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riverdrifter 2 years ago

War on Drugs is a dismal failure, especially when it comes to pot. Tax and legalize. And no, I don't use the stuff. It drives my tinitus wild.

Duane Nevins 2 years ago

Hey riverdrifter - If you "don't use the stuff", how does it drive your tinnitus wild? :)

kawrivercrow 2 years ago

He was probably being sincere, not harping on minutia. I, too am curious how it effects your chronic ear ringing. I suspect that it makes you more consciously aware of what is already present...the ongoing buzzing sound that you are normally able to filter out, like we filter out background noise, the feeling of restrictive clothing, etc.

riverdrifter 2 years ago

Whatever, it makes my ears scream. No more cannabis.

Water 2 years ago

Aspirin causes bleeding in the gastrointesinal tract. Statins cause muscle damage, joint pain and memory loss. Viagra can keep you up all night. Cigarette smoke causes cancer...er...death. Alcohol causes birth defects and traffic deaths. Salt causes high blood pressure. Obesity causes....every ailment. Several nights in the hospital can make you sick. Sex can make you a mommy/daddy or a STD carrier. People fall off of ladders. A bad hair day can make one rather glum. Why is marijuana a schedule I drug?

Liberty275 2 years ago

Get a really bad headache and pop just a few too many Tylenol and your head will stop hurting after you die of liver failure. On the bright side, your doctor can prescribe cocaine and morphine so you feel better while you die.

Katara 2 years ago

If Viagra keeps you up for more than 4 hours, you are supposed to see a doctor.

Katara 2 years ago

Yes, and she is a proctologist.

RoeDapple 2 years ago

I tried it once. But I didn't inhale.

del888 2 years ago

Making pot legal will cause a huge unemployment problem. It's hard enough trying to find qualified employees who can pass a drug test. If pot is legalized there won't be enough workers left who can pass the drug test that most employers require.

Liberty275 2 years ago

If a company wants to invade a person's privacy as part of hiring them, they probably are best left without workers and filing for bankruptcy anyway. Another company will take their place.

Shelley Bock 2 years ago

Why am I suddenly liking what Liberty 275 is saying? I think Lib275 is mellowing. Well, maybe.

grammaddy 2 years ago

No,once it is legal, they will stop testing for it. DUH!

del888 2 years ago

Like truck drivers, doctors, surgeons, pilots, etc.
Who cares if they're high.

kawrivercrow 2 years ago

Or drunk, or on opiates or benzodiazepines or...oh never mind.

Liberty275 2 years ago

Everyone cares if they are working. It's nobody's business if they are not at work or driving.

Missingit 2 years ago

The question is how high do you have to be to be drunk. Gonna ask a cop for a breath test? Legalize it after the rules are figured out and perhaps the Feds come on board.

labmonkey 2 years ago

Companies can still test for it... making it legal just means we keep it out of the courts.

classclown 2 years ago

Water

Viagra can keep you up all night.

December 6, 2012 at 11:36 p.m.

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isn't that the point?

scarlett 2 years ago

it's a lot less harmful than alcohol or obesity. Go for it kansas, help the farmers and make some much needed tax revenues.

Liberty275 2 years ago

I think it should be. People are killed every day because of prohibition. America has lost the war on drugs, we can easily win the war on people killing each other over drugs.

Who was the last man to die for a beer during that other embarrassing episode of American stupidity?

beatrice 2 years ago

I'll bet Prospector has been dying for a beer on many occassions.

grammaddy 2 years ago

Our government has paid for studies and known for decades about the healing and cancer-curing properties of marijuana. Move over Big Pharma! There's a new king coming.

Cait McKnelly 2 years ago

I'd like to add that domestic violence is rarely (if ever) attributed to marijuana. Alcohol, on the other hand, is a known link. The right wing of this country, however, cares damn little about domestic violence. Let the old man get drunk and beat the &^%$ out of his wife. That was the way it was in the 1950's and if it's good enough for them it's good enough for me.

jonas_opines 2 years ago

They guys in the drive thru of Taco Bell are already stoned. Both the ones in their cars and the one in the window.

asixbury 2 years ago

Your comments show how out of touch with the reality of marijuana you are. Many people in every profession already smoke weed. Maybe not while they work, but they do partake when the timing is right. Being stoned won't keep you from working, either. It will probably make work more tolerable.

asixbury 2 years ago

It is sometimes hard to catch sarcasm in the written word. My apologies.

Liberty275 2 years ago

You need to think outside the box. What you do is get everyone at taco bell stoned and tell them making tacos is an art, and they are now artists. Maybe then the tacos you get will look something like the ones you see advertised on TV.

Katara 2 years ago

I think Subway already tried something similar with the Sandwich Artist job title.

Dusty 2 years ago

I'm not sure legalizing it is the answer, but it would be interesting to see what it does to the Mexican cartels if it was widely legalized here.

jafs 2 years ago

That's true, and it raises some interesting questions.

For example, does the federal government have a legitimate right to pursue and incarcerate people for using marijuana in states that allow it?

If you say yes, then you're agreeing with a very wide interpretation of the ICC, which allows the government to do that.

Conservatives generally favor a narrower interpretation of that clause.

Or it means that you think that the federal government is superior to states, and can enact sweeping legislation, also ideas that conservatives tend not to like, since they believe strongly in states' rights.

Where do you stand?

Shane Garrett 2 years ago

Let the lawyers fight it out. Always remember that this is a government by the people and for the people. This is not a secession form the union issue.

rockchalker52 2 years ago

I doubt that is correct, rc. I don't think you hate being a party pooper.

DillonBarnes 2 years ago

Seriously? Nobody else noticed the "420" sign behind Tom? Well played LJWorld photographer.

jonas_opines 2 years ago

Lol, no. Didn't see that at all. Good eye indeed.

RoeDapple 2 years ago

At least JK and Whitney had a sense of humor. . .

Eddie_Haskell 2 years ago

First of all, it will never happen in this state. Second, if you want it legal then plan on smoking really lame pot. The first thing that will happen is the FDA will step in and regulate it down to some pathetic level of THC. I have a gay tooth for Anderson Cooper.

Eddie_Haskell 2 years ago

I hate to agree with rockchalk1977. It doesn't matter what the states do, the Feds have the last say.

CHKNLTL 2 years ago

man, i don't know if we have enough couches for everybody that will be sitting around blazing up that couch-lock 'dro all day......let's legalize and find out!

Kontum1972 2 years ago

yes..... then lets move on to fix some other stuff.....we need to get rid of Mitch McConnell.....what the hell is wrong with his face....am sure it wasn't a War wound....!

Kontum1972 2 years ago

why does Mitt Romney need a JOB? Gee..if i had that much money.....i would be taking very very easy.....he took a job with Marriott Corporate....go figure....!

1southernjayhawk 2 years ago

Vern Miller would roll over in his grave.

hawkstar45 2 years ago

Haha! Perfect backdrop in Tom's photo... The Sessions 420.

eotw33 2 years ago

Wow, some of the comments on here are so rediculous. Why do some assume if they legalize everyone in the state will become lazy and just sit around all day smoking? why would you assume that people that get drug tested for work would just start smoking? They can do that now if they want. Plus a lot jobs that say they drug test, don't actually drug test. There are plenty of people that are responsible, have full time jobs, and education, that smoke. I gaurentee everyone knows someone that smokes and you just don't know it. Nothing would change at all except farmers would make more money, the state would make more money, and less people would be in jail. There is such easy access to it, and so many people do it, it is pointless for it to be illegal. After all, isn't that why the city decriminalized it already? Even before then, the cops never did anything to someone that had a joint. Now, back to my herbs....

jafs 2 years ago

There are bad side effects to cigarette and alcohol use as well. Should we make them illegal?

asixbury 2 years ago

Most of those side effects are basically lying with statistics. Smoking anything harms the lungs. Also, people who smoke cigs consume many, many more in one day then someone smoking weed. So despite it having more carcinogens, you do not consume as much as a whole than someone who smokes cigarettes. All of the side effects wear off when you become sober. Your brain has no permanent damage. It is not addictive at all, so you can't develop a dependency--other than you simply like the effects it has on you. I know someone who has smoked marijuana almost every day of his life since he was 14; he has a PhD and is a successful scientist now....so loss of motivation is only an excuse used by those who are just lazy. Besides, that is what sativa's for. The healthiest way (as compared to other methods) of consuming marijuana is by ingesting it. Brownies anyone?

jafs 2 years ago

I'm pretty sure that long term use of marijuana has negative effects.

There's no reason to pretend otherwise - alcohol and cigarettes have harmful effects, and are legal.

asixbury 2 years ago

I didn't say it had no harmful effects. But I do not know of a single person that has ever died because of smoking marijuana. Can't say the same for alcohol or cigs.

asixbury 2 years ago

Tell that to the many many professors and scientists I know who have smoke a long long time and are still more intelligent than anyone else I know. Notice the "may" in the link. No proof.

Eddie_Haskell 2 years ago

Mitch McConnell looks like someone's grandmother. I used to love weed. It still helps me sleep occasionally. But generally as of about 5-6 years ago it gives me anxiety and paranoia. And lethargy. One of the last times I did one hit I was in a catatonic stupor and a friend of mine nearly died of rock flop. I think it was laced with PCP. I was standing there hearing the Steve Miller Band blaring in my head.

RoeDapple 2 years ago

RoeDy's House of Paranoia and Head Shop Supply will now be offering Cheetos at reduced prices when purchased in case lots.

Missingit 2 years ago

But alcohol has no ladder. Beer and whiskey same product. How do we combat people who try mj and then decide acid or whatever else is ok? Just asking. I don't care if it becomes legal. Rj Reynolds will corner the market quickly with a new version of the Marlboro man

Liberty275 2 years ago

Alcohol doesn't need a ladder. One bottle will kill you. But what's to stop it from being a ladder to X or shrooms or LSD or whatever? A person seeking to distort their reality with chemicals is more apt to use a different chemical if he has the chance.

No, that isn't the real answer. Legalizing pot will stop it being a gateway drug in the only meaningful way it is now. Marijuana is only a gateway drug in that the same guy you buy it from now probably has a little meth, some coke, can get you some LSD and maybe some heroine in a week or so. In reality, your forcing good honest people to deal with seedy underworld dealers with access to killer drugs is the gateway.

Prohibition has failed, cost human lives and is an abomination to freedom. Do you want people to stop dying over pot? Maybe you'd like to see some extra revenue for Kansas instead of Mexican drug lords?

We can't win the war on drugs. At least we can end one war on human life and treat our citizens like adults.

Cassie Powell 2 years ago

Seriously... Why does it matter if it is legalized or not? Those wanting to smoke it already do.

kernal 2 years ago

Taxes, deficit and cartels. Did you sleep through the comments posted here?

whoknoweth 2 years ago

Just because something is legal doesn't make it right. It absolutely is addicting and has side effects that are comparable to someone who is inebriated. You can become unable to function normally, it certainly impairs driving and that puts others at risk. Yes, there are some people who can handle it better, just as there are some who handle alcohol better than most but that doesn't change the fact that it's harmful to others. People have a right to LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and that should include being able to drive safely in your own lane without worrying if the other drivers are too stoned to stay awake and in their own lane.

jafs 2 years ago

What an odd post.

You compare smoking pot to drinking, which is legal.

Are you saying that alcohol as well as pot should be illegal? Or that both should be legal? Or are you using the odd argument that alcohol, despite it's negative effects, should be legal, but pot, because of it's effects should be illegal?

Obviously, driving drunk is illegal, though alcohol is legal, and the same could easily be true if pot were legalized.

And, you're right - legal and moral "rightness" aren't equivalent. That's why adultery isn't illegal, for example. Do you want to use your own moral compass to make laws?

kawrivercrow 2 years ago

Excellent argument for banning over-the counter antihistamines.

You should get right on that.

Tony Kisner 2 years ago

How can something which grows wild be...

Hold on man what was the question?

John Hamm 2 years ago

the war on drugs is a flop with billions wasted sending users to prison. Legalize pot and tax the hell out of it.

phoggyjay 2 years ago

Yes of course it should be legalized. Everyone should have the right to use the best medicine on earth. This is coming from a regular consumer of cannabis who has been in remission from Cancer since 1993.

In_God_we_trust 2 years ago

"Vern Miller would roll over in his grave."

I bet that most of the people here don't have any concept of Vern Miller. If Vern Miller were here again, there would be 'around the clock' drug raids on Lawrence right now.

I'm not in favor of that, but I would say that I have never seen so many people in Lawrence so concerned about how to raise tax revenue for the State of Kansas.

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