illegal. Legalizing will cause a whole host of problems that many stoners just don`t think about.

In Canada, we seem to have a happy medium. Pot is illegal, but the government understands that they`ve got bigger things to worry about.

I say keep it illegal, so we can keep getting it the same way we always have, but stop making arrests over it.
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Male 72
hehe, thank god I live in Holland ^^
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Male 526
@luke sales tax on cheetos, doritos, and other "munchies" foods is pretty high. The potheads contribute every time they light up.
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Female 2,674
@Coolhandluke I don`t smoke, drink, or do any drugs, and I have absolutely no interest in any of that (my 21st birthday is coming up soon and I still plan to not drink even a sip of alcohol on that day). But I still support the legalization of weed. It`s virtually harmless, especially compared to cigarettes and alcohol, and putting people in jail for it is a huge waste of jail space and taxpayer money.
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Male 103



I`m with this guy...
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Male 1,231
Oh and EgalM; my uncle has MS and smokes pot; the negative side effects of it (pot) are significantly less than oramorph (as you probably know), and most other pain killers simply don`t work. I`m all for medicinal uses of pot; for some people like yourself and my uncle it improves quality of life no end and it`s not right that you should go to jail just for trying to make your life bearable.
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Male 1,231
@Skaterboy17
There are links here and here I never said there was absolute conclusive, concrete proof, as we don`t yet know enough about the brain to get that proof but there are links. I`m not completely against pot, in fact I believe it to be less dangerous than alcohol and cigarettes, but you`ve got to look a both sides of the coins and can`t completely dismiss something off hand.
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Male 1,737
I have to use it to manage pain and help me eat. It would be a pooty thing to go to jail simply because no other meds work for me. Just trying to make it through the day.
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Male 296
@mal BB, get your head out of your drating ass. There is no link between schizophrenia and smoking pot. None. About 1% of Americans are diagnosed with schizophrenia, which is the same it`s always been, while I`m pretty sure we can all agree that the number of pot smokers has definitely gone up in the past 100 years.

And to people saying "legalize all drugs lol," you`re only hurting the cause. The argument is that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol and WAY less dangerous than tobacco, and all you`re doing is trying to make the case that if people can smoke cigarettes, they should be allowed to shoot heroin too. It`s not the same.
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Male 37,914

Pot is Schedule 1.
You can all thank Nancy Reagan for that with her "Just say NO" campaign.
That and poor people smoke dope, rich guys who contribute to politicians do lines.

But enough stressfull politics.
Here`s Weed Puppy - your Awwww of the Day.

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Male 1,231
Although there are links between marijuana and schizophrenia, in essence it`s actually less dangerous than alcohol, and is much less addictive (although addictiveness can be subjective to ones genetics). I can`t imagine being mugged or beaten up by some who`s high on pot (unless I`m in possession of a large chocolate cake ;), but someone who`s drunk? It`s almost happened too many times that one day it will.
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Male 47
honestly, let them legalize it...all that will happen is that they will sell the cheapest form of marijuana...with no money, potheads will buy it thinking "hey it`s the same shiz". pot dealers that sell there own, better stuff, would have to compete with farmers that grow all they can without spending too much on the crop(the cheap shiz). it will sell pretty cheap and the better stuff will be seen as too expensive... MO :3
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Female 7,838
Coolhandluke, grow up a bit a live a real life, when you have come back and say that. Using drugs is exactly the same as using anything else, there is othing wrong with any drug- the harm comes from what we do with them. I can damage people just as much, if not more with religion, food, and exercise than with drugs..
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Male 812
Lol effin potheads are trying to ruin the country! Who do they think they are, trying to legalize a drug!
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Male 1,243
Perhaps it`s time to legalise all narcotics, it could solve a lot of problems. If it`s well controlled then even drugs like heroin can be relatively safe. Under the current system pot is illegal because it`s deemed harmful, cigarettes and alcohol should fall under the same banner and be banned too. But they generate a lot of money and taxes (at least here in the UK they earn a LOT of taxes for the government) which is I`m sure while they are legal. It`s all quite nonsensical really.
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Male 3,894
Coolhandluke, I`m going to assume you`ve never tried smoking or drinking, or anything of the sort.

If that`s the case, you have absolutely no grounds on which to make such a judgment, and as such you should withhold it.

Smoking marijuana doesn`t have to consume your life. It also isn`t any less "real" than sitting around and playing video games or watching tv or playing sports. It`s just something else you can do with your time.

