Comments on: It is time to reclassify marijuana http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/31/it-is-time-to-reclassify-marijuana/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: StevenMitchell1 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/31/it-is-time-to-reclassify-marijuana/#comment-70979 Sat, 23 Feb 2013 16:33:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17505#comment-70979 Ironically, another Reuters headline in “Disbarred Florida lawyer caught after 26 years on run in drug case” was just hunted down and seized by U.S. Federal agents in Mexico for having fled from a 27 year sentence for “marijuana smuggling”. Well at least he didn’t defraud investors out of an estimated $1.5 billion worth such as the former CEO of Refco, who only got a 16 year sentence and bankrupted one of the largest commodities companies in the World. The judge even gave the Refco CEO time at home for a couple of months before starting his sentence. That was so considerate of her. But this poor lawyer who smuggled marijuana probably isn’t going to a Federal 4-star prison either.

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By: magzab http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/31/it-is-time-to-reclassify-marijuana/#comment-70554 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:57:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17505#comment-70554 Legalize pot and see this country a nicer, happier, and safer place to live. Less people will abuse there kids, less shootings, less medical bills, and less road rage. That’s just to name a few. Not to mention the tax revenue to pay down the deficit. This is the elephant in the room.

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By: CaptnCrunch http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/31/it-is-time-to-reclassify-marijuana/#comment-70536 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:04:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17505#comment-70536 Good job shining light on a dark corner Walker. A primary problem with legalization at this point is all the privately contracted probation and prison services. There is money involved and the current receivers are going to be loathe to give it up.

We’ve wasted trillions of dollars and thousands of man lives losing the war on drugs. God I hope we wake up soon!

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By: mccallumjohn21 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/31/it-is-time-to-reclassify-marijuana/#comment-70531 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 09:12:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17505#comment-70531 The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Locking up more of it’s citizens than China locks up of there citizens. The US is the exact opposite of the b.s. land of the free that is taught in schools. The founding fathers would have never believed in drug laws or in agencies like the DEA or DHS. The US is a police state. There are endless violations of the 4th amendment made by law enforcement everyday throughout the US. It is past time to end drug laws. In 2010, the govt. spent 15 plus billion on the drug war. Even if there were an increase of welfare recipients from erasing drug laws, it would still be far cheaper than spending the insane amount of money on prisoners and drug law enforcers.

Even if there were an increase of auto accident deaths, it would still be far less deaths than those who die in gangland shootouts and those who rob and kill to get money to buy drugs. It makes me sick to hear blind patriots that claim the US is the freest nation on earth but believe in imprisoning a fellow American over recreational drugs. The puritan mindset in the US today would find major disagreement with the founding fathers over drug laws. Thomas Jefferson cultivated poppy plants for opium, as did many others in the colonies. No govt. should have the right to imprison a citizen over what they consume. The govt. does not care about your health, that’s a ruse, just a cover for them, they make money by using prison labor to manufacture products dirt cheap with the profits going to a select few wealthy elitists.The majority of Americans have no idea that they were snowed into accepting a new form of slavery called the drug war. Do some research, you will never be taught the truth about real history in school or college.

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By: byrond2 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/31/it-is-time-to-reclassify-marijuana/#comment-70522 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:25:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17505#comment-70522 @spca, it seems that first, you have a problem with motor vehicle safety. Cars have been used by people for about 100 years, while marijuana has been used by people for about 10,000 year. Since marijuana has never directly caused deaths due to its low toxicity, and cars cause thousands of deaths every year, it is clear that cars are much worse. Second, I have not seen any scientific evidence that demonstrates that marijuana makes people more violent. And it really isn’t very “mind altering”. It’s not much more “mind altering” than a triple shot of espresso, at least at reasonable doses. I do wonder about this excessive use of Xanax, however.

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By: SeeView http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/31/it-is-time-to-reclassify-marijuana/#comment-70520 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:42:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17505#comment-70520 “it is regarded as a possible habit-forming substance”.

So is lip balm.

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By: byrond2 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/31/it-is-time-to-reclassify-marijuana/#comment-70512 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:03:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17505#comment-70512 I meant ‘mescaline” not “mescalin” above. Besides that, I think it’s important to consider that the US government may be much more open to legalizing marijuana as a recreational substance versus categorizing it as a medicine. Like alcohol and tobacco, it is a natural substance. If you leave grape juice out in the open for a few days, yeast in the air will turn it into wine. Tobacco and marijuana are simply natural plants that can and will be used recreationally. I’d prefer to think of marijuana more like a safer version of alcohol that’s about as dangerous as caffeine. Coffee, too, is of course a natural plant that is used as a recreational, mind-altering drug, and it’s really amazingly popular.

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By: byrond2 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/31/it-is-time-to-reclassify-marijuana/#comment-70510 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:31:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17505#comment-70510 Here’s the subtle problem. Marijuana is a whole botanical, unlike most of the “substances” on the list. Take mescalin, a schedule one substance. This individual substance is found in high concentrations in the San Pedro cactus. The San Pedro cactus is not on the list, and therefore it can be legally grown and sold for decorative purposes. A main issue is that marijuana contains about 70 cannabinoids in addition to THC. All cannabinoids, which are essentially unique to marijuana (also hemp), are schedule 1 substances. Therefore, marijuana must be removed entirely from the list, as all of the cannabinoids will not be researched for safety any time soon.

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By: MikeParent http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/31/it-is-time-to-reclassify-marijuana/#comment-70504 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:56:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17505#comment-70504 Marijuana Prohibition was conceived, born and nurtured from lies, greed and racism. Nothing has changed that fact. Of Course we should legalize it, save tens of billions and stop arresting millions, annually.

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By: whataTS http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/01/31/it-is-time-to-reclassify-marijuana/#comment-70503 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:14:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=17505#comment-70503 This was a very well-written article with great points. I have to agree completely. With your points combined with the fact that anyone with a clue has also deemed the War on Drugs a complete failure and a money sapping flop, one would think that the feds would, as you said, take a page from what Colorado and Washington have done – But, that would of course mean that our fine political hacks had an IQ greater than a potato, or CARED what the PEOPLE really wanted, or what is actually right. Don’t hold your breath, but keep your fingers crossed.

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