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Going to pot?

Legalizing marijuana not a high priority in Ohio

January 9, 2014

An Ohio legislator said this week that he will not continue the push for recreational marijuana legalization after a resolution to give Ohioans a vote in the matter was sidelined last year in the......

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Jan-09-14 6:33 AM

Calling "maryjane" a "gateway" drug is so old and so tired. Can't they produce some real reason not to legalize besides citing the same old tired falsehoods?

I'd bet a $50 dollar bill that most of these "gateway" smokers smoked cigarettes or drank alcoholic beverages before they smoked pot, so there's your "gate", in essence the pot is just a "link in the chain", not a "gateway".

I think I would rather be on the highway with someone smoking, than someone drinking, if I were forced to choose one or the other.

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Jan-09-14 6:46 AM

Right on Kombatboots. I was listening to the police scanner last night. There was a young person around here that od and died last night from pills. Every 20 mins in the US someone dies from pills. Legalize the cannabis no one has od and never will.

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Jan-09-14 6:49 AM

Ohio will follow thru after other states start raking in the bucks...the almighty dollar is the deciding factor.

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Jan-09-14 6:55 AM

Just wait for the reaction of the "do-gooders" (who want the drug made legal), when one of their own becomes hooked and uses all of the family's money to get high. Since it will be legal, nothing can be done about it.

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Jan-09-14 7:01 AM

I'm a trucker, I wish they'd require drug testing of ALL drivers. How many jobs these days require drug testing as a condition of employment, and after an on-job accident? Most of them! Is it the proponents of legalization that these employers spend all that money simply to penalize their employees? Or, because medical studies show use of the drug impairs the judgement of a user long after they "toked up?"

As the story stated, they expect illicit sales in Colorado in spite of their new law, because the legal sellers "product" is much more expensive than through the stores.

Great idea, let's legalize it, then we can have millions more unemployed people living at their parent's home into their 40's!

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Jan-09-14 7:35 AM

That guy in the picture has one humongous doobie he's working on! If he starts tokin' on that spud, just think of the munchies he'll be slammin' into! That's REAL economic stimulus!!

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Jan-09-14 7:39 AM

Just a quick question...Why would we want the govt to have MORE money to spend with increased taxes raised from mary-ju-wanna? Don't we all know we have too much govt intrusion in our lives? It's not like they're going to take the tax money raised from doobie-ju-ju and lower taxes somewhere else. They will just have more money to spend growing govt that intrudes on our lives more. I just don't like it.

See ya! Time to head on out to the hooka lounge....

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Jan-09-14 8:12 AM

Seems to me the purpose of having government regulated dispensaries is much the same as government regulated pharmacies. In the case of recreational use it would be similar to state regulated liquor stores.

Marijuana is absolutely not a gateway drug. If you attend an (NA) Narcotics Anonymous meeting and poll the people present you'll find the first drug the majority tried was alcohol, not pot.

Alcohol sales in licensed stores generate a huge amount of profit as well as taxes. Pharmaceutical companies generate a huge amount of money through sales of prescribed medicine. These medications are used to treat a myriad of illnesses that could be treated equally as well, or better, by the patient using some form of marijuana.

Legalization of medical marijuana would change our economy tremendously. It would affect everything from prisons, jails, and courts, to alcohol sales, government farm subsidies, misuse of the medical system, pharmacy sales and pharmaceutical companies ...

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Jan-09-14 8:19 AM

...a huge business by the way). Right now drug companies enjoy huge tax breaks, plus the amount of money charged the consumer and insurance companies, far surpasses what one would think of as a reasonable profit.

Prohibition of alcohol didn't work. Prohibition of marijuana which is a far more medically useful and less harmful substance isn't working either.

Ohio is missing the boat on this.

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Jan-09-14 9:06 AM

asknot, You still collecting signatures for ORG.

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Jan-09-14 9:43 AM

How about we start with taking marijuana off the schedule 1 drug list??..hero*n, ***, marijuana, ecstasy, methaqualone, peyote are all on the schedule 1 list...seriously, weed is classifed with hero*n??...somethings wrong with this picture...

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Jan-09-14 9:45 AM

L S D is also on the list...just plum dumb if you ask me...

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Jan-09-14 10:04 AM

fred...i think the lefties are doing this to themselves. it just may be a beneficial result for us righties. doubtful though. i agree that legalization may offer less benefits than folks may imagine. while being illegal may have kept many of the issues below the radar. i have really never met anyone that had access to weed that did not have access to other means of escaping reality. the opium dens in the past are a reminder that social acceptance of numbing oneself does not lead one to a life of productivity. recreational use sounds great until the recreation becomes all of the time. currently the threat of loss of employment as well as the inabilty to operate a vehicle keep many folks from clouding their judgement so to speak. the judicial aspect of this is problematic in that unless there is a definded limit on thc level and an accurate test, the cost of law enforcement and incarceration will continue whether you legalize or not. what other vice will be O.K. for the sake of revenue

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Jan-09-14 10:04 AM

and the mob mentality? your weed smoking affects more people than just yourself

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Jan-09-14 10:31 AM

How many of those in jail for drugs had a quantity seen as for personal use. Ohio's law allows possession of up to 100 grams and the penalty is just a fine. Uh, 100 grams is coming pretty close to a quarter of a pound!

