We received hundreds of responses from you last week regarding our special hour on medical marijuana.
Here's a recap of what some of you had to say.
I think they should quit screwing around and make it leagle so I will quit getting riped off trying to buy it off the street.
Legalize, Stop making Criminals out of peace Loving Americans, What ever happened to Freedom of Choice? Nobody in recorded History has ever died from an overdose, It has a Safer History than ANY other Drug out there (4000 Years, FDA – How much MORE time do you need? It`s SAFE!) and it is Just an Herb! So many products can be made from Non-Psychoactive Hemp also. GET WITH IT!!!
This issue keeps being portrayed as the use of illicit drugs when we are in fact talking about normalizing, regulating and taxing its use. How is this worse than the havoc alcohol has already wrought on countless lives?
Why on earth is this country not taking a look at a company in Rockville, MD named Novavax which, with expedited FDA review, could, upon approval, produce double the amount of Swine Flu Vaccine for this country that a typical biotech companies can produce, in half the time?
Mexico figured this out and, as a result has already approved production through GE Healthcare in Mexico.
The company is also about to begin production in India within the next three months.
What is with the government? Do the feds feel that they have to have a hand in everything. Medical marijuana, if OK'd by a licensed doctor is OK with me.
You think kids are out of control now,wait till yall do this to them. Good kids at least had that we supported them with the war on drugs . Now you are taking that away from them and making fools of all of us.
The decent people are hanging on by a thread as it is. If you do this be willing to accept the outcome.I do not normally quote the bible but i think" that what you reap so shall ye soe" fits this situation better than anything i have seen so far.
Ignoring the Will of the People and Scientific Studies,Too many Legislators are still using the Excuse that by "Federal" Law It is still an Illegal Schedule I Drug. We need more attention paid to HB 2835 Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act 2009 already in Washington,DC.
This bill Moves Cannabis from a Schedule I to a Schedule II , It would in fact still keep tight controls and would clear the hurdles and let the States Decide without Federal interference. Let`s see it passed!!
The true debate on marijuana lies in the injustice of the many productive citizens of America not being allowed their civil rights. Thie prohibition of marijuana has helped cause corruption in state and federal law enforcment. Prohibition has also caused many families heart break do to losing loved ones do to incarceration. Fathers, mothers, and even college students sent to jail and prison indiscriminatley for smoking a "weed" that is less harmful then other "legal" alternatives. Alcohol, tobacco, over-the counter drugs, and even aspirin cause more deaths a year then marijuana, which causes none. I personaly cant even get federal aid for school due to a misdemeanor possesion charge. Prohibition of marijuana started due to its association with Blacks and Latinos, and this is factual! The war on marijuana still discriminatly targets the Black and Latio communities, and this is also factual! These are a few reasons i feel this debate is so much broader then just the medical value. Marijuana prohibiton is dead wrong and unethical.
I also want to add an additional Note: HB 2835 Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act 2009, Just sitting in Washington,DC. Already Enjoys at least 75% Support from the "People" of this Country, Just sitting on it and doing nothing will only Infuriate the Voters More and put Political Careers at risk if NOT downright destroy Them.
I know politicans look at these type polls and it seems I am in the small group here but for once,stop and take a hard look at the condition of our schools and what our youth are dealing with.
drugs and gangs are destroying our school systems and making it hard on the few that are trying so hard to survive and get an education. Many children can be saved from the drug and gang life if we concentrate on getting the gangs and drugs out of the schools instead of passing laws to make it easier for the drug dealers to get to our children.
I have read these responses and I know I am not the popular opinion,but i beg of you all,please think of our children before you make this horrible mistake. Take that energy and put it on your children . Concentrate on making schools safe for the children that still think they are working for their future.Shootings,stabbings,everyday beatings and gang rapes, this is not prison I am talking about . It is the public school system!
As Bob Marley would say,"legalize it." It is a natural plant that God created.
Legalize Marijuana. Marijuana is better then coke, meth, and any other drug. Have you met someone that been on coke or meth its not pretty, they look like crap. But have you met someone that smoke pot do they look like crack heads? No, they don't have sores on their face or look really old.
Medical Marijuana should be legalized especially for MS, and Cancer patients who are in pain – period. Not just in some states, in all states.
