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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. 2yrs 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 ????. 12mons 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. 1yr 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. 12mons ago from a Republican in Norfolk, 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Rutland, VT.
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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Poway, CA.
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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Macomb, IL.
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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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). 1yr ago from a Republican in Milwaukee, WI.
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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Des Moines, IA.
Tax and regulate plus release of current MJ offenders whose only offense is possession. 1yr ago from a Republican in Wilmington, NC.
I support decriminalization, not legalization. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Eugene, OR.
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!. 1yr ago from a Republican in Clinton, IA.
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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Abingdon, MD.
Free all citizens jailed for it's use. Legalize for medical use. 1yr ago from a Republican in San Clemente, CA.
Decriminalize, tax and control it on a state and local level with harsh penalties for public use and providing it to minors. 1yr ago from a Republican in Moreno Valley, CA.
Legalize, tax, regulate - make use illegal for persons under 21. 1yr ago from a Republican in Granite Bay, CA.
Not unless there are thing in place like instant tests to see if someone is currently under the influence to determine they are DUI. Also, there needs to be some guidance on how employers are to deal with people that have THC is their system. The pro marijuana folks haven't thought far enough in advance to have a cogent argument. 1yr ago from a Republican in Woody, CA.
It should be each states decision to legalize marijuana. 1yr ago from a Republican in Flushing, NY.
I agree we should decriminalize marijuana to what extent I'm not sure. However I do believe that all persons jailed for minor drug usage on mandatory sentences laws and other such things should be freed and released immediately. 1yr ago from a Republican in Fulton, CA.
If people need drugs just to function that is a problem or masking one. For pain, appetite stimulant etc I do understand a need. 1yr ago from a Republican in Greenville, OH.
Yes, provided that intoxication is never accepted as a defense in a criminal case AND that users are never given welfare or unemployment benefits. 1yr ago from a Republican in Panorama City, CA.
Yes, but only for limited recreational use. 1yr ago from a Republican in Bolingbrook, IL.
No!!! Would you want a driver of an eighteen wheeler coming at you and your family on the highway when they are under the influence of any substance that disturbs normal thinking?. 1yr ago from a Republican in Vandergrift, PA.
Eliminate all prohibition laws regarding plants and other substances. Prohibition failed for alcohol, it has failed for plant and other materials, and the free market should control the market for those materials just like it does for so many others. 1yr ago from a Republican in Meridian, ID.
Critically ill patients in pain should be allowed under doctor care to use it legally but it shouldn't be legalized. 1yr ago from a Republican in Shippensburg, PA.
Yes, but it should be very heavily regulated. My proposed regulations are as follows 1) Can only be prescribed to terminal ill patients w/o a chance of recovery, for example hospice patients. 2) They have to smoke it in a designated area of the building on site and can't leave with the drug. This will prevent distribution to minors and make sure they aren't contributing to the drug trade. 3) Set limits that strictly control the amount, and frequency of refills. This reduces the chance of drug abuse from an individual. 4) Employees who work at facilities are give the prescription over the patient to smoke must be checked and searched to ensure non leaves the premises. The sites that grow Marijuana must comply to the before mentioned regulations and both the growing sites and distributions centers are susceptible to closure upon violation of any regulation. 1yr ago from a Republican in Sterling Heights, MI.
Yes but like with alcohol, the consumer must be of a certain age to purchase marijuana. Then, when the consumer has an addiction or any marijuana related problems, they cannot look to the government for help of any sort. 1yr ago from a Republican in Barre, VT.
Yes, with rules the same as alcohol. With this should be the release of all incarcerated for use, sale, growing that did not commit any other crime along with use, sale, or growing marijuana. Other drug/criminal related incarcerations should remain in jail. 1yr ago from a Republican in East Olympia, WA.
Yes! Legalize, regulate, tax and treat marijuana like our other legal drugs, such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and prescription drugs with severe penalties for lawbreakers. 1yr ago from a Republican in Tucson, AZ.
I think it should be sold and taxed but used at home. Use of the drug anywhere out side the user's main place of residency should be illegal. If it remains illegal, then police should ticket people for possession of the drug the same as a traffic ticket. People caught under the influence of the drug should be treated the same as drunks getting dwi's. 1yr ago from a Republican in Stafford, TX.
Unlike alcohol, there is no amount you can use that doesn't impair a person. I simply don't know how you could regulate its use to prevent impaired use of equipment, impaired workers etc. I have no problem with personal use at home or with those who will not be operating motor vehicles. I do have an issue with the effect it has on a persons lungs so any potential increase in the availability and use would need studies on things such as lung cancer and emphysema. 1yr ago from a Republican in West Bend, WI.
Too many people are in jail for a relatively minor crime, dragging our economy down with costs to prosecute and incarcerate. Decrease the level of criminality for personal use, regulate it strenuously, and prosecute only egregious offenders. 1yr ago from a Republican in Carmel, IN.
It should be left to the states. But as in Illinois, Medicine is not taxed--so beware of the "tax it and pay the debt argument." It should be regulated heavily, perhaps with a larger tax (and user fee) for those who choose it recreationally. 1yr ago from a Republican in Monmouth, IL.
Yes and enforce the penalties that are already on the books for all other drugs plus lockup all illegals caught dealing, using or smuggling drugs in a Mexican prison. I am sure we can pay the Mexican Government to imprison these people at a much lower cost then we are spending now. If violators (especially Mexicans) knew they would be heading for a Mexican style existence for 5 or 10 years, we would see a big drop in crimes. 1yr ago from a Republican in Bellingham, WA.
Yes, and immediately free all citizens jailed for drug offenses as well as tax, and regulate marijuana instead of criminalizing it. It is done for alcohol, and that's killed, injured more people than marijuana has. 1yr ago from a Republican in Orangefield, TX.
Mixed feelings. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Annapolis, MD.
Yes but only for medical reasons and to declared addicts. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Tempe, AZ.
DECRIMINALIZE IT, NOT LEGALIZE AS TAX IT AS THIS WOULD CREATE YET ANOTHER BUREAUCRACY. KEEP PENALTIES FOR SALE OF IT IN PLACE,THOSE THAT SMOKE IT SHOULD GROW IT THEMSELVES. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Birmingham, AL.
They are illegal for a reason. Don't legalize them ever. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Wichita, KS.
Should be regulated the same as alcohol. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Seattle, WA.
Federal government should not be involved, leave it to the states. 2yrs ago from a Republican in Plano, TX.