Friedman Says He'd Legalize Pot in Te...

Friedman Says He'd Legalize Pot in Texas

There are 756 comments on the The Associated Press story from Sep 14, 2006, titled Friedman Says He'd Legalize Pot in Texas . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

Kinky Friedman says he favors legalizing marijuana to keep nonviolent users out of prison.

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Middleagedman

Graham, TX

#1 Sep 14, 2006
Well, thats going to make the governors race REALLY interesting.
Hale Bopp

United States

#2 Sep 14, 2006
And you think we have a big problem with DWI's now...
liberated

Midland, TX

#3 Sep 14, 2006
Makes more sense than spending billions on a drug war while leaving the borders wide open.

After seeing the excellent results from years of anit-smoking and anti-alcohol campaigns, I believe it is time to take the same approach towards drugs.

The way I taught my nephew to stay away from drugs was to take him to the methadone clinic to see and meet the people who looked 60 at 40. To see the dred up and ate up addicts - and listen to their stories.

However, the REAL kicker was when my brother, a former heroin addict, told him all of the horrible and disgusting things he had done for heroin - and what prison was like.

Truth, reality and education is more effective and a lot less expenisve...in more ways than just money.
Bow

United States

#5 Sep 14, 2006
that's not gonna happen though, no matter how much we favour it! pity
Jerry Garcia

Eugene, OR

#6 Sep 14, 2006
Legalize,Tax and State Distribute.In states that have decrimed Marijuana or have Medical Marijauna their teen use rates have dropped.It makes more sense to release all non-violent drug users.This would give room for more pedophiles ,rapists and murderers.Impose heavy fines and forfeitures for drug abuses but no jail time. IF convicted you have to pay your penalties.Noncompliance would result in stae job placements until penalties/fines were paid. No exceptions.Mandatory minimums for all drug sale violations.
Hans

Netherlands

#7 Sep 14, 2006
This system is in Holland for several years, and it works! There are not many problems with use of weed but a lot more from use of alcohol, look at the soccergames in Europe, hundreds of policemans to keep the crowds at ease. In Holland weeddealers and shop pay tax, so this is a good thing too. I support Kinky on this one.
Jerry Garcia

Eugene, OR

#8 Sep 15, 2006
It should be scary millions of Americans want Legalization of Marijuana. Who do you thik bought all those seeds? Was Marc holding a gun to their head forcing them to make illegal buys? Didn't they buy them in defiance of US law, expressing their freedom of choice?. 12 States have Medical Marijuana programs and several major cities have decriminilized. Seattle,Eugene,AnnArbor,severl Cali.cities,and the whole state of Colorado. These states have shown the lowest incidence of Teen Marijuana use.That is an improvement and a fact,assbuster.You do not have a CHAIR where you electrocute drug offenders in Florida or any state.You ignorantly lock them up,feed them,cloth them, supply there meds and support their families with susidies. If you remeber Tallahassee Womens Federal prison guards recently had a shootout with DEA agents. So much for your solution of locking them up away from drugs.Actually they meet up with their old buddies and set up shop inside.<> You would do well to study a few pages of the Koran you talk ignorantly about the Muslim Religion. It could get you in trouble on the wrong side of town.There are 11 million ,known Muslims in America.Be careful what you say ,these sights are not secure and easily hacked.I do not like any kind of hacking IYKWIM.They don't use the heroin they ship it to the US 612 tons this year. 30% more than is needed to fill the street market. This will cheapen the price and raise the quality of heroin ,especially the East Coast.You will soon wish pot as your problem ,When little Junkie Johnnie comes home with track marks don't say I did not warn you.When they get the whole nation hooked on smack they can invade from within with their 11 million known already here and billions in heroin profits.NOW THAT IS SCARY!!!!.Todays news was prescription drug abuse now excedes illegal street drug use.Your local pharmacist is now your leading drug dealer on your block,how did this happen?
Bust Your Ass wrote:
Marc Emery Is a drug trafficker by any definition of US Law! He showed and CONTINUED to show contempt for US law. Not only did he break our laws ...he demonstrated intent to continue to break US Laws by importing Cannabis DNA in the form of seeds with full knowlege that it would be used to grow ellegal drugs within the US. Additionally, he is set to continue to addict our children as evidenced in the below Pothead Bastard Marc Emery quote:>>>"" I am blessed by what the DEA has done," he tells Simon."I would rather see marijuana legalized than me being saved from a U.S. jail. I hope that if I am incarcerated, I can influence tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of young people to take up my cause.""<<< ... THAT is scary folks!!!
We have a chair here in florida with his name on it- That is after we fry the other well known Drug Traffickers waiting in line...Manuel Noriega, and Raul Castro.
Hey here is a thought: why are the Taliban and those Al-qaida bastards so unreasonable- well yes the radical interpretation of their religion- In part- How about the fact they are high on Heroin!!! Oh yes they are rich because the oil- Yes but the Heroin trade is not bad as well.
Hey their best attack on us is the destruction of our society from within- Thanks to all you Drug Dealers!!!
Common Sense

San Angelo, TX

#10 Sep 15, 2006
The problem with Marijuana is not the drug itself, its the drug dealers who sell it.