Legalizing marijuana would lead to more of our teens getting involved in drugs. Marijuana is the mildest of all drugs but a pathway to other drugs for those who fall into addiction. My son is 16 and has been away from home for a year now recovering from the devastating effects that drugs have on your body and on your psyche. Marijuana is not physically addictive but is mentally addictive to those who like my son happen to have an addictive personality. Marijuana changed the course of my son' s life forever. Legalizing marijuana would mean more teens would use it and abuse it and not only these kids but also all of us as a society will have to pay the price for it. The economic gain from legalizing marijuana is not worth loosing many more of our teens to drugs and won't cover the cost that society will have to pay for rehabilitating those abusers, treating the increase in mental illnesses, car accidents and deaths due to DUI, lack of motivation and ambition in our workforce which are all consequences of marijuana use without even mentioning the trauma drug use can bring to all of those who have a loved one who falls under the influence of drugs. I unfortunately know first hand what it's like...
Bill Clintons a liar you know he inhaled .
Just legalize it across the board already!! Despite what every anti-marijuana spokes hole wants to tell you, Marijuana is not dangerous, makes a great supplement to medical issues, and would bring in billions in tax dollars as well as put this part of the drug trade for the cartels out of business. Unfortunately, it seems too many are still in the misinforned mindset perpetuated by Ensinger back in the 1920's that marijuana makes you go crazy and that its a dangerous narcotic. Its far from that.
My twin sister died of stage 4 cancer and she was given medical marijuana...actually "texting and drinking and smoking (cigarettes) are are worse crimes of impairment! Hell the way the healthcare reform is going, give it to us all...maybe we won't care as much... better yet give it to the Congress and Senate, maybe they can make an amicable, non-partisan decision for the good of ALL people!
I never thought that it would be in my lifetime but now I'm sure that it will be. Legalization is not too far away. G0
Get your weed / At Duane Reade! Bottoms up!
I love when News outlets have a pundit on that says the MJ hasn't been proven to have any medical benefits but say it is ok for someone to take something like Marinol – the pharmaceutical synth of MJ. This is the heart of the issue – if marijuana becomes legal, the pharma companies will miss out on having a monopoly on this medicine. Legalize it.
Any parent that claims her teen or child is addicted to drugs and blames marijuana needs to take a look at them selves.. where were you? As the parent it is your DUTY to inform your children about ALL drugs. This would include prescription pills, hard drugs like meth, crack, and heroin, and most of all alcohol and cigarettes! The true gateway drugs if there ever where any... The fact of the matter is, you can not logically consider an herb like marijuana to be anything remotely like these other drugs that claim thousands of lives every year. The gateway theory is irrelevant due to the fact that you can apply it to anything in order to achieve the outcome that you want! I could say milk was my gateway to alcohol, now my liver is shot! Let's ban milk! Teens and children shouldn't be involved in ANY drug use and I stand by my claim that it is the PARENTS responsibility to ensure there children are not only well informed but monitored to a healthy degree. When I was a child my parents would give me Jameson Irish whiskey for me to calm down or sleep.. How many parents still think it's okay to do that? We live and we learn, now we know marijuana is harmless in comparison to ANY other drug, be it legal or otherwise... WHEN marijuana is legal we should still informed as to its effects, and by informed I mean PROPERLY informed. Legalize it and put the power back in the hands of the PEOPLE! Whats the use of a majority when you don't use it?
First let the parents decide? Look at the conditions of our schools now.So your argument is if you leagalize dope people will try harder to keep it away from the youth? That makes no sence or at least about as much as people on here trying to leagalize it need it for a medical use.
I know there are others out there who dont want the horrible tragety released on our youth. It is time to speak up
Astonishing that people still spread false information about cannabis. It is LESS addictive than caffeine, it does NOT cause lung cancer, it is NOT a gateway drug. (which the government has known since a 1999 Institute of Medicine report they asked for, then promptly ignored, because the science didn't match their expectations!)
With 26 MILLION Americans in this country admitting to using cannabis in the last year ALONE, and only 3 million (already occupied) prison beds, where do the Prohibitionists want to put us all?! And who do they want to pay for our three hots and a cot?
Alcohol KILLS 75,000 Americans/year, and addicts 15%
Cigarettes KILL 450,000 Americans/year, and addict 30%
Cannabis kills ZERO Americans/year, and can cause dependence in 10% of those who use heavily. A dependence that is markedly easier to overcome than the physical addiction of alcohol or nicotine.
NOBODY wants it to be legal to smoke and drive, or go to work, nor should kids have access (which is a BIG change from right now, does anyone think the black market cards your kid before selling them dope?!)
The VAST majority of cannabis aficionados are hard-working, tax-paying, child-rearing, home-owning American CITIZENS, who simply want to relax with a different substance than alcohol or cigarettes. That stuff will kill you, ya know.
No, drugs aren't good for you (though cannabis has its uses) but Prohibition is FAR worse.
