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Should marijuana be legalized?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
71% 1500
No
 
17% 365
Yes, but only for medical purposes
 
9% 204
Not sure
 
1% 41
Total 2110

Comments

bruno2 3 years, 11 months ago

The laws were passed in the 1920-30s under heavy lobbying by the alcohol and tobacco industries (surprise). They are upheld by the right wing that wants to legislate lifestyle choices. When booze was prohibited (by the same moralizers) the same criminal enterprises arose. It's long past time to end this modern prohibition.

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kernal 3 years, 11 months ago

The war on drugs was a dismal failure, DARE didn't work, the situation in Mexico, Columbia and some smaller Central American countries is because of Americans penchant for drugs. After years of being against legalization, I've changed my stance. I say legalize it; reduce the crime and the immigration problem, quit supporting the drug cartels and let chemo patients have it. I know someone is going to say they can take pills or suppositories, but if you're vomiting or have cancer in an area where you can't go the suppository route, pot is the best course.

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Stuart Evans 3 years, 12 months ago

Tell me Notajayhawk.. What would you change about the current war on drugs as is being waged by the United States Government. really think it through. I would like a comprehensive idea of what is being done right, or what you could do better. please.

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windchimes 3 years, 12 months ago

YES we are gonna need lots of it with VALUE ADDED TAX

Value added tax (VAT) is similar to a sales tax. Maurice Lauré, Joint Director of the French Tax Authority, the Direction générale des impôts, was first to introduce VAT on April 10, 1954, although German industrialist Dr. Wilhelm von Siemens proposed the concept in 1918. Initially directed at large businesses, it was extended over time to include all business sectors. In France, it is the most important source of state finance, accounting for nearly 50% of state revenues.[1] Personal end-consumers of products and services cannot recover VAT on purchases, but businesses are able to recover VAT (input tax) on the products and services that they buy in order to produce further goods or services that will be sold to yet another business in the supply chain or directly to a final consumer. In this way, the total tax levied at each stage in the economic chain of supply is a constant fraction of the value added by a business to its products, and most of the cost of collecting the tax is borne by business, rather than by the state. VAT was invented because very high sales taxes and tariffs encourage cheating and smuggling. Critics point out that it disproportionately raises taxes on middle- and low-income homes.

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Prairielander 3 years, 12 months ago

In 1975, when it seemed like everyone I knew was smoking pot, I figured it was only a matter of time before the pot smokers would age into voters and it would be legalized. But here we are 35 years later. I guess many of my peers must have a higher tolerance for hypocrisy than I do.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

If alcohol, cigs and Rx's painkillers/psychotropics are legal, substances which are addictive and can be deadly, why is pot illegal? Has anyone here known of someone who overdosed or died from smoking pot (barring lung cancer). The last time I smoked too much pot at a much younger age, I got a little paranoid for a spell, then got a dry mouth, giggled alot for awhile, got real instrospective for awhile, tried to analyze the drum and base licks on a YES album, cleaned out my parents refrigerator and then slept for 10 hours. What's so bad about that?

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thuja 4 years ago

Pot isn't hallucinogenic, bliddel.

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3crookedhearts 4 years ago

After 40 years of nonsense, I think we're getting to a point of tolerance in the US where this actually might occur. It's wonderful. And it seems to be the only issue that Liberals and Tea Party members agree upon.

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tbaker 4 years ago

Legislsative action isn't realistic at this point. What needs to be done now is the DEA changing Marijuana from a schedule 1 drug, to a schedule 3 drug. That would de-criminalize it, i.e. you wouldn't spend time in prison for it, which would save cash-strapped States, courts, and prison systems billions the first year. Taking this step would also drive down the street value becuase people would simply grow their own. This would deprive the drug cartels - currently threatening our souther border - of a substantial portion of their income. The US culture isn't ready to add a third "legal" drug to society quite yet; we have enough trouble with alcohol and tobacco already. Talk of taxing pot and selling it at the corner store is premature. That said, polling favors legalization more every year.

