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Should Congress allow each state to make its own laws about medical marijuana?

Asked at Checkers, 2300 La. on June 7, 2005

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“Yes, because it should be up to the people who live in the state and not the federal government.”

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“In some aspects I think it might be handled better on a state level. They are in a better position to regulate it.”

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“I think they should. It would be easier for each state to control it if they could make their own laws about it.”

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“I think it should be under the control of the federal government. I think some states would make the laws too lenient and cause further conflict.”

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spym00se 9 years, 11 months ago

Shouldn't be illegal in the first place.

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

topflight: Huh?

topic: Of course. Virtually everything, except for national defense and interstate agreements, should be handled at the state, and not federal level.

Liberty, back me up here.

JHAWKGURL 9 years, 11 months ago

Ever suffered from cancer? Sometimes all that cancer patient has to look forward to is a joint to make things seem a little more tolerable until there is cure or the end comes......think about it before you knock it.

topflight 9 years, 11 months ago

yeah, that would be a great idea spym00se. even more pot heads running around lawrence. maybe everyone could live in the 70's then.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely. Cancer patients need whatever relief that can be made available to them.

It should be decriminalized at all levels of government as marijuana is not heroin,valium and certainly not some poweful pharmaceutical. Throwing people in jail for smoking pot is absurd. Drunk drivers go free everyday and their activity kills others. Not only that we need jail space for the violent offenses such as murder,rape and other sexual predators.

average 9 years, 11 months ago

No. While, it's certainly not a Federal matter (Where in Article 1, Section 8 does the Federal government have a say in Lawrence-grown, Lawrence-smoked pot?), the states should also be barred (by the Fourth Amendment) from invading the privacy of our persons, homes, and effects to prosecute victimless acts.

neopolss 9 years, 11 months ago

Government shouldn't be in the business of selective regulation.

topflight, pay no attention to the constant drum beating of the anti-drug campaign. The war on drugs has been nothing but a complete failure, save for the few large busts that get displayed on the evening news, which is mostly saving face.

It's ridiculous at best that your government can tell you what substances are legal and illegal to consume. You can completely ruin your body with caffeine, prescription drugs, alcohal and nicotine, yet a line is drawn with cannabis? What gives anyone that right?

An individual's ability to hurt oneself is their own business. While we may disagree with it, it is the price we pay to be in a free society - that is that we do not have the privilage of forcing everyone to live like we do.

Coffee - the US's most regulated legal drug.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 11 months ago

Dr's should be allowed to prescribe whatever drug makes their patients feel better. It's not like this is some untried drug that would make guinea pigs of patients. This is pain relief. If they could get the same benefit of marijuana in a pill, would that be OK?

Why is it OK for a hospital to staunch a nosebleed with cocaine on a stick? Where is the difference in medical use in these drugs? Both illegal, but OK to give one and not the other?

sunflower_sue 9 years, 11 months ago

extreme & others, let's not forget thtey are asking about "medical marijuana". Not "Pot on Sundays", although I've always enjoyed "Pot roast" on Sundays!

tell_it_like_it_is 9 years, 11 months ago

Sure the states should be able to make the decision but it ain't gonna happen because we got to many republicans in there. Personally I think it should be legalized period.

Fangorn 9 years, 11 months ago

tell_it_like_it_is_(in_my_own_personal_reality): From 1993-1995, the Democrats controlled the White House and both houses of Congress by wider margins than the Republicans enjoy today. Remember how they valiantly tried to legalized marijuana, but those dastardly Republicans mounted an old-fashioned filibuster for days and days and days to stop them? No? Me neither. There are a lot of things for which you can blame the GOP (rank hypocrisy on fiscal responsibility with the taxpayers' money tops the list), but lack of medical marijuana isn't one of them.

Jonas: Since Liberty hasn't posted yet today, I'll pick up that banner.

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Marijuana isn't mentioned in the Constitution. So authority concerning it was not "delegated to the United States" (i.e. the federal government). Therefore, this is absolutely a state issue. Constitutionally, each state should be allowed to make its own choices.

