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Taking the hit: the case for legalizing pot

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In case you haven't heard yet, there's a new referendum on California's ballot known as the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. If approved, the act would legalize marijuana in California. Although I am not a fan of California politics, I commend the Sunshine State for finally realizing that marijuana prohibition is, well, just plain stupid....

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mmj

posted 9/24/10 @ 3:43 AM EST

Medical marijuana is not good enough for my medical condition. I need Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD. When I tried those, they got rid of my chronic pain almost immediately and that made me happy. They also got rid of my nausea and I was able to eat well. Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD saved my life. They are safe and non-addictive. Don't believe the LIES of the government. They have been lying to us about the harmfulness of these drugs for DECADES. I am able to function better with Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD. The history of the cocaine, meth, and LSD prohibition came from IGNORANCE. Those myths of madness are incorrect and completely irrational. Please legalize Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD NOW. They saved my life.
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Justin George

posted 9/24/10 @ 5:26 AM EST

:P Good laugh. Though I imagine that is what it might sound like for some people when they hear talk about legalizing pot. Which is only natural after the decades of misinformation (nice way of saying outright deception).

It almost goes without saying (almost b/c I'm going to say it anyway) that coke and meth are both very very addictive, and thousands of people overdose or have adverse reactions each year.

Pot vs. harder drugs like coke and meth can't be made into a comparison any more than pot and caffeine. Yes technically they are all drugs, but their effects are all different. Its like comparing sugar, flour, oil, salt and eggs. Yes they are all cooking ingredients, but that is ALL they have in common.
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Justin George

posted 9/24/10 @ 5:27 AM EST

:P Good laugh. Though I imagine that is what it might sound like for some people when they hear talk about legalizing pot. Which is only natural after the decades of misinformation (nice way of saying outright deception).

It almost goes without saying (almost b/c I'm going to say it anyway) that coke and meth are both very very addictive, and thousands of people overdose or have adverse reactions each year.

Pot vs. harder drugs like coke and meth can't be made into a comparison any more than pot and caffeine. Yes technically they are all drugs, but their effects are all different. Its like comparing sugar, flour, oil, salt and eggs. Yes they are all cooking ingredients, but that is ALL they have in common.
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Justin George

posted 9/24/10 @ 5:27 AM EST

:P Good laugh. Though I imagine that is what it might sound like for some people when they hear talk about legalizing pot. Which is only natural after the decades of misinformation (nice way of saying outright deception).

It almost goes without saying (almost b/c I'm going to say it anyway) that coke and meth are both very very addictive, and thousands of people overdose or have adverse reactions each year.

Pot vs. harder drugs like coke and meth can't be made into a comparison any more than pot and caffeine. Yes technically they are all drugs, but their effects are all different. Its like comparing sugar, flour, oil, salt and eggs. Yes they are all cooking ingredients, but that is ALL they have in common.
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PabloKoh

posted 9/24/10 @ 8:24 AM EST

Originally posted by

mmj

I am able to function better with Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD. The history of the cocaine, meth, and LSD prohibition came from IGNORANCE. Those myths of madness are incorrect and completely irrational. Please legalize Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD NOW. They saved my life.

Medical Cocaine and medical methamphetamine are legal today genius! Google: cocaine hydrochloride and Desoxyn. They give Desoxny to kids with ADHD and cocaine is used for a topical anesthetic. Both are toxic, Cannabis is not.
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Test

posted 9/24/10 @ 11:19 AM EST

Go to http://www.erowid.org/ and read up about the side effects of alcohol, which is legal. Maybe we should ban all drugs.. and cheeseburgers for that matter.
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Jason R

posted 9/24/10 @ 11:40 AM EST

A lot of people are still ignorant to the benefits of cannabis hemp marijuana. If you want to know the real truth about this wonderful plant check out these channels.

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=IAMHEMP420
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=BornEagle
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Legalizeourdream
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=covey69
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Dude

posted 9/24/10 @ 11:43 AM EST

" I need Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD. When I tried those, they got rid of my chronic pain almost immediately and that made me happy. They also got rid of my nausea and I was able to eat well. Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD saved my life. They are safe and non-addictive."

HEY, it's a free country, if that is truly the way you feel then start a movement ,just like the medical/legalization of Cannabis movement. But I doubt that you will have many followers because most people with ANY sense knows the difference between Cannabis and Meth/Heroin/ Cocaine/LSD.
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Jason R

posted 9/24/10 @ 11:44 AM EST

Originally posted by

mmj

Medical marijuana is not good enough for my medical condition. I need Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD. When I tried those, they got rid of my chronic pain almost immediately and that made me happy. They also got rid of my nausea and I was able to eat well. Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD saved my life. They are safe and non-addictive. Don't believe the LIES of the government. They have been lying to us about the harmfulness of these drugs for DECADES. I am able to function better with Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD. The history of the cocaine, meth, and LSD prohibition came from IGNORANCE. Those myths of madness are incorrect and completely irrational. Please legalize Medical Cocaine, Medical Meth and Medical LSD NOW. They saved my life.


You may not be stupid but you sure are ignorant. You need to do a lot of research, yes that means start reading. You need to educate yourself out of stupidity. It amazes me there are still brainwashed people out there like you.

Cannabis hemp marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.

Vote Yes on prop 19 to end the madness.

Cannabis has huge medicinal benefits, meth and lsd do not, so stop showcasing your ignorance on here. Your only showing off your stupidity.
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AD

posted 9/24/10 @ 8:00 AM EST

Informative article.

Just a correction, California is the "Golden State",
Florida is the "Sunshine State".


Yes on Proposition 19!
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Christian

posted 9/24/10 @ 8:42 AM EST

Jesus said to treat other people the way we would want to be treated. I know I wouldn't want my college kid to go to jail with the sexual predators and lose their financial aid, or my parents to have their house stolen by the police, if they used a little marijuana.

