Old 04-04-2013, 01:13 PM
Boone & Crockett
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Mississippi USA
Posts: 15,296

Do you know how much money would be saved if Game Wardens/Conservation officers, Local Police, Federal Agents, DEA, etc. etc. stopped targeting marijuana consumers and producers?
No idea. How much?

...couldn't we spend that money on, I dunno, education? That's one that comes to mind.
Kinda' off topic, but we've already seen proof that throwing more money at our education system doesn't work.

The War on Drugs should remain the "war on drugs." Focus efforts on actual drugs that actually harm people and are highly addictive in nature.
Tobacco is highly addictive and causes a lot of harm.

What qualifies as a 'medicinal purpose?'
I dunno. Maybe prescribed by a legitimate M.D., after it's ok'd by the FDA?

...there are much worse LEGAL medicines that are being abused by recreational users.

Oxycontin and other opiates readily come to mind.
No argument from me.

The same could be said for booze... drunk drivers kill themselves and others non-stop. We're not going to make beer illegal.
So...make another substance that could do the same thing legal? Why is that supposed to make sense?

I'd like to see someone cite a reference where someone used marijuana and killed themselves or others.
Would it really matter to you? Honestly--no sarcasm intended.

I have a good friend that just retired from working as an LEO. His personal experience is that stoners aren't just laid-back, mellowed out, harmless types, anymore than drunks are like Otis from Mayberry RFD. Different people react differently.

At the very least... lower prison populations, increased tax revenue and better music.
Who goes to prison for pot? Increased revenue...and increased expenses. Same failed argument used for cigs, booze, lottery, casinos, etc. Better music???? It hasn't helped Willie Nelson or Bob Marley.....
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