Four months after marijuana legalization vote, feds remain mum

Four months after voters in Colorado and Washington legalized limited marijuana possession and sales , the federal government remained resolutely mum Wednesday on what it will do about it. Full Story
Jillian Galloway

Chester, VA

#1 Mar 7, 2013
It was the will of the American people that legalized marijuana in CO and WA and it was the will of the American people that gave President Obama a second term. He can't now nullify one without severely undermining the legitimacy of the other!

In the seventy years since the launch of the marijuana prohibition we've learned a few important things: 1.) The prohibition absolutely does NOT stop people using marijuana. 2.) The prohibition causes FAR more harm than what it prevents. 3.) The prohibition fuels organized crime and makes children LESS safe.

It is fundamentally WRONG for the government to continue any policy that causes more harm than good! We have to put the safety of our children FIRST and demand that marijuana be legalized like beer and wine.
Jon Smith

Columbia, MD

#2 Mar 7, 2013
I think that the legalization of cannabis and hemp represents a wonderful opportunity for the american citizen. Think about it, the american public desires less of a centralized goverment control and more input in laws that affect them directly and what could be more beneficial than and effort to re-establish state's rights? Also the majority of americans desire a job that has meaning and would be beneficial to the environment and there are many different reasons why hemp farming is the obvious choice. Hemp as a plant has been used for such ordinary means as a renewable source of paper and after cultivation adds multiple minerals back into the soil. With budget cuts and a global rise in terrorism there are few wiser choices than the legalization of cannabis and hemp as a means of environmentally friendly jobs and as a natural euphoric medicine.
Joe Svenstard

Columbia, MD

#3 Mar 7, 2013
I agree with Jon's assesment, Marijuana legalization is one of the best propositions as of late. The War on Weed is another failed attempt to galvinize the average citizen into a fearful mindset and with the very real threat of border violence, the massive layoffs of hard-working americans, and the rise of terrorism, I think americans deserve to have a healthy alternative to medicine that treats the symptoms by giving harsher drugs than an ordinary house plant. I also have done some research onthe hemp plant and farming and it seems to me that our founding fathers knew a thing or two when they decided to plant fields of hemp.
Irene barbados

Columbia, MD

#4 Mar 7, 2013
I never fully understood why marijuana was ever made illegal in the first place. If weed can help ease the stress of life among the living I see no reason why we shouldn't be able to use it the same was we do a cigarette. I am completely in favor of growinng my own medicine for personal use, it would save me money and heal my stomach pain.
Irene barbados

Columbia, MD

#5 Mar 7, 2013
Also, since when did state's rights become an U.N. issue? I guess the opposition believes that marijuana legalization would lead to increased crime but from what I've seen and remembered, cannabis produces the exact opposite effect; often making one excited and giddy but never aggressive. There's a very good reason why the Native Americans used it to conduct peace between warring tribes; it works.
Cliff Schaffer

San Francisco, CA

#6 Mar 7, 2013
Marijuana was outlawed for two major reasons. The first was because "All Mexicans are crazy and marijuana is what makes them crazy." The second was the fear that heroin addiction would lead to the use of marijuana, exactly the opposite of the modern "gateway" idea.

Only one MD testified at the hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The representative of the American Medical Association said there was no evidence that marijuana was a dangerous drug and no reason for the law. In response, the committee told him that, if he wasn't going to cooperate, he should shut up and leave.

The only other "expert" to testify was James C. Munch, a psychologist. His sole claim to fame was that he had injected mj directly into the brains of 300 dogs and two of them died. When they asked him what he concluded from this, he said he didn't know what to conclude because he wasn't a dog psychologist.

He also testified in court, under oath, that mj could make your fangs grow six inches long and drip with blood.

Mr. Munch was the only "expert" in the US who though mj should be illegal, so he was appointed US Official Expert on marijuana, where he served - and guided policy - for 25 years.

In short, the marijuana laws were absolute lunacy passed by lunatics. You can read more about it at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/white... You can find the full transcripts of the congressional hearings at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/taxact/t...
Jose79845

Cartersville, GA

#7 Mar 7, 2013
The feds can keep their mouths shut indefinitely as far as I am concerned.
Bringmedinner

Kansas City, MO

#8 Mar 7, 2013
If for no other reason, than queers using the drug (marijuana) to intentionally reduce the inhibitions of their victims to molest them, the drug should be kept illegal and the State laws rescinded. ALL relevant scientific study shows marijuana to damage people in multiple ways. Those using the drug have totally distorted their own perception of what is healthy and what is not; they should have no influence on the decisions of the overriding Federal laws. Even the majority of United Nations members object to these two States damaging current efforts to limit damage and malaise of many types to populations. Socialists have commonly supported the invasive drugging of the American population to damage the fabric and high quality of our civilization. A drugged culture is a vulnerable culture on many levels.
Iraan Ozonjo

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Mar 8, 2013
!!???!!

I'm speechless.

Better bring [him] dinner, and get out of the way.
Sheik Yerbouti

Pennington, NJ

#10 Mar 8, 2013
Pay no attention he is just a sissy boy troll!

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