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  1. what about all the people that will easily abuse it and get addicted or the people whos minds are not ready can they handle the potential paranoia? if not what will happen than cause that can go along way. we need to tread lightly. weed needs to be respected its still such a powerful drug. like a sour patch, sweet and sour haha

  2. Like I said no man alive can over ride God's decision on your situation. Leviticus 18:22 – Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
    Leviticus 20:13 – If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.
    Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
    This is how your parents was designed by God to create you. Now your set up can't produce this Human life, without adopting someone's child. I see this is something you want to be right about, because this is your life style. No one can reach you…your mind is gone from reason.

  3. To naysayers of pot (medical or otherwise), I humbly submit to you an idea. Go inside a medical potshop. No, really. Ask people that go in there what they take it for, what it helps. I dare you to look an M.S. patient in the eyes and say that pot should be illegal. As someone who smokes medically, this stuff is a fucking lifesaver. I'm not the only one either. I've talked to people who treat their kid's epilepsy with it, their cancer, you name it. Please, think before you vote next time.

  4. The legalization of MJ can bring back the Hemp industry. The financial downward spiral of the cotton, lumber, 'legal' drug and alcohol industries would be felt on a global scale. The media has been allowed to give you only part of the story. Follow the money. "The Emperor Wears No Clothes."

  5. Welp. The only thing standing in the way is religion, and greed. Really, the politicians should be all for it because they could make so much money from taxing it, and then of course everyone else is for it because it's less damaging than alcohol and cigarettes.

    now if only they just legalized pot then made alcohol & tobacco illegal, that would solve everyone's problems

  6. 3:30 Actually since Colorado legalized Marijuana for recreational use, the state's traffic fatality rate has tripled, in no small part because of more people driving under the influence of Marijuana.  That said, if states use some of their anti-DUI campaign budgets to focus on the dangers of driving while high, and make sure that anti-DUI legislation includes Marijuana intoxication (like Oregon), then this can be mitigated and equalized pretty effectively.

    Beyond that, as pertains to MJ legalization and Marriage Equality, (I can't believe I'm saying this about a man so instrumental in the collapse of the housing market.) I actually agree with Barney.  Opposition is primarily philosophical/moral/religious preconception with very little empirical support, and in the absence of objectively demonstrable harm to others, legal prohibition is antithetical to Constitutional liberty.

    At the end, did Barney actually say (in a round-about way) that racially slanted drug enforcement is actually beneficial to minorities?  WTF?!?!  Of course, the "profiling" he references is actually based on the demographic fact that most "street level" drug use takes place in poor communities, which are sadly (because America is still young) primarily inhabited by minorities.  With that in mind, it's only logical that minorities account for the bulk of drug enforcement contact.  

    That said, as a White man in America, the racial disparity in sentencing disgusts me.  While I think Marijuana should be legalized (but still regulated), until it IS legal, all who violate the law should be treated equally.

  7. Also to think that smoking Marijuana somehow contributes to ones intelligence level being lowered is well, ignorant. On occasion, I enjoy and social smoke, like enjoying a good vintage wine. And this is just recreational. People benefiting from more specialized medicinal strains that highly educated botanist develop is just, wonderful. If you question what I'm saying, please watch the little girl who takes the Charlotte's Web and hopefully compassion will reach your hard heart.

  8. The legalization of marijuana will not encourage youth to use it any more than cigarettes or alcohol are consumed by youth because they are legal for adults. Part of growing up is to test boundaries and people with addictive personalities will be more likely to experiment with drugs, legal or illegal.

     The best deterrent to underage drug use is a good example. Children learn by observation and imitation and if they see their parents and other influential adults doing something then they will be more likely to do that same thing. 

    In other words  parents shouldn't do these things if they don't want their kids to do it. 

  9. Why just marijuana?  Why not legalize and regulate all drugs?  That would kill the crime part of drugs, would gain governments money through taxation, and would also reduce such things like getting an NBOMe instead of acid, or would make sure that the heroine one gets is pure and not tainted with something.  This is fairly extreme, but I mean, as long as the health risks of using substances was well documented and perpetrated (which it isn't right now, all of it is "drugs are bad", "say no to drugs", when most of them aren't that bad, in fact, most of them are beneficial, when done properly and in the right company).  It would be the user's fault that they got addicted to cocaine, just like nicotine is right now (or for that matter, alcohol – the objectively worst drug for you health-wise).  The hospital system would be stressed for a few years, but it would quiet down, and I think people would realize that drugs are not really as bad as what people say they are (there are exceptions, like date rape drugs, PCP, bath salts, etc.). 