So, ****** addicts started on alcohol? Why, because their parents didn't have any pot they could sneak out?

And how Freddie assumes the "right-wing" wants the liberals stoned. It's pretty clear the majority of the folks favoring legalization are on the left. And most of you sound like you inhaled a "hit" in the 60's, and never exhaled.

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Jan-09-14 10:50 AM

I'm on the fence on this issue. I agree that the war on drugs is costly and largely ineffective but would legalizing possession in small quantities really change anything? There would still be a black market because of the high cost (imagine how many taxes will be piled on!) of the legal stuff. The govt will certainly go after those dealers-probably more aggressively since the illegal sales are not being taxed. The burden of enforcement would just shift from the DEA to ATF--they'd be treated like moonshiners. Another big issue would be determining if someone driving is intoxicated-how do you determine the amount of marijuana/ THC/ whatever in a person's system and how much is too much? How long does the drug stay in the bloodstream- could it be measured accurately or would there be residual readings days after consumption? There are a lot of issues to straighten out.....

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Jan-09-14 10:56 AM more thing....If pot was legalized think of all those people who now would be "smokers". A lot of those same people are probably the same ones who would preach against the evils and dangers of smoking and of secondhand smoke...And what about the fact that maybe the govt would like marijuana legal because they would know who is smoking it-I doubt one could buy it anonymously-and then, under Obamacare, your insurance premium would be increased because you're a smoker...probably some taxes attached to that also...

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Jan-09-14 11:04 AM

Jan. 22, 2013 12:40 pm

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. ruled today in favor of the DEA's decision to keep marijuana a Schedule I drug--a classification for substances that are highly addictive and have no widely accepted medical benefits.

both reasons are False!!...

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Jan-09-14 11:17 AM

We will be needing it here in the city when people start dying off from cancer from the toxic fractal waste water.It's does a great job of getting rid of a upset stomach from the cancer treatment. The oil/gas drillers are laughing their butts off at the people around here.They will leave in a few years or less leaving 1 billion gallons of toxic waste water behind.I'm sure they will still be laughing as they sit in they're mansions and we go funerals.

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Jan-09-14 11:26 AM

Some of you sound as though you think that everyone who consumed pot would: 1. smoke it 2. use more than they needed 3. lay around stoned all of the time

Ask yourself: Is everyone who takes a pain pill or nerve pill an addict? Does everyone who takes a drink of alcohol get drunk, and then go on to become an alcoholic?

Someone asked how the police were going to figure out who had to much to drive. The old school way, like they did before breathalizers, they observe poor drivers, pull them over, and administer coordination tests. How do they know if someone has had too much pain medication to be safe?

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Jan-09-14 12:49 PM

I see a lot of absolutes here.

People won't get high all the time if you legalize it.

Pot smokers are republicans and democrats.

Why not legalize it and use the taxes to help fund addiction treatment centers for all drugs which we need? I'm including alcohol in there.

Plus if you extrapolate out per the population we could make $150 million in taxes.

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Jan-09-14 12:51 PM

The war on marijuana has wasted trillions of dollars. Secondly, we're all educated enough these days to know that the government funded film "reefer madness" is completely false propaganda. Finally, for those of you arguing that it's still bad because it's smoke - You can transfer THC into oil/butter and cook with it.

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Jan-09-14 1:08 PM

Listen to the sheriff, HE knows what he is doing.

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Jan-09-14 2:03 PM

asknot, Are you signing your name to ORG's petition books? You do know when it fails, all those names will be in the states hands?

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Jan-09-14 2:27 PM

asknot, consider this...unlike cigarettes or even alcohol, you can own as much as you like as long as you pay the tax and do not transport it for distribution or even maybe across state lines...(i haven't bootlegged in years myself).. with weed there will be a limit that you may have and you can rest assured that even the legal consumers will have more than they should in their posession at some point. there is still going to be a black market and folks that prefer not to pay the tax on your newly legislated freedom. they will either grow their own or utilize their connections. they are surely not going to let those infractions slide. then cosider the liability issues in court proving negligence based on consumption. unlike alcohol, measuring intoxication levels and when weed was consumed is tenuous at best. next factor in the exposure of weed to children in the home. will an ex make hay about it for custody? probably. will people abuse the privilege...absolutely....will law enforcemn

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