Stricter federal laws must be made, and more money put to enforcing them
Give individual states the right to decide how to go about it
Legalize it through a federal law
Give states the right to decide about it as long as they abide by certain Federal guidelines
Ockham - Not true at all.
The mental health system is badly broken. A lot of people get turned away, or inadequately treated, or even badly treated. Just because they've been diagnosed is no guarantee that they're receiving adequate care. I know of all kinds of people who have been mistreated in institutions, or just handed cocktails with little or no therapy or progress reports, or simply told "No money, no service." I have a friend whose sister is going through problems right now because she is mentally ill, needs help, but was abused last time she was in-patient and is now scared of going back. This stuff happens all the time.
Addiction is well-established as a mental illness. Whether you believe in it is besides the point. And the reality is that mental illness often requires prolonged treatment, sometimes multiple times. "Bipolar Bob" may have gone off his meds because they stopped working properly and he was having manic thought disorder. Maybe it's not just because he's choosing to be unwell. And the reason no one catches it until Bob is off his meds and de-stabalized is because of how inadequate our mental health system is.
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"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I voted 4, but I meant 3. I'm having a large glass of Jameson's on the rocks at the moment. Cloudy thinking.
Leave people the hell alone about it. Pot should be decriminalized.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
Let the states decide how they want to handle this issue. If you don't like what your state does.....move.
I love the smell of burning moonbat in the morning.
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But I definitely see the potential you are talking about, id probably, limit public smoking but not ban it, but it would be more limited than smoking is now.
I don't think marijuana should be illegal. The problems associated with it, even in a cultural and social sense, do not seem to warrant the trouble that prohibition has. I do not think this is generally the case with illegal drugs however, whatever the real problems of their prohibition.
"It is written in the eternal constitution that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." - Edmund Burke