Marijuana Debate - Franklin, NC

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Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

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Alicia Pack

Barnesville, OH

#1 Sep 6, 2010
I think that it would benefit the older citizens of our county for pain control.

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#2 Sep 7, 2010
It would give them a choice to use a treatment for their pain that won't zone them out,make them sick or damage their organs.
still token 420

United States

#3 Sep 9, 2010
I support the legalization of weed....

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#4 Sep 10, 2010
There needs to be a review and repeal of current laws governing marijuana. These laws were unjustly put upon America by Harry Anslinger in the 1930's when he gave this testimony to Congress in 1937 .."There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US,
and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers.
Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage.
This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations
with Negroes, entertainers and any others." by:
Harry J. Anslinger
(1892-1975) Assistant Prohibition Commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition, first Commissioner of the Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN)(1930-1962, 32 years), US Representative to the United Nations Narcotics Commission Source:testimony to US Congress supporting Marihuana Tax Act, 1937
By 1937, Anslinger was testifying in front of Congress to pass the Marijuana Tax Act in the hopes of essentially taxing marijuana out of business (as had previously been accomplished with opium). Settling in to testify, Anslinger relied on a number of sources, including himself, his employees, and articles in the Hearst newspapers which had been written by HarryAnslinger. Anslinger's campaign against marijuana had an hidden agenda, DuPont petrochemical interests and William Randolph Hearst together created the highly sensational anti-marijuana campaign to eliminate hemp as an industrial competitor.Around 1931 advertising started for hemp as the new billion dollar crop. Anslinger had reports from experiments with mechanical harvesting of hemp in 1936, reporting that the machines were no success.

"they were able to cut only a part of the Tribune Farm crop by machine, two thirds of it they did by hand with a sharp hand cutter...".[8]

By using the mass media as his forum (receiving much support from William Randolph Hearst), Anslinger propelled the anti-marijuana sentiment from the state level to a national movement. Writing for The American Magazine, the best examples were contained in his "Gore File", a collection of quotes from police reports, by later opponents described as police-blotter-type narratives of heinous cases, most with no substantiation, linking graphically depicted offenses with the drug. Anslinger used sometimes the very brief and concise language in many police reports when he wrote about drug crimes:
In those Congressional hearings, somebody thought it might be worth asking doctors about the health risks of marijuana. The American Medical Association at the time was absolutely opposed to making marijuana illegal, because it posed little risk and also because it was a valuable component in many medicines of the time. Consequently, the AMA opposed the ban, and testified as such during the Committee hearings. Naturally, the AMA doctor was dismissed. And when the bill went to the floor, the Committee claimed that the AMA supported the act. In retaliation for the AMA’s opposition, Harry Anslinger began aggressively prosecuting doctors for drug charges, until the AMA finally relented in 1939, which stopped the seemingly endless flow of prosecutions.
In 1944, the New York Academy of Medicine released a study demonstrating that marijuana did not cause violence and had positive medical benefits, contradicting Anslinger’s propaganda. As a result, the FBN banned all marijuana research in the United States. As head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Harry Anslinger continued his insane crusade against marijuana until 1962, when he was fired by John F. Kennedy. But at that point, the damage was done, and the Federal government was firmly committed to a war on drugs. This is a war on drugs that has created untold misery for millions of Americans for the past 80 years.
summer

United States

#5 Sep 23, 2010
yes I support for the simple fact tht it ia a grt medicine a cure all from depression to chronic pain.And also good fore people that have eating problems and are moody,have smoked in past.. now its pills pills pills..
summer

United States

#6 Sep 23, 2010
war on drug? yea right, but they warring about the wrong drugs, I took geodon and other meds to control my psychological disorders. They gave me so many pills approved so called by FDA tht within a month or two I was in hospital from side effects of meds. They caused my lungs to fill wth fluid and had pleurisy and also fluid behind my heart. With my lungs filling up with fluid they gave me a breathing medicine which in turn reacted with Geodon and caused my lungs both them to collapse. I was in ICU for long time on machine and they were planning my funeral.. I dont like it that I dont have the freedom to choose what I know is best for me, and look at alcohol... more die from tht everyday than they do marijuana and you cant OD on it , its an herb.. and I think a God given herb, he said tht he made the herbs or the leaves for the healing of the nations... geeezzz wake up!!
Localgirl

United States

#7 Sep 23, 2010
Summer, Marijuana is known to exacerbate depression and other psychological issues. For someone who already has problems of this nature, it can be dangerous.
LOL! It is good for users like alcohol is good for alcoholics. It causes mood swings,changes in the male sex hormone testosterone.
As for God creating it for us to use, I really doubt that God intended us to lie around on the couch high all day.
I do wish you the best though. May you heal and have a better life. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I just don't agree.

