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U.S. law currently bans the sale and possession of all forms of marijuana. in 2014 Colorado and Washington will become the first states to legalize and regulate marijuana contrary to federal laws. See recent marijuana news
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Let each state decide without any Federal Government interference. 1yr ago from a Republican in Anchorage, AK.
Why would anyone in their right mind want to legalize anything that causes anxiety, addiction, memory loss, panic attacks, mood disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia and many other mental disorders ????. 9mons ago from a Republican in Maricopa, AZ.
"Medical" marijuana needs to be prescribed by a legitimate doctor and dispensed by a legitimate pharmacy just like prescription drugs. Second hand smoke from this is hallucinegetic for any who breath it even if your neighbor smokes it. So it should be regulated more so than cigarettes. 9mons ago from a Republican in Mid Florida, FL.
Leave it to individual states, make Federal Law subserviant to State law in this area, except for providing reasonable protections of extreme penalties & prosecution of transient outof state residents inadvertantly violating the states laws. 9mons ago from a Republican in Norfolk, VA.
No. Drug abusers who want to stop their addiction should be offered treatment. I certainly don't see businesses allowing employees who are high to work for them. Marijuana doesn't make anyone a better worker, student, parent does it?. 9mons ago from a Democrat in Arlington, VA.
Nothing in between completely legalizing and freeing those from prior conviction and throwing their tails in jail? Somewhere in between the extremes is decriminalizing MJ for recreational use along with "Real", and get "Real" with your reasons, medical purposes. What I am against is legalizing MJ for just getting high and then hitting the "Un-stoned" population for money for rehab and/or support because you are too eff'd up. 9mons ago from a Republican in Thousand Oaks, CA.
No. Penalties should be steep fines. If they can afford to buy the crap they can afford gigantic fines. Stop making prisons like club med. When they commit a crime they forfiet all rights. Maybe forced hard labor to boot. Make prison much more unpleasant. 9mons ago from a Republican in Salt Lake City, UT.
Yes - but only after a non-intrusive and accurate test is developed that would discern if a person is driving while impaired. A limit would need to be establised similar to BAC for DUI. The present urine tests only test for metabolized TCH, with no sense of how recent the use was. 9mons ago from a Republican in Amherst, NH.
Marijuana should be decriminalized, yet usage discouraged through a high fine. The state needs to reinforce a higher moral standard. 9mons ago from a Republican in Bellaire, TX.
No and we should close our borders in real effective ways and that would solve a host of problems such as illegal , "that means NOT LEGAL" immigration, human trafficking, drug traffic, terrorists entry. We got problems folks. 9mons ago from a Republican in Rutland, VT.
I voted in WA to legalize it, but out of ignorance, did not know the waste products created and released into the environment by producers of it. We have no ready system to ensure that production is regulated, that illegal growers, producers and sellers don't just continue illegally to avoid taxes and regulations. Or that illegal aliens using national forests to grow it, cease. 9mons ago from a Democrat in University Place, WA.
No, and make any detectable level in blood or urine be considered proof of possession and to be made public. However, limit the sanction to loss of driving privileges and loss of DOT or HHS jobs and loss of other jobs at their employer's discretion. Block all welfare, unemployment compensation and food stamps to anyway on marijuana. The public should not have to worry about their lives being at risk at work or on the highway, and the taxpayer should never have to pay for a dope addict. 9mons ago from a Libertarian in La Porte, IN.
If we'd started out without regulations and treated it as a social issue to begin with it won't be as much of an issue, but after a long time of having it illegal it would be too swift of a change-- like teenagers turning 21 and having their first night out for drinking. It'd be wild in a very bad way. If it is legalized, we need to have harsh standards for public safety-- removing children from situations where their guardians are abusing marijuana, and making sure they are not driving or in jobs where they are putting themselves or others at risk. 9mons ago from a Republican in Eugene, OR.
