Comments on: The sober way to legalize marijuana http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/08/16/the-sober-way-to-legalize-marijuana/ Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:10:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: 2Borknot2B http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/08/16/the-sober-way-to-legalize-marijuana/#comment-699 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:39:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=356#comment-699 Do not regulate any of these mood/mind altering natural plant based substances. (Caffeine, sugar and chocolate are also mood altering.) Only regulate bad behaviors as a consequence, those that could signal inappropriate use. Years ago I remember seeing statics that posed 80% of all violent crimes were committed while that person (almost always male) was intoxicated on Alcohol. But, that was before the crack epidemic. The crack epidemic started because of the cocaine crack down. So, how is that for un-intended consequences? The GOV needs to stop regulating private choices and instead intervene if and when help is needed. Then provide actual help and not incarceration. Legalizing those plants will put pharma corps largely out of business and save millions and millions of lives. Simple, Harm Reduction Model.

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By: AbuShy http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/08/16/the-sober-way-to-legalize-marijuana/#comment-641 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:52:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=356#comment-641 Pot makes you paranoid and arrogant. And hungry. It ruins your lungs faster than tobacco…

A word to the wise should suffice. Not much evidence of that rare commodity these days and certainly none in the article or the comments…(;~))

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By: Jose3 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/08/16/the-sober-way-to-legalize-marijuana/#comment-634 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:10:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=356#comment-634 It can be argued that marijuana is already legal at the federal level under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993

1. Demand an immediate trial.
2. Object to every delay, even if the lawyer gets in a car wreck or the defendant gets beat up in prison. Have a lawyer on standby ready to go.
3. Plea bargain only to an infraction.
4. Under no circumstances accept any form of probation.
5. File lawsuit for “abuse of process” and “malicious prosecution” in the amount of $10,000 for each day the prosecution incarcerates the defendant.
6. Seek judicial relief under section 3(c) of RFRA.
7. Seek attorney fees under section 4(a) of RFRA.
8. Request a jury trial under section 3(c) of RFRA which refers to Article III of the US Constitution.
9. Put section 2(a)(1-5) on an overhead viewer for the jury to see while convincing one or more jurors to steadfastly stand up to an overbearing government that has gone too far.

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By: Jose3 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/08/16/the-sober-way-to-legalize-marijuana/#comment-633 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:19:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=356#comment-633 The sober way to legalize marijuana is to stop drinking poisonous alcohol.

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By: KTN http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/08/16/the-sober-way-to-legalize-marijuana/#comment-631 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:34:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=356#comment-631 As fewer people choose not to smoke cigarettes, the big tobacco companies are going to be looking at legalization with dollar signs in their eyes. They already have all aspects of the industry in place: distribution, farmers, sales reps, and on and on. They will drive how the laws are written, they have the motivation and the deep pockets to ensure they don’t lose out on this potential market.

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By: jbeech http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/08/16/the-sober-way-to-legalize-marijuana/#comment-630 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:00:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=356#comment-630 I’ve managed my life without marijuana quite well for 55 years. However, I find myself tending to agree with the Libertarian viewpoint as time goes by. In fact, it’s affecting my view of politics too (and my adult record too of voting the straight Republican ticket). I became a RINO (Republican in name only) in 2012 as I voted a split ticket and come 2014, will probably do it again because I am tired of those on the far right trying to imposes their values on others (much like those in the middle east, come to think of it). This, because, as I grow older I find myself growing more tolerant of those who want to live their own lives . . . and who aren’t bothering me. Thus, my only contribution to this article, which generally seems rather timid in its approach, is to instead suggest; don’t regulate this at all – just get out of the way and leave people alone.

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By: diluded0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/08/16/the-sober-way-to-legalize-marijuana/#comment-629 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:54:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=356#comment-629 I share the author’s worry about big corporations taking over something that should be run like a farmer’s market or ag co-op. In my lifetime I’ve seen the start of television advertising for pharmaceuticals, hard liquor, and cigarette sponsored sports. As soon as the big money in America smells an easy buck, they will pay their Republican politicians to legalize, and I would expect a substantial marketing effort will follow. I think that a trickle of money is starting to flow now. Legalization cuts into private prisons, contracts for building government prisons, the rehab industry when pot becomes less stigmatized, lawyers who are heavy Democratic donors, drug testing clinics, and people who supply helicopters and tactical gear to law enforcement. The people locked up exclusively for simple possession or small scale dealing is a pretty small percentage all offenders. Still, it will take a tip in the scales from what these different groups can donate to what big pharma or tobacco can donate, and at that point we might see the will of the people become legislation.

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By: agsocrates http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/08/16/the-sober-way-to-legalize-marijuana/#comment-628 Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:55:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=356#comment-628 We could also use the legalization of alcohol (for those prohibitionists who don’t remember the socially acceptable beverage was banned for over a decade with disastrous consequences) as a model where consumption actually dropped after legalization. That may be smarter then the pseudo legalization proposed in the current article. Not to mention it avoids the dubious proposition of the government having to monitor how many plants I grow in my own private home, or how much I purchase.

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By: Jose3 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/08/16/the-sober-way-to-legalize-marijuana/#comment-627 Sun, 18 Aug 2013 13:13:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=356#comment-627 The sober way to legalize marijuana is to not be drunk on alcohol.

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By: Jose3 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/08/16/the-sober-way-to-legalize-marijuana/#comment-626 Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:45:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=356#comment-626 If marijuana is not legal by the year 2020, it will never be legal. 2020 is the year that the US said they would release Germany’s gold back to Germany from US vaults. Since we know that the gold doesn’t exist, that will be the year we go to martial law and marijuana legalization will never happen.

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