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Politics Should we legalize cannabis?

Should cannabis be legalized?

  • No

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • For medical use only

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Yes, but only decriminalized

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Yes

    Votes: 3 100.0%

  • Total voters
    3

Frigg!

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So with stories like this today, what do you think about making cannabis legal?

Do any of you live in places where it is, and how is it working out?

Do you think legalizing cannabis could help with the opiod epidemic? Or anything else?

Marijuana firm gains unlikely ally: Former Speaker John Boehner
Former House Speaker John Boehner says his stance on a popular substance has shifted — and it's not merlot.

The former Republican congressional leader — and famed wine-drinker — announced Wednesday he is joining the board of Acreage Holdings, a firm that cultivates, processes and dispenses marijuana in 11 U.S. states.

The move marks a significant shift for the former lawmaker, who told Bloomberg 2011 that he was “unalterably opposed” to marijuana legalization but now says his views on the drug have “evolved.”

“I’m joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved,” Boehner tweeted. “I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.”
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/11/john-boehner-marijuana-acreage-holdings-514599
 
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#2
I've thought marijuana should be legal for a long, long time. I don't use it and recommend not using unless you need it medically, but it is extremely clear to anyone who cares to examine the facts, that the War on Drugs has caused and continues to cause far more harm than good.

Just because something has bad effects, doesn't mean making it illegal is a good idea.
 

ToyBoxOrphan

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#3
I definitely think it should be legal and I'm not a user either. I've smoked it a few times (5-ish?) and I would likely smoke it a few more in my life if it was legal, but it's not my thing. I fail to see how it's any different from alcohol though. Some will use it occasionally and function normally in society and some will be a useless waste of space. That is already true of alcohol right now, so what does it matter if some people will overindulge in marijuana?

I also don't think becoming more open-minded makes Boehner an asshole. He might be an asshole anyway, but he's allowed to change his mind even on issues he never thought he'd be open to.

I will likely be moving to Colorado in a year. I would definitely try it once in a legal setting because that seems like it would be an interesting experience.
 
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I also don't think becoming more open-minded makes Boehner an asshole. He might be an asshole anyway, but he's allowed to change his mind even on issues he never thought he'd be open to.
I agree with this but I also think the reason for this "change of heart" is that he realizes there is lots of money to be made.

According to the wife she prefers weed to alcohol because there's no hangover if you overdo it. I don't partake because it's impossible for me to get high unless I do edibles and that shit is expensive but I definitely think it should be legal.
 

ToyBoxOrphan

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I also don't think becoming more open-minded makes Boehner an asshole. He might be an asshole anyway, but he's allowed to change his mind even on issues he never thought he'd be open to.
I agree with this but I also think the reason for this "change of heart" is that he realizes there is lots of money to be made.

According to the wife she prefers weed to alcohol because there's no hangover if you overdo it. I don't partake because it's impossible for me to get high unless I do edibles and that shit is expensive but I definitely think it should be legal.
Oh money probably has almost everything to do with it. I just don't think it matters.

I never get a hangover, but I just don't drink large quantities. I'm a sleepy drunk and that's just boring, so I only have one or two drinks.
 
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Oh money probably has almost everything to do with it. I just don't think it matters.
I do. A lot of Republicans seem to against things until they can money off it.

Some rich white guy who used to be in Congress gets to make bank while people of color are sitting in jail for getting caught with a few grams. Sorry but that's horseshit.
 

ToyBoxOrphan

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Oh money probably has almost everything to do with it. I just don't think it matters.
I do. A lot of Republicans seem to against things until they can money off it.

Some rich white guy who used to be in Congress gets to make bank while people of color are sitting in jail for getting caught with a few grams. Sorry but that's horseshit.
I don't disagree that it's horseshit. I'm saying it's better for people to have a change of position for the wrong reasons for them to not have a change of position at all.
 
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#9
CNN did a pretty good 3 part series on legalizing marijuana that I really liked. Its potential uses are legion, from helping people with debilitating seizure disorders live more "normal" lives, to aiding in the relief of symptoms from PTSD and anxiety (not generalized). The series covered how the criminalized status inhibits our ability to research potential uses.

I'm for legalization of marijuana all the way through recreational uses.
 
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