If a person goes to their dealer to get "weed" and they don't have any, the drug dealer may say "But I have some meth I just got in..." or "But I have some nice Heroin you could try..." or "But I have some Morphine pills you can buy..."

Marijuana is a "gateway" drug because you have to get it from drug dealers who offer a variety of illegal drugs... not just marijuana.

If Marijuana is legalized, less people will be exposed to the REAL bad drugs that can screw you up for life.

Some people will argue:

"WELL I DON'T WANT SOME POT HEAD WORKING FOR ME!..."
"YEA BUT I DON'T WANT SOME DOCTOR TO TAKE BONG HITS BEFORE HE COMMITS SURGERY ON ME!..."

It can still be illegal to use marijuana and work in certain professions. Thats the beauty of "choice".

I can "choose" to smoke pot and work at mcdonalds,wendys, burger king, etc for $5.15 an hour

or

I can "choose" to not smoke pot and be a construction worker/dentist/doctor/bus driver/etc...
vinces chick

Butte, MT

#11 Sep 15, 2006
Common Sense wrote:
The problem with Marijuana is not the drug itself, its the drug dealers who sell it.
If a person goes to their dealer to get "weed" and they don't have any, the drug dealer may say "But I have some meth I just got in..." or "But I have some nice Heroin you could try..." or "But I have some Morphine pills you can buy..."
Marijuana is a "gateway" drug because you have to get it from drug dealers who offer a variety of illegal drugs... not just marijuana.
If Marijuana is legalized, less people will be exposed to the REAL bad drugs that can screw you up for life.
Some people will argue:
"WELL I DON'T WANT SOME POT HEAD WORKING FOR ME!..."
"YEA BUT I DON'T WANT SOME DOCTOR TO TAKE BONG HITS BEFORE HE COMMITS SURGERY ON ME!..."
It can still be illegal to use marijuana and work in certain professions. Thats the beauty of "choice".
I can "choose" to smoke pot and work at mcdonalds,wendys, burger king, etc for $5.15 an hour
or
I can "choose" to not smoke pot and be a construction worker/dentist/doctor/bus driver/etc...
people also CHOOSE to do harder drugs. the gateway theory is just a theory. there are people who have never even smoked weed, and became strictly meth addicts, or cocaine, or heroin, etc. it is a personal CHOICE whether or not to do hard drugs or drugs period. does that mean the t.v. ads depicting people having a great time with alcohol is a gateway too? maybe just maybe, alcohol is the gateway to all drug use. maybe not. why blame it all on weed? why not place some of it on the media that glamourizes alcohol and tobacco use? the 2 legal drugs that are extremely dangerous but, not many people think to include them in their rants. also, what about legal prescription pills? are those ok because they are doctor prescribed? i see more people addicted to pills than pot. i see more people addicted to cigarettes than pot. i see more people addicted to alcohol than pot. maybe because pot is not addictive. not physically, like the rest of the list. anyone can become addicted to anything, including food if they let themselves. it is a choice that each person conciously makes.
Flower Power

AOL

#12 Sep 15, 2006
He has my vote.
Jerry Garcia

Eugene, OR

#13 Sep 15, 2006
You are well, just plain stupid. You know nothing about what you are speaking about.You never bought a bag of weed in your life or met a dealer,have you? I never had a weed dealer offer me anything else.You think these guys ride around with a mini Rite Aid in their pockets? Your gateway bullshit is just that bullshit,and is now 70 yars old. It cost 1.4 Billion to come up with that and the fried egg commercials. <> Listen,Einstein ,it is illegal to work in any workplace under the influence of any mind altering drug even Mickey Dees. We are not discussing drugs in the work place. Do you really think that,construction workers,dentist,clergy,bus drivers teachers,judges and ministers do not use Marijuana? Well they do and always will.Don't act like Marijuana is a poor mans drug. At $400.00 an ounce you can't work at Mickey Dees and afford it.Your economics scenario suck also.In fact heroin and crank are cheaper here than Marijuana. So we are right back where we started Legalization,Taxation and State Distribute.
Common Sense wrote:
The problem with Marijuana is not the drug itself, its the drug dealers who sell it.
If a person goes to their dealer to get "weed" and they don't have any, the drug dealer may say "But I have some meth I just got in..." or "But I have some nice Heroin you could try..." or "But I have some Morphine pills you can buy..."
Marijuana is a "gateway" drug because you have to get it from drug dealers who offer a variety of illegal drugs... not just marijuana.
If Marijuana is legalized, less people will be exposed to the REAL bad drugs that can screw you up for life.
Some people will argue:
"WELL I DON'T WANT SOME POT HEAD WORKING FOR ME!..."
"YEA BUT I DON'T WANT SOME DOCTOR TO TAKE BONG HITS BEFORE HE COMMITS SURGERY ON ME!..."
It can still be illegal to use marijuana and work in certain professions. Thats the beauty of "choice".
I can "choose" to smoke pot and work at mcdonalds,wendys, burger king, etc for $5.15 an hour
or
I can "choose" to not smoke pot and be a construction worker/dentist/doctor/bus driver/etc...
Rosie

