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April 24, 2013

In the April 3rd edition of the Sun-Gazette there was a letter entitled "Obvious Solution"....

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Tedeaux

Apr-24-13 2:27 AM

I disagree with legalizing pot. Its not good for the youth of America.

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idiottwo

Apr-24-13 5:44 AM

in my opinion that will lead to harder drugs and healthcare issues in future years. Those selling drugs, involved in gangs and violence likely also have one thing in common, broken families and issues at home. Fix the families and home life, I suspect much of the issues go away.

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VinceKnauff

Apr-24-13 6:05 AM

This is the most naive letter I have read here in a long while. Making drugs easier to get solves the problem? How would you do that exactly? Put pot and cocaine next to the chips and sodas at the Turkey Hill?

Can you imagine that there will be people who will give drugs a try once they are legal? Scary thought.

And I believe the jails will be even more full with the after effects of people using legal drugs. I wish I could explain it better, but this is just a bad idea.

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MrShaman

Apr-24-13 6:20 AM

"I disagree with legalizing pot. Its not good for the youth of America." - Tedeaux

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...As if the present laws are keeping Pot outta-their-hands, presently.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Apr-24-13 6:22 AM

Jimmy, So what drugs are you talking about legalizing? Pot, cocaine, opium, or make prescription medications over the counter, etc.

I say no to all.

If one wants to take a more pragmatic route, they could say watch Colorado or Washington states for several years to determine the impacts of legalizing pot before making a decision.

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MrShaman

Apr-24-13 6:31 AM

"in my opinion that will lead to harder drugs..." - idiottwo

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Lead to???? Seeing-as-how those folks (in the Underground Economy) sell EVERYTHING that's kept illegal, (physically) separating "soft drug" sales (like marijuana & *******), from hard-drug sales (like ****** & pharmaceuticals), is impossible. The PRESENT situation makes "harder drugs" MUCH-more-available.

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MrShaman

Apr-24-13 6:34 AM

Grow-up, Sun-Gazette.

Like Frank Zappa said..."They're only WORDS!"

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MrShaman

Apr-24-13 6:40 AM

"Can you imagine that there will be people who will give drugs a try once they are legal? Scary thought." - VinceKnauff

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..."Scary" (only) for the Drug Warriors...as more-and-more people (ALREADY) find the horror-stories, related to pot-smoking are just that..."stories"; compliments of the pharmaceutical & synthetic-fibers industries.

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MrShaman

Apr-24-13 6:46 AM

"If one wants to take a more pragmatic route, they could say watch Colorado or Washington states for several years to determine the impacts of legalizing pot before making a decision." - ToTEXASfromPA

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Ah, yes...more "studies" need to be done...like the 1972 Shafer Commission did...for Richard Nixon.

See:

True History of Marijuana Full Movie - YouTube

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Billtown101

Apr-24-13 7:20 AM

I didn't conduct a research study, just a simple web search. In 2007 – In the United States, the management of glaucoma costs about $2.5 billion per year. Another prescription drug Marinol, helps treat appetite loss in people with Aids, costs an average of $8,000 - $10,000 a year. In both cases, medical marijuana has proved satisfactory in treating both maladies. The average cost for medical marijuana? Street value (private organic Cannabis) $8 - $10 per gram. For Government (non-organic Cannabis $15.00 per gram, add in Government regulations, license and compassion club fees... for the legalized drug, now you'll pay between $17.00 to $20.00 for non-organic Cannabis. Seems to me, that the pharmaceutical companies have TOO Much to lose on legalizing pot. Want to talk about prescription Pain Killers vs opium?

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Tgrammiex4

Apr-24-13 7:45 AM

While the gov't is busy legalizing it maybe they can re-classify it as a brownie ingredient so it can be purchased with food stamps.Sounds logical to me.(sarc.)

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idiottwo

Apr-24-13 8:00 AM

I've had the fortune to have worked a bit and traveled Europe. I got to see Amsterdam in the 90's. It was far from a utopia and lots of ****** addicted kids too. LOTS!

