Police say 2 killed in N. Ind. drug dispute

There are 20 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 11, 2009, titled Police say 2 killed in N. Ind. drug dispute. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Police say a dispute over marijuana led to two men being fatally shot in a small northern Indiana town.

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Cindy

Baldwin Park, CA

#1 May 11, 2009
Just another example of how our current drug laws can turn something as innocent as a natural plant into a catalyst for murder. If marijuana was legal as it should be these kids would still be alive today, the kid would have just grown his own or bought some cheaply at the local store. Its so sad that the feds care more about their share of the money than they do their own citizens lives. But I guess as long as they can convince us that marijuana is evil they will still be able to justify the billions of American citizen generated tax dollars they allocate to their own budgets. How thoughtful of them
Victor P

Baldwin Park, CA

#2 May 11, 2009
The only reason marijuana is worth so much money is because of the legal risk involved, it is our own laws that create the value of crime. When will we wake up as a society and realize we can not control everything,it simple does not work that way. What will the federal gov. decide that people are not allowed to use next, sunshine?
More and more people are turning against law enforcement because they are being used to control personal choice, and that is a recipe for disaster.
Samantha OH

Baldwin Park, CA

#3 May 11, 2009
It makes me cry when young people die over something that could have been avoided. There are talks and conversation going on right now around the nation about marijuana being less harmful than both alcohol and cigarettes and its being considered for legalization in California because the latest poll shows majority support. So why is it still illegal, why are we not changing the failed laws? Are we waiting for more deaths and more prison sentences that tax payers pay for? The longer we wait the more harm we do and the more death we obviously condone. This makes me sick to my stomach!!!
TAX PAYER

Baldwin Park, CA

#4 May 11, 2009
If weed was legal this wouldn't of happened. Its as simple as that. So whats worse, the weed or the laws against it? I can say I have never herd of weed killing anyone, but I have heard plenty of people being killed because of the laws.
Steve McAllen

Murfreesboro, AR

#5 May 12, 2009
Legalize and all this would not be taking place! I see some damn good folks getting put away for a joint? Welcome to America the land of the FREE!
confidential

United States

#6 May 12, 2009
Rest in peace to jason and shawn but cindy is right if the government were not so strict on the marijuana plicy this wouldnt have happened I would think that there are far bigger fish to fry than busting someone for weed it has come to be something no one ever would have thought if you knew these guys you would have known that they were very good friends and not enimies as this makes them appear it was just another drug deal gone bad god bless family and friends of the men in this dispute and if it were legal it wouldnt have been a problem as it has gotten to be all the time RIP JASON M SMITH & SHAWN ZIMMERMAN
Unknown

United States

#7 May 25, 2009
Give me a break. Alcohol is legal and people still steal it and get the shit beat out of them & yes, even killed. Everyone has to have some one to blame for everything.
Hardy Street

Rushville, IN

#8 May 26, 2009
Two less druggies around. Parents were probable druggies too. They should of taught their children better.
bone

United States

#9 Jun 3, 2009
Hardy Street wrote:
Two less druggies around. Parents were probable druggies too. They should of taught their children better.
wow that is harsh and you made an assumption that you have no clue the truth, fact is
they have families and those families are broken hearted, cant anyone just feel for the loss instead? weed is ilegal ya.... and so is drinking and driving and so should alot of other things be, ha, think its bad now? people sell it because our economy is SHIT !!!!!!!!
i hope that you never have anything like this happen in your family, or even remotely close to you ... and if you do come on back and re read what you wrote, stop judging, there is only one judge and thats GOD
LaGrange

Nappanee, IN

#10 Jun 3, 2009
weather it is legal or not there are bounderies and people should know them. it's a shame there had to be deaths over something so miner. our laws are not to blame for this if someone is willing to kill over stupid shit they will kill anyways

Since: Aug 08

LaGrange, IN

#11 Sep 19, 2009
Hardy Street wrote:
Two less druggies around. Parents were probable druggies too. They should of taught their children better.
Yeah, they should have taught them to be "legal" druggies and thieves like Insurance agents, Doctors, Lawyers and Politicians. I'm sure the world would have been a better place. DUH!
Grand Lipsmacker

Carbondale, IL

#12 Oct 7, 2009
vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor [we all experience]Hell____

Since: Aug 08

LaGrange, IN

#13 Oct 16, 2009
LaGrange wrote:
weather it is legal or not there are bounderies and people should know them. it's a shame there had to be deaths over something so miner. our laws are not to blame for this if someone is willing to kill over stupid shit they will kill anyways
I agree, but you have to admit that we do have some retarded laws around here. We are still expected to live by laws from 30-100 years ago?

Since: Aug 08

LaGrange, IN

#14 Oct 16, 2009
Grand Lipsmacker wrote:
vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor [we all experience]Hell____
Legal doesn't mean honorable in my book, just legal! We really need to put them all in the same category, a thief is a thief and a liar is a liar.

Since: Aug 08

LaGrange, IN

#15 Oct 16, 2009
Steve McAllen wrote:
Legalize and all this would not be taking place! I see some damn good folks getting put away for a joint? Welcome to America the land of the FREE!
Welcome to land that allows you to THINK that you are free until you face a wacko conservative Judge!
helpchangeit

Valdosta, GA

#16 Dec 27, 2009
i personally would rather walk into of room of pot heads than a room full of drunks. alcohol can make people violent, i've never seen anyone violent on pot. ever.........

Since: Aug 08

LaGrange, IN

#17 Jan 3, 2010
helpchangeit wrote:
i personally would rather walk into of room of pot heads than a room full of drunks. alcohol can make people violent, i've never seen anyone violent on pot. ever.........
For that matter I'd rather walk into a room of pot heads than a room full of Dr.s, Lawyers or Cops, at least I'd be likely to stumble out alive and still have my money.lol!
just a tidbit

Fitzgerald, GA

#18 Jan 13, 2010
djrsml wrote:
<quoted text>I agree, but you have to admit that we do have some retarded laws around here. We are still expected to live by laws from 30-100 years ago?
not true at all around 100 years ago it was manditory for every family to grow a certian amount of weed. and if they did not they were arrested. weird how things turn out huh are they looking out for the people or the profitability of us on them.

Since: Aug 08

LaGrange, IN

#19 Jan 13, 2010
just a tidbit wrote:
<quoted text>
not true at all around 100 years ago it was manditory for every family to grow a certian amount of weed. and if they did not they were arrested. weird how things turn out huh are they looking out for the people or the profitability of us on them.
lol, you're probably right! I remember my Grandmother saying that they grew the stuff for the government.
Mark

Findlay, OH

#20 Jan 21, 2010
Drugs are for loser...period. Anyone who gets involved with them deserves whatever they get...period.

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