I'm sorry but I feel the avg person who uses marijuana is also involved in the use of various other substances. It should only be available for medical purposes only, that's it and not set up so anybody can just purchase it legally. 9mons ago from a Republican in Poway, CA.
Yes, immediately free all citizens jailed for marijuana as well as legalizing, taxing, and regulation marijuana for anybody over 18. 9mons ago from a Green in Munster, IN.
Yes. It took a Constitutional Amendment to prohibit alcohol, I have yet to see one for cannabis. Not to mention it was made 'illegal' due solely to the fact that the robber barons of the day wanted to stifle competition. 9mons ago from a Republican in Macomb, IL.
No we have enough problems with alcohol addiction and don't need to add a new product to the menu. If you legalize it then the private sector should be able to fire employees who are users and they should not get any government assistance once fired. I am for personal freedoms but also strongly in favor of people being personal responsibility for their own behavior. 9mons ago from a Libertarian in Camden, SC.
Yes, legalize it..tax it..and regulate it instead of criminalizing it. Also, immediately free all citizens jailed for marijuana offenses. This would bring in money on taxes and save money by getting people out of the prisons. 9mons ago from a Democrat in Prior Lake, MN.
Yes, BUT there is a special strain of such narcotic developed that eliminates the key chemical (THC) for drug abuse. Such strain, if asked for should only be allowed for cancer patients and only after psychological exam. 9mons ago from a Green in Fayette, MO.
No, but send people to rehab or give them job training instead of sending them to jail for using or selling it. 9mons ago from a Green in Jackson, TN.
There are enough nut jobs on the road driving that are drunk on their cell phone or texting, putting on make up etc. and you want to pot heads on the road. Give me a break. 9mons ago from a Green in Salt Lake City, UT.
All drugs, we all should be able to go down to the local Pharmacy, and get for example my bloodpressure meds, without having a script for them, which would reduce the price. Take the profit out of it, and you take the crime out of it. Still make it illegal, to push, and sell to kids. 9mons ago from a Libertarian in Smithtown, NY.
Yes, but safeguards need to be in place first. For example, law enforcement needs equipment that will determine whether or not a suspect is under the influence of cannabis. Testing for metabolites in the bloodstream in inaccurate and unfair. 9mons ago from a Republican in Vincennes, IN.
Yes. Legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana instead of criminalizing it but do not allow imports. It is impossible in ensure the quality and safety of the plants unless growing them is a carefully regulated industry. 9mons ago from a Republican in Alva, OK.
Yes, and free any "criminal" that was arrested for marijuana possession and ONLY marijuana possession. (not if there's other charges included). 9mons ago from a Republican in Milwaukee, WI.
Yes, and immediately free all citizens jailed for drug offenses while legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana instead of criminalizing it. 9mons ago from a Democrat in Haynesville, LA.
Decriminalize for the first two offenses for personal use. Make it a civil fine where it does not affect a young person arrest record that may prevent tem from job employment. Third offense or more should be transferred to criminal court. 9mons ago from a Republican in Des Moines, IA.
Yes, limit sales to only people over age 25 after the brain has fully developed. Make sales or distribution to those under age manditory 10 years. The brain is not fully developed until after age 25. Those under age 25 have been shown have little to no thought of future harm to themselves by using drugs. The 60 generation is showing the afftect on the Country now as they want the government to take care of them because they lost the ability to handle deal with lifes issues do to drug use. 9mons ago from a Libertarian in Waukesha, WI.
Legalize it only after a simple test can be administered to detect those driving, operating heavy machinery, etc.while under the influence of marijuana. 9mons ago from a Democrat in Pennington, NJ.
Tax and regulate plus release of current MJ offenders whose only offense is possession. 9mons ago from a Republican in Wilmington, NC.
Yes free anyone currently jailed due to marijuana as well as legalize, tax and regulate it. 9mons ago from a Libertarian in Pleasantville, NJ.
Yes, the war on drugs is not working and we have created a criminal justice industrial complex that employs tens of thousands of lawyers, probation and parole offices and court officials as a result. 9mons ago from a Democrat in Tallmadge, OH.