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Hydra 4 years ago

One of my co-workeres took a informal poll at work I was the only one out of 15 that didn't smoke pot, And I grew up in the 60's!?

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notajayhawk 4 years ago

AreUNorml (anonymous) says…

"It's really great to see such a majority in favor of this effort."

Maybe in Lawrence.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100420/ap_on_re_us/us_ap_poll_legalizing_marijuana

"In the poll, only 33 percent favor legalization while 55 percent oppose it."

Proving once again how irrelevant the opinion of Larryvillers really is to the rest of America.

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blue73harley 4 years ago

Cheech: "We should have a dope-a-thon. You know try to raise money for like all the people that lost their crops."

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bliddel 4 years ago

As I understand it, since the very early years of the previous century, the percentage of the population abusing Marijuana has remained unchanged, despite the original laws banning use, the Anti-Drug policy of 1968, and all of the subsequent US military intervention in central American countries. Billions of tax dollars have been wasted and thousands of lives have been lost fighting a losing war on Marijuana.

Is Marijuana use interstate commerce? I think not, except where the Feds have forced it to be. So, the federal war, no matter how well intentioned, is pretty obviously unconstitutional.

Would I use the product? Never. I hate the smell, and I deplore use of hallucinogenics. That's not the point. However, it would be nice to have alternatives to cotton in our textiles and natural fiber ropes (industrial hemp).

The only concern I still have about legalization is what effect it might have on the percentage of drivers driving vehicles on our public roadways, while under the influence of this hallucinogenic substance. Education would help, but innocent citizens might also die.

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windchimes 4 years ago

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Voltaire

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HomeSlice 4 years ago

Why is this reduced to an either/or choice - which would you rather, pot or alcohol? How about neither? How about that option? Not realistic? Certainly not when you introduce one more drug to tempt kids. They are already irresponsible enough, just add more poor judgment to the mix while your're at it. Dumb.

Alcohol abuse won't go down. Pot use will surely go up, big time. There are an untold number of kids who would try it if it were not illegal. Class it the same as cigs and you will have new users in droves. Making the drug WIDELY available, as cigs are, will increase use - regulation will have the complete opposite effect.

How one can argue that regulation will decrease abuse by kids? Do you have kids? Do you love them? Do you give a rip about them or would you rather burn a joint and lose what conscience you might have? Way to go, Pops.

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Crossfire 4 years ago

It should be like home brew... Grow yer own buds... Share it with yer buds...

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catfishturkeyhunter 4 years ago

It should be decriminalized like it already is in other parts of the world. There is no reason someone should have pounds of it. But anything under an ounce should be legal.

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Cait McKnelly 4 years ago

Alcohol is a causative and/or contributing factor to a tremendous number of cases of spousal and child abuse. Other than possibly arguing over the cost of it, marijuana, alone and without the added influence of alcohol, makes almost no contribution to abuse. I defy anybody to become abusive on pot. Dude, you can barely get off the couch and stop giggling long enough to seriously hit somebody.

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tange 4 years ago

... besides, who needs an "executive function," anyway?

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Deja Coffin 4 years ago

But then what would the honk for hemp guy do....... oh yeah, never mind. Well if they legalize it I better make sure to invest in some stock in Frosted Flakes and Cheetos..... maybe Spaghetti O's

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notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol 4 years ago

woooooooo the deadbeat loser druggies are out in force today!!!!!!!!!

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notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol 4 years ago

woooooooo the deadbeat loser druggies are out in force today!!!!!!!!!

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Stuart Evans 4 years ago

40 years since Nixon ignored the Schaffer Report that he commissioned. 1 Trillion dollars. 20 Million Americans arrested. Marijuana is stronger and more available than ever before in this country.
But on the upside, we have a huge bureaucracy that wastes billions in tax payer dollars every single year. This doesn't account for the lost economic value or social value that comes with arresting over 800,000 people last year alone. land of the free? whatever.

