Marijuana Debate - Norfolk, VA

Discuss the national Marijuana debate in Norfolk, VA.

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

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bill kesling

Norfolk, VA

#1 Aug 26, 2010
time to end prohibition type law , it seems to be in place just for the justice system
tom burns

Virginia Beach, VA

#2 Aug 26, 2010
If alchol and cigrets are ligal and they are the most addictive drugs known to man then why is something grown from the ground like a vegtiable we eat dose ilegal.I have never heard of someone beating there wife after a night of smoking pot.

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#3 Aug 26, 2010
Tom, if you want to grow it and smoke it go ahead, lots of people do.. I don't want it opening sold on the streets in plain view for my children or grandchildren to see.
Jay

United States

#4 Aug 26, 2010
Tax the s*** out of it like tobacco and alcohol while legalizing it. Criminalizing it will not deter its use and growth.
Jay

Lexington Park, MD

#5 Aug 26, 2010
The govt. can make all sorts of reasons why they want to make certain drugs illegal. But the bottom line is that they want to keep them illegal in order to keep the DEA in business and incarcerate drug users to keep the corrections industry employed, not solve the drug problem in the long run.

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#6 Aug 27, 2010
Jay, you have a valid point, but I don't think they are looking for Joe public that's growing a few plants, or buying the dime bag (or whatever it's called now). DEA is more interested in the high dollar drugs, the coke, the crack, the heroine. Well, that's just personal opinion.. I do wonder, how much would Uncle Sam make if they legalized pot, how much would be the "fine" for selling it without a license? Seems to me, there's more money to be made if they legalized it. Taxes, fines, licensing, etc..... Just my opinion... I stand behind not wanting to see it sold on the streets though... I don't see beer and cigarettes sold on the street in front of my house..
Jim

Chesapeake, VA

#7 Aug 27, 2010
This is what the numbers have been for 50 years (well at least 2 to 1). Anyone pro or con know why it hasn't happened? HUGE relief on our correctional system and blow to criminals.
Michael

Virginia Beach, VA

#8 Aug 28, 2010
It's safer and healthier than other things that are legal. If marijuana was legal I would totally quit drinking.
Laura Gamble Shumaker

Norfolk, VA

#9 Aug 28, 2010
yes due to the fact that the government could tax the buyer and keep yhe dealers out of business
Laura Gamble Shumaker

Norfolk, VA

#10 Aug 28, 2010
yes this way the governmemt could tax the buyer and put the drug dealers out of business
Trughbull

Irvington, VA

#11 Aug 28, 2010
Prohibition proved to us that treating people who cannot handle their vices is more effective than imprisoning EVERYONE that chooses to abuse a substance. TONS cheaper too. Prohibition created organized crime. The War on Drugs perpetuates it. Sun Tzu taught us that eliminating an enemy's ability to fight is more effective than killing him in battle. Legalize the drugs, tax the bejesus out of them, and sweep aside those who cannot handle them into treatment centers, not prisons. Take the business profit away from the issue, and there will be no one left to fight.
Trughbull

Irvington, VA

#12 Aug 28, 2010
I do not want to see drugs sold "on the street" either. Problem is ... that is EXACTLY where they ARE being sold and our kids ARE at risk because of it. Preventing possession does not control a substance,... profit and loss does. Stop funding the South American drug lords forcing graft in all forms of government, and stop funding the Taliban, Al Quaeda and other terrorists groups by GIVING them the means to easly fund their destructive policies.

Make these rectal orifices implement their social changes like everybody else ... let's see how much they can fund by raising taxes among their "constituents" ... ;).
james

Lexington Park, MD

#13 Aug 30, 2010
Medical

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#14 Aug 30, 2010
no need to explain

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#15 Aug 30, 2010
No explanation required, if you're not a stoner, you would oppose it too... There is absolutely no proven medical benefits, that don't cause additional problems..
Mike Canabis

Hampton, VA

#16 Aug 31, 2010
The states could regulate it like tobbaco or liquor and profit from it becase it is so cheap and easy to grow.
Stacy

Norfolk, VA

#17 Aug 31, 2010
The benefits out weigh any negative aspects.
Anon

Norfolk, VA

#18 Sep 1, 2010
it helps sick people and it not as dangerous as alcohol

Since: Aug 10

United States

#23 Sep 1, 2010
I want the state of VA to recognize the economic potential of marijuana and actually research the possibility of getting involved in a growing business I do not want people to only focus on the smoking it aspect and research and realize how much money it could generate for this area and all the many jobs it can create this artcle is from the Charleston Gazette by reporter Emily Gould the title is PRO:Legalizing Marijuana can beefit the Nation.
An issue has arisen in our country that has caused much debate and discontent: the legalization of marijuana.
Now I am by no means an expert on the subject, but through meticulous research (not field studies, mind you), I have come to the conclusion that legalizing marijuana being is as sensible as it is controversial. Many countries have already made the leap in the right direction on this issue and have legalized the drug's usage.
Let's start with some basics about the plant itself. Marijuana is a dried conglomerate of the flowers, stems, leaves and seeds of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. It can be used in a variety of ways, though I won't list them here so as not to give you any ideas.

It can produce many effects, most of which are very pleasurable and relaxing. One of these is that the user gets a feeling often described as "the munchies." This would be beneficial to people who are nauseated by chemotherapy or those that are overcoming an eating disorder like anorexia.
Pot could also be used for treating insomnia, as it produces a lethargic effect. People who are constantly anxious or stressed out would really benefit from using ganja, too, as it can make the user's life problems seem to melt away, even to the point of euphoria. It is almost like a direct portal to "cloud nine," some users would say.
There are many false myths surrounding marijuana usage.
People say that marijuana is addictive, but whoever says this is misinformed. Marijuana is no more addictive than the caffeine that is present in most sodas and coffee. Marijuana causes no physical dependence, unlike tobacco. So by this reasoning, tobacco is worse than marijuana, yet our government continues to allow the nationwide use of tobacco while demonizing marijuana as equivalent to smoking crack.
Another misconception is that marijuana is a dangerous "gateway drug." Again, this is not based on fact, but on preconceived bias. According to government statistics, less than 25 percent of marijuana users move on to "heavier" drugs like cocaine or heroin.
Any discussion of marijuana should begin with the fact that there have been numerous official reports and studies, every one of which has concluded that marijuana poses no great risk to society and should not be criminalized. These include:
the National Academy of Sciences Analysis of Marijuana Policy (1982);
the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse (the Shafer Report)(1973);
the Canadian Government's Commission of Inquiry (Le Dain Report)(1970);
the British Advisory Committee on Drug Dependency (Wooton Report)(1968);
the La Guardia Report (1944);
the Panama Canal Zone Military Investigations (1916-29);
and Britain's monumental Indian Hemp Drugs Commission (1893-4).
It is sometimes claimed that there is ``new evidence'' showing marijuana is more harmful than was thought in the sixties. In fact, the most recent studies have tended to confirm marijuana's safety, refuting claims that it causes birth defects, brain damag e, reduced testosterone, or increased drug abuse problems.
The current consensus is well stated in the 20th annual report of the California Research Advisory Panel (1990), which recommended that personal use and cultivation of marijuana be legalized: "An objective consideration of marijuana shows that it is respo nsible for less damage to society and the individuthan are alcohol and cigarettes."
Smithson, Linda

Norfolk, VA

#24 Sep 1, 2010
1 oz. legalized would be ok.

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