San Antonio, TX

#14 Sep 15, 2006
I strongly agree with Friedman's decision about releasing those individuals who are caught with drugs. Sentences for these individuals are more harsh than those who murder, those who steal, those are sex offenders. These are the individuals who need to be locked up and do the time. That is why our prisons are overcrowded. A person is caught with drugs, and they are doing ten to fifteen years. Then there is another individual who took another's life and they get an certain amount of deferred probation. These are the people who need to be locked up. I will vote for Friedman. Those who are a threat to our society, and our children need to do the time.
Jerry Garcia

Eugene, OR

#15 Sep 15, 2006
I agree. Two months ago a seven year old girl was raped here. Her attacker was on a child predator list. What the hell good is a predator list to the little girl lying there getting abused. Did you ever here of a druggie list? Why not, put non-violent druggies on a list and male room to lock up these sick child molesters and rapists?
Rosie wrote:
I strongly agree with Friedman's decision about releasing those individuals who are caught with drugs. Sentences for these individuals are more harsh than those who murder, those who steal, those are sex offenders. These are the individuals who need to be locked up and do the time. That is why our prisons are overcrowded. A person is caught with drugs, and they are doing ten to fifteen years. Then there is another individual who took another's life and they get an certain amount of deferred probation. These are the people who need to be locked up. I will vote for Friedman. Those who are a threat to our society, and our children need to do the time.
Ghost

Bethlehem, PA

#16 Sep 15, 2006
It's about time somebody in the political arena showed some intelligence, Get er' done Kinky!!
AUSTIN BABY

United States

#18 Sep 15, 2006
I have never heard of ANYONE who only smokes weed ever killing anybody with their car or stealing to get more weed. On the contrary, they are usually slower drivers the ones you are trying to race around to get to your destination. Legalizing it will make it less popular among the teens and is a good idea. That doesnt not mean we should legalizes the other hard drugs which are bad and do cause people to do bad things. I also feel that we are taking up way too much space in our jail/prisoons with people on non violent crimes and letting the violent ones out and down the street from our school are registered pedofiles when they should have been shot and not allowed to live near any school what so ever. That is my two cents worth
Ghost

Bethlehem, PA

#19 Sep 15, 2006
AUSTIN BABY wrote:
I have never heard of ANYONE who only smokes weed ever killing anybody with their car or stealing to get more weed. On the contrary, they are usually slower drivers the ones you are trying to race around to get to your destination. Legalizing it will make it less popular among the teens and is a good idea. That doesnt not mean we should legalizes the other hard drugs which are bad and do cause people to do bad things. I also feel that we are taking up way too much space in our jail/prisoons with people on non violent crimes and letting the violent ones out and down the street from our school are registered pedofiles when they should have been shot and not allowed to live near any school what so ever. That is my two cents worth
And that's all I got to say about That!!
Jerry Garcia

Eugene, OR

#20 Sep 15, 2006
Your ,two cents, were worth millions to my ears.
AUSTIN BABY wrote:
I have never heard of ANYONE who only smokes weed ever killing anybody with their car or stealing to get more weed. On the contrary, they are usually slower drivers the ones you are trying to race around to get to your destination. Legalizing it will make it less popular among the teens and is a good idea. That doesnt not mean we should legalizes the other hard drugs which are bad and do cause people to do bad things. I also feel that we are taking up way too much space in our jail/prisoons with people on non violent crimes and letting the violent ones out and down the street from our school are registered pedofiles when they should have been shot and not allowed to live near any school what so ever. That is my two cents worth
nikki

United States

#21 Sep 15, 2006
The only reason the want it legal is so the government can make money from it. Why not pimps have to pay in taxes.
Alan

Huntingburg, IN

#22 Sep 15, 2006
Recreational drugs should be legalized but controlled more so than alcohol...i.e. only done in the home,not in public places or bars...the war against recreational drugs is a large bureaucracy gone amuck.. and too many young kids are locked in prison or can't get a job for selling or doing a few recreational drugs..I even know conservatives that still smoke dope...
Frenchy

Las Vegas, NV

#26 Sep 17, 2006
Please quote your source that Kinky Friedman plans to legalize pot. I have not heard this before and I've been following his campaign for a while.

Also, I'm not sure the Texas governor has enough power to legalize marijuana. That measure would take a Texas house and senate vote, and in this red state, I find it unlikely it would ever pass, given the political climate here.

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