It's time to legalize marijuana

Of all of the claims in print about marijuana, this is the most revealing, yet the most ignored quote of all: "Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man." -- administrative law, Judge Francis L. Young , Drug Enforcement Administration. Full Story
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Marine Vet from VT

Dallas, GA

#1 Jul 31, 2010
instead of forming half-witted groups in a town with no economic future, how about y'all get together and start allowing companies and corporations into the state of vermont so they're able to produce jobs!!!!! put the weed down, get motivated, and start actually doing something besides making and selling tie-dye shirt and other pieces of garbage y'all call "art".. provide jobs and work your @sses off before you talk about legalizing something to help you relax
Cloe

Jamaica, VT

#2 Jul 31, 2010
Marine Vet from VT wrote:
instead of forming half-witted groups in a town with no economic future, how about y'all get together and start allowing companies and corporations into the state of vermont so they're able to produce jobs!!!!! put the weed down, get motivated, and start actually doing something besides making and selling tie-dye shirt and other pieces of garbage y'all call "art".. provide jobs and work your @sses off before you talk about legalizing something to help you relax
Marine Vet from VERMONT and post from Georgia? What y'all talking about? Sure doesn't sound like Yankee talk to me. You suggest real Vermonters don't work their asses off? How about learning something about the Green Mountain State before you spew your drivel?
Common Sense

Brattleboro, VT

#3 Jul 31, 2010
Marine Vet from VT wrote:
instead of forming half-witted groups in a town with no economic future, how about y'all get together and start allowing companies and corporations into the state of vermont so they're able to produce jobs!!!!! put the weed down, get motivated, and start actually doing something besides making and selling tie-dye shirt and other pieces of garbage y'all call "art".. provide jobs and work your @sses off before you talk about legalizing something to help you relax
Couldn't have said it better myself.
denbee

Brighton, MI

#4 Jul 31, 2010
I am a realist. I accept that marijuana will be legal someday. I also accept that in our large society there will be a small segment of those who choose to use hard drugs. Let them for god’s sake! Decriminalize all drugs, regulate them, tax them and make them available to that segment of our society who would otherwise use criminal means to obtain them. Offer them medical help for their addictions instead of jail. Concerning marijuana, busting our doors down and ransacking our homes, shooting our pets and even taking our children because we enjoy a tea in the evening made from a botanical herb that we grow in our garden seems a bit excessive in the Fed’s quest to protect us from ourselves. Seems to me I have more to fear from the jackbooted, narco cops than I do from the illegal drugs. Protect me from thieves, protect me from muggers and murderers, protect me from fraud, but please, you don’t need to protect me from myself! What I choose to do in my home while harming no one else should never be the concern of my Government. If I grow it in my garden for tea time consumption in my home then who do I harm? Who is the victim? Legalize cannabis, regulate it and tax it. Then consider doing the same for all currently illegal drugs. If starving people were breaking into your home looking for food would you arrest and jail them or would you feed them? We have, for over 40 years now, tried the hard ass method of criminalization and have wasted so much money and time. Perhaps it is time to consider “feeding” drug addicts and offering medical help and rehabilitation to them rather than jail and a felony drug record.
Biff Jones

Redding, CA

#5 Jul 31, 2010
Old Money and Old empires die hard. But it appears that the majority of Americans know the drug war is a failure and Marijuana Prohibition is a racist SCAM the feds
put into place to preserve Government empires back in 1937 when Alcohol Prohibition was repealed.