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#8 Sep 24, 2010
summer wrote:
war on drug? yea right, but they warring about the wrong drugs, I took geodon and other meds to control my psychological disorders. They gave me so many pills approved so called by FDA tht within a month or two I was in hospital from side effects of meds. They caused my lungs to fill wth fluid and had pleurisy and also fluid behind my heart. With my lungs filling up with fluid they gave me a breathing medicine which in turn reacted with Geodon and caused my lungs both them to collapse. I was in ICU for long time on machine and they were planning my funeral.. I dont like it that I dont have the freedom to choose what I know is best for me, and look at alcohol... more die from tht everyday than they do marijuana and you cant OD on it , its an herb.. and I think a God given herb, he said tht he made the herbs or the leaves for the healing of the nations... geeezzz wake up!!
Sorry You had to go through all that Summer. You're not alone out there at all though. There are many people,Myself included that have and are going through the same things due to prescription meds.

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#9 Sep 24, 2010
Localgirl wrote:
Summer, Marijuana is known to exacerbate depression and other psychological issues. For someone who already has problems of this nature, it can be dangerous.
LOL! It is good for users like alcohol is good for alcoholics. It causes mood swings,changes in the male sex hormone testosterone.
As for God creating it for us to use, I really doubt that God intended us to lie around on the couch high all day.
I do wish you the best though. May you heal and have a better life. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I just don't agree.
Funny that many medical research results show it's can treat many mental disorders including depression. No one lays around high on a couch all day. That is what is shown on television and through the old NIDA and Government educational advertisements. It's a non-truth that is shown to be just that.
It's good to see that You are a reasonable person that agrees simply to disagree. I respect that in a person just as I respect the fact You didn't jump to name calling or vilifying.

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Robbinsville NC

#10 Sep 29, 2010
take the crime out of it and stop the killing in Mexico, tax it etc

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#11 Sep 29, 2010
The legalization,taxation and regulation would take it out of the hands of those who's lives thrive on dealing and the black market import of this plant from Countries such as Mexico. Even Mexico is considering legalization in order to deal with the violence which takes too many lives on a daily bases by heartless people who's only concern is greed.

“No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If
we’re looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people
for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love
of power.”– P. J. O’Rourke
Juliana

Greenville, NC

#12 Sep 30, 2010
Marijuana has effects on a person like alcohol does. We need to control the substance and make like drinking. We are wasting too many tax dollars on putting people in prison for a day with very small amounts.
eze

Winterville, NC

#14 Oct 1, 2010
I think it has less negative affects than alcohol and is an easier drug to regulate and control.
Localgirl

United States

#15 Oct 5, 2010
It is addictive. It changes sex hormones. It causes lung cancer. It cause lack of motivation. It causes impaired driving. It causes problems for the unborn. It promotes depression. Duh-

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#16 Oct 6, 2010
Localgirl wrote:
It is addictive. It changes sex hormones. It causes lung cancer. It cause lack of motivation. It causes impaired driving. It causes problems for the unborn. It promotes depression. Duh-
Myth: Marijuana is Highly Addictive. Long term marijuana users experience physical dependence and withdrawal, and often need professional drug treatment to break their marijuana habits.

Fact: Most people who smoke marijuana smoke it only occasionally. A small minority of Americans - less than 1 percent - smoke marijuana on a daily basis. An even smaller minority develop a dependence on marijuana. Some people who smoke marijuana heavily and frequently stop without difficulty. Others seek help from drug treatment professionals. Marijuana does not cause physical dependence. If people experience withdrawal symptoms at all, they are remarkably mild.

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United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services. DASIS Report Series, Differences in Marijuana Admissions Based on Source of Referral. 2002. June 24 2005.

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Johnson, L.D., et al.“National Survey Results on Drug Use from the Monitoring the Future Study, 1975-1994, Volume II: College Students and Young Adults.” Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996.

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Kandel, D.B., et al.“Prevalence and demographic correlates of symptoms of dependence on cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and cocaine in the U.S. population.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence 44 (1997):11-29.

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Stephens, R.S., et al.“Adult marijuana users seeking treatment.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 61 (1993): 1100-1104.

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#17 Oct 6, 2010
Localgirl wrote:
It is addictive. It changes sex hormones. It causes lung cancer. It cause lack of motivation. It causes impaired driving. It causes problems for the unborn. It promotes depression. Duh-
Myth: Marijuana is More Damaging to the Lungs Than Tobacco. Marijuana smokers are at a high risk of developing lung cancer, bronchitis, and emphysema.

