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Marijuana legalisation - August 11th 2016, 05:22 AM

I live in a part of the world where medical and general use is all fully legal. I've had a lot of thoughts about this lately but am curious to hear from others.


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Re: Marijuana legalisation - August 11th 2016, 06:05 AM

For personal reasons I'm typically against the use of any drug for recreational purposes, but I am fine with using it for medical reasons because I have seen the difference in can make.


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Re: Marijuana legalisation - August 11th 2016, 06:15 AM

My state will be supposedly legalizing medical use in the next month or so, but there are a bunch of restrictions on the ways it can be consumed and you can still get fired or be denied a job if it shows up on a drug test, even with proof that it's for medical reasons. I would actually qualify for it if I wanted, but I don't. It treats my symptoms, not my underlying condition, and with medication, I don't have symptoms to begin with. I'm all for people having access to a drug/medication that works for them. I don't think a little bit of recreational marijuana is reason to give someone a permanent, criminal record, but there would need to be some laws in place for recreational use, like there are with alcohol.


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Re: Marijuana legalisation - August 11th 2016, 11:32 AM

It's a touchy subject cannabis. I'm conflicted as my dad is a cop, he has to uphold the law and therefore cannabisis bad, however there are those suffering from medical issues where weed is the only real thing that helps the pain. I believe over here in the UK that it should be legalised for medical purposes on a prescription, not for recreational use.


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Re: Marijuana legalisation - August 11th 2016, 12:39 PM

Banning anything has never helped shit. Remember how hard drugs were banned and now there's literally no drug issues all around the world?


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Re: Marijuana legalisation - August 11th 2016, 12:42 PM

I believe it should be legal both recreationally and also prescribed medicinally.


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Re: Marijuana legalisation - August 11th 2016, 12:56 PM

Seeing as I'm about to go to class with a good buzz, yeah, I definitely think it should be legal. My quality of life has definitely increased since I started smoking.
*This isn't an endorsement for anyone to break their laws and smoke weed, I just happen to live in a place where I would only get a $25 fine for smoking.


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Re: Marijuana legalisation - August 11th 2016, 02:29 PM

I get the impression that banning or legalizing such things only serves strategic purposes.

Banning these sorts of things, lowers the public health costs associated with misuse of the substance, assuming there are enough resources (law enforcement) to enforce the ban, which also costs money.

Whereas legalizing these sorts of things, deprives criminals of the money they make from these kinds of substances. This money can instead be taxed. But public health issues relating to misuse of addictive substances would rise, which is always expensive as shit.

All it comes down to, is personal whims. How authoritarian/anarchic people who vote are (which can be influenced and manipulated).

But there are problems which extend further than street gangs and smugglers, public health issues, law enforcement, and taxes. If these sorts of substances are to be legalized on a large scale... are you sure the existing pharmaceutical corporations can be trusted? Because I am sure as hell some of them would fight to take over the business, and grow even bigger from it. This could lead to a chain of causality which nobody can predict, in other words: risk.

The government giving up control and lifting bans, doesn't necessarily mean that control dissipates equally over the population. It may just get passed along to some other entity/organization over which the public has little vote or say.

This sounds conspiratorial, but I'm not actually accusing anyone of anything. I have a vague idea of what some people are capable of, and I don't trust them. That's all.

If it's to be legalized, it needs to be done in small steps, where the consequences can be observed and responded to/controlled incrementally. But whether it should or shouldn't be legalized depends on the culture, times, and people's whims/priorities. I can't think of a single "right" answer here.

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