Legalize and Tax Marijuana. And by the way Obama is a LIAR. He said he would address the issue but when he found out how much Government empires were funded by Marijuana Prohibition and the expansion of the American Police State he changed his mind. OBAMA YOU LIED!!
Marine Vet from VT

Dallas, GA

#6 Jul 31, 2010
oh well sir im sorry i used a southern term when talking to your dumb@ss, i grew up there, i spent 20 yrs there before leaving for the marines, after getting out i went back only to be disgusted by what had taken place and the lack of employment opportunities.. and i wasn't saying that ALL vermonters dont work hard, im saying how about instead of forming some useless hippie group to legalize something how about you try and better yourself and your families by getting companies and corporations into the state to provide jobs and soak up some of the outrageous taxes that you have to pay.. and dont worry dummy, i know plenty about the green mountain state and to assure you that i do i'll summarize real quick.. hippies, high taxes, low crime, very low deer population, high coyote pop, hippies, anti-nuke groups, granola's, crunchy's, very liberal justice system, hippies, very few good paying jobs, lots of welfare, seasonal work, hippies, protesters and more hippies..
Cloe wrote:
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Marine Vet from VERMONT and post from Georgia? What y'all talking about? Sure doesn't sound like Yankee talk to me. You suggest real Vermonters don't work their asses off? How about learning something about the Green Mountain State before you spew your drivel?
malcolm kyle

UK

#7 Jul 31, 2010
The war on drugs is a tale of a once great and free nation which fell down a rat hole into a fantasy world riddled with peculiar and dystopian logic.

No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safe again; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are we willing to foolishly risk our own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?
johnny1

Van Nuys, CA

#8 Jul 31, 2010
Great article

I guess the people of CA have started to repeal cannabis prohibition

education can enlighten even the dullest minds

you cant graft a new idea on a closed mind
rick

Moultonborough, NH

#9 Jul 31, 2010
Now if eveyone will just listen.
Chris

Ocean Springs, MS

#10 Jul 31, 2010
Marine Vet from VT: Instead of posting a drawn out response to your unfounded commentary I'll just simplify this into terminology you can understand: Go f$%@ yourself!
Cris Ericson

Bustins Island, ME

#11 Jul 31, 2010
Hi! On July 6, 2010 I started a MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/usmjp2010
for my political campaign friends and
I now have over 320 members.

Not all of them are from Vermont. Some
are from New Hampshire and New York and
Massachusetts, oh, and check out
"Barbie" from Malibu, California - great
pix of her skiing!

I hope to have thousands of MySpace members
by the Primary Election August 24th
to really kick off my campaign.

I'm on the ballot for the United States Marijuana Party.

Some of the other candidates in Vermont have
mentioned marijuana and/or hemp,
but I don't see it on their official campaign websites.

It just goes to show you that people are still afraid in Vermont.

When I was collecting ballot access petition signatures in
the spring, two real estate agents from two different Vermont towns
told me that they agreed with ending marijuana prohibition,
but that they were afraid they would loose their real estate
licenses if they signed my ballot access petition.

That's sad, that people in Vermont are so afraid of
government that they won't even sign a petition.

I am listed with the Independent candidates at
http://www.sec.state.vt.us
click on Elections, see Independent candidate list.

After my name, Cris Ericson, it says,
"United States Marijuana Party".

YOU WILL ALSO SEE THE SOCIALISTS LISTED
ON THE INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE LIST!

ps. the fellow in the photo with me is president of a
pharmaceutical research company in NY and also works
as a court expert on certain medical types of research cases.
He is one the of most highly regarded experts in the
U.S.A. in his scientific fields and one of the most
highly educated.
http://myspace.com/usmjp2010
Marine Vet from VT

Dallas, GA

#12 Jul 31, 2010
Chris wrote:
Marine Vet from VT: Instead of posting a drawn out response to your unfounded commentary I'll just simplify this into terminology you can understand: Go f$%@ yourself!
ah, come on dummy, i was looking for a response... was i that right? i mean not too long ago when i left there were no jobs and plenty of hippies doing nothing but hanging around brattleboro naked, and as far as i've heard nothing has changed.. look, im neither for or against the decriminalization of weed, what i was saying was start to actually allow companies and corporations into the GD state so that there's plenty of jobs to go around and other sources to take care of the ridiculous tax burden.. flocking retards, stop being close minded hippies and only thinking about one thing here. try to think about whats actually good for the future of the state instead of whats good for you right now...
jway

