Of course marijuana should be legalized. Especially since there are many worse drugs out there that are legal.
I voted other. I do not believe marijuana should be legalized, but I do believe that they should lessen the punishment for possessing/smoking marijuana. It should be treated as a low class drug and the penalty should be a small fine or something. It shouldn't be treated the same as far worse illegal substances.
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If some damn fool wants to put some chemical in his body to give him the twitches or wreck his perception of reality, or just give him a hardon for a day or two, that is absolutely his business, not mine, not yours, and most certainly not the government's.
If that damn fool tries to do something that clearly presents a real hazard to others, such as driving a motor vehicle, wandering randomly on foot in traffic, or while in charge of a minor child, or similar circumstances, the law can be applied to regulate that behavior.
But punishing people for possessing a "substance"? Ain't a word in the Constitution authorizing that.
Also, the arguments on legalization of marijuana shouldn't be "to boost the tax base". If the politicians can't discuss the moral and legal issues objectively, they should be heaved out of office, because they're not serving the public's interest, but their own.
If there's enough gap between the cost to take the product to market, and the additional superfluous burden added by government, then there will be people willing to cut out the parasitic government and deal with the customer on a more unofficial basis.
Risk raises price.
Tax somethin high enough, and the profit for taking the risk of skipping the taxman emboldens some to take the risk.
Also, there's absoulutely no reason, none whatsoever, for ANY product offered for retail sale to be taxed at a different rate than others.
What? I heard someone say sales of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs should be taxed to cover the cost of rehab clinics. Shame on you. There's no constitutional authority for anyone to be taxed to provide elective services like that. There's no Constitutional authority for the government to provide any health care functions at all.
I have yet to hear a solid argument why marijuana should remain illegal. Unless you long for the good old days of prohibition, I really can't fathom why you would favor continuing our failed drug policy. I can understand being a little more reluctant towards legalizing harder drugs, but marijuana is relatively safe and not very addictive.
The biggest mistake some pro-pot advocates make is overstating their case, acting as if marijuana has no adverse affects, causes no impairment, and is basically a wonder drug. Making those kind of claims removes any sense of credibility.
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Yeah, I think it should be legalised, since it seems to be no more harmful than alcohol.
It shouldn't unless the manufacture, distribution and sale of are all legalized at the same time.
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As it stands, it doensn't. It just says "Deaths", which is ambiguous, and gives no indication of how they collected the data which immedietely throws the whole thing into question because there's no way to verify it because there's no way to know what its actually looking at. It also makes it hard to see how questionable some of the health criteria may be. For examples some studies seem to suggest the increased heart rate from the initial beginning of smoking could increase the chance for heart attack; however are heart attacks while smoking marijuana considered something that is applied to the drug or not?
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"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.