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A fresh look at drug problem

December 29, 2013

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RPG0340

Jan-02-14 12:58 AM

As for the firearm comment, do the Chicago boyz buy their guns legally? Do they take a ccw class? Nope, but a 105 lb. 60 yr old lady has to, to protect herself from these worthless scmbags. Don't make much sense, does it? Neither does legalizing dope.

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RPG0340

Jan-02-14 12:55 AM

I'll give you more than one reason. I'll go with the best one first. ACCOUNTABILITY! Say it is legalized, we will face higher insurance premiums, businesses will face higher insurance premiums. That crap stays in a persons system for a long time. If a doper hurts someone else at work in an accident even though not technically stoned at the time, the company will place the blame on that person and the injured will be left to sue a jobless bum for what little they have to recover damages. There is no sobriety test for dope influence. Nothing good will come of it. Dopers do steal. It is a gateway drug. I know not one person that decided to try me th on a whim. I agree that alcohol has its problems, but it's effect is measurable. Nothing good would come of it.

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Rsimpson43952

Jan-01-14 7:05 PM

Alcohol does kill thousands of people each year. Alcoholics will steal to fund their habit. I've seen a man resort to drinking a tub of rubbing alcohol to get rid of the shakes. You won't find a Marijuana user resorting to things like that. Marijuana is here to stay whether you like it or not. We can either legalize it and benefit from it or we can keep the Mexican drug cartels and street-corner drug dealers in business, it's up to people like us. I'd rather get the tax-revenue, create jobs, and put drug dealers out of business. Why do you think the cartels lobby to keep Marijuana laws in place? You are falling for it hook, line, and sinker. Give me one legitimate reason why Marijuana shouldn't be legalized. I have a right to make decisions for myself anyway.

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Rsimpson43952

Jan-01-14 6:56 PM

I've re-read your comments. "Drug-hyped stoners" aren't your everyday average joe Marijuana users. You're thinking of her oin, crack, me th, and hard drugs like that. Point out where a Marijuana user wrecked while under the influence or point out where a Marijuana user resorted to stealing to fund their life. You won't find many cases because it just doesn't happen. It's OK to admit that you were scared by our government by people who thought smoking Marijuana would "make white women seek out relations with Neg roes." You answer a question for me: The US government holds the patent for Medicinal cannabanoids so doesn't that in itself void Marijuana off the Schedule 1 classification because in order to be classified as schedule 1 there has to be no known medicinal qualities? Obviously the government thinks there are medicinal qualities because they hold the patent. Have you ever seen an alcoholic go through withdrawal because I have and it isn't pleasant.

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Rsimpson43952

Jan-01-14 6:46 PM

You should thank your lucky stars that just anyone can't go out buy a gun and then go into public with it concealed. We have those laws in place to prevent guns getting into the wrong hands. We already have great gun laws in place, the problem is they aren't enforced properly. It's ironic you equate Marijuana smokers with poor worthless bums yet TWO of our presidents have admitted to using Marijuana. I'm a grown adult, I work for a living, and don't ask the government for anything. If I want to come home after working my butt off and smoke a joint to relax then I have that right. Outlawing Marijuana is infringing upon my right to freedom of religion and my right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. I don't need a "nanny-state" to tell me what's best for me. Alcohol prohibition created mobsters and Marijuana prohibition created the Mexican drug cartels. When will we learn our lesson? What's next? What awful situation will our government put us in next?

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Rsimpson43952

Jan-01-14 6:38 PM

@RPG I've answered you numerous times. First, there are MILLIONS of Marijuana users in the US as it is. A person shouldn't drive under the influence of anything, period. Be it illegal drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications. The only thing the police can test for on the side of the road is alcohol however the police can perform sobriety tests. If a person in under the influence of ANYTHING they will fail and be taken to jail where a urine screening can be conducted. You're thinking that if Marijuana is legalized there will somehow be a large jump in the amount of users which again is not the case. You're just not looking at this situation logically which is a shame. There are laws in place to protect us from criminals. Generally speaking Marijuana users are not violent and do NOT steal. Marijuana users hold down jobs and lead "normal" lives. Marijuana is not a gate-way drug, if anything is, it's alcohol. Alcohol causes more deaths per year than any stimulant.