...which, really, is all that life is. Occupying your time in the most enjoyable way possible until you kick the bucket. Any work you do is to help support that goal, or to help your children achieve it.

TL;DR - don`t knock something until you`ve tried it. Marijuana is safe and not addictive, allowing you to try it without being in danger. Come back once you have and I`ll listen to what you have to say.
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Male 1,647

Cocaine is only Schedule II because it has medical applications.

Marijuana has not actually had any peer reviewed studies to show it has medical applications, despite a ton of people getting `prescriptions` for it.
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Male 95
why does IAB have so many drug addicts. Can`t you get your kicks doing something real? That is the problem with the world today is everyone wants a quick fix solution, so they turn to drugs. Well guess what a lot of time you get out what you put in, so the when the effects of drugs come off you feel down because you never did anything to get the high. and then you want more drugs to feel good again.
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Male 5,194
[quote]Cannabis is Schedule 1
Cocaine is Schedule 2
Go figure[/quote]
Big-money campaign contributions come from coke freaks instead of stoners.
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Male 2,419
"but one joint will definitely impair me when one drink wont"

one drink =/= one joint, nobody goes through 24 joints in a night
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Male 694
HOT DAMN
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Male 381
smoke on my brother.
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Male 5,190
Moderation.
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Male 2,440
Boy, I`m sure glad prohibition of intoxicating liquors worked out so great. Oh wait a minute...
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Male 95
This is bogus cant people exercise any self control? If something is illegal I don`t do it and guess what then i don`t get in trouble. If they they do legalize weed I can only hope they put a HUGE tax on it so the druggies in america can contribute to society!
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Male 1,266
It`s much easier to grow your own pot than it is to brew your own (decent tasting) alcohol, so they`d lose money on people switching from alcohol to weed obviously
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Male 10
A few hits helped calm me down when my PTSD got out of hand, I didn`t smoke to get stoned. I would like it to be legalized so that I can relax, but I am responsible enough to not drive or go out when I had smoked. But there are too many people out there that would smoke and get into accidents or do stupid crap that would totally prove what the nay-sayers all feel.
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Male 52
fatex: That`s just how our culture treats it. I frequently take a hit or two to mellow me out without getting super stoned. Plenty of people who smoke frequently do it for that reason.
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Male 371
@Heavypred....His name (lawrence o`donnell) was at the top of the screen for the entire segment
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Male 1,129
I dunno. I was an avid pot smoker for awhile and Im not any more, and i do think its harmless but one joint will definitely impair me when one drink wont. I happen to like the taste of beer,and like an occasional drink with food. but im not looking to get wasted everytime i drink. when you smoke pot you are definitely looking to get blasted and thats a fact haha. meh to each their own i presume.
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Male 1,249
Cannabis is Schedule 1
Cocaine is Schedule 2
Go figure
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Male 3,430
I would say wait until there is a clear, without any doubt, majority before they even consider legalizing. I would say 70% yes, then they can toss around the idea and then 80% before they could consider pushing it through.
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Male 5,194
Legalize it! At the very least get it off "Schedule 1" - that`s insane.
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Male 37,914

Can I get an AMEN!!!

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Male 249
Who is this guy? I`ve seen him on IAB before, and every time i am surprised how much common sense he has for someone on TV
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Male 151
ma nigga
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Male 985
"I`m just happy they passed that law a while back so I can carry my gun at head level."

Epic reference to Onion <3

While I think it should be legal, just having 50% (or even a majority) should not make it instantly legal.
The majority is not always right.
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Male 65
@Rawrg. Don`t forget the Mexicans.
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Male 2,593
Amen
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Male 2,229
Ouch
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Male 688
Was this vid a joke?

50% from one poll and you`re calling for complete reform on everything to do with the subject, call people hypocrites because they have common sense.

This has to be a joke.

I`m just happy they passed that law a while back so I can carry my gun at head level.
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Male 934
Black people use pot. All black people are criminals. Pot should be illegal.
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Male 483
THAAANK YOU
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Male 645
United States Congress

Paid for by the partnership for a drug free america.
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Male 25,416
k then....
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Male 132
As long as Pfizer, Merck, Anheuser-Busch et al. have Congressmen on their payroll, it won`t be legalized.
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Male 7,123
Well said.
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Male 835
I can answer his question: You CAN`T sleep at night without hooch - that is, if you have "gotten used to" it.
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Female 8,044
Link: America and Marijuana: The Truth of the Matter? [Rate Link] - Is it an actual conspiracy, to fill private jails, or just blatant corruption that has been going on for far too long?
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