Medically, it makes no sense to give AIDS patients expensive drug-cocktails to fight their condition and then have them vomit it all out due to nausea that could be controlled with this drug. For many, other anti-emetics simply aren't effective. The same goes for chemotherapy patients.

acg 9 years, 11 months ago

I just feel that sick or healthy, I should be allowed to smoke pot if I want to as long as I take the precautions I would normally take as if I were going out on a binger drinking. I work my butt off, pay my taxes and am a legal-aged, productive member of society. Getting stoned should be my reward for putting up with a greedy government ran by money grubbing scum. Actually, you'd think they'd want to keep us stoned so we wouldn't ask too many questions. LOL. Wait....what was the question? ; )

happy_me 9 years, 11 months ago

I think it should be legal not just medicinally.

You get stoned you sit on the couch and vegg out....you get drunk you think your invinsable (sp?) and you get in your car and kill some one.

besides there are proven benefits to smoking the stuff it helps caterac (sp?) patients helps chemo patients

It just makes sense to legalize it. Besides think of all the tax dollars that would be raised if it was legal.

tell_it_like_it_is 9 years, 11 months ago

Fangorn...You know it and I know it Republicans freak at the mere mention of mary jane.

happy_me 9 years, 11 months ago

Here in Lawrence alone the tax dollars would probably pave ALL the streets

Fangorn 9 years, 11 months ago

tell_it_like_it_is: Re-reading my last post, I realize it sounds kind of nasty and that's not how I meant to come across. I don't think you're actually delusional. I merely disagree with you that "too many Republicans" is the reason we don't have legal medical marijuana. I just wanted to bust your chops a little, not imply that you're an idiot or anything. Sorry about that.

mr_daniels 9 years, 11 months ago

Light up a J and its ok...but man try to enjoy a menthol smoke with a really cold brew and watch a Liberal crowd of old hippies get their collective panties in a twist. Liberalism gone amok and totally off the plane of reality!

lovely1 9 years, 11 months ago

hey now, I'm a repub & I think it should be legal.. not all re's are against it!!!!!! And for medical use, doctors should be able to prescribe whatever works. poof

lovely1 9 years, 11 months ago

legal for doctors to prescribe i mean.......

happy_me 9 years, 11 months ago

Good point Consumer1 But it should still be available medically

GreenEyedBlues 9 years, 11 months ago

Fangorn is right! HIV cocktails [not to mention myriad other prescription drugs] are so potent that if you don't honk it all back out, you're pretty much a "vegetable" anyway. Just ask anyone who's ever accidentally OD'd on any given Rx.

I think there are many things out there that are worse than marijuana. But no biggie, I guess. Now those who suffer from cancer etc. will just have to smoke it illegally like so many delinquents, Lawrence townies, and American professionals do already.

tell_it_like_it_is 9 years, 11 months ago

Fangorn..no offense taken. Consumer 1..thats a good idea.

wichita_reader 9 years, 11 months ago

I've expressed my views on the legalization of marijuana in this forum before, and I'm a staunch advocate for the legalization of cannabis.

I believe the Supreme Court's majority decision concluded that users of marijuana for medicinal purposes have a cumulative effect on interstate commerce (or something like that), and that therefore the federal government, Congress, is specifically granted the power to regulate medical marijuana under Art. 1, Sec. 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which provides in part that the powers of Congress include the power to "regulate Commerce . . . among the several states . . .." I think the Court can conclude that Congress can regulate almost everything under the Commerce Clause, unfortunately. Where's David Ryan when you need him?

For all those advocating legalization, call your Senators and Representatives.

On the Republican/Democrat legalization issue, I found it very interesting that two of the three dissenters in the Court's 6-3 ruling are conservatives, Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justice Thomas, dissenting on state's rights grounds.

Anyway, that's my two cents for the day.

Fangorn 9 years, 11 months ago

w_r: You're correct about the commerce clause. Along with the concept of "general welfare" mentioned in the preamble, the commerce clause is constantly abused, stretched beyond all possible reason. Only once in living memory have the Supremes ever rolled back a law for which Congress erroneously claimed authority based on it. They should do it more often. The Constitution was intended to define and, even more importantly, limit the federal government's authority. The perversely expansive interpretation of the commerce clause advocated by so many today essentially removes any limit on government power.

happy_me 9 years, 11 months ago

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Centrist 9 years, 11 months ago

.. trouble is, if you make it legal, you get even more obnoxious wankers ruining your night at the pub. De-criminialize, it works in other countries ...

kansas 9 years, 11 months ago

Happy Me, that was me who had asked Sunflower Sue the other day if pit bulls were put down at animal shelters. Sorry to hear about your chow. May I ask, what shelter was that? The one in Topeka? Just curious.

wichita_reader 9 years, 11 months ago

I've heard from friends (and think I read in a NY Times article awhile back) that pot has essentially been decriminalized in New York City and parts of the Pacific Northwest, so that if you're caught with the hippie lettuce (a small amount, I presume), the officer simply issues you a citation with a court date, and costs of course, and sends you on your way. Anyone have any info on this?