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RPG0340

Dec-31-13 11:52 PM

Also, how do you test a person for being under the influence of this drug? How much do you think auto insurance will increase?

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RPG0340

Dec-31-13 11:51 PM

Simpson, you still never answered me. WHAT BENEFIT DOES A PERSON GET FROM SMOKING THIS DRUG THAT CANNOT BE DELIVERED IN A PILL FORM?

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RPG0340

Dec-31-13 11:44 PM

Simpson, I agree that people should be allowed to do as they please but that ends when it affects me. You speak a lot about government control. How do you feel about the fact that if you want to protect yourself (a God given right) you have to ask permission from the government to buy a firearm, then ask the state for permission to carry it? Well, when a drug hyped stoner wrecks into my car without insurance, should I not have the right to regain my losses? Stoners, spend their money on dope so how do they eat? They STEAL!!! Maybe not to diretly support their habit but to supplement the loss that their habit causes.

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Rsimpson43952

Dec-31-13 1:39 PM

to help alleviate horrific side-effects caused by a medical treatment or condition? Did you even bother to look into the benefits Marijuana gives patients who suffer from seizures? Did you bother to look into it at all? Did you know the US government holds the patent for medicinal cannabanoids? The US government feels Marijuana has medicinal uses but are allowing people to continue to suffer because of people like you who are so close-minded you're not even willing to do the proper research and form an educated informed intelligent decision. You'd rather be a scared coward. Marijuana users do not kill people nor do they steal. You're so off-base it's ridiculous. I'd never allow my loved-ones to suffer because of old grinch's like you.

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Rsimpson43952

Dec-31-13 1:33 PM

Marijuana is a naturally growing plant that was placed on this Earth by God for us, as humans, to utilize so who are you or anyone else to say you know better than God? Who are you to barge into any taxpayer's life and tell them what they can and can not do? This is America and we have rights to make decisions for ourselves and to worship freely without fear of persecution. If I ever found myself in a situation where a medical condition caused me to be in pain daily I would opt for Marijuana over prescription narcotics. I personally know someone who became violently ill after her Chemo treatments for cancer. She lost her appetite her energy, she became a shell of her former self. Marijuana helped her tremendously. She got her appetite and energy back, she wasn't nauseous all the time anymore. She was able to regain some normalcy back into her life and has Marijuana to thank for that. Who are you to tell dying people that they can't use a natural herb to

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Rsimpson43952

Dec-31-13 1:25 PM

@RPG Her oin is one of the biggest problem drugs facing this county and the entire country right now. Most if not all of her oin addicts started by taking prescription pain killers. Prescription drugs are abused at an alarming rate. Marijuana does not create physical dependence and users do not go through a severe withdrawal period like they would with pain killers and her oin. Prescription pain killers wreak havoc on a person's body and cause physical dependence which can be avoided by a person utilizing the medicinal qualities of Marijuana. You're equating Marijuana users with hard drug addicts which is just not the case. There are plenty of Marijuana users who lead productive "normal" lives and actually help out in the community. Genesis 1:29 says "Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole Earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food."

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RPG0340

Dec-31-13 12:43 AM

Simpson, I find it hilarious that you failed answer my question of what benefits does a person get from smoking dope that they cannot get in a better more healthy way by ingesting a pill? How many people arrested for DUI or a DUI related incident are also tested for THC? Dopers are usually poor,(mostly because they spend their money getting stoned) so they don't have cash to pay for food, and other bills so THEY STEAL to supplement their self induced lack of income. Dead people cost taxpayers nothing. Drug dealers need to be executed, rapists and murderers need to be executed very painfully.

