Marijuana Debate - Bellingham, WA

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Bellingham, WA

#1 Aug 26, 2010
alcohol should be illegal
Steve S

Coupeville, WA

#2 Aug 28, 2010
Cut crime,lower prison population, quit destroying lives over something that dosen't have near the social ills as alcohol.

Bellingham, WA

#3 Aug 29, 2010
I would support legalization as long as it stays out of the hands of the corporate medical system, otherwise I would prefer decriminalization and tolerance, as per alternative medicine in general. Not even marijuana is a legitimate excuse for stupidity.

United States

#4 Sep 2, 2010
have a shot, drink a beer, take your prescription drugs, but don't light up that weed!

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#5 Sep 2, 2010
I'm just afraid with legalization will come taxation and corporations. perhaps then we will have lost more than we have gained. Fact of the matter is it belongs to us anyways. it is god giving and wonderful. nothing is free if it's taxed including people.

Bellingham, WA

#6 Sep 5, 2010
fo sho
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Bellingham, WA

#7 Sep 12, 2010
i like weed man!!!!

Coupeville, WA

#8 Sep 13, 2010
For those of you who don't get it most likely support throwing J-walkers in jail also.

Federal Way, WA

#9 Sep 18, 2010
Its easier for kids to get pot than booze!!
It's wierd that you can be arrested for growing a plant tha god provided.
Susan Hetrick

Bellingham, WA

#11 Sep 5, 2011
Best medicine on earth. And nonpsychoactive if used raw!
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#12 Sep 6, 2011
Pamela wrote:

"have a shot, drink a beer, take your prescription drugs, but don't light up that weed!"


"have a shot, drink a beer, take your prescription drugs, AND light up that weed!(?????)

Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#13 Sep 6, 2011
Just say no to Ron Paul and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ("state's rights").

The alcohol/marijuana comparison doesn't work:

If you're choosing the lesser of two evils, you're still choosing evil (Jerry Garcia paraphrased, although he was referring to voting Democrat or Republican; Garcia, btw, died of a heart attack in a rehab facility while trying to kick a heroin addiction--heroin not being his gateway drug though).

Chomsky believes marijuana illegality is used as ameans of population control; poor people are incarcerated at higher rate. Granted, U.S. has highest incarceration rate on planet, but aren't Muslims taking the better approach in encouraging youth off drugs, telling them it is a particularly western evil when meant to control them politically (socio-economically, etc.)?
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#14 Sep 6, 2011
Susan Hetrick wrote:

"Best medicine on earth. And nonpsychoactive if used raw!"

Then why isn't anyone promoting only the legalization of nonpsychoative marijuana? Won't be near as many buyers (or party's for that matter). But if it's for medicinal use only, then that would limit it to that. At first glance anyhow, I've never thought about this angle.

As for Ron Paul Libertarian's calling for legalization of all drugs, in the name of "don't tread on me" liberty, to be consistent, they would oppose regulation of any kind. Which means ruthless capitalists could sell LSD to Little Leaguer's so long as the miniature baseball players had enough money in their piggy banks.

There needs to be some regulation; where is it best to draw the line (and not that kind of line [Aerosmith])?

Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#15 Sep 6, 2011

checkmate honey, beat ya at your own damn game
no dice honey, I'm livin' on the astral plane
feet's on the ground, and your head's goin' down the drain
oh, heads I win, tails you lose, to the never mind
where to draw the line
an Indian summer, Carrie was all over the floor
she was a wet net winner, and rarely ever left the store
she'd sing and dance all night, and wrong all the right out of me
oh, pass me the vile and cross your fingers, it don't take time
nowhere to draw the line
hi ho silver, we were singin' all your cowboy songs
oh, you told Carrie, and promised her you wouldn't be long
heads I win, tails you lose, lord it's such a crime
no dice honey, you're the salt, you're the queen of the brine
checkmate honey, you're the only one who's got to choose
where to draw the line

checkmate, don't be late
take another pull
that's right
when you got to be yourself
you're the boss, the toss
the price, the dice
grab yourself a slice
nowhere to draw the line

Aerosmith; "Draw the Line"
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#16 Sep 6, 2011

Aerosmith- Draw the Line

video by Burythneedle
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#17 Sep 7, 2011
Last remember listening to "Draw the Line" around the time we were smoking "opiumated" thai-stick laced with black hash on senior skip day (1981) in Anchorage, Alaska.

Coincidentally, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith lead singer) too has been in recovery from alcohol/substance abuse.

Bellingham, WA

#19 Sep 8, 2011
We already have enough vices, we do not need another. Marijuana compromises our ability to reason.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#20 Sep 8, 2011
Reason isn't the be all and end all however. Orwell's 1984 is said to be inspired by Eugene Zamiatin's dystopian novel 'We'(1920), and 'We' is also considered to spring from Dostoyevsky's 'Grand Inquisitor' in the 'Brother's Karamazov'. At one point, Zamiatin illustrates how the square root of minus one cannot be solved by reason. It requires faith in an imaginary set of numbers to solve it.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#21 Sep 9, 2011
Aerosmith wiki page:

"The best selling American rock band of all time"

"...In 1986, Tyler completed a successful drug rehabilitation program, at the direction of his fellow band members and manager Tim Collins, who believed that the band's future would not be bright if Tyler did not get treated. The rest of the band members also completed drug rehab programs over the course of the next couple of years."


Don't know what the latest is on their recovery, but it's interesting that America's best selling rock band found it necessary to enter recovery from substance abuse.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#22 Sep 9, 2011
Apparently Tyler was clean/sober for twenty years, then relapsed. Sorry to read that. Here's a clip from an article online:

Rocker Steven Tyler wears his sober recovery chips with pride
By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 4:14 PM on 19th March 2010

Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler looks back to his best following a three month stint in rehab.
Wearing jeans and a natty trilby, the rocker proudly accessorised his outfit with his sobriety chips.
Tyler was seen arriving in Maui with his girlfriend Erin Brady with the chips dangling from his waistband.

Rude health: Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler looked back to his best as he arrived in Maui, Hawaii, he was proudly wearing his sober recovery chips

Pride: Steven was proudly wearing his sober recovery chips

Members of 12-step programs can earn the chips, for staying sober for 24 hours, a week, or in Steven's case three months.
The Aerosmith front man who left rehab last month said he was feeling great and looking forward to hitting the beach in Hawaii.

The rocker will celebrate his 62nd birthday next Friday.

Steven recently left rehab after a three-month long programme which saw him split from band Aerosmith following a relapse of his former 20-year sobriety.

Last year the rock legend was seen out looking every one of his 61-years, and remarkably like an old lady, as he descended back into addiction.

He had enjoyed 20 years of sobriety prior to this relapse.
His rocky relationship with girlfriend Erin, and declining health were blamed for an increasing 'dependence on painkillers'.
The band cancelled a summer tour in August after Tyler fell off the stage during a performance in South Dakota and broke his left shoulder.


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