Ceallach 9 years, 11 months ago

The controlled use of mj for medical purposes should be legal. Just as other pharmaceutical drugs are prescribed for pain, nausea, etc. Many prescription drugs are just as addictive as mj. For that very reason they are controlled and prescribed, thereby creating a level of responsibility for their distribution. Morphine pumps have proven to be a very effective means of controlling the acute pain patients suffer following spinal surgery. However, that doesn't mean you have the right to have a pump in your living room to help you relax following a stressful day at work.

Many comments sound like, But, Mom, all the kids are doing it! If people can be drunk on the street, why can't I be stoned on the street?

In reality, very few people sit at home in an idyllic setting, watching TV, playing video games, etc., while smoking dope. They drive, walk, talk, mingle in the community, they just do it impaired. MJ may relax the pain, but it also relaxes the brain. Illusion #1, I am not impaired in anyway. Illusion #2, no one can tell I'm high. Illusion #3, wow, I can't believe how cool this is, I know all the answers on this test.

Do you really want to help those with cancer and other diseases eased by the use of mj, or just open a door for you to pursue a downward spiral with a drug that convinces you nothing is wrong while it slowly eats away years of your life?

Legalize for medical use -- YES, for recreational use -- NO. A drug is still a drug.

Fangorn 9 years, 11 months ago

extreme_makeover: Great of use of selective quotation! One hundred percent, word-for-word accurate, but entire wrong nonetheless. You could work for a newspaper! I hear Jayson Blair has left an opening at the NYT. :)

w_r: I know maijuana was decriminalized a number of years ago in Oregon. Other than that, I'm not sure about any other states or NYC.

craigers 9 years, 11 months ago

For anybody that has a painful sickness, I feel that medicinal mj wouldn't be such a bad idea and a doobie stand on mass by the courthouse would be cool. Anything to get that "honk for hemp" guy out of there is fine with me. I will say he is very dedicated to his cause though and we could all use that characteristic.

As for that Hendricks guy, I think the fact that he has to be watched around the clock shows that he can't be trusted in society. Leave him in a hospital where he belongs.

neopolss 9 years, 11 months ago

======================================== Posted by Ceallach on June 7 at 1:46 p.m.

The controlled use of mj for medical purposes should be legal. Just as other pharmaceutical drugs are prescribed for pain, nausea, etc. Many prescription drugs are just as addictive as mj. For that very reason they are controlled and prescribed, thereby creating a level of responsibility for their distribution. Morphine pumps have proven to be a very effective means of controlling the acute pain patients suffer following spinal surgery. However, that doesn't mean you have the right to have a pump in your living room to help you relax following a stressful day at work.

Many comments sound like, But, Mom, all the kids are doing it! If people can be drunk on the street, why can't I be stoned on the street?

In reality, very few people sit at home in an idyllic setting, watching TV, playing video games, etc., while smoking dope. They drive, walk, talk, mingle in the community, they just do it impaired. MJ may relax the pain, but it also relaxes the brain. Illusion #1, I am not impaired in anyway. Illusion #2, no one can tell I'm high. Illusion #3, wow, I can't believe how cool this is, I know all the answers on this test.

Do you really want to help those with cancer and other diseases eased by the use of mj, or just open a door for you to pursue a downward spiral with a drug that convinces you nothing is wrong while it slowly eats away years of your life?

Legalize for medical use -- YES, for recreational use -- NO. A drug is still a drug.

And caffeine is not a drug? and nicotine? ibprofin?

All of these drugs are perfectly legal, yet cannabis is not. There is no sense in it other than a political point. Legalizing it would be an admission of failure in the war on drugs.

You may disagree with someone using cannabis for recreational purposes, but that individual should have full liberty over any substance that they wish to inflict on themselves. If one cannot have self rule over the body, we are in serious jeopardy.

If you would like to sit on your couch pumping morphine all day, you should have every right to do so. The villianization of the evil drugs is nothing more than brainwashing from the DARE program. They may be bad for you, but in no way should they be illegal. Any drug is bad under the right abuse.

