Marijuana Debate - Round Lake, IL

Discuss the national Marijuana debate in Round Lake, IL.

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

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Kevin

La Grange, IL

#1 Aug 31, 2010
Number one: We can tax it and use the money for deficit reduction, as well as education and other social benefits.
Number two: It will end black market crime and reduce gang violence. It's time to end the useless war on drugs that only benefits the private prison system. If you prohibit something, you lose the ability to control it. It is time to legalize it and control it.
Monitor

Des Plaines, IL

#2 Sep 1, 2010
Seems to me we proved prohibition didn't work once already....alcohol? Anyone remember those fun days
Just Sayin

Schaumburg, IL

#3 Sep 3, 2010
Another benefit the first person should have mentioned is regulation of product.. Controlling chemical additives (like pesticides), regulating strength,etc. can result in a safer product that doesn't end up causing more health problems which create higher health care costs for everyone.

Personally, I would not use marijuana if it were legalized since I don't smoke anything and rarely drink. I think the fear of legalization is all of sudden people that are not users will become users but from my standpoint, it just doesn't have any appeal.

I do think it will have to be classified and regulated like alcohol so that people are not operating cars, going to work, taking care of children, etc. while under the influence.
Anthony

Round Lake, IL

#4 Sep 5, 2010
Why would we legalize something that we know can cause car accidents and bad decision making. It seems like to me that we would be deciding to legalize something because it seems as though we cannot control it. What's next legalizing cocaine so that we can tax it and make the world a better place. Also, just because we legalized alcohol doesn't make it right. A bar tender can serve drinks to you until you fall over then call a cab for you so you can go home and make some very bad decisions. Many domestic violence calls happen because of Alcohol abuse. But what it considered alcohol abuse? I mean really, didn't the government say that it is OK to abuse it, just don't do it in public. All I'm saying is....very slippery slope.
Anthony

Round Lake, IL

#5 Sep 5, 2010
We have to be great role models for our children. We cannot say that it is ok for you to depress your body because the government wants to make tax dollars. THINK PEOPLE!!!! Are you OK with your 16 year old child coming home baked and trying to hide it because they had a 18 year old friend pick them some weed up from the liquor store? The government is only talking about this because of the bad state of the economy. If we hadn't put ourselves in this situation then this wouldn't even be a topic.
Anthony

Round Lake, IL

#6 Sep 5, 2010
Kevin wrote:
Number one: We can tax it and use the money for deficit reduction, as well as education and other social benefits.
Number two: It will end black market crime and reduce gang violence. It's time to end the useless war on drugs that only benefits the private prison system. If you prohibit something, you lose the ability to control it. It is time to legalize it and control it.
OK Kevin, Number one: We WILL have more dropouts and suicides because marijuana is a depression. So thanks for thinking about the youth on this one. Number two: This WILL increase crime because marijuana is a gateway drug. The reason there are so many people doing drugs right now is because of "weed". 92% of the people who do drugs right now say that their 1st drug of choice was of the "herbal essence". Let's see how that makes the black market stronger shall we.....MORE people doing cocaine, meth, exstacy, huffing, heroine, and more theft and murder because of it. In the early 80s people started these new drugs because weed was too plentiful. That is a quote from the Columbian crime lords.
Anthony

Round Lake, IL

#7 Sep 5, 2010
Monitor wrote:
Seems to me we proved prohibition didn't work once already....alcohol? Anyone remember those fun days
O.K. 42% of fatal car accidents were due to drunk drivers.( www.alcoholalert.com/drunk-driving-statistics... ) Yeah, prohibition worked out real well. Tell that to the 434 families who lost a loved one because of it. NUFF said!
Anthony

Round Lake, IL

#8 Sep 5, 2010
Just Sayin wrote:
Another benefit the first person should have mentioned is regulation of product.. Controlling chemical additives (like pesticides), regulating strength,etc. can result in a safer product that doesn't end up causing more health problems which create higher health care costs for everyone.
Personally, I would not use marijuana if it were legalized since I don't smoke anything and rarely drink. I think the fear of legalization is all of sudden people that are not users will become users but from my standpoint, it just doesn't have any appeal.
I do think it will have to be classified and regulated like alcohol so that people are not operating cars, going to work, taking care of children, etc. while under the influence.
You are on the right street with the this quote,"I think the fear of legalization is all of sudden people that are not users will become users but from my standpoint." Maybe you have the ability to make sound and logical decisions, but do you really think that a 16 year old kid who you have to tell to take the garbage out every week has that ability? And also just because the law says we are not allowed to use while operating cars, going to work, taking care of children, etc. doesn't mean we will listen. I mean really, Marijuana is illegal NOW, do we listen?

