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post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by unjung View Post
Admittedly I haven't looked at the issue extensively (which I should, given how close Canada came to decriminalizing marijuana a few years ago), but I don't see the point of decriminalization versus legalization. I don't see why you would simply reduce punishments to fines and so on when it is equally or less harmful than alcohol. I am under the impression that alcohol is "legal," not "decriminalized," and I think pot should be treated the same way - don't do it on the street, don't do it and drive.

Decriminalization is good enough for me. How often do you get caught smoking pot? Almost never unless you are an idiot, now if you run zero risk of criminal record..and the punishment is an 80$ ticket why not risk it?

Also I think the problem with taxing it, is that it's too easy for people to plant their own on their balconies.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by likeitaloud View Post
Decriminalization is good enough for me. How often do you get caught smoking pot? Almost never unless you are an idiot, now if you run zero risk of criminal record..and the punishment is an 80$ ticket why not risk it?

Also I think the problem with taxing it, is that it's too easy for people to plant their own on their balconies.

I think the growing culture would probably die out pretty quickly. You know anyone that grows their own tobacco, even with all the taxes on ciggarettes?

Am 100% for legalization.
post #18 of 28
I used to be in all the legalise-it clubs back in university in Australia. That was carte blanche to be stoned in class all day and pass it off as activism. Mission accomplished. I don't really care, but I guess I still fall on the legalise it side of centre. The 'what about driving' argument is an interesting one. Having spent more than my share of my time stoned out of my box, I can confirm that driving is not a particularly good idea. That said, and I am far from an expert on such matters, I believe marijuana lingers way longer in the bloodstream than alcohol, and so testing becomes an issue. If you are able to find a way to test for it comparable to the breathalyser, it is going to be detecting last week's joint and deeming you unfit to drive. Correct? Still, I come from a state where it is decriminalised anyhow, kind of lost touch with the restrictions now, but it used to be a slap-on-wrist fine for up to nine plants, which was deemed personal use. Of course that law was written when it was all outdoor, and each plant yielded under a pound, and half the plants turned male. When everyone went hydro, and plants started yielding multi-pounds, then the premise of 'personal use' got a little questionable. They may have wound in the number now. Been a long time since I cared to check. Anyhow, lots of my mates growing up had cool little systems going where dudes from the eastern states (where it was illegal and therefore way more expensive than lil-ol-Adelaide) would drive over and buy the whole-damn-lot at somewhere between Sydney or Melbourne price and Adelaide price, and then drive it back overnight. Everyone's a winner...
post #19 of 28
was an evil shit and never was legal.
post #20 of 28
I don't see any point in the legalize it debate since marijuana is as cheap and accessible as ever.
post #21 of 28
Do whatever will bring the price down.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by mafoofan Jr. View Post
I don't see any point in the legalize it debate since marijuana is as cheap and accessible as ever.

It is quite accessible, but with a bit of a delay. I mean when you want a six pack you don't have to call the convenience store guy, see if he's around/if he can come by, find out he isn't yet, set an alternate time, and perhaps still end up having to wait a couple of hours.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by JSC4President View Post
Legalize, tax, regulate, require a license to sell, offer drug counseling to those in need, puff, puff, give.

Sounds like a plan...
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by mafoofan Jr. View Post
I don't see any point in the legalize it debate since marijuana is as cheap and accessible as ever.

I had a similar sentiment prior to watching a documentary I found on television. Throughout the war on drugs this documentary claimed that the federal government in the states has spend in excess of two trillion dollars on pot related regulation. The stuff is near harmless, no worse than cigarettes and alcohol, legalize it, tax it and reduce crime while raising revenue in a time that government spending is a necessity. Seems like a no brainer, doesn't it?
post #25 of 28
I would prefer it doesn't get taxed like tobacco is, because I think that would lead to large marijuana corporations who will put toxic additives in the weed. Decriminalization sounds much better than full legalization to me.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
Legalize it and tax it.

+1
post #27 of 28
I'd legalize everything. If you die, natural selection bitches!
post #28 of 28
Legalize it, and I will advertise it!

Bob Marley had it right in that song though, it really is good for your asthma! Try it.
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