  10. Really Barney?  Because in Colorado, where recreational marijuana was first legalized, the state's voters voted down civil unions (one step behind true marriage equality) the year before they voted to legalize weed… Not saying I agree with that result, or that gay marriage will never be legalized in Colorado (it will, eventually) – but let's be honest about the sequence of events here…

  11. I am not stupid and I do not smoke pot but I had hard time understanding this guy. Why? I think its his poor communication skills. Okay. Do you think maybe pot might be the reason for that? who knows but it could be. If it is, than I say, sure you are harmless but you are also dumb so to speak. Also, it is very hard to understand America but if you are stoned everything makes sense then. Everything and everyone here in made by stoned people for other stoners to understand. If you are not high or never have been you will be like an Alien from another world in this country. Fucking disgusting….

  12. The Nederlands have it for decades, have better education levels and lower crime- and other rubbish than the US, for instance. Less people use on average as with countries that prohibit it, as it is normalized; just a blunt, so f* what? People don't get f* up, they chill out. Others enjoy a drink or clean living. You can't get THC poisoning, nor remotely any of the damage as with alcohol, cigarettes. Short and long-term. Humans and animals naturally seek out types of drugs: the mind is a wonderful thing to explore.
    Sure, you will find some lethargic dumb-stoners, but many of them were potentially dumb and lethargic to begin with, yet now have a vice; but those you find the world over.
    Prohibition is an issue, as is unfounded bias or glorification through il-legalisation. It also takes away from traffickers, alleviates some detrimental effects of criminal law.
    America is often big on bias and consensus, punishment, uninformed opinion and I dearly hope that'll change on many fronts. Think it through, regulate, control, educate and yes; chill the f* out. 

  13. People underestimate the damage of marijuana I see my friends and I can tell you on the long term they change (paranoia, self-centeredness and even deep lack of logic). At the same time I a not sure the government should fight it, overall if people want to trade their health to escape "reality" for 2h they should have the right to do so. 

  14. I have no problem with Marijuana legalization whatsoever but Frank is wrong on certain points.  Marijuana CAN be psychologically addictive and can have irreversible damage to very young minds in their growth, especially very potent THC strains.

  15. I'm totally for legalizing marijuana. However, i think that in a way that it is addictive. People can become addicted to almost anything like watching TV, social media, playing video games, etc. But just because something is addictive (in a way) doesn't mean that it should be illegal.

  16. There is a far greater issue here at stake in legalizing marijuana (and any drug for that matter) and it is what do we perceive as freedom? How do we define freedom? We define our country to be free when in reality we (government) coerce individuals into certain behaviours. Are we truly free? are the ideas of individual freedoms cherished by the founding fathers still alive? For me debating whether we should or should not legalize marijuana is the equivalent of debating whether we should be free or not. Neither should be debated both rights should be gauranteed. 

  17. I'm in Denver and legalization has been an undeniably good thing. With direct benefits popping up everywhere. Opportunity is literally everywhere here. If you are against marijuana you are WRONG. I haven't needed a pain pill nor had an alcoholic beverage in over a year. Furthermore many people that used to be dangerous criminals, have become law-bidding tax paying citizens. Its amazing what opportunity can do.   

  18. Introducing the separate issues of Gay Rights and Racial Profiling shows a weakness on the actual argument of legalizing marijuana. Comparing marijuana's safety to other substances that are not safe is like saying it is OK to jump off a 1 story building  because it is shorter than a 2 or 3 story building ignoring the fact that it is unsafe to jump off buildings period. Legalizing a substance that causes chronic health problems, impairs ability to function in society, and operate equipment  safely so people can get intoxicated will always increase use and associated harmful side effects the cost of which borne by the general public.

  19. Should have never been illegal in the first place. Smoking pot (or not) is a personal choice for the informed individual and should be left at that. One of the smartest persons who ever lived once said ; "Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced" A.E. 
    The damage has been done and going on for decades it is time to make ammends.

  20. There needs to be serious research done into this by a party that has no preference in the matter. It's a debate that's been going on now for sometime. There are many other substances out there that are very easily acquired like alcohol, cigarettes, and even sugar that have just as negative effects or worse as weed it's said to have. I reckon as generations go on weed will become a lot more acceptable to the point

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