I support decriminalization, not legalization. 9mons ago from a Republican in College Station, TX.
I deal with people everyday who are addicted to drugs; regular marijuana users are significantly affected mentally (memory/thought processes/motivation,etc) over a long period of time. it also affects their ability to drive, operate machinery etc. If you legalize it, then you'd better be able to quantify how it affects those abilities (like we do for alcohol); otherwise we'll have more potheads on the highways/working in health care--(how about that nurse/doctor who's going to operate on you?). medical marijuana is a joke---just a way to legalize it for the potheads I've dealt with for years. 9mons ago from a Republican in Grand Rapids, MI.
3 unbiased healthcare professionals would need to recommend it, person should be licensed to smoke it meaning a test like to drive a car, person must know all the laws and pass the test. Not tax deductible ever as medical like alcohol. No license, no pot. 10mons ago from a Republican in Eugene, OR.
Within five years marijuana abuse will escalate requiring increasing state and federal regulation. This will first be noticed in the number of automobile accidents due to marijuana impairment. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Cleveland, OH.
Regulated as is done with alcohol and tobacco, and limit the volumes as is now done for such drugs as can not be bought over the counter "freely". Lessen, not decriminalize, while enforcing driving laws, etc. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Florence, OR.
I think this is fine for both medical and recreational, but I don't want to see unfair regulations placed on small farmers and companies, while waving it for people like Monsanto, Phillip Morris etc. Regulations must be streamlined and fair, to insure true capitalism. 10mons ago from a Green in Mundelein, IL.
Yes. But employers are allowed to demand drug free employees as a criteria for employment. Employers can require testing and allowed to terminate employees for using. BTW, the medical pot is BS. Such a tiny fraction would classify for that, but we all know it's party time!. 10mons ago from a Republican in Clinton, IA.
8 billion spent on MJ enforcement & it doesn't kill. Tobacco kills 400k per year, alcohol kills 40k' Lethal , but great source for fed revenue. FoggyBottom functions on greed , not stupidity. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Abbeville, AL.
Yes , grow it clean it up tax it, and restrict the amounts and frequency of buying it to avoid over use . Also, be prepared to refine the rules as needed in this newly created industry ,since we wont know any negative impact it may have and will need to have the option to correct any problems that will arise. 10mons ago from a Republican in Abingdon, MD.
No. Not until there is a way to test if someone is high on the spot, as a breathalyzer does for alcohol. Then legalize, tax, and regulate it for individuals over 21. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Kalamazoo, MI.
Allow legalization by states and carefully evaluate results over 5 years before enacting federal law. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Purcellville, VA.
Yes. And release anyone arrested for marijuana possession under an ounce immediately. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Berwick, PA.
Yes, but marketed for medical use. Recreational use will be limited & taxed. The reformed FDA will have no grounds for herbs or non-narcotics. The DEA will be used to monitor controlled medications & narcotics and they will monitor & practice inventory & cease the markets that are not cooperating with the reformed FDA standards on drugs & medicine, especially those that are not being taxed by the federal government. Legalize, tax, and regulate all drugs, but not vitamins, herbs & non-narcotics. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Peoria, IL.
Free all citizens jailed for it's use. Legalize for medical use. 10mons ago from a Republican in San Clemente, CA.
Yes. Legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana instead of criminalizing it. Free all citizens jailed for drug offenses to further halt any costs of inmate food, water, etc. 10mons ago from a Libertarian in Peoria, AZ.
Yes, and immediately free all citizens jailed for non violent drug offenses. 10mons ago from a Green in New York, NY.
Yes it should be regulated and taxed; with limited medical applications. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Middleton, WI.
Yes, but the FDA should have the power to regulate advertising of chemical substances put into the body, much like bans on TV ads for cigarettes. (This would probably require an amendment to not overstep the First Amendment. 10mons ago from a Green in Slingerlands, NY.