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Rsimpson43952

Dec-30-13 8:14 PM

stealing to fund their habit. I personally do not smoke Marijuana but I am intelligent enough to realize the benefits of legalization greatly outweighs the downfalls. Jobs will be created, tax revenue will be collected, and Marijuana dealers will be put out of business. In no context is it OK for a 19 year-old to be sentenced to 20+ years in prison while rapists, murderers, and pedophiles are spending on average no more than 7 years. A vast majority of our pupulation already smokes Marijuana and the number of deaths caused by drives onder the influence doesn't come close to the amount of deaths caused by alcohol. I actually can't think of any deaths caused by a driver being under the influence of Marijuana. You've watched one too many "reefer madness" type of govt PSA's from the 50s-60s. It seems to me, you're a close-minded old man set in his ways who will refuse to look at the facts. The truth is, legalizing Marijuana is the smart thing to do.

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Rsimpson43952

Dec-30-13 8:04 PM

@RPG I didn't "miss" your point, I don't agree with you, I think you're wrong. A lot of offenders wouldn't have committed crimes if they weren't an addict. There are good people who succumb to drugs. Sending them to prison and forgetting about them will do nothing for society or the offender. If we can help those types of offenders get clean and stay clean, everybody wins. That offender will no longer be a burden on our criminal justice system and they'll be clean so have no need to steal to fund their drug addiction. Some offenders can and should be rehabilitated. I'm a little shocked you think all offenders can not be rehabilitated. You must have gone through life never making a mistake and never having to change your ways one bit but not everyone was born perfect like you. Some people lose their way and need a little help getting back on track. I'm sorry but aside from a teenager stealing a few dollars from their mom's purse, I've never heard of a Marijuana smoker steali

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NightVoice

Dec-30-13 12:17 PM

How can you expect judges to sentence drug users appropriately when they give a murderer 180 days for stabbing someone . . . and then suspend 30 days of the sentence ?

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RPG0340

Dec-30-13 9:41 AM

There used to be a guy here that had a close family member that was a consumer of marijuana. This individual had a government job. Does anyone see a problem with that? The guy has a government job and is engaged in illegal activity (smoking dope), not only are your tax dollars paying for him to have a job (when other non-dopers are looking for a job) but his dollars are funding drug cartels that KILL AMERICANS and enable terrorists.

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RPG0340

Dec-29-13 2:06 PM

Also Simpson, did you ever watch any of the shows about the places marijuana is legal? The people buying dope are not terminal cancer patients, AIDs patients, IBD patients, they are mostly recreational users that tell some quack doctor that they have a medical problem. One show had a black guy in his 40's that had issues because he "broke a finger 14 years ago." A young lady in her 20's said she was "stressed out." These are not medical conditions. Stress can be handled with exercise, calming activities, a good meal with a glass of wine, and a good nights sleep. I cannot tell you how many times I've re-set, taped, and splinted my own fingers. Getting high and wrecking into a family on their way home from the movies isn't going to solve anything though.

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RPG0340

Dec-29-13 1:57 PM

Rsimpson43952, you really miss the point. Criminals cannot be rehabilitated. You are also wrong about dope. I personally know a person that turned to crime to fund their dope habit. It is a "gateway drug." A teenager doesn't just gain inspiration to smoke crack, or meth. I also don't care why dope was banned. It needs to stay that way. You are ill informed if you believe that certain drugs aren't available that are made from marijuana. Let me ask you this, what benefit do you get from smoking it that you cannot get by ingesting it? As for rapists, like I said, we need to get tough. Executions within hours of conviction for rapists and large scale dealers would work. Scout snipers defending against border jumpers would go a long way as well. We need to get tougher, not softer to end this threat.