“Free Your Mind.... ”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#9 Sep 5, 2010
Anthony wrote:
Why would we legalize something that we know can cause car accidents and bad decision making. It seems like to me that we would be deciding to legalize something because it seems as though we cannot control it. What's next legalizing cocaine so that we can tax it and make the world a better place. Also, just because we legalized alcohol doesn't make it right. A bar tender can serve drinks to you until you fall over then call a cab for you so you can go home and make some very bad decisions. Many domestic violence calls happen because of Alcohol abuse. But what it considered alcohol abuse? I mean really, didn't the government say that it is OK to abuse it, just don't do it in public. All I'm saying is....very slippery slope.
Comparing alcohol to marijuana is like comparing a a breeze to a hurricane. The studies that have been done have shown that the effects of marijuana on a driver are much different than that of someone drinking alcohol. They are two totally different intoxication's. Marijuana may affect motor skills slightly but it's been shown that someone driving under the influence of marijuana will drive slower and pay more attention to their surroundings. Whereas alcohol will make You lose motor skills,vision,reaction time,thought capability.. and can cause decreased judgment in speeds. The same can be said for prescription pharmaceuticals that cause impairments. Yet people still drive on those because they were prescribed??? There are no reports of marijuana being the cause of domestic violence and child abuse, the top drugs involved in those are alcohol,methamphetamine,heroin ,cocaine and prescription medications of various types that are abused.
Legalization is not being sought because Marijuana is uncontrollable... Legalization is being sought because in no way does marijuana cause the harm as other drugs do.. the first is the link to the myths of marijuana for medical use

http://www.420magazine.com/forums/medical-mar...

this is a list of ailments and disorders it treats

http://www.420magazine.com/forums/medical-mar...

The reason that legalization is being sought is because Adults should have the right to choose marijuana as treatment for their illnesses and disorders in lieu of harmful pharmaceuticals. Adults should also have the right to choose marijuana for recreational use and relaxation in their own homes or in designated areas. Legalization works.. look at the 14 States that are currently passed for Medical Use.. especially California.. also look at It on a National Scale.. the Netherlands and Portugal have both legalized (Portugal legalized all drugs) their statistics show a decline in hard drug use,no increase in marijuana use by teens,18-20 yr old,or adults and a decrease in crime for both countries. Portugal showed all the prior and a decrease in drug-related violence and drug related deaths,and a decline in communicable diseases.
Marijuana should have never been included in the same category as the drugs it is currently classified in. The reports from the 1930's show at the time of it's prohibition the AMA spoke out against criminalizing marijuana because it was not harmful and was medically beneficial (as it's been shown to be for 7,000 plus years) but thanks to Harry Anslinger's racist rants and du pont industries and the simple fact that hemp was holding back industries with it's multiple uses and cost effectiveness, We are criminalized and penalized for use of a plant.. a plant that this Country was built on ..Our Founding Forefathers used it for fuel,clothing,paper,rope,medic inally and recreationally.. Our Constitution is written on hemp.
Just Sayin

Schaumburg, IL

#10 Sep 5, 2010
Anthony wrote:
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You are on the right street with the this quote,"I think the fear of legalization is all of sudden people that are not users will become users but from my standpoint." Maybe you have the ability to make sound and logical decisions, but do you really think that a 16 year old kid who you have to tell to take the garbage out every week has that ability? And also just because the law says we are not allowed to use while operating cars, going to work, taking care of children, etc. doesn't mean we will listen. I mean really, Marijuana is illegal NOW, do we listen?
A 16 year old kid can get marijuana easier than I can right now. If you think that they can't or won't because it is illegal, you are naive.