DON'T TREAD ON ME!!
Please!! DO speak up, all those against the legalization of marijuana! I challenge you to bring fourth EVIDENCE that supports your hypothesis! Give me one person suffering from cancer due to marijuana, bring me any diseased person who's condition was caused by the use of marijuana! If this is such a "tragedy", please explain to me why. But if your side consist of moral, ethical, religious, or personal accounts of people who might have been predispositioned for failure in terms of normality standards, don't bother as they are mute points. Go on, Ill wait...
While you search the dark crevices of your mind for numbers but to no avail. There are none. Go on, try to prove me wrong. Oh, and if you think by legalizing marijuana that it would put it in the hands of our children more than it already does, think about this. By legalizing it, a market would evolve from legitimate businesses who would distribute the product to those who are of age.. Which would in tern take money out of the hands of the drug dealers you so fear. Who would want to rely on a criminal when you can go to the local market to get your product with out fear of legal consequence? I wouldn't!! So to be accurate, by saying it would be more available for kids if legal then you as the parents would be claiming responsibility!! It would be your fault you child or teen was exposed to it.
It's easy to blame the parents... If our schools were not polluted with so much marijuana and other dugs, our kids wouldn't use them. To you guys who keep saying that marijuana never killed anybody, you should probably start by talking to those who have lost loved ones due to the effects of marijauna while driving or to those who have loved ones who started with marijuana and went on to use harder drugs and suffer form the terrible effects of addiction. To those out there who deny that marijuana is a pathway to other drugs, you obviously do not know much about the danger of drugs or you could very simply be in total denial...
Marijuana is not a miracle medication for nausea, pain, whatever else people claim it to be. Of course, just like cocaine and opium, it has its medicinal purposes. But do we need to legalize it when there are marijuana pills available that are already FDA approved and legal??? For some reason noone talks about how cannabis pill is effective. How come? It does help people and not less than smoking an actual joint. So there is no point in legalizing it for medicinal purpose. None at all.
Marijuana has its dangers. It is a drug, it is illegal for a reason. People do get addicted to it (I've seen it and treated it). Some people's brains are pushed over the edge and they become psychotic, develop schizophrenia (again I've seen it). And some just become more stupid. Do we need more stupid people? Don't think so.
I have not read even one good reason to legalize marijuana. All these who have medical problems that can be helped by it can go see a doctor who can prescribe a pill.
And remember, cocaine and heroin was legal at one point and there were claims – it is a cure-all, a miracle medication for any ailment! We should learn from our mistakes and before legalizing something it needs to be well studied and shown to be safe. And marijuana certainly has not been shown to be safe yet.
Marijuana should NOT be legal. Just because it is a plant, does not mean it is without dangers. Cocaine and opium come from plants too!
Not so long ago, alcohol was illegal. Did it stop people from bootlegging? Did it stop the speakeasy and private clubs from developing that sold it at a premium price?
Get off the concept of medical marijuana. Just let canibus be and do what some wise group did when alcohol was made legal. Propaganda abounds – good/bad – who cares? Really! I am offended by the enormous amount of money spent to track down illegal marijuana farms and sales. Billions of dollars spent in the great state of California alone. Legalize marijuana, like alcohol, as to divert the current monies spent to supposedly curtail it – can be used to perhaps to strengthen our crumbling bridges and the taxes from the sale of marijuana can be put towards healthcare or some other avenue. This would be a win/win situation.
Propaganda on alcohol was disturbing back during the days of prohibition, the same is true for marijuana. It does not need to be medicinal. Back when alcohol was bad, herbs were added to alcohol and tonics were created for medicinal purposes. Hmmmm – sound familiar?
I never said dope caused cancer. my comments were on the effects the drugs and gangs are having on our children. But not that you brought it up , It is a cancer. A cancer eating at the very heart and soul of our children,destroying their dreams and security.
Our tax money is being used as we speak to try and decide which drug dealer runs Afganistan and one of the largest dealers,the brother of the man that will be president there, is on the CIA payroll.Our troops are risking their lives to protect the poppy fields for drug dealers!
My argument is making the schools and streets safer for our children period. so whether you are a dopehead or not just take a look at the conditions our children try to survive in before you decide to release this openly on them.
Name These dangers! Go on! I want to hear some one tell me how a marijuana plant relates to a poppy or cocaine plant! It's like comparing a great dane to a cat!!! Legalize it. Not to mention these plants HAVE to go through a process before they can be used as drugs... marijuana does not have to be altered in the slightest way for it to be beneficial to it's user. It's naturally perfect. So please, explain these "dangers"... Yeah that's what I thought.