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OwlHead 4 years ago

Home SLice. I guarantee you there is easier access to Marijuana, Cocaine , X, and LSD in our middle schools and high schools than anywhere else. I was in a very nice high school just about a decade ago and drugs were rampant and easily accessible, I am sure that has not changed.

What's this new stuff?? Cheez? Flavored Heroin....sounds great, maybe we should put that on popsicle sticks so kids can ingest easier!!

Legalizing Hemp would make our cloths, meat, paper and probably almost all consumer products go down in price. You can build houses with it..Sounds like a no brainer. The paper and cotton industry were major players in outlawing Hemp.

I would love to see a debate on why/why not hemp should be legalized. I don't think there would be much of an argument.

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somedude20 4 years ago

I just saw that Kal Penn ( the dude who played the stoner Kumar) got mugged on 4/20. He quit acting to go work in D.C. a year ago or so it seems like he may not be famous enough to get arrested but he still famous enough to still get robbed

O'Doyle rules

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marcez0z 4 years ago

4:20 its time to be kind!!!!!!!!!

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deathpenaltyliberal 4 years ago

"BillOfRights (anonymous) says… Yes prohibition does not work, not on alcohol, not on guns, and not on drugs. "

True.

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deathpenaltyliberal 4 years ago

"HomeSlice (anonymous) says… Legalize it and how will you keep it out of the hands of kids? So much more of a draw (pun intended) than cigs. Probably will be more sought after than alcohol. A whole new generation of pot smokers. Pot smoking will go up, way up. Is that the desired end result?"

Lot's of speculation here. You keep it out of kids hands by talking about it in an honest manner. And I'm sorry, I must've missed the parenting class where they teach you how to make your children obey your every word and make perfect choices every day.

Besides, there have been FORTY PLUS years of negative ads and prosecution, and more people smoke than ever. Why should I pay for the nanny state to prosecute adults? Do you want your taxes paying for some guy to sit in jail, instead of working? I don't.

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Agnostick 4 years ago

Two words: Electronic joint.

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BillOfRights 4 years ago

Yes prohibition does not work, not on alcohol, not on guns, and not on drugs.

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Alexander Neighbors 4 years ago

There is already a bill that is being voted on soon in the Kansas legislature

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Alexander Neighbors 4 years ago

Then the kansas Taliban would not be able to do the mean stuff they do to people

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HomeSlice 4 years ago

Legalize it and how will you keep it out of the hands of kids? So much more of a draw (pun intended) than cigs. Probably will be more sought after than alcohol. A whole new generation of pot smokers. Pot smoking will go up, way up. Is that the desired end result?

Yes, some kids get it today. But just wait until it is legal for the 18+ crowd. NO WAY you will keep away from underage users. Alcohol abuse will most likely not decline, so now you have two problems.

You want your kids using this stuff? Legalize it and they will. Watch the impact on families, school dropout rates, etc. You can't say it won't have a negative impact, only question is, how much.

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verity 4 years ago

marijuana = silly

alcohol = silly and/or violent and stupid

I'll take silly any day. Just give them some munchies and tell them to sit in a corner---just remember to tell them when they can leave the corner or they might be there until next Christmas.

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Jcjayhawk1 4 years ago

Alcohol kills 250K people a year. Lets propose prohibition of alcohol and watch the politicians squirm.

Gateway drug? Not true. Cigarettes and Alcohol are the true gateway drugs....oh forgot about prescribed drugs as well.

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werekoala 4 years ago

Yeah just had a conversation with my middle-schooler about this recently. Told him that it's illegal, and unsafe to operate heavy machinery on, and can be demotivational in general, especially for teenagers.

But all in all, I'd rather have him sitting around watching movies and smoking pot with his friends than going to underage drinking parties and driving or being driven by a drunk.

I certainly don't think there is any evidence that it's any worse for consenting adults to consume than alcohol, and any "small-government" conservative worth his Tea Bags would have to conceed that a relatively innocuous weed is the focus of so much law enforcement and financial resources is classic Big Government paternalism and should be ended. I'm tired of hearing about child molesters and other actual criminals being let out early because our jails are crowded with mandatory-minimum nonviolent drug offenders.