I can drink a jug of degreaser, which would almost insure my death, and do so legally, yet I can't smoke up.

wichita_reader 9 years, 11 months ago

As many posters have noted above, toking up, whether for medical reasons or personal enjoyment (which I would argue is a psychological benefit and therefore a medical reason) is a personal liberty which entails a certain amount of risk, just like a vast number of other activities, i.e., driving a car, smoking a cigarrette, drinking a beer, skydiving, scuba diving, etc., that adults should have the right to engage in if they so choose.

And that's not to even mention all of the incredibly useful products which can be manufactured from hemp.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

If it were decriminalized(preferred) or legalized think what doors would be opened for farmers who could grow the not get high variety. Then they could sell it to local textile factories and create a new industry making dresses,underwear,shoes,robes,ropes, rugs,floor mats and paper products. This activity should be acceptable now.

Some elected officials are so narrow minded and some just plain stupid. They don't know their joints from a hole in the ground.

Ceallach 9 years, 11 months ago

extreme_makeover: You are just bad:)

neopolss, not sure what to say here. . .

"And caffeine is not a drug? and nicotine? ibprofin? All of these drugs are perfectly legal, yet cannabis is not."

If you truly cannot discern the difference between smoking pot and taking ibuprophen or smoking cigarettes or drinking coffee, your are not doing it right. The difference is quite noticeable.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 9 years, 11 months ago

Very interesting...PRESIDENT George W. Bush had a better grade average in college than John Kerry. So...if the dem's are always saying how dumb PRESIDENT Bush is, what does that say for their candidate when he did worse?

Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

Hong kong phooey:

Where did you find this information?

Carmenilla 9 years, 11 months ago

I love Bill Hicks' take on pot.

"Pot shouldn't just be legalized, it should be mandatory. Then when that guy behind you in traffic starts laying on his horn you can say, SHUT UP AND SMOKE THIS! There will be no more traffic jams, only mellow hungry people ordering piozza. There will only be Domino's pizza trucks as far as the eye can see. Let them get stuck in traffic. Then all our pizzas will be free."

Also, for Ceallach, you seem to be very knowledgeable about the weed. For all your assertations of its "addictiveness" and ability to impair, have you actually smoked that stuff or know anyone who does? Because let me tell you all the folks I know who do smoke it aren't running around town driving erratically. They ARE sitting in their rooms playing video games and watching movies. Its the drunken idiots I look out for!

never 9 years, 11 months ago

I have not read most of these posts closely, but I do think that there are too many legal and illegal drugs out there already. Do they help or kill? And what about guns?

Fangorn 9 years, 11 months ago

Never: Regarding drugs, it's always a trade-off whether it helps or kills/hurts. Is living without the crippling pain of arthritis worth a 0.17% increase in the risk of heart disease? Is the damage to my lungs from smoking marijuana worth being able to keep food and medicine down? Is the control of this or that condition worth the stress a certain medicine puts on this or that organ? A patient and their doctor are most qualified to make this decision together. / Guns, on the other hand, are not an either-or situation. It's a both-and outcome. If someone threatens my family or breaks into my house, my firearms will help me defend my family and home. And will definitely hurt or kill the attacker/intruder if they don't very carefully follow my instructions to "turn around slowly", "keep your hands where I can see them", etc.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 9 years, 11 months ago

Merrill: It was on CNN and listed on Yahoo! earlier.

Mister_Joe: You need to pay closer attention when you read things. The articles said that President Bush had a one point HIGHER grade average than Kerry, not that they were equal.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 9 years, 11 months ago

No, my 5:05 post did not make it SEEM as though President Bush was smarter than Kerry - President Bush WAS smarter than Kerry. One point may not be much, but it is still one point. If you don't think one point makes a difference, ask a team that lost the championship by one point. Ask a scholar that missed a scholarship by one point. Shame on you for trying to muddy the waters, Mister_Joe!

sunflower_sue 9 years, 11 months ago

OK, who gives a hoot about gw's & jk's gpa's? One point difference? Maybe gw made better pottery.

Someone commented on the brainwashing of the DARE program. I totally agree! Let me just say that I don't want my kids to be alcoholics or pot-heads. BUT, now I've got my 10 year old refusing to take advil for a headache and giving me the evil eye when I sit down to enjoy a glass of wine. This program, while I think good intentioned, is just over the top. My kid is an A student and she obviously didn't get the distinction that some drugs are perfectly legal and can actually be good for you. I'd say she was well brainwashed against ALL drugs. Now I have to undo what she's been taught. Thanks, DARE! Just what I wanted to do this summer...argue with a 10 year old about how her parents are not alcoholics. yeash! I need a drink! ; )

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

When was GPA an absolute indicator of someone's intelligence?

ms_canada 9 years, 11 months ago

It is rather late in the day, but if you are interested in what we do about marijuana here in my country, you can access the official health canada website and get the details. There is controlled growth in Ontario for medical purpose use. For certain medical conditions marijuana may be prescribed by a physician for his patient. the site is www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/protection/ma...

