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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Actually, alcohol has sent plenty of people into a kind of hell, arguably of their own making, but few drinkers set out to be alcoholics or killers of small children in auto accidents. The stuff can be lethal, adds billions of dollars in harm costs to state budgets (hospital, police etc).

So why would anyone want to add another legal mind/judgement altering substance to the mix? The day after it was voted “legal” in WA state, a stoned kid had an accident that injured six others, a couple critically. It’s just the beginning.


19 posted on 11/15/2012 9:01:59 AM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Veto!
So why would anyone want to add another legal mind/judgement altering substance to the mix?

You were naïvely living in a world where you believed there was no marijuana in Washington State until November 6th?

22 posted on 11/15/2012 9:15:34 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: Veto!
Actually, alcohol has sent plenty of people into a kind of hell, arguably of their own making, but few drinkers set out to be alcoholics or killers of small children in auto accidents. The stuff can be lethal, adds billions of dollars in harm costs to state budgets (hospital, police etc).

So why would anyone want to add another legal mind/judgement altering substance to the mix?

Do you support subtracting a legal mind/judgement altering substance from the mix by returning to Prohibition?

The day after it was voted “legal” in WA state, a stoned kid had an accident that injured six others, a couple critically.

Marijuana remains illegal until enabling legislation is passed, so your anecdote proves nothing.

26 posted on 11/15/2012 9:24:41 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("mouth piece from the pit of hell" (Bellflower, 11/10/2012))
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To: Veto!

“Actually, alcohol has sent plenty of people into a kind of hell, arguably of their own making, but few drinkers set out to be alcoholics or killers of small children in auto accidents.”

Well, “actually” most people who consume alcohol not only do not “set out to become alcoholics or killers of small children in auto accidents”, and in fact MOST do not obtain either one of those attributes during their life time of alcohol consumption.

And guess what, MOST recreational consumers of marijuana are no different in those respects; they do not become marijuan addicts at any higher rate than do alcohol consumers become alcoholics, nor do they become “killers of small children in auto accidents” at any greater rate than consumers of alcohol.

“Substance abuse” is subtance abuse, regardless of the chemical/drug involved amd certain incidents and certain occupations require checking for substance abuse as a matter of public safety. Decriminalization of marijuana will not change that. It might even stir greater vigilance about it, with regard to all “legal” substances that can be abused, when it comes to both transportation accidents (of all kinds) and occupations with a high priority concern for public safety.


36 posted on 11/15/2012 10:06:28 AM PST by Wuli
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