/That said, I'll still come down on my boy like a sack of bricks if I catch him at it... someone's got to teach him about the 11th Commandment!

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scopi_guy 4 years ago

If you haven't seen this before, it's pretty funny. Sorry, couldn't find part 1.

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windchimes 4 years ago

Legalize pot.

now that's a national health care plan i can live with!

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Pywacket 4 years ago

~~sigh~~ wish we could correct typos on our posts. Wonder how hard it would be to offer that service... (naughty apostrophe insinuated itself into "its" in 3rd paragraph, above)

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Ricky_Vaughn 4 years ago

I think a lot of people would actually stop smoking if it were legal...why smoke and hurt your lungs when you could pick up some delicious cookies...mmm

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Pywacket 4 years ago

Yes, and purely for practical reasons. I never smoked--not because I had anything against pot, but because I have serious issues with smoking--of anything. As a teen, I would pass the joint or the roach clip from one person to the next w/o hitting on it myself. Nobody pressured me, nobody distrusted me. It was just my little quirk. So I don't have a dog in this race--I am not longing (as many my age are) for legalization so that I can enjoy a blast from the past without fear of being arrested.

I simply think a boatload of resources are being wasted on a drug that seems much less harmful than a legal one--alcohol. With all the money and time they waste arresting, processing, jailing, and prosecuting pot smokers/dealers, they could make a serious dent in some truly horrific areas such as meth and crack--drugs that ruin lives and directly lead to crime.

Also, if legalized, pot could be taxed and regulated, bringing a much-needed source of revenue to the economy. It just makes sense.

What's going on~~ I wonder how young you are. My guess is, you missed the 60s & 70s, or you would know that your hypothesis was faulty. Despite its illegal stature, pot was as common as Coke, Pepsi, and 7-Up, and I can assure you that the people I knew who used it enjoyed it for its effects, not because of any "rebellious nature" of it's being illegal. Had it been legalized back then, probably even more people would've used it.

The kind of person who moved on to heroin or other addictive or damaging substances was going to do that anyway--I think the problem is that some people have addiction issues (if it's not heroin, it's Amway, guns, Jesus, alcohol, tobacco, Nascar, and/or something else they can glom onto). Most pot smokers were not out to start a revolution. They were just having fun. If your theory were correct, we all would've grown bored with alcohol once we had attained the age of majority. Instead, casual drinkers (by and large) remained casual drinkers....addictive personalities, some of them, became alcoholics.

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Richard Payton 4 years ago

Would legalization cause more munchies? Would this make Lawrence's streets safer? Could we place a THC tax on the joints? Would more people go on welfare? Is California's budget better because of legalization of marijuana? Would Doctors write scripts to everyone if legal just to make more money? Just a few questions I have that I wonder about.

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acg 4 years ago

Of course it should be legalized. First of all the industrial uses of the hemp plant are vast. Hemp grows relatively quickly and can almost do away with our need to deforest so much of our world. The medicinal uses of pot are many. The recreational uses of pot are also many. The taxes this country could make off of this product could go a long way to helping us solve a lot of problems. And when it comes down to it, why can't we smoke this plant that comes from the dirt (pot), but we can smoke this other plant that comes from the dirt (ciggies) after the tobacco companies put an addition 3000 or more chemicals into the product that causes it to be caustic and poisonous to the human body? It's so hypocritical!! And as for it losing it's rebelious nature, as what'sgoingon referred to, I believe in a generation that is exactly what would happen. The teens in Amsterdam largely don't smoke marijuana, because it's a part of life and not taboo. Mother's Rule says a teenager will usually try to do what the establishment tells them they cannot do.

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windchimes 4 years ago

we are stardust we are golden and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden

joni mitchell, woodstock

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whats_going_on 4 years ago

I wonder if, by legalizing it, it wouldn't become as unique and "cool" to do. Potheads don't care if it's illegal, but I bet if weren't, it would lose it's rebellious nature and they'd either stop or move on to other drugs. Not all, of course, but I feel like a lot of people (especially kids/students) do it because it's taboo.

