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POLL: Americans Favor Legalization of Marijuana 51-44%
CNSNews.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.

Posted on 12/05/2012 6:45:57 AM PST by CNSNews.com

Americans favor the legalization of marijuana 51 to 44 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning.

The poll showed a substantial gender and age gap on the issue:

-- Men favored legalization 59 to 36 percent, but women opposed it, 52 to 44 percent.

-- Americans 18 to 29 years old support legalization 67 to 29 percent, while those over 65 years oppose it, 56 to 35 percent.

-- Respondents between 30 and 44 years old also support the idea of legalization, 58 to 39 percent, while Americans between 45 and 64 are more closely divided, 48 to 47 percent.

The poll noted that the racial split evident in American politics is “barely noticeable” on this question, as 50 percent of white voters and 57 percent of black voters favor legalization.

Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said of the data:

"With the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes legal in about 20 states, and Washington and Colorado voting this November to legalize the drug for recreational use, American voters seem to have a more favorable opinion about this once-dreaded drug."

Brown believes the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. is inevitable: “It seems likely…given the better than 2-1 majority among younger voters, legalization is just a matter of time.”


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1 posted on 12/05/2012 6:46:01 AM PST by CNSNews.com
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Oy vey. Where is the pi of the guy holding his forehead?


2 posted on 12/05/2012 6:51:41 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: CNSNews.com

All the usual jokes will follow of course.

But it can’t help but be noted that Demon Rum and Reefer Madness weren’t memes dreamed up and promoted by social conservatives, who lamented social ills tied to such things but never seriously considered a blanket ban. That had to wait for the progressives of the corresponding eras, and created an unwinnable war, or rather a war whose attempts to win were wrongly formulated. Ideas of personal responsibility for misuse of the creation went by the board as demonizing inanimate parts of the creation came into vogue.


3 posted on 12/05/2012 6:56:27 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: CNSNews.com

Wow. About the same poll results that show preference to sodomy, collectivism, and abortion, according to the election results...


4 posted on 12/05/2012 7:00:58 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (I hope we're ready to get a real candidate next time. C'mon GOP! <BCC><)
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To: CNSNews.com

Let’s legalize Heroin!

Why not?


5 posted on 12/05/2012 7:04:05 AM PST by Obadiah (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: CNSNews.com
Listen, I smoked my fair share of pot in college. It ruined my post-college life. I don't care if it's legalized, but let's be honest here:

With the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes legal in about 20 states

emphasis mine

They're dishonestly pushing this agenda under the guise of medicine. They need to just come out and say, "We want pot to be legal for any and all purposes, not just medicinal."

The Lefties are even dishonest with themselves. You can't delude the foolish.

6 posted on 12/05/2012 7:05:52 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: CNSNews.com

Sure, why the hell not.

After all, we appear to be building a Welfare State where not finishing your education or even be able to get up for work on time will ever be an issue again.

And Obama will soon force us out of our cars and onto the Glorious Bullet Trains of the Collective, so no more Driving While Stoned charges to contend with.


7 posted on 12/05/2012 7:07:18 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: rarestia
Absolutely. It's the old "abortion should be safe, legal and rare" thing -- when you know they have no interest at all in the "rare" part. Any effort to curb abortion is met with some particular sob story involving rape and incest and the health of the mother, and an outraged "You don't care about that girl!"

The abortion argument is an argument for 50 million dead babies because people couldn't be bothered to be responsible.
The "medical marijuana" argument is an argument in favor of listening to Pink Floyd through headphones and having a really good time.

And most people are afraid to say so.

8 posted on 12/05/2012 7:10:47 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

There was a popular study published in the 90s that showed the effects of abandoning the US “War on Drugs.” It was skewed, but some of the budgetary numbers were staggering. If they legalized all schedule drugs, completely legal for purchase at a gas station, for instance, you’d likely have massive die off from overdoses initially, but the money saved year-to-year could be used to universally fund drug rehab programs across the country for those who become addicted.

I’m not exactly for that, there need to be constraints, but the numbers were pretty eye-opening.


9 posted on 12/05/2012 7:14:01 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia
Well, on just about any topic, there are moral arguments to be made, and there are economic arguments to be made -- and those arguments do not always align with each other.

I can see how legalizing drugs might have a benefit economic effect.
But, for me, the moral argument trumps the economic argument. I speak from some experience when I say that drugs have messed up a lot of individuals and a lot of families. I do not want our society to say "That stuff is OK" -- because it isn't OK.

10 posted on 12/05/2012 7:28:27 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: Obadiah

Let’s legalize Heroin!

Why not?


Who’s deterred by the fact that it’s illegal?

In reality, freedom has its costs. But a police state is more costly.


