Marijuana Debate - Albany, NY

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Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

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No you wont

East Syracuse, NY

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#42
Apr 9, 2013
 
Legalize it and it might keep the Mexicans in mexico!
Anne Ominous

Sayre, PA

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#43
Apr 10, 2013
 
Something is wrong with you if you need to go around in a drug induced fog in order to be happy. Drugs are a complete waste of time and money.

“We R Watching U”

Since: Dec 11

Albany, NY

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#44
Apr 10, 2013
 
Anne Ominous wrote:
Something is wrong with you if you need to go around in a drug induced fog in order to be happy. Drugs are a complete waste of time and money.
Do you drink?

Cannabis has medicinal uses and in the form of industrial hemp many products such as paper and rope can be made from it. It is not all about getting high.
http://www.naihc.org/hemp_information/hemp_fa...
Bernard Continelli

Rensselaer, NY

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#46
Apr 11, 2013
 
Something is wrong with one who can stomach this F.U. world totally "straight"! In Christian terminology cannabis is the "body of Christ" and wine is his blood. Properly executed, religion is NOT a waste of time and money, in fact it can be G.D. fun.
onwone

Corning, NY

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#47
Apr 22, 2013
 
have m.s. ear it good for it pain.
Nina

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#48
Apr 22, 2013
 
onwone wrote:
have m.s. ear it good for it pain.
Hope you are feeling well these days. Good luck.

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Since: Dec 11

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#49
Apr 22, 2013
 
onwone wrote:
have m.s. ear it good for it pain.
It is and it is safer than those poison pills the docs script out. Which is why it should be legal.

I hope you find something safe to help you get some relief from pain.

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#50
Apr 22, 2013
 
Nina wrote:
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Hope you are feeling well these days. Good luck.
I think someone is using your name over on another thread.
Eric

Troy, NY

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#51
May 12, 2013
 
If nothing else, the legalization of marijuana would be great for our state and local economies. Albany is lucky to have been one of the more fortunate ares not hit very hard by the recession. But currently things are on an upturn here in upstate New York, especially in the capital region. The addition of a huge luxury item like marijuana would only help the tax rates this entire state suffers from. The entire reason behind marijuana's illegal status is greed, not moral or health concerns. There is no god looking down on us for smoking weed. More harm is caused because of alcohol and tobacco. There is literally no harm in marijuana legalization, regulation, and consumption. It is simply a lifestyle choice. One I'm sure most would choose if they would only try it just once.
Anne Ominous

Spencer, NY

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#52
May 12, 2013
 
satanic witch wrote:
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Do you drink?
If you are referring to alcohol, no, I do not.

My mind is my finest possession. I treat it with the utmost care.

I'll admit to a certain amount of curiosity and willingness to experiment in my younger days. However in hindsight I realize that at the minimum it was a waste of time and money.

Another consideration is what kind of reputation you want to have. How about if you want a job that requires drug testing, or just clear thinking?

Getting high is a lie. It is a dead end. If you need drugs to enjoy life there's something wrong.
satanic witch

Lakewood, NJ

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#53
May 25, 2013
 
satanic witch wrote:
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I think someone is using your name over on another thread.
That's terrible!
anon

Troy, NY

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#54
Jun 7, 2013
 
It is high time to end the silly war on drugs and realize adults make decisions for themselves regarding legal or illegal substances, with or without taking into account the dangers or benefits.
Bernard Continelli

Rensselaer, NY

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#55
Jun 8, 2013
 
If you think the ENTIRE prescription system is just going to disappear and ALL drugs will be as available as alcohol and tobacco currently are, I'll bet a thorough search of your house would eventually yield a "receipt" for the Brooklyn Bridge!

This is (generically) why I quit the Libertarian Party even though I still throw occasional 'protest votes' their way: They (and a lot of folks on the "cultural" Left side of the fence like the more extreme PETA advocates) are living in a dream world if they think that heroin will once again be as legal as it was before 1914 or that America is going to unanimously turn vegan.

If there's one thing I've learned as a political activist it's "test the waters" first, and if it looks likes 'Plan A' has NO CHANCE WHATSOEVER of achieving mainstream acceptance, then DON'T be ashamed to go to 'compromised' Plan B. Let's just push for defacto-legalized marijuana for the moment while integrating the harder illicit drugs INTO the prescription system if you don't want to be totally ignored or laughed at by the masses.

I feel the same way about those who totally bash the American Revolution / Declaration of Independence just because slavery continued for less than a century after that: Back then most people actually thought Blacks were not fully human. However, on the flip-side of that sentiment I simultaneously totally admire Abraham Lincoln's stubbornness in abolishing it when the time was right even to the point of using violent Federal force to enforce it, and "states' rights" be temporarily damned.
Sintastic

Hudson, NY

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#56
Jun 14, 2013
 
When the time is right and comfortable for the government they will legalize weed and impose yet another 'sin tax' to increase state revenue... I find it silly that alcohol, being much more dangerous yet more socially acceptable, can be found at nearly every city corner in the US and weed still needs to be grown, harvested, sold, and used in the shadows... If the masses, as in the majority of the voting population (which is an elderly and small percentage), continue to support its social acceptability, then the state will have no choice... I'd be willing to bet that just a few more states legalize it and the fed will end up doin the same... All in due time... I'm a combat vet with PTSD... Word on the street is that I might get legalized weed for a script! Free.99!!
No you wont sing

Cortland, NY

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#57
Jun 14, 2013
 
They should make all drugs legal! Not just weed, they should include all the cocaine products and Heroin products also. Oh wait then pharmaceutical wouldn't be able to make a profit on their drugs based on Cocaine and Heroin.
Bernard Continelli

Rensselaer, NY

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#60
Jun 15, 2013
 
paganbirdkeeper666 wrote:
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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm...
They did that in Portugal and replaced prison with rehabs. Their rate of drug addiction and ODs dropped significantly.
n the face of a growing number of deaths and cases of HIV linked to drug abuse, the Portuguese government in 2001 tried a new tack to get a handle on the problem—it decriminalized the use and possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD and other illicit street drugs. The theory: focusing on treatment and prevention instead of jailing users would decrease the number of deaths and infections.
Five years later, the number of deaths from street drug overdoses dropped from around 400 to 290 annually,
But as I said in my last post it's extremely unlikely-to-almost impossible that the entire prescription system is simply going to disappear and all drugs become 'defacto' available like alcohol and tobacco currently are.

When talking about 'processed' hard drugs decriminalization and access through the Rx system is the best "compromise" our society will accept at this time in history and therefore we should focus our defacto-legalization efforts on cannabis exclusively for the time being ... one of the reasons being that when smoked it is easily detected and obvious, and not as discreet as a popped pill or wad of powder up the nose.

It's as if the pro-gun lobby said: "Why limit my right to bear arms to merely semi-automatic assault rifles ... why can't I own a real machine-gun, hand grenades, and heavy artillery?". Such an attitude would not only bring extreme ridicule but would also likely jeopardize efforts to keep semi-autos legal in the process.

Furthermore, laws restricting hard drugs are based on 'nannyistic' concerns for our well being whether or not you believe in any kid of nannyism, but anti-cannabis laws were / are instead based on nothing but prejudice: Racist /ethnic and cultural exclusively, and that's a far greater injustice than genuine statist concerns for one's well-being - something my ex-libertarian comrades never saw eye-to-eye with me on. Beyond the legal cannabis fight I'd much rather focus my efforts on the following link even if these(alleged) "libertarians" would diss it as merely "another unnecessary Federal law"!
http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Tim...

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