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On Marijuana enforcement numbers sky-high


waitjustaminute 2 years ago

Thank the lord it's not a gateway drug.

Jeanette Kekahbah 2 years ago

not sure if you are enlightened or sarcastic

Steve Jacob 2 years ago

Pot is still harmful to society. We will get a good idea in a couple of years when states that approved it have issues. And no one should ever be under the influence while driving.

Lisa Medsker 2 years ago

I guarantee that the number of people who use marijuana will not increase drastically. However, the number of people in jails for possessing it certainly will. Prohibition worked SO well the first time, right?

Just because something is no longer illegal does not mean more people will be driving under its influence. Of COURSE it's illegal to drive impaired. Pain medication is legal, alcohol is legal, yet it's still illegal to drive under the influence of those. Pretty sure marijuana falls under "impaired". The just de-criminalized possessing and using it. They didn't make it legal to drive under its influence.

Duncan20903 2 years ago

In order to believe the nonsense that the rate of impaired driving will increase we must subscribe to the laughably absurd idea that there is a large cohort of people with such a deep seated respect for the law being their one and only reason for not choosing to enjoy cannabis for no other reason than that it's illegal. Further, we have to presume that these people are only interested in cannabis and not going out driving impaired from one of the other popular substances on any of the naughty lists. Impaired driving is impaired driving. One final presumption we're required to believe is that this imaginary cohort of people with such a deep seated respect for the law will toss that deep seated respect for the law onto the trash heap and immediately go out driving impaired if allowed to choose to enjoy cannabis legally. The entire thought is laughably absurd on its face.

Duncan20903 2 years ago

It really does astonish me that even though something has been proven wrong, wrong wrong that the sycophants of prohibition will continue to post those arguments in an undeserved tone of arrogance.

The sycophants of prohibition used the same hysterical rhetoric in Washington in 1998 and Colorado in 2000. By any calculable measure there hasn't been anything but a substantial increase in the quality of life in both States. The residents who lived in those States had an opportunity to "just say no" but didn't. But some 120,000 Coloradoans who did not vote for Mr. Obama also did not vote no to Amendment 64.

The bad news for you srj is that the farce of cannabis prohibition isn't going to be around much longer and you're going to have to figure out a way to deal with it.

The good news is that you're just regurgitating hysterical rhetoric and none of your irrational fears will come true.

George_Braziller 2 years ago

Pot should be regulated and taxed just like alcohol. The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution tried to ban alcohol completely and it was a total disaster. All it did was push production underground and become a major source of funding for organized mob activity.

Alceste 2 years ago

Click on the link below and take a gander at who is getting rich off of reefer smoking. It ain't reefer growers or sellers when compared to the other's who have their finger in that pie!


The controversial war on drugs not only costs a lot, it has done almost nothing to curb the drug addiction rate since 1970, according to this stunning chart by documentary filmmaker Matt Groff comparing the cost of drug control to the drug addiction rate. Groff used the rate of addiction to illicit drugs from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pairing it with federal drug control budget spending numbers from the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy.

Remember, marijuana is a VERY dangerous drug. Has to be in order to be a Schedule I narcotic. Has to be.

CHEEZIT 2 years ago

Heard a commercial on the radio. An agency doing case study on habitual drug use. Marijuana, ecstasy and a few others. What did the person get after the study was done? Up to $7000. Yeaaaa party time!!!

Kyle Chandler 2 years ago

srj, if what you mean by those states having 'issues' - those 'issues' being extra tax revenue for schools/social services etc, yes we will learn a lesson.......that they are DOING IT RIGHT! and we are DOING IT WRONG! but go ahead, id like to hear some more propaganda or should i say


SofaKing 2 years ago

Kansas will be 48th to legalize marijuana right in front of Idaho and Utah. Honey, when you go out can you pick up some milk, bread, wine, and weed?

William McCauley 2 years ago

Sorry SofaKing... but backasswards Kansas will be the 55th state to legalize, this state would rather stay on the path it's on then enjoy the wealth of opportunities that just hemp farming alone could provide this state and it's farmers, as well as the ogallala aquifer, you know that big water thing they've been killing for years to grow corn. But on the bright side, western Kansas will make a mint busting those people coming from those "other states". If anyone wants to start hemp farming there is a whole bunch of it around here, out on 15th st, north of the airport across the road from one county commissioner there is a big one.... all along the RR tracks and US 24 from here the little apple.... better get out those county or state spray trucks and get some 2-4-d on that asap or next thing you know those cartels will be here picking that ditch weed to mix in with the good weed so they make more money.... Funny I've never seen van loads of cartels out picking ditch weed around here, only stupid college kids from places where wild hemp don't grow.

cowboy 2 years ago

They should just legalize the growing of pot , skip all these preliminary steps like medical , recreational , grower , pharmacy , just legalize it kind of like tomatoes.

DaveKAz 2 years ago

If public safety were the priority we would have to take a different approach. One person dies every nineteen minutes from an overdose of prescription medicine in the US. During all of mankind's association with cannabis which goes back to before the stone age not a single person has ever died of an overdose solely of cannabis. As much as those who object to marijuana try to demonize the plant it really is pretty benign when compared to the alternatives. The same report noted that 59.9% of rapes, 53.2% of all violent crimes, and 81% of property crimes reported in 2012 were unsolved or did not result in arrest. Violent crimes used to be solved prior to marijuana prosecutions becoming an excuse for not protecting our communities.

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