Those living in the West know a great deal about the tremendous police corruption that has been fed by the 'war on drugs'.
Sheriff's murdering innocent people that were suspected of having a illegal plant growing in the ditch in their backyard, so the home and land can be sold on the Sheriff's auctions has occurred multiple times.
Machine gun toting National Guard troops in helicopters buzzing directly over the heads of hikers in the national forests and parks in blantant acts of intimidation are simply par for course.
Police stopping hispanic drivers and literally throwing outside of the vehicle and onto the roadway, everything that isn't welded onto the car. Jackets, luggage, cloths, books, maps, shoes, everything roughly thrown out into the street under the thinly veiled guise of searching for non-existent drugs.
People are fed up with the Police Corruption and Medical MJ is a severe blow in the faces of many nasty, hard core police officials.
For many years MJ round-ups brought many millions of taxpayer dollars to police departments, medical MJ laws are slowly weaning off the police department from those funds.
One of the terrible Ironys:
Under the Bush-Cheney Administration, the US Constitution could not be written unless the White House permitted China to export the Hemp Paper it was written on.
During the 1940's farmers were encouraged to grow MJ and Hemp for fiber under the advertising banners of Hemp for Victory.
What is the total yearly taxpayer bill nationwide to pay 70,000 US Dollars per prisoner in US Prisons because they were caught growing a PLANT? I'll bet it is many Billions of Dollars!
I GREW UP IN THE REGAN YEARS AND THE WAR ON DRUGS. JUST SAY NO, AND DARE PROGRAMS. WE HAD DRUGS BROUGHT TO SCHOOL BY LAW ENFORCMENT. WE WERE TAUGHT THAT ALL DRUGS WERE BAD. INLESS THEY COME FROM A DOCTOR AND ARE PRESCRIBED TO YOU. WELL GUESS WHAT MRS.REGAN DOCTORS ARE PRESCRIBING WEED.
NOW THAT I'VE REACHED ADULT HOOD I CANT HELP TO THINK ABOUT THE PROPAGANDA THAT SURROUNDS POT. IN THE HENRY KISSINGER YEARS POT WAS EVIL AND MADE BLACK MEN LOOK AT WHITE WOMEN....IT MADE PEPOLE COMMIT MURDERS LIKE KILLING THERE PARENTS WITH A HATCHET THE STORYS ARE ENDLESS ALL IN HIS SUCSESFUL ATTEMPT TO OUT LAW WEED. YOU CAN GET A TAX STAMP TO LEGALY POSSES IT BUT THE GOVERMENT NEVER MADE THEM AVALIBLE.....GO FIGURE. IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN OUTLAWED TO BEGIN WITH..
NOT ONLY SHOULD IT BE LEGAL FOR MEDICAL USE BUT FOR RECREATIONAL USE AS WELL..... WHAT YOU CAN GO DRINK A SIX PACK DRIVE A CAR AND KILL SOME ONE BUT I CANT SMOKE A JOINT WITHOUT THE FEAR OF LOOSING MY JOB OR WORSE GOING TO JAIL.. GET IT TOGETHER PEPOLE.. BIG BROTHER SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ALLOWED TO TELL US WHAT WE CAN INGEST AND WHAT WE CAN'T .......AFTER ALL THIS WAS BUILT TO BE THE LAND OF THE FREE.... AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE HISTORY THE OUTLAWING OF WEED WAS RASEISIM AT ITS FINEIST. YOU SEE BLACKS AND IMIGRENTS COULD'NT AFFORD SPIRTS LIKE THE WHITES SO THE USED WEED. WELL MR.KISSINGER WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT NOW ......AND I FEEL YOUR WEB WILL BE UNWEVED VERY SHORTLY.. YOUR PLITE TO KEEP THE BLACK MAN DOWN HAS FAILED YOU.
hey i lived in the states in florida for 45 years and i now live in germany buttt legalize it already it would pay of the defficiate in a few years just the TAX on it LEGALIZE Marijuana
How about you do a story about what the REAL problem is! There are hundreds of private prisons that need people to to occupy them (marijuana smokers) in order to protect the interests of those in congress who own them. Their money is diminishing with every state that allows people to smoke. They do not want people out of jail because it would mean that they would go broke and every one knows... If your in congress and your not making money, your not welcome. The MONEY from keeping this illegal means more to those in charge than the interests of the American people. They don't care about us people! That is why we MUST stand up and revolt. We must TAKE what we want just as they have TAKEN our FREEDOM.
