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Old 07-26-2009, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default Should marijuana be decriminalized?

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Yes 66% - 206789
No 18% - 56934

Only for medical use 16% -49500

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Why isn't the government listening to the voice of it's people?
Isn't that how it's supposed to work?
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:44 PM   #2
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CNN poll:

Yes 66% - 206789
No 18% - 56934

Only for medical use 16% -49500

Total Votes: 313223

http://www.cnn.com/


Why isn't the government listening to the voice of it's people?
Isn't that how it's supposed to work?

Government hasn't listened to the people for quite some time. Maybe it's time the people remembered that they are the government.
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:52 PM   #3
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Government hasn't listened to the people for quite some time. Maybe it's time the people remembered that they are the government.
Not if obaaama gets his way!

But yes, I think it should be legal. It's no more worse than alcohol. IMO
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It doesn't say legal, it says decriminalized.
Big difference.
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It doesn't say legal, it says decriminalized.
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Absolutely yes. It does nothing but clog up the jails and the courts with petty criminals.

Oakland CA has officially become the first city (modern day) to ever tax the sale of pot as well. Whether the gov't likes it or not, the tides are turning on this issue.
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Decriminalization = the softening of penalties for cannabis possession

In the Netherlands, for example, if you attempt to smoke a joint on the street the police will stop you and perhaps confiscate your weed, but you won’t be arrested.

In a US context, discussion of “decriminalizing” marijuana usually means removing the criminal penalties for possession of small quantities of marijuana, usually an ounce or less.

Police may seize small amounts as it is still a controlled substance, but there would be no criminal penalties for possession of such small amounts. Selling marijuana or possession of larger amounts would still carry criminal penalties under most decriminalization schemes.
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YES !!! the legalization and taxation of both marijuana AND prostitution would go a long way with helping this economy.not only just tax revenue, but savings on the legal systems would be HUGE .

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We, the undersigned, call your attention to the attached report by Professor Jeffrey A. Miron, The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition. The report shows that marijuana legalization -- replacing prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation -- would save $7.7 billion per year in state and federal expenditures on prohibition enforcement and produce tax revenues of at least $2.4 billion annually if marijuana were taxed like most consumer goods. If, however, marijuana were taxed similarly to alcohol or tobacco, it might generate as much as $6.2 billion annually.
http://economics.about.com/od/income...galize_pot.htm

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Could marijuana be the answer to the economic misery facing California? Democratic state assemblyman Tom Ammiano thinks so. Ammiano introduced legislation last month that would legalize pot and allow the state to regulate and tax its sale — a move that could mean billions of dollars for the cash-strapped state. Pot is, after all, California's biggest cash crop, responsible for $14 billion a year in sales, dwarfing the state's second largest agricultural commodity — milk and cream — which brings in $7.3 billion a year, according to the most recent USDA statistics. The state's tax collectors estimate the bill would bring in about $1.3 billion a year in much needed revenue, offsetting some of the billions of dollars in service cuts and spending reductions outlined in the recently approved state budget.
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In response, retired Orange County Superior Court Judge James Gray, a longtime proponent of legalization, estimates that legalizing pot and thus ceasing to arrest, prosecute and imprison nonviolent offenders could save the state $1 billion a year. "We couldn't make this drug any more available if we tried," he says. "Not only do we have those problems, along with glamorizing it by making it illegal, but we also have the crime and corruption that go along with it." He adds, "Unfortunately, every society in the history of mankind has had some form of mind-altering, sometimes addictive substances to use, to misuse, abuse or get addicted to. Get used to it. They're here to stay. So let's try to reduce those harms, and right now we couldn't do it worse if we tried."
* Disclaimer* ... i don't even smoke pot but i have tried it 6 or 7 thousand times in the past. i can honestly say that the proponents that are against it, greatly exaggerate its effects. i've done far more stupid things and am a bigger menace to society drinking LEGAL alchohol than i ever was smoking pot...
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Forget "decriminalization"...let's go for the whole nine yards and legalize it. So much money out there to be made on a drug that really isn't any more harmful than drinking alcohol.
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In the Netherlands, for example, if you attempt to smoke a joint on the street the police will stop you and perhaps confiscate your weed, but you won’t be arrested.
But what if you jump a turnstile while smoking a joint and carrying a loaded gun?
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