11 posted on 12/05/2012 7:29:44 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

As previously stated, marijuana and alcohol completely decimated my life, professionally and personally, so I’m completely understanding of the moral argument. At this point the economic benefit would be a drop in the bucket overall, and the drug-addled masses would be easier to cow into voting booths or gulags.


12 posted on 12/05/2012 7:32:21 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

So are you in favor of re-imposing Prohibition on alcohol?


13 posted on 12/05/2012 7:34:43 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: rarestia
They're dishonestly pushing this agenda under the guise of medicine

You're absolutely right. I still think that medicinal pot makes sense, though.

Many moons ago, my uncle was undergoing chemo. A friendly doc "talked hypothetically" about using pot to counter some of the side effects. Keep in mind that this would have been back in the 70s or early 80s. Pot was strictly verboten.

Uncle said that it didn't help with the nausea, but it did let him get some sleep, and that was 50% of the battle.

My uncle, however, was far from being a pot-head. Used it like you would any other medicine....just to treat a problem, or alleviate some symptoms, and he stopped taking it when it was no longer needed.

I think that there's plenty more that could be done with - for instance, opiates for pain relief - as far as medicine in this country, if it weren't for the fools who abuse drugs, the lawyers who are looking to stick up drug companies, and the government bureaucrats who are looking to "help". God save us rational people from all of the fools.

14 posted on 12/05/2012 7:35:58 AM PST by wbill
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To: Strategerist

Not at all. As stated, I’m all for the legalization of pot. 21 year old legal purchasing age, tax it to Hell and back. It would still be cheaper, both monetarily and judiciously, than buying illegally.

Just because pot and alcohol destroyed my life doesn’t mean it destroys everyones’ life.


15 posted on 12/05/2012 7:37:06 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Blue Collar Christian

Exactly what I was going to say.

Not only do they want legal marijuana, they probably want whats left of America’s workforce to buy it for them. Free dope for everybody.


16 posted on 12/05/2012 7:38:17 AM PST by Venturer
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To: rarestia
Your post is spot on (minus you blaming the plant in your post-college life).

I support legalizing marijuana. You want to smoke the plant? go right ahead, it is up to the user to be responsible or face the consequences (and no, we don't need any more laws, we have plenty to cover damn near every little facet of life already).
I can not stand this "medical marijuana" jive. It insults my intelligence and is nothing more than a ruse.

17 posted on 12/05/2012 7:38:41 AM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: CNSNews.com

Rome is burning!


18 posted on 12/05/2012 7:40:19 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: wbill

My grand-aunt was dying from stage 3 breast cancer back in the 90s. She looked hale and hearty for several months until she was admitted to Hospice care in her final month. On her deathbed she admitted to all of the family that pot was her secret weapon against the chemo and when she couldn’t smoke it anymore in Hospice, the decline was quick.

If nothing else, I want it to be legal to study. By virtue of being schedule I, even universities can’t study it, and I think that’s a damn shame.


19 posted on 12/05/2012 7:40:59 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Strategerist

I was waiting to see how long it would take for someone to bring up that old BS.

I knew you were there.


20 posted on 12/05/2012 7:41:06 AM PST by Venturer
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To: CNSNews.com
Interesting times.

The federal governemnt has no enumerated power that would enable them to either criminalize or legalize marijuana. To borrow from Clarence Thomas, they've "appropriated state police powers under the guise of regulating commerce", but they hold no legitimate authority by an "original intent" reading of the Commerce Clause. Having usurped the power from the states, they proceeded to delegate it to the UN by treaty, and now they claim it's out of their hands and they can't do anything about it.

21 posted on 12/05/2012 7:43:04 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Michael Barnes

Over the course of several years in the program (AA), I’ve accepted all responsibilities for my behaviors and consequences for my actions. I don’t blame pot for who I became after college, I blame myself for not being adult enough to give it up.


22 posted on 12/05/2012 7:43:18 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: CNSNews.com
It will never happen.

There is too much power for government in the War on Some Drugs.

No government, especially totalitarian socialist governments, ever voluntarily relinquish a shred of power.

23 posted on 12/05/2012 7:46:44 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
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To: CNSNews.com
There is no Federal Art 1 Sec 8 power to run a "drug war".

End the DEA and let the State's write their own "drug" laws.

24 posted on 12/05/2012 7:48:17 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: showme_the_Glory

This thread reminds me of my friend’s son who has been out of college nearly 2 years with huge student debt and no prospects for a real job.

Despite this he cast his vote for Gary Johnson. And he said that the fact Colorado decriminalized pot was the most significant thing to happen on Election Day.


25 posted on 12/05/2012 7:48:17 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: rarestia
Exactly.