Jay Bird 9 years, 11 months ago

I always miss the good ones. It should be treated like beer. 21 to buy and use, no driving, no use at work(if it applies), and soforth. You get in more trouble for weed than you do for Coke or meth. You get in more fights with beer then weed, unless a HO-HO is involved.

papa_smurf 9 years, 10 months ago

When medicaid pays for viagra for convicted child molesters and sexual predators and the federal government arrests, convicts and incarcerates cancer patients for using a safe and natural product like medical Marijuana, where is the logic? Marijuana is a class one narcotic (ludicrous) and is federally banned while Cocaine is a schedule 2 narcotic and can be prescribed by any doctor in America and filled at any pharmacy. Where is the logic? The federal drug czar says med Mj is not medicine. The Mayo clinic says it is medicine and has been used successfully for thousands of years, whose probably right? Not one single person in the history of the world has died from an overdose of Marijuana, people die everyday from legal alcohol poisoning, where is the logic? Kansas needs to grow up and vote, its not a red state blue state issue, its a common sense issue that needs attention.

papa_smurf 9 years, 10 months ago

Look at it this way if your a Christian and at odds with this issue. How would Jesus vote on medical Marijuana, YES, to relieve the pain and suffering in Cancer and other patients under a doctors supervision? Or NO, and continue to arrest, convict and incarserate them?

papa_smurf 9 years, 10 months ago

Possession of $60.00 worth of pot gets you a felony criminal record, you can never vote or own firearms ever again in life, does this sound fair in the scheme of crimes and punishment? Save jail space for rapists and child predators who deserve it!

papa_smurf 9 years, 10 months ago

In an interview with CNN the federal drug Czar was asked his opinion on legalizing medical Marijuana, his response was this. "A bunch of people in ads on t.v. saying their mother smoked a joint and was cured, does not make Marijuana medicine." Here is the sad truth that this obviously under informed (Head of the War on Drugs) uncaring captain of society does not understand. Medical Marijuana is used in conjunction with modern medicine to relieve the SYMPTOMS associated with pain and nausia in Chemotherapy, anorexia and a laundry list of other afflictions. NO ONE EVER said it was a CURE for anything. Cocaine is legal what does that cure? Morphine is legal what does that cure? Valium is legal what does that cure? These drugs are used in conjunction with other modern medicine to aleviate SYMPTOMS from affliction. How can the main man on the war on drugs be so far out of the loop of common sense and compassion for are own U.S. citizens who are chroninically and or terminally ill? Also a government study came out this spring that said (within the margin for error) that responsible adults who first started smoking Marijuana after age 18 had absolutley no more emotional or psychiatric problems than a person who never used. This means the B.S. propaganda about how you'll fry your brain on Pot is a lie! The governments own study says so.

papa_smurf 9 years, 10 months ago

Kansas law makes a person who has driven a semi-tractor trailer the wrong way down the interstate, causing a wreck, injuries and a death. VEHICULAR HOMOCIDE is a MISDEMEANOR and not punishable by prison time. Now if your caught in YOUR OWN HOME with $60.00 worth of Marijuana (medical or not) its a FELONY, punishable by prison time, fines, taxes, fine for failing to have a tax stamp, public humiliation in the papers, risk job loss, lose your right to vote or own a firearm (even though it had NOTHING to do with guns) risk SRS intervention, mandatory drug testing, mandatory treatment, (for a non-physically addicting soft drug) labled a druggie and scrutinized by police, taken off the role as contributing tax payer and costing $50,000. to the taxpayers to keep you in prison for one year. Is society or your children any safer by this insane policy? If you kill someone out of negligence, stupidity or happenstance you will not even get a FELONY, but simple possession of one ounce of pot, a soft drug that has been used for a thousand years in most cultures around the world and has NEVER killed a single human being in history from overdose is a FELONY with prison time. Please help stop the madness by voting for candidates with 21st century ideas and sensible drug policies and laws that will make America safer without trampling states rights and the right to privacy for all Americans, including the chronic and terminally ill.