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spike2

Apr-24-13 8:10 AM

Legalize marijuana or criminalize alcohol. Do you have a health benefit from any alcoholic beverage other than possibly 4 oz. of red wine? Everyone seems ok with their drug of choice. there are more alcoholics in treatment than marijuana users. Do the research.

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MrShaman

Apr-24-13 8:26 AM

"Want to talk about prescription Pain Killers vs opium?" - Billtown101

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EXACTLY...even considering going one-step-farther (with the opium...all the way to H!)

We do a TERRIBLE job, of pain-management, in this Country...where the DEA is "doing the job", for doctors!!!

H (how's that, S-G?) is presently Schedule 1; No currently accepted medical use.

The DEA is SERIOUSLY concerned with someone (dying, with a PAINFUL terminal-condition) getting addicted, to H??!!!

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MrShaman

Apr-24-13 8:29 AM

"While the gov't is busy legalizing it maybe they can re-classify it as a brownie ingredient so it can be purchased with food stamps.Sounds logical to me.(sarc.)" - Tgrammiex4

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Ah, yes...T-Bagger "humor"...always so "helpful" (and, really packs 'em in, at your local playgrounds).

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MrShaman

Apr-24-13 8:39 AM

"I've had the fortune to have worked a bit and traveled Europe. I got to see Amsterdam in the 90's. It was far from a utopia and lots of ****** addicted kids too. LOTS!" - idiottwo

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Yeah...that's a lie.

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johnnyad3

Apr-24-13 8:55 AM

"If one wants to take a more pragmatic route, they could say watch Colorado or Washington states for several years to determine the impacts of legalizing pot before making a decision."

I never heard anyone talk about opiates becoming legal. And I don't think the idea is to put any drugs next to the chips and soda. I always thought the idea was to legalize pot and sell it in the liquor stores or some venue like that to control and monitor the sales.

Now, not to change the subject but one comment about the comment I quoted. Oklahoma went right to work a number of years ago and the impact was not good for OK. They lost employment, tax revenues are down, schools are going to pot, and education levels are down resulting in a struggle to attract good employers.

Back to my original intention of my post: Legalize pot. It's time.

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philunderwood

Apr-24-13 8:57 AM

Drugs are available now to anyone wanting them and they’re produced and sold by criminals under the most questionable and dangerous conditions. Decriminalizing them will mean the dangerous criminal enterprise will disappear and drug users will be able to obtain safer products. There’s little reason to believe that drug use will increase if drugs are decriminalized.

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jeff33

Apr-24-13 8:58 AM

"Roll me up and smoke me when I die!"

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JohnZook

Apr-24-13 9:56 AM

The "heads" have spoken!! All my friends who started smoking pot back in the sixties, and never stopped, all now have one thing in common. They are all FRIED. Yep, the wonderful side effects of smoking dope..............

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CMReeder

Apr-24-13 10:01 AM

Interesting letter but not completely thought through. You may legalize drugs but it will not eliminate criminal activity only decrease it for a time until they find something else. Drugs would have to be regulated like alcohol.

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Tgrammiex4

Apr-24-13 10:22 AM

Mr Shaman:

1. I'm not a t- bagger 2.I see you still can't come up with an original thought to add and must resort to making stupid comments on other's posts.

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cheyenne

Apr-24-13 10:24 AM

I agree with Spike. Marijuana is no more harmful or destructive than alcohol. Less so, in some aspects.

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Tgrammiex4

Apr-24-13 10:45 AM

Ever had to work next to someone operating machinery that is high? Scarey and dangerous.

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enigma

Apr-24-13 10:46 AM

I have to agree with Chuck (scary). Criminals will commit crimes. If we legalize drugs they will find another way to make money illegally. This might include more home invasions, more large scale robberies, in short more violent activities. Maybe we should legalize those too to reduce the number of people in prison. I have mixed feelings on the drug legalization thing, but legalizing them them reduce crime is just dumb.

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