Marijuana Debate - Des Moines, IA

Discuss the national Marijuana debate in Des Moines, IA.

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Springbrook, IA

#1 Aug 24, 2010
wasted tax dollars spent on incarsiration, of otherwise law abiding citzens. could be a source of tax revenues.
Its about time

Olney, MD

#2 Aug 24, 2010
There are lots of reasons why this should be legal. there are so many uses and benefits hemp, medicinal purposes and relieves anxiety for people. Alcohol is more likely to cause death or injury than marijuana. People that smoke aren't starting fights like people that are intoxicated when they are drinking. It is positive and there is a lot of support behind it and groups that believe strongly in it and what they believe is right. I hope that someday Iowa is one of the next states that legalizes it. We are making progess towards that direction.

Cincinnati, OH

#3 Aug 25, 2010
Chasing down and prosecuting people whose only "crime" is possession of marijuana is a huge waste of tax dollars. The cost/benefit ratio is way out of whack.
dont need to tell you

Urbandale, IA

#4 Aug 26, 2010
for medical reasons yes,they should have it just dont abuse it.but as for everyone to have it hell no because just makes ppl stupid and once you approve this whats next crack yuck i dont think so

Badger, IA

#5 Aug 26, 2010
What we've been doing for the last 45 years sure as hell isn't working .....!!!!! Stop locking up people for personal lifestyle choices! Start taxing the profits!! Get a drug policy that makes some damn sense!

Beth BC

Since: Jan 10

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#6 Aug 26, 2010
It's a sad day the punishment is far worse than any level of use.

Mount Vernon, IL

#7 Aug 28, 2010
I believe it was made illegal because it was a threat to the cotton industry.(hemp has a wide range of uses)
If it were legal it could put a lot of pharmaceutical co's out of bussiness...If they will not work with it.
Bottom line is nowdays, law enforcment and especially lawyers make a lot of money off of it.
Just think of how many people would not be incarcerated if it were legal. It would stop smuggling overnight.
I would support a yearly growers license payed to the federal gov't. This would give the gov't money they will no doubt squander but it will make both the people and the gov't happy.
Where di I sign?
Ryan and Chris and everyone

Ankeny, IA

#8 Aug 29, 2010
I see no harm in marijuana. Legalize it!

Albany, GA

#9 Aug 29, 2010
Locking up people with marijunan is just costing all of us more in taxes.

Urbandale, IA

#10 Aug 31, 2010
kuzz weed helpz me think

West Des Moines, IA

#11 Sep 2, 2010
Prohibition doesn't work.
Ray J.

Pella, IA

#12 Sep 3, 2010
I don't have anything new to the argument, except my total support.

Since: Feb 10

Albany, GA

#13 Sep 4, 2010
Marijuana should be legalized because it would make mega bucks for the US, relieve jails and prisons of over crowding and I believe it would cut down on the crime rate also.
gina lynn

Theodore, AL

#14 Sep 7, 2010
It should have been legalized long ago...but sorry, not going to happen. It's huge money to the judicial system. Not including insurance and medical licensing fees. Our government will say it's because it's mind-altering and dangerous, not knowing how to gage how 'high'one is. My answer to that is, yes, it's proven to slow reaction time. But so is talking on your phone, putting on mascara in your rear view and being too tired! Our forefathers saw the brillance in it! But guess what..cotton came along! Yes this too is all political. And sickening. Let the taxpayers do it if they want it!
gina lynn

Theodore, AL

#15 Sep 7, 2010
tbird wrote:
Locking up people with marijunan is just costing all of us more in taxes.
That's what they want! Isn't it sad to come to terms with how the government really works? They thought of all this over 150yrs ago. They want to control it all for the money! It sure isn't that they care about our feelings!
gina lynn

Theodore, AL

#16 Sep 7, 2010
Beth Beefcurtains wrote:
It's a sad day the punishment is far worse than any level of use.
very true! And alot of ppl getting busted are kids who do not need a record following them the rest of their life!

Hutchinson, MN

#17 Sep 14, 2010
dont need to tell you wrote:
for medical reasons yes,they should have it just dont abuse it.but as for everyone to have it hell no because just makes ppl stupid and once you approve this whats next crack yuck i dont think so

To compare marijuana to crack is completely inane. It has a way different affect on the body and mind. Alcohol is way more dangerous and addictive than marijuana and makes people do more stupid things, yet it is legal and socially acceptable. It's time for the fear propaganda against marijuana to stop. Marijuana does not turn someone into a deranged lunatic or impare judgement, ala "Reefer Madness". Marijuana is a great tool for stress relief. It helps with anxiety, headaches, insomnia, nauseousness, constipation, and many other things. It's a plant, after all and was put on this earth for a reason. Responsible adults should have the right to use marijuana without the fear of prosecution. There should be an age limit of course, the same as alcohol. Just look at the percentage of those in favor of legalization on this website and you get an idea of the revenue the government could receive just by legalizing something which grows naturally.
Legalize It

Ankeny, IA

#20 Sep 14, 2010
Look at the numbers. The people support it. I thought the people make the laws in the USA.
Who Makes the Laws

Ankeny, IA

#21 Sep 14, 2010
The majority says legalize it, but that is not what is done. The Govt makes the laws not the people. Kinda different from what I was taught in school. And what others have said is true:(1) The punishment far exceeds the crime.(2) alcohol is far more dangerous than weed - no one can dsipute that.(3) drug laws do not work: i can go get some weed right now if i wanted to. i know several places to get it.(4) they only catch a small percent of everbody and why should the few that get caught pay for the overall scare that is falsely created.(5) what about our personal freedom that americans are supposed to have? That is the biggest crime of all: depriving us out of our right to choose.

Mobile, AL

#22 Sep 17, 2010
Why not? It doesn't really hurt anybody that doesn't go overboard with it. Hell you can't say that about most legal things

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