papa_smurf 9 years, 10 months ago

Why not let AMERICAN farmers raise Marijuana, let AMERICAN business's sell it, let the AMERICAN government regulate and tax it and take the foreigners and criminals out of the equation? The Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis and Firearms department of the federal government could oversee the program. This would stop billions of U.S. Dollars from leaving the country illegally and cut off funding to the rebels and terrorists. The money that leaves our country for drugs is not included in the federal trade defecit numbers. If this number were added, the taxpayers would demand satisfaction and a stop to this unrealistic and unattainable goal of keeping Cannabis prohibited. The tax money raised could be used to offer FREE treatment to any AMERICAN with a drug, alcohol, emotional, gambling etc. problems at NO COST TO THE AVERAGE TAX PAYER who did not use Cannabis. With the 20,000,000 regular American users and the (up to) 85,000,000 Americans who have tried Cannabis at least once in their life no longer criminals, they could help be the eyes and ears who would help law enforcement stop HARD drugs like Heroin, Cocaine and Methamphetimines that ACTUALLY KILL PEOPLE! Hard drugs kill people and are unacceptable to most Marijuana users, they want these killer drugs off the streets as bad as the Police, but its tough to help law enforcement fight hard drugs when they can and would imprison you for simple possession of a soft drug similar to alcohol, Caffiene, Nicotine, Asperin and such. Let a DETENTE exist between law enforcement and responsible adults who may use Cannabis. 20 million more people helping stop hard drugs from ruining lives would be a step in the right direction in ending hard drug use. It has to be give and take from everyone to actually make a safe and sane policy that stops funding crimnals and terrorists and helps solve (by giving free treatment to the needy) countless problems at the same time. NO ONE WANTS TO FUND THE TERRORIST, accidently or on purpose. By ending prohibition a huge chunk of their illegal revenue would be cut off and Billions of dollars would stimulate our own economy rather than subsidizing Mexican farmers and South American gangs.

papa_smurf 9 years, 10 months ago

Medical Marijuana is a NO BRAINER, of course legalization is the only logical solution, but people say "How could we distribute it if it were legal to all". Heres how a sensible system would work. Cannabis taxed labled and with a fixed tax stamp seal( like on a pack of Cigarettes or a bottle of liquor) would be affixed. It would be sold in retail liquor stores and at smoker friendly coffee shops and bars. In your car the stamp would have to be unbroken ( like liquor bottles) if the stamp was broken it would be carried in the trunk or other space not reachable by the driver. These liquor stores and other establishments already card for minors and are subject to certain rules and regulations set up by government. Most of the rules and regulations for alcohol could be used as restrictions on Marijuana use. The American farmer under a special commercial permit would sell to wholesalers (same as tobacco) who would package, stamp and distribute to retail establishments. The law on "Homegrown would be followed exactly as the law for homemade wine. You can legally make 200 gallons of homemade wine per year per household without paying any tax. The rules are that you use it yourself or give it away, but not sell it as that would be illegal (BOOTLEGGING) and a punishable crime. The same would apply to Cannabis where you could grow a certain number of plants or pounds, indoors or out on your own proprty. If you used it yourself or gave it away, no problem. If you sold it, it would be illegal (BOOTLEGGING) and a punishable crime. No one under 18 or 21 whichever was decided would be allowed to purchase it, and if someone did sell it to a minor they would be punished just like selling Alcohol to a minor now. This would be a safe and effective way of distributing legally grown American Cannabis to Americans, sick or who choose not to use alcohol for whatever reason. Cannabis is the only safe and sane alternative to Alcohol and thats pretty much agreed on by all informed Americans. Legalize,tax and give FREE treatment to anyone who needs it for anything. This would also lower the cost of health care for the average American who did not use by exonerating the insurers from paying out for drug and Alcohol treatment plans that would be a right of every American at the expense of the Cannabis user and taxpayer. Its the 21 Century and we must stop chasing our tail over this issue. Stop wasting funds locking up Chemotherapy patients and use that money to arrest, convict and incarserate BIN LADEN!

papa_smurf 9 years, 10 months ago

I did not see the terms of use agreement at sign up? Was it on the sign up page? I wish to retract any and all statements I have made on this forum and apoligize if anyone was offended. I'm asking for the removal of this information by the staff and want to make it clear I do not use Cannabis or in any way promote its use by others, it is illegal.

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