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Rsimpson43952

Dec-29-13 11:47 AM

HS censors the word N E G R O E S apparently. Those are not my words, those are the words spoken to Congress to ensure Marijuana is outlawed. We release rapists and pedophiles to make room for non-violent Marijuana offenders. Rapists spend on average 5 years in prison whereas non-violent Marijuana offenders stay on average 15+ years. Those offenders go in non-violent but come out as hardened violent criminals. Our criminal justice system is creating not curbing violent criminals. We need to be smart about this not stupid, just look at alcohol prohibition. Marijuana prohibition has created the Mexican drug cartels and American is their biggest client not to mention Hezbollah is now using Mexican drug cartels to get into the US undetected in exchange for training. We're in such a crappy spot, our leaders need to legalize Marijuana NOW!

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Rsimpson43952

Dec-29-13 11:41 AM

Did you know that in 1937 one of the main reasons Marijuana was outlawed is because the man testifying in front of Congress about the adverse affects said that "smoking Marijuana would cause a white woman to seek out relations with *****es"? How f*in ridiculous is that? Hemp grows phenomenally faster than trees and can provide a variety of easily replaceable resources and you don't get "high" on hemp but it is in the same family so the federal government would rather get all of our hemp from Canada. We could grow our on hemp here in America and create multiple jobs but I guess our leaders are happy with sending those jobs to Canada. Hard violent drug cartels should remain the focus on the "war on drugs" however it doesn't make sense to drag parents out of their home at gun point and orphan their children because the parents smoke Marijuana to help alleviate medical issues. It makes no sense to send dying patients to prison longer than we send rapists an

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Rsimpson43952

Dec-29-13 11:31 AM

RPG, College educations are already available to prisoners and why shouldn't they be? The point of our criminal justice system is to rehabilitate not simply punish. I agree with the author of this letter to a point. The "war on drugs" has failed, we have wasted trillions of dollars and have gotten nowhere. We need to start treating the disease of addiction however I do not think offering hard drugs at a cheaper price through a pharmacy is the answer. Marijuana prohibition is NOT working. Marijuana should be legalized, Mexican drug cartels lobby for the Marijuana laws to stay in place because that's their lively-hood and here you all are helping to keep them in business. Marijuana is a naturally growing plant with multiple uses. We already have criminal laws in place although I've never heard of anyone stealing to fund their Marijuana habit but if it would happen we have laws in place. Marijuana is NOT a "gate-way" drug, that is a myth.

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justacitizen

Dec-29-13 11:01 AM

Sontag calls his suggested steps "Common Sense", it more like "Common LUNACY". I agree with RPG's opinions. Why should the burden be placed on the Tax Payer to educate a Drug Dealer/User or support the drug abuser's habit? They would only use the education to further their Criminal Activity when released and more people would become addicts so they could get their Drugs free. The Laws we have would work fine if it were not for Liberal Judges giving Lite Sentences because they feel sorry for the poor Drug Dealers/Users. I would rather have my tax dollars spent on Heavy Punishment like Executions than educate them so they can use it against the Tax Payer. As long as Criminals have more Rights than Law Abiding Citizens the problem will only get worse.

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RPG0340

Dec-29-13 9:00 AM

As for the theft problem, well, there is a solution to that too. It is called a 12 gauge shotgun! When a druggie breaks into your residence, send them up to the almighty for rehab.

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RPG0340

Dec-29-13 8:58 AM

I've never seen such a stupid, retarded, crazy perspective on drugs and the drug problem in all my life. The author of this needs to re-examine his thoughts. Giving drug addicts drugs (presumably at the expense of taxpayers) to keep them from stealing from taxpayers? Help me on this one if I'm wrong but aren't both essentially stealing from taxpayers? Legalizing and taxing drugs? Yeah, I can see that going over well. Insurance rates will skyrocket across the board because of increased risk of property damage. Then the author suggests giving college educations to prisoners? WTF? I paid a lot of money for an education, I never broke a law, sold or used drugs, now I got to pay for crooks to get an education? Bullcrap! The best solution to this problem is to execute major offenders. Imprison drug offenders in a "tent city" where they are forced into hard labor, fed poorly, and denied comfort.

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