Florence, AL

#13 Jul 31, 2010
denbee, You stated your are more afraid of the narco cops than the illegal drugs. Can only meaning users and dealers then, "fine upstanding people". That proves you have smoked and sip ed too much laced tea. Marine from VT. thanks for serving, there are still a lot of great VTERS, Going to see them soon. You are right about how VT has gone down and it does have to do with the druggie & hippie mentality and articles like this crap. Never heard of a pothead or drugy being prosperous unless they were dealing.
Marine Vet from VT

Dallas, GA

#14 Jul 31, 2010
thanks jway, im actually headed up there with the wife to visit the families and pick on the hippies in about a month or so.. my parents are so fed up they're talking about moving down south as well where there's plenty of jobs and much more opportunity
kevin

Walpole, NH

#15 Jul 31, 2010
i smoked pot for about a year, everyday, every chance i got. i regret taking my first hit. you don't get addicted to it, but if you don't make enough money to buy it, thats the only thing you worry about is how am i going to get it. i was in my freshmen year at school and my grade went from a's and b's to failing. if it is legalized there HAS TO BE strict laws on how old you have to be an do everything possible to make sure minors don't smoke it before the become of age, if not we will have a generation of teens who will not have the proper skills need to get out into the work force
Daniel

West Roxbury, MA

#16 Jul 31, 2010
I am a nurse at the local hospital. I am not taking a stand one way or the other but I can say with absolute 100% certainty that we have never ever taken care of anyone who overdosed on pot. In addition, we have never had anyone who has come to the hospital who is loosing there mind and is violent on this drug. In fact, all of our suicide/overdoses are prescription medications. I take care of so many of these people. By chasing people who smoke we waste our resources on some of the drugs that are taking lives. It is so ironic to me that the very drugs that we prescribe as health care people are the most harmful to mind and spirit. Not all mind you, but many of the opiates are abused to the point of self harm. In addition, vermont has a lot to gain by legalizing the cultivation of hemp....which is an non drug containing form of the plant. We could use this plant medicinally, with industry, and with fuel that this part of the country so desperately needs. Think about it....the plant doesn't have to even be a drug, it could sustain so many needed comodities that we use everyday.
erik

Freeport, FL

#17 Jul 31, 2010
its good to see some truth every now and then....good job
gimme a break

Newton Upper Falls, MA

#18 Jul 31, 2010
What a bunch of CR@P. There is NO REASON to make drugs legal. Only people with a drug problem would EVER think it would be a good idea. I no longer shop downtown Greenfield MA because they let the teens walk the main st passing dope around.
These kids will be brain-dead by 30 and not think its so cute anymore. Then our tax $$$ will go up to cover their disability check. wtf!
Ersatz Blinker

Brattleboro, VT

#19 Aug 1, 2010
I've seen the same argument Mr. Pillsbury presents many times over by other people presenting their "facts" on why legalizing Marijuana will be beneficial to the economy, and won't be abused by the "casual" users. The scientific fact that you can't overdose on marijuana does nothing to allay the cold, hard reality that it is a mind-altering substance, and not everyone plays by the rules of the ideal recreational user. Oh yes, legalizing this drug will be a great boon to the economy.... ambulance services, ER staffing, and insurance companies will all prosper, as more and more people are able to drive impaired after legally purchasing their dope. We've done such a great job controlling alcohol abuse, why not add marijuana into the picture? Simply put, not everyone conforms to the rosy picture Mr. Pillsbury paints, and he's simply blowing smoke like all the rest of the pro-drug people. You want a recreational activity? Go enjoy kayaking or biking, or visit one of the great locations in the New England area that we live near and take for granted. You don't need to be high to do that.
Ralph

Brattleboro, VT

#20 Aug 1, 2010
Economic wise it would be great. Just think of the increase in "munchie" sales.

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