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asbury 4 years ago

Yes. It should be legalized. And no, I do not now, nor have I ever been a user.

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macon47 4 years ago

sure , just tax the life out of it like booze and smokes, then it will still be sold underground dopers dont want to pay taxes

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The_Original_Bob 4 years ago

"Marijuana is just as bad as alcohol."

Link?

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gsxr600 4 years ago

I dun kno bout dat reefer madness. If it becomes the legal, aint everyone gon dun go killins people? Marijewana makes evri 1 go mad like teh rabies.

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jayhawklawrence 4 years ago

I would like to see a study done to determine what effect legalization of marijuana would have on the drug cartels. I would like to know if we are in the same situation as we had during prohibition in which there was no choice but to legalize alcohol in order to stop organized crime.

This is the ONLY reason I would consider legalizing marijuana except for medical use.

Marijuana is just as bad as alcohol. It is not going to make our society or your life better.

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Ricky_Vaughn 4 years ago

They should legalize KFC too...

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autie 4 years ago

danged ole potheads.

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ivalueamerica 4 years ago

It is the exact same result of Prohabition.

It does not stop production and distribution, it just puts it in the hands of crime and takes out of the tax coffers.

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somedude20 4 years ago

if it were not for pot, places like Taco Bell, Spangles and Pizza Hut would not be around as one must be high to eat that garbage

happy 420 day!

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edjayhawk 4 years ago

Wonder if it has anything to do with the alcohol industry. Maybe they are worried about the competition.

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Eybea Opiner 4 years ago

Agree with Liberty275. Furthermore, everyone in jail for drug posession violations should be paroled immediately.

For the record: I have never used an illegal drug; not one single "hit."

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Shane Garrett 4 years ago

Take foreign drug runners and cartel out of business. Keep U.S. tax payers from paying $$$ for a war on drugs that is not working. Legal pot would generate revenue. Yeah, we might have a few more potheads. But, not every pothead is unproductive.

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Liberty275 4 years ago

All drugs should be legalized. Further, anything you want to do with your body that doesn't violate the rights of others should be legalized.

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75x55 4 years ago

Ok, legalize it, then rock-n-roll with the taxation. Potheads will be screaming nuts before you can say 'tax stamp' - sure will change the demographics of the 'tea party' gatherings....

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cowboy 4 years ago

If tomatoes were illegal would there be tomato cartels ? I don't smoke it but see little reason for it to be illegal. If you truly believe it should be illegal you should also support the total prohibition of alcohol. Legalize it , tax any commercially sold product , let home growers grow thier own , release any one in jail on marijauna offenses , purge any marijauna convictions from criminal records.

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consumer1 4 years ago

Sure legalize it then the big tobacco companies can monopolize the sale of it. Big government will control the amount of THC in each joint. It will still be outlawed to grow and consume personally, because big business and gov't would be losing money. Add to all of this, the health care cost from long term use. Legalize it and it will become just like alcohol and cigarettes. Just another burdon drug that imprison's our society. As it is now, you can score, smoke a little cop a buzz. Legalize it and it will do far more harm than good.

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sourpuss 4 years ago

Sell it in corner stores, tax it like cigs, make it illegal to drive or operate heavy machinery while high. Mostly it comes from me not caring what someone does. Why are the same people who hate the government building roads and maintaining a military for them the first to let the government tell them what they can do with their bodies?

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Stuart Evans 4 years ago

It's really great to see such a majority in favor of this effort. The laws surrounding cannabis are seated in racism and corporate greed. It's time that the government gives up this charade; this war on Americans. We tax payers are spending billions each year on a broken system where the only people who are better off are the drug cartel kingpins. Why is the government hellbent on continuing this farce?

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kantubek 4 years ago

Yes.

Stop this endless drug war, and utilize the economic benefits of hemp, and marijuana alike.

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