Let's change the world. Let's get registered and vote.

Citizens and college students in California can register at
w w w . sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm .
(just fill out the form and mail it in).
And you can request a ballot by mail at
w w w . sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_m.htm .

In other states, Google your state name and the phrase, voter registration. Print off the form and mail it in (or drive it down to City Hall).

Five minutes. Register to vote. Change the world. Right now.

Pass it on (Tweet, Facebook, other?).
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Leonard Krivitsky, MD

posted 9/27/10 @ 8:58 AM EST

Cannabis is less physically addictive than caffeine, while the so-called "gateway drug" theory is a complete fantasy, and it was just recently called "half-baked" as a result of a scientific study. CNN reported that Cocaine use has dropped sharply, by 30% since 2002, which is really good news. I worked in addiction medicine for years, and this is what I can advice on the matter: Any suppression of Cannabis use will be immediately followed by an increase in alcohol/hard drug/prescription drug abuse! You don't believe me? Then maybe you will believe the Big Alcohol lobby that is financing the Cannabis Legalization opponents for exactly this reason. Right now Cannabis is just simply perceived as a much safer alternative to alcohol/hard drugs, which is precisely how it should be perceived. To have a society in which there is NO psychoactive substance use is an illusion, and it will be good for our government to realize this. So then, it becomes a matter of "safer choices", just like with the sex education. And Cannabis is, without a shadow of a doubt, a much safer choice than alcohol or hard drugs! Just very recently a research study in addiction medicine has determined that Cannabis may actually serve as an "exit" substance for recovering alcoholics/hard drug addicts! And there is another extremely important property of Cannabis that the prohibitionists would love to keep secret: Cannabis use suppresses violent urges and behaviors and, as one prestigious textbook says, "Only the unsophisticated think otherwise" Then, of course, there is a potential for Cannabis in chronic pain, where other drugs may be ineffective (or physically addictive), with very important potential consequences for our wounded veterans, many of whom have chronic pain. It is also worth noting that Cannabis may have certain preventative value for such devastating conditions as cancer and Alzheimer's disease. And all this comes with no danger of overdoses or induction of a physical dependence! Let's be very happy that the cocaine abuse rate is dropping. Let's not interfere with these dynamics, and then we can possibly achieve what has already been achieved in the Netherlands where the drug overdose rate is 85%(!!) lower than in the US, and that is with much more liberal Cannabis possession laws than in this country! Maybe it is time to give up "dogma" about Cannabis, and to start listening to the experts, if we really want to lower the alcohol/hard drug use in this country, and the accompanying dependencies and overdoses!?
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Leonard Krivitsky, MD

posted 9/28/10 @ 9:14 AM EST

Cannabis is less physically addictive than caffeine, while the so-called "gateway drug" theory is a complete fantasy, and it was just recently called "half-baked" as a result of a scientific study. CNN reported that Cocaine use has dropped sharply, by 30% since 2002, which is really good news. I worked in addiction medicine for years, and this is what I can advice on the matter: Any suppression of Cannabis use will be immediately followed by an increase in alcohol/hard drug/prescription drug abuse! You don't believe me? Then maybe you will believe the Big Alcohol lobby that is financing the Cannabis Legalization opponents for exactly this reason. Right now Cannabis is just simply perceived as a much safer alternative to alcohol/hard drugs, which is precisely how it should be perceived. To have a society in which there is NO psychoactive substance use is an illusion, and it will be good for our government to realize this. So then, it becomes a matter of "safer choices", just like with the sex education. And Cannabis is, without a shadow of a doubt, a much safer choice than alcohol or hard drugs! Just very recently a research study in addiction medicine has determined that Cannabis may actually serve as an "exit" substance for recovering alcoholics/hard drug addicts! And there is another extremely important property of Cannabis that the prohibitionists would love to keep secret: Cannabis use suppresses violent urges and behaviors and, as one prestigious textbook says, "Only the unsophisticated think otherwise" Then, of course, there is a potential for Cannabis in chronic pain, where other drugs may be ineffective (or physically addictive), with very important potential implications for our wounded veterans, many of whom have chronic pain. It is also worth noting that Cannabis may have certain preventative value for such devastating conditions as cancer and Alzheimer's disease. And all this comes with no danger of overdoses or induction of a physical dependence! Let's be very happy that the cocaine abuse rate is dropping. Let's not interfere with these dynamics, and then we can possibly achieve what has already been achieved in the Netherlands where the drug overdose rate is 85%(!!) lower than in the US, and that is with much more liberal Cannabis possession laws than in this country! Maybe it is time to give up "dogma" about Cannabis, and to start listening to the experts, if we really want to lower the alcohol/hard drug use in this country, and the accompanying dependencies and overdoses!?
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Akshai

posted 10/01/10 @ 11:27 AM EST

I'm a strong proponent of Prop 19, but I have to say that often times at Case, we seem to forget about those whose household incomes are lower than a year's tuition. Between mandatory minimums, racial profiling, and 'three-strike' laws, enforcement for non-violent possession can and DOES lead to incarceration for low income individuals at a disproportionate rate.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/nyregion/21about.html

There is little empirical evidence that would indicate that this nation provides equal protection of the law to all. This is especially reprehensible for a drug with lower social costs than those products already legal in the market: cigarettes, firearms, alcohol, gambling.

Not to mention the fact that this law would remove a critical revenue source for illegal drug cartels, and be a more effective measure in the "War on Drugs" than we have previously seen. We should also worry about the conflicts of interest from those fighting Prop 19, unless of course you don't see a conflict of public and private interest in for-profit prisons...
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