The Canadian Liberal party is currently fronting a man who claims to have intention of decriminalizing marijuana (not to be confused with legalizing) if elected. I'm curious to see what happens, as this could potentially be something that finally gets the youth out to vote. *Waiting with bated breath*
canadian down the way here is crazy.. like zimmerman kughrazee .. w money.. = not good. feel bad for folks..
anyhew.. yeah sure.. see how long the pope goes until he pulls rank on canada
shit they even have fake bishops in CHina!?!? Russia? .. next post
Decriminalization would be a first step toward developing some political maturity on marijuana and drug laws in general. I think most studies show marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, both socially and medically.
Total US societal costs of prescription opioid abuse = $55.7 billion in 2007 (USD in 2009).
Workplace costs = $25.6 billion (46%),
Health care costs = $25.0 billion (45%)
Criminal justice costs = for $5.1 billion (9%).
Workplace costs were driven by lost earnings from premature death ($11.2 billion) and reduced compensation/lost employment ($7.9 billion). Health care costs consisted primarily of
excess medical and prescription costs ($23.7 billion).
Also, same source:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2009 that opioid-related poisoning deaths have more than tripled since 1999
The marijuana ban supports evil gangsters who disrupt the social fabric of Mexican society, spreadig murder and mayhem. Most of the marijuana money is from the US. "More than 47,500 people have been killed in Mexico in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon began a military assault on drug cartels in 2006"
US marijuana law is racist and targets African Americans. That doesn't mean that someone who is African American is more likely to use pot, but that the impact is greatest on African Americans. "marijuana use rates between blacks and whites are comparable, blacks are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession." I don't know, but I suspect that Rx drug abuse is more prevalent for people who have access to health care and the where-with-all to obtain RX's - maybe that's whites more than blacks, but I think Rx drug abuse - far more dangerous than marijuana - does not have the criminal arrest and incarceration burden seen for marijuana.
Marijuana should be decriminalized.
Then all people arrested for marijuana possession should be put into training or educational programs for somewhat smooth transition into society, and some opportunity despite their incarceration, then released along with ongoing training and transition management back into society.
Then marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and regulated.
Disclosure: I don't use any recreational or addictive drugs, and I don't use pot. I did when I was 17-19. I don't know whether it was good for me or bad - I was not responsible with that or alcohol. I quit when in the Army and have always been glad I did not use it again. That was a lifetime ago. But there is a difference between making my own choices, and causing social havoc to perpetuate stupid antimarijuana laws.
seems Koch bros and Phillip Morris and... xyz faith inc. orgs disagree and lobby against
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