“Free Your Mind.... ”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#12 Sep 6, 2010
Every day thousands of children from age 3 to 18 are being prescribed and enforced to take many of the above listed medications. Research all of them.. tell Me if You would like the fact Your child has to take a regimen of Concerta,zoloft,risperdal,lith ium,trazadone,. I have to face it on a daily basis. My Son was takes 2 Concerta, 1 zoloft,2 risperdal,1 lithium and 1 trazadone a day. This is from the time he was 3 he is in his teens now. He has recently been weaned off of all of his medications due to early presentation of organ damage.
Marijuana does not cause depression,nor will it kill You.. it treats a broad spectrum of illnesses as effectively if not better than pharmaceuticals... the first is the link to the myths of marijuana for medical use
http://www.420magazine.com/forums/medical-mar...

this is a list of ailments and disorders it treats

http://www.420magazine.com/forums/medical-mar...

Smoking is not the only delivery system for marijuana, it is used as a butter or oil in cooking, You can use it in an ointment (the oils blended with an ointment base)as a spray,vaporized,some take and let the residue dry in the vaporizer and scrape it off and into pill shells and take it as a pill, you can use it in a tea, the current research with Harvard University Shows that components of marijuana cuts tumor growth in lung cancer.. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/...
The fight for Legalization has nothing to do with Government Greed at all.. it's about a Nation of People who are sick and tired of being sick and tired because they are not given the choice of using marijuana in lieu of all the pharmaceuticals that can kill them. Read Josh Goodman's story. http://the420times.com/2010/08/the-faces-of-m... or many of the others out there.. http://www.rxmarijuana.com/shared.htm .

It is not the demon it has been made out to be.
kathy

Lake Villa, IL

#13 Sep 6, 2010
not good
D.O.

Grayslake, IL

#14 Sep 7, 2010
why penalize people for using marijuana when there are so many people using it. I believe that using marijuana is comparable to drinking in that it is not heavy drug such as cocaine. The government should legalize and tax marijuana and use the profits to give back to our communities!
TrouBL3 G

Round Lake, IL

#15 Sep 7, 2010
IT relaxes people who are stressed out and alcohol is worst in my opinion because more alcohol related deaths increase every year.Marijuana should have been legalized before alcohol because its less dangerous you can control da hi but u cant control da drunkness once u overdrink.
Matt

Lake Villa, IL

#16 Sep 7, 2010
Lets face it.. USA almost can only benefit from legalizing and taxing Marijuana.

“Free Your Mind.... ”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#17 Sep 8, 2010
People have used and will continue to use marijuana,taxing and regulating it would only be the wisest decision. It is working for medical use in 14 States and D.C. with no problems and no increase in use by teens...
i bet you'd like to know

Chicago, IL

#19 Jan 28, 2011
alcohol is so much more dangerous. DUI'S !!!
people who smoke pot are at home in front of their t.v..
RL Resident

Round Lake, IL

#20 Feb 13, 2011
Pot will (in my opinion) never be legalized. Our government is more concerned with public perception than actual results. Whenever there's a drug bust it makes the news, the authorities look like winners in the media. The general public thinks that the "war on drugs" is working to some degree. Meanwhile the government uses this to expand their budgets and power.

Should marijuana be legalized, regulated and taxed? Maybe. As someone who doesn't smoke pot it's hard for me to say. I know a great number of people who do and I certainly don't look down upon any of them for their choice. Personally I don't care what anyone else does as long as it doesn't effect me personally.
tomtom

Round Lake, IL

#21 Apr 12, 2012
I support this 100% addicts will be addicts and recreational users will be recreational users. but we will definatley stop stigmatizing everyone as a criminal damaging their opportunity for a prosperous future. doing this will also decrease our dependency on CARTELS!!! they make way more money off of marijuana than any other illicit substance. I wont smoke pot but i sure as hell will know the proceeds are going to support education and the country versus a drug kingpins strong arm control of another nation.
John

Schaumburg, IL

#22 Apr 15, 2012
People who have never smoked marijuana - don-t comment here. You know nothing except what you have heard or read , so yo really are ignorant on the subject. Legalize it. Tax it. Get rid of the mexican cartels and street dealers. How is it that alcohol and cigarettes are legal but marijuana isn't. You grow it, you smoke it. Not like cigarettes which are processed tobaccos, or alcohol which is also processed. Marijuana is completely natural. Legalize it. Soon.

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