Should be legal and taxed. Drive out the cartels and criminals, grow it in the USA, and tax it. This will create jobs!
You can never get rid of a plant. It is insane to think anyone can stop a movement that has existed for centuries. Why not strictly regulate the situation and create some revenue for an economy with much needed capital gain. If marijuana is so harmless, then why has it been progressing socially for years.
Marijuana was made illegal by people who spoke lies! Marijuana is beneficial in many ways for many different people. It is found growing world wide and for millilinia has been used for medicinal benefit.
The ignorance about this natural herb is astonishing. How can something so beneficial be made illegal?
In America, Marijuana has been the # 1 CASH CROP for the past 25 YEARS. And that's just from smoking, the entire plant is used for many other products (paper, clothes, feul oil, ect.)
I have suffered with chronic pain for 20+ years and smoking weed helps more than the pills prescribed to me. Another industry that can come from legalizing pot is the scientific research that can find many other benefits to this product since they sill be able to di their work without government interference.
The people that speak out against marijuana do not know what they are talking about.
IF the US wants to get out of debt= legalize marijuana
IF the US wants to show compassion for those suffering= legalize marijuana.
IF the US wants tp put 1 million people back to work= legalize marijuana.
American society needs to be honest with it's self and admitt that once again our government employees are not there for us.
Keeping marijuana illegal is about as dumb as another TARP program. This whole thing is based on old school madness, times change, and now would be a good time for change! How many of my tax dollars are building prisons, housing inmates, feeding inmates 3 meals a day, and giving them cable TV, for crimes related to the "indigenous plant" found all over the world. If these old school boys in Washington would quit squabbling about all the petty things, and fix some real issues, health care, jobs, the NATIONAL DEBT! LEGALIZE, and TAX it! No instead were going to tax soda, and juice drinks. Let's hit the subject of cigarettes, if I could buy a pack of joints, I would definitely buy a pack them, instead of cigarettes. Sadly I have to say, the U.S. is not the almighty WORLD POWER we once regarded ourselves as, so lets do a reality check on ourselves, some simple number crunching, and boom we might end up being able to salvage something out of this.
IF you BOOZE u lose, but with DOPE theres hope!!!
I would love to see Cannabis legalized, especially the agricultural type(no THC). I will be a great thing for US clothing(US only). Think of having a set of clothes that last forever,
As far as the wacky stuff, sure legalize it, tax it, heavy laws for DUI via cannabis. Make it another domestic crop, you can only have it if you buy from a licensed cafe. Or if you grow it yourself... Ban the grown stuff from import and you'll put the gangs out of business, keep seeds & other paraphernalia legal to help support global trade and keep the domestic industry & small business growing(Shopkeeper, Farmers, Online Retailers, Lawyers, Glassblowers, etc etc etc)...
pot is completly harmless america has been brainwashed for the past 72 yrs, time to change! california is on the right path complete legalization, think of the boost 4 thier tourism industry.
I think it is very easy to confuse the arguments with false beliefs propagated by the politicians and the misinformed. Anyone that believes that Marijuana is gateway drug simply has forgotten about alcohol and tobacco. I was once a kid, too. Each one of my friends had access and imbibed at least once. What is the next step? Its irrelevant because the gate was already opened. Now my concern as an adult with 3 kids is chrystal-meth and "cheese". They are much easier to make and quicker to kill our children.
My point is that Marijunana is a victim of a bigger problem; the problem of addiction and substance abuse. Alcohol and tobacco are part of the substance abuse issue. Legalized or not, we still deal with their damage. Damages caused to family and friends on many levels, much like gambling and OTC drug abuse has. Addressing the problem of substance abuse and addiction entail more then closing the gate.
I personally think the legalized way is better for multiple reasons. As stated earlier, making it illegal creates the black market for distribution by gangs and drug cartels. Legalization or decriminalization removes it from the financial benefit for gangs and drug cartels and puts it into the hands of our government regulations. Legalization also treats it like alcohol and tobacco the true gateway drugs. Medicinal value and Taxation is a side benefit.
just my 2 cents....
When you give in , then you eventually give in to another weakness. Grow up people and face life without excessive food, drugs, or alcohol. Get support from friends and family. Learn to be responsible like the rest of us. We do not want to take care of you later.
Pharmaceutical companies, psychiatrists, doctors, alcohol distributors do not want it legal because it will take away from their profits! Even tho I get it illegally and smoke myself, I would not want it to be legal; I would loose alot of business.
Prohibition is a failure and is costing us a fortune. Legalize it – tax it and regulate it to EFFECTIVELY keep it away from our kids. Right now any kid can get it.
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