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View Poll Results: should marijuana be legalized?
yes - but only for medicinal purposes 7 12.73%
yes - for medicinal and recreational purposes 39 70.91%
no - not for any reason 3 5.45%
I could really care less 6 10.91%
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:16 AM   #1
 
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I have to do an argumentative research paper in my ENC1102 class on the legalization of marijuana.. and that just got me wondering what ya'll think about it..

ETA: Oops.. that should be.. I couldn't care less
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:20 AM   #2
 
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I voted yes for recreational and medicinal purposes...but my opinion is based solely on what would be most convenient for me, not what would be best for society/the country/etc. :P
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:24 AM   #3
 
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Legalize it completely. I am not up on my statistics, but I believe pot is considered psychologically addictive, not physically, right? Keep it very regulated, like alcohol (no smoking and driving, age restrictions, etc.). The government could make a killing off of the taxes on it. It is less dangerous than someone sucking down a few glasses of booze. You donít hear of people getting angry and violent from pot. They get silly, hungry and/or mellow.
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:30 AM   #4
 
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Legalize it, regulate it, tax it.

I think a lot more harm comes from the "war on drugs" than from drugs themselves.
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Legalize it, regulate it, tax it.

I think a lot more harm comes from the "war on drugs" than from drugs themselves.
Totally. Check out the documentary "Grass". Very informational. Maybe if we could tax it, our local library would be open more often. (seriously. It's closed all the time due to budget cuts.)
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:40 AM   #6
 
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This is one of those things where I just do not care. I think there are a lot of issues that are FAR more pressing than legalizing or not legalizing pot.
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:40 AM   #7
 
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Legalize it.

ETA: I don't smoke pot. I hate the stuff. So it's not an issue of wanting easier access to it. The war on drugs has done more harm than good. A huge amount of money would be made by taxing it. And all the crimes we associate with drug trafficking (like financing terrorists) would no longer be an issue. When did you here of someone being killed over a tobacco deal? Let's not forget that organized crime started when alcohol became illegal.
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I voted for legalize it for medicinal and recreational.
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This is one of those things where I just do not care. I think there are a lot of issues that are FAR more pressing than legalizing or not legalizing pot.
Same here.

I tend to say legalize it for reasons stated above, and would love it if it resulted in cracking down on smoking and driving.... but since it gives me asthma attacks when others smoke it, I wouldn't like to see it start being allowed at concerts I go to.... So I'm basically indifferent because I see good and bad sides, but am not emotionally tied to the issue at all.
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Legalize it, regulate it, tax it.

I think a lot more harm comes from the "war on drugs" than from drugs themselves.
Totally. Check out the documentary "Grass". Very informational. Maybe if we could tax it, our local library would be open more often. (seriously. It's closed all the time due to budget cuts.)
Both very well said. ITA
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i don't smoke marijuana and have no desire to be around it. that said, i don't really think that people should be arrested for smoking pot. i wouldn't mind it being legal IF it will not make it any more widespread than it already is. like netg said, i don't want people doing it at concerts / in public. and strict regulations with high taxes.
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Originally Posted by geeky
Legalize it, regulate it, tax it.

I think a lot more harm comes from the "war on drugs" than from drugs themselves.
Totally. Check out the documentary "Grass". Very informational. Maybe if we could tax it, our local library would be open more often. (seriously. It's closed all the time due to budget cuts.)
Both very well said. ITA
ITA, too.

For your paper, you could take the Econ route and talk about black markets.
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Legalize it completely. I am not up on my statistics, but I believe pot is considered psychologically addictive, not physically, right? Keep it very regulated, like alcohol (no smoking and driving, age restrictions, etc.). The government could make a killing off of the taxes on it. It is less dangerous than someone sucking down a few glasses of booze. You donít hear of people getting angry and violent from pot. They get silly, hungry and/or mellow.
And loaded people usually say, "Dood" A. LOT.
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More angles for the paper:

There's also the fact that mandatory minimum sentences for drugs mean our prisons are filled to capacity with non-violent drug offenders, who are disproportionately minorities (geeky ducks for bringing up the dreaded r-word).

Or the fact that the policy of reducing people's sentences for naming names means the ones serving the longest sentences are the ones who can't name any names - the people lowest in the drug food chain, while the major dealers and suppliers can cut deals.
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Legalize it; especially for medicinal purposes.
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More angles for the paper:

There's also the fact that mandatory minimum sentences for drugs mean our prisons are filled to capacity with non-violent drug offenders, who are disproportionately minorities (geeky ducks for bringing up the dreaded r-word).

Or the fact that the policy of reducing people's sentences for naming names means the ones serving the longest sentences are the ones who can't name any names - the people lowest in the drug food chain, while the major dealers and suppliers can cut deals.
Prosecutors in some cities and jurisdictions have set their own local policies not to prosecute for marijuana or for first time crack offenses to counter for the overzealous mandatory minimums on certain drugs (crack in particular).
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Seriously, what kind of concerts are you guys going to that you DON'T smell marijuana?
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Seriously, what kind of concerts are you guys going to that you DON'T smell marijuana?
Indie bands.


Most people here who want to go to the concerts I go to are truly into the music, not there to smoke up. I didn't go to college here, but I *think* they mainly stick to their dorm rooms for that, and don't go out.


Though, I was really pleasantly surprised that the Bob Dylan concert was smoke-free in my area!
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I don't think it should be legalized unless it's used for medicinal purposes. It's just another way to develope lung cancer by inhaling the smoke--first hand and second hand. Aren't cigarettes doing enough damage? I wish smoking cigarettes and cigars was illegal. It's also bad for the ozone.
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I don't think it should be legalized unless it's used for medicinal purposes. It's just another way to develope lung cancer by inhaling the smoke--first hand and second hand. Aren't cigarettes doing enough damage? I wish smoking cigarettes and cigars was illegal. It's also bad for the ozone.


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