Fact: Moderate smoking of marijuana appears to pose minimal danger to the lungs. Like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke contains a number of irritants and carcinogens. But marijuana users typically smoke much less often than tobacco smokers, and over time, inhale much less smoke. As a result, the risk of serious lung damage should be lower in marijuana smokers. There have been no reports of lung cancer related solely to marijuana, and in a large study presented to the American Thoracic Society in 2006, even heavy users of smoked marijuana were found not to have any increased risk of lung cancer. Unlike heavy tobacco smokers, heavy marijuana smokers exhibit no obstruction of the lung's small airway. That indicates that people will not develop emphysema from smoking marijuana.

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Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.“Legalization: Panacea or Pandora’s Box.” New York.(1995): 36.

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Turner, Carlton E. The Marijuana Controversy. Rockville: American Council for Drug Education, 1981.

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Nahas, Gabriel G. and Nicholas A. Pace. Letter.“Marijuana as Chemotherapy Aid Poses Hazards.” New York Times 4 December 1993: A20.

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Inaba, Darryl S. and William E. Cohen. Uppers, Downers, All-Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects of Psychoactive Drugs. 2nd ed. Ashland: CNS Productions, 1995. 174.

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#19 Oct 6, 2010
Localgirl wrote:
It is addictive. It changes sex hormones. It causes lung cancer. It cause lack of motivation. It causes impaired driving. It causes problems for the unborn. It promotes depression. Duh-
Myth: Marijuana Interferes With Male and Female Sex Hormones. In both men and women, marijuana can cause infertility. Marijuana retards sexual development in adolescents. It produces feminine characteristics in males and masculine characteristics in females.

Fact: There is no evidence that marijuana causes infertility in men or women. In animal studies, high doses of THC diminish the production of some sex hormones and can impair reproduction. However, most studies of humans have found that marijuana has no impact of sex hormones. In those studies showing an impact, it is modest, temporary, and of no apparent consequence for reproduction. There is no scientific evidence that marijuana delays adolescent sexual development, has feminizing effect on males, or a masculinizing effect on females.

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Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education. Marijuana and Cocaine. Atlanta, GA: PRIDE, 1990.

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Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Female Adolescents and Marijuana Use; Fact Sheet for Adults. Rockville: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1995.

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Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Marijuana: Tips for Teens. Rockville: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1995.

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Swan, Neil.“A Look at Marijuana’s Harmful Effects.” NIDA Notes. 9:2 (1994): 16.

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Clinton, President Bill. Speech at Framingham High School. Framingham, Massachusetts. 20 Oct. 1994.

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#20 Oct 6, 2010
Localgirl wrote:
It is addictive. It changes sex hormones. It causes lung cancer. It cause lack of motivation. It causes impaired driving. It causes problems for the unborn. It promotes depression. Duh-
Myth: Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Damages the Fetus. Prenatal marijuana exposure causes birth defects in babies, and, as they grow older, developmental problems. The health and well being of the next generation is threatened by marijuana use by pregnant women.

Fact: Studies of newborns, infants, and children show no consistent physical, developmental, or cognitive deficits related to prenatal marijuana exposure. Marijuana had no reliable impact on birth size, length of gestation, neurological development, or the occurrence of physical abnormalities. The administration of hundreds of tests to older children has revealed only minor differences between offspring of marijuana users and nonusers, and some are positive rather than negative. Two unconfirmed case-control studies identified prenatal marijuana exposure as one of many factors statistically associated with childhood cancer. Given other available evidence, it is highly unlikely that marijuana causes cancer in children.

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Mann, Peggy. The Sad Story of Mary Wanna. NY: Woodmere Press, 1988. 30.

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Fried, Peter. Quoted in “Marijuana: Its Use and Effects.” Prevention Pipeline. 8:5 (1995): 4.

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American Council for Drug Education. Drugs and Pregnancy. Rockville: Phoenix House, 1994.

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Swan, Neil.“A Look at Marijuana’s Harmful Effects.” NIDA Notes. 9. 2 (1994): 16.

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Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education. Marijuana – Effects on the Female. Atlanta, GA: PRIDE, 1996.
U Got Any Bud

Sylva, NC

#21 Aug 14, 2011
I'm Mike.. New To Town And I Need Some Bud!!
still token 420 wrote:
I support the legalization of weed....
Floyd Tomas

Burnsville, NC

#22 Aug 17, 2011
Not legalized, but decriminalized.

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