I should state that I'm one of a very few people I know (of my generation) who haven't tried pot. When I was in college, it just never appealed to me. And now that I'm working and supporting a family, I've got more important things to think about than foolishness like that. :-)

Personally, I am *not* in favor of legalizing pot (or any other illegal drugs). I think that if something is "legal", then more people will use it - or use it more regularly - than would have normally. The populace is already over-doped, we don't need to pile on more drugs.

But to not study something that is clearly known to help.....To not prescibe (and monitor) a drug that has known benefits....to me, seems foolish.

26 posted on 12/05/2012 7:51:46 AM PST by wbill
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To: Venturer

How is Prohibition not relevant?

How is it that pretty much everyone knows a lot more people who have had their lives ruined by alcohol than by marijuana not relevant?

And speaking of “Old BS” that’s routinely trotted out, no, I’ve never tried marijuana in my life, or any other controlled substance (being Eastern European my dad would give me a little glass of beer from time to time from about the age of 8 on up.)

Though people will never admit it the real main reason people oppose marijuana legalization on FR is that they perceive it would give satisfaction to people they don’t like (”hippies”).


27 posted on 12/05/2012 7:53:39 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: ClearCase_guy
What is the moral argument for pot being illegal (when alcohol is legal)?

I think I can make a more compelling argument that the "War on Drugs" has been vastly more immoral then letting adults smoke pot.

28 posted on 12/05/2012 7:54:13 AM PST by jpsb
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To: ClearCase_guy
You can have a society that says "drugs are not OK", but which does not launch no-knock raids by quasi-military forces against the wrong house, in the middle of the night.

You can have a society that says "drugs are not OK", but which does not confiscate a man's real estate because unbeknownst to him, someone lit up a joint in one of its rooms.

29 posted on 12/05/2012 7:54:45 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Only liberals believe that people can be made virtuous via legislative enactment.)
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As a former Prosecutor, absolutely legalize it. Alcohol is legal (a big argument n favor) and we wasted way too much time on minor pot cases. The overwhelming number of people smoke it responsible like people who drink.

Keeping pot illegal is an utter waste of resources AND ... it should be up to the States not the Feds. O’dimwit should stop raiding pot dispensaries in States that have legalized it.


30 posted on 12/05/2012 7:58:02 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Obadiah
You know, we haven't been able to stop drug traffic inside maximum security prisons.

What makes you think we can stop it in a free country??

31 posted on 12/05/2012 7:58:34 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Only liberals believe that people can be made virtuous via legislative enactment.)
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Well, the path to conservative success is clear. The GOP should hold to the rest of its principles, but become the party of MJ legalization.


32 posted on 12/05/2012 7:59:37 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: RIghtwardHo

As a former Prosecutor, absolutely legalize it. Alcohol is legal (a big argument n favor) and we wasted way too much time on minor pot cases. The overwhelming number of people smoke it responsible like people who drink.

Keeping pot illegal is an utter waste of resources AND ... it should be up to the States not the Feds. O’dimwit should stop raiding pot dispensaries in States that have legalized it.”

Legalizing would also get the armed illegal alien Mexican drug cartel criminals who grow thousands of acres of it out of my neighborhood!


33 posted on 12/05/2012 8:00:37 AM PST by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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Within 5 years marijuana will be widely legalized just as gay marriage will be institutionalized and widespread. Today’s tobacco companies will be growing and processing pot which will be heavily taxed. The progressives will then be demanding legalization of heroin, meth, and consensual sexual relations between adults and children as well as adults and animals.

Fast forward 30 years. Progressive ambulance chaser lawyers will be filing class action suits against the pot/tobacco companies demanding big settlements for throat cancer caused by smoking weed or brain damage caused by dependence on pot. They’ll also be suing the Boy Scouts to allow consensual sex between troop leaders and scouts during campouts.

The envelope will keep getting pushed until we have anarchy and total destruction of the social fabric. From there civilization will have to rebuild.


34 posted on 12/05/2012 8:01:42 AM PST by Soul of the South
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To: Notary Sojac; jpsb
My long-standing position is as follows:

1) A Police State is a bad thing. Our war on drugs is prosecuted badly. I do not like quasi-military forces kicking in doors. I do not support property seizures. These are bad attempts to enforce a law.

2) I would support legalization of drugs -- but only after Government charity is ended. If you can be responsible and support yourself AND take drugs, then it is none of my business. BUT the current situation is that a lot of feckless people get in trouble with substance abuse -- and they use MY money to survive. I will support legalization AFTER people become free to die in alleys due to their bad decisions. Until we live in such a free country, I think making drugs illegal isn't so bad.

35 posted on 12/05/2012 8:02:31 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: Soul of the South
Yup. The Left always seems to look 30 years ahead. They play a long game and they have their eye on where they want to get to. Conservatives don't do that nearly as well. Looking 30 years ahead