We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Pot should be decriminalized everywhere, state by state. It should never have been criminalized in the first place. All it does is make you stupid, lazy, and hungry. If you want to be a pothead, be my guest. Like heroin, you can already buy it cheap on any street corner in the US. It's a free country. Waste your life if you want, but not on my nickel.
Too bad that Clinton stole a march on us on loosing marijuana restrictions.
It would have been a great Republican issue to attract Millennials.
Agree that marijuana is easy to find but it is hyperbole to say one can find heroin on every street corner in America. Of course, I've never tried even once so maybe The Barrister's experiences are otherwise.
I do know that when I walk down Haight Street in San Francisco, one is approached repeatedly by pot sales people.
"Such a greenie victory, to let the Chinese burn it."
I think this is a greenie victory. I think their goal is to stop the U.S. from using fossil fuel regardless of the impact it will have on us. I don't think all of them want this for environmental reasons I think many of them want to destroy the U.S. and this has always been their goal. First you tear it down then you rebuild it in your socialist/communist image.
Where I live the greenies would rather forests burn then be harvested. The environmental movement was hijacked decades ago by the communists/socialists.
Wasn't it Johnathan Swift who said anything can be judged as beneficial to civilization if taken to an extreme? Legalizing pot, followed by large numbers of people becoming (even more) "stupid, lazy, and hungry" doesn't strike me as very beneficial. Our population is moving in that direction anyway - why speed up the decline?
I don't have a problem with the decriminalization of pot but let's not act as though there won't be some negative results. More children using and more DUI at the least. I would like to see some protection for those who choose not to use drugs. It should be a requirement that everyone accepting any form of welfare or other government assistance are tested for drug use and any assistance they receive ended if they test positive. If taking drugs is a free choice and shouldn't be the governments business by inference it shouldn't be paid for by those who choose not to indulge. I have to admit I really feel that for exactly the same reason the government shouldn't be allowed (I argue that the constitution indeed doesn't allow the federal government) to provide anyone with cash or benefits from the public coffers. But I certainly don't expect that we will end welfare until we actually go bankrupt and even then I fully expect the politicians to end constitutionally mandated programs first so they can continue to buy votes with welfare. So legalize or decriminalize pot but get the taxpayer off the hook.
We are missing a middle ground argument of pot legalization's actual issues associated with pot use. The arguments are either absolutely no worries or legalization will destroy civilization and lives. The reality is as usual somewhere in the middle. Pot use can cause real harm to people and can bring social costs. I think the reasonable view is to legalize but also realize there are real costs and issues with pot use and discuss possible solutions to these issues.