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On Do you think it would be a good idea for Kansas to legalize marijuana?

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In_God_we_trust 1 year, 4 months 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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phoggyjay 1 year, 4 months 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.

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OonlyBonly 1 year, 4 months ago

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

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tange 1 year, 4 months ago

Marijuana... hmm... and nightshade...

Trippin'

Trippin' by tange

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Tony Kisner 1 year, 4 months ago

How can something which grows wild be...

Hold on man what was the question?

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Starlight 1 year, 4 months ago

Our constitutional right to life is fairly well protected and we're guaranteed to have to pursue happiness, but liberty? The definition is freedom from arbitrary or despotic government control. The war on marijuana is certainly arbitrary and the feds actions in states where it has been legalized would be considered despotic.

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whoknoweth 1 year, 4 months 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.

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wolflover1969 1 year, 4 months ago

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

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autie 1 year, 4 months ago

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SOS 1 year, 4 months ago

Back forty plus years ago we always called pot first aid. That originated because we always hid our stuff in the first aid kit. No one ever looked there. We also used to fill the windshield wiper reservoir with booze then ran the line into the glove box. Hold your glass in the glove box and hit the washer button for a coulple shots. Those were fun days.

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donttreadonme 1 year, 4 months ago

To answer the original question, if you believe in freedom and liberty, then the State (and the Feds) have no right to dictate what an individual can and can not consume.

If you can buy beer at the corner store and drink it in your home while watching a football game, why can't you do the same with MJ?

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donttreadonme 1 year, 4 months ago

The Partnership at Drugfree.org are nanny state leeches and liars. Let's start the budget cuts there.

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tange 1 year, 4 months ago

Sure. Who needs an executive function anyway?

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anticommunist 1 year, 4 months ago

This is one instance where I will full on say TAX IT. Every step of the way. Grow it industrially. Grow it for paper, for rope, for medicine. If people are going to use it as an intoxicant, tax the growers tax the shops tax the buyers most of all.

Can you imagine what something like that would do for this state, for the farmers of Kansas?

I'm not a smoker, nor do I readily promote the ingestion of THC except under medical circumstances. But this is a no brainer, and if Obama sends in the feds as the states domino into legalization, it'll just be another one of his dimwit failures.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 4 months ago

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

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 4 months 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.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 4 months ago

"Will there be Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Ho Ho's, Sno Balls?"

No, Hostess went bankrupt. You are going to have to munch on something else

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 4 months ago

According to the The Partnership at Drugfree.org, there are some very bad side effects of marijuana use. Memory problems, learning difficulties, loss of muscle activity, increased heart rate, anxiety, coughing and breathing trouble. There are cancer-causing chemicals in marijuana that can be in higher concentrations than tobacco. It can cause lung diseases and reduce the immune system's ability to fight disease. THC affects areas of the brain that control thoughts, concentration, sensory perception and can impair coordination and mental abilities. Long-term use of marijuana contributes to a loss of motivation, behavioral problems and some users develop a dependency that interferes with family life, career, school and social functioning. These side effects are similar to becoming a liberal Democrat. Chronic marijuana use may increase risks for mental illness, anxiety disorder, depression and schizophrenia. http://www.drugfree.org/

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eotw33 1 year, 4 months 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....

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toe 1 year, 4 months ago

No drug use should be criminalized. Tax dollars should be used for treatment and money raised from any drug sale. If you buy an aspirin a few cents should go for addiction treatment.

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My_Life 1 year, 4 months ago

Will there be Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Ho Ho's, Sno Balls?

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hawkstar45 1 year, 4 months ago

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

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1southernjayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Vern Miller would roll over in his grave.

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Kontum1972 1 year, 4 months 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....!

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Kontum1972 1 year, 4 months 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....!

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CHKNLTL 1 year, 4 months 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!

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BABBOY 1 year, 4 months ago

I already anwsered this question on the poll.

I am not repeating it in full but,

Basically, I say legalize it, regulate it to control it, tax it the crap out of it's use, and save costs on enforcement that just does not work.

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g_rock 1 year, 4 months ago

Wait....if it is legal, I foresee a lessening of the big red button poof-ing. Brilliant all around.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 4 months ago

You mean it isn't legal now?!

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 4 months ago

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

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 4 months 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.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 4 months ago

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

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jonas_opines 1 year, 4 months ago

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

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 4 months ago

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

Good eye!

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DillonBarnes 1 year, 4 months ago

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

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 4 months ago

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rockchalker52 1 year, 4 months ago

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

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 4 months ago

"Why is marijuana a schedule I drug?"

Racism.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 4 months ago

I hate to be a party pooper but Marijuana use is illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Justice Department officials are considering plans for legal action against Colorado and Washington that could undermine voter-approved initiatives.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/us/marijuana-initiatives-in-2-states-set-federal-officials-scrambling.html

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 4 months ago

Sell it and tax it. Less people in jail and increased revenue, win,win for the state. The only people against this are liquor lobbyists and the uneducated.

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Dusty 1 year, 4 months 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.

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g_rock 1 year, 4 months ago

I'm torn. I can't quite figure out what it will do to the employment rate. There are folks that will be too stoned to work will all be in the drive thru of Taco Bell but will there be anyone to make the taco?

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 4 months 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.

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autie 1 year, 4 months ago

To make a minor correction. Any job that is considered by the federal government or your insurance carrier, to be a safety sensitive type position will automatically still be subject to the same strict drug testing procedures and random testing programs. Do you really want your child' bus driver whacked out on the s$%t? AmTrack Operators? I'm sure transit drivers recieving fed funds in those states will still be subject. And I'm sure that many other business depending on what they are (any heavy manufacturing for sure) would see their work comp modifiers fly off the map if the abandon their drug policies. See, things still ain't so simple.

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grammaddy 1 year, 4 months 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.

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Liberty275 1 year, 4 months 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?

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scarlett 1 year, 4 months 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.

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classclown 1 year, 4 months 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?

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autie 1 year, 4 months ago

I think maybe it is time. Let the boys have it. Tax it; keep the riff-raff druggies from sellin it and out of jail and the courts with unnecessary nonsense....Sound good to me. How is it for chronic osteoarthritis? Will it make my headlights brighter so I can better at night?

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del888 1 year, 4 months 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.

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faceit 1 year, 4 months ago

No. It makes people babble about stuff that no one cares about.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 4 months ago

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

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Water 1 year, 4 months 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?

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Andini 1 year, 4 months ago

Duuuuudddeee.....what was the question?

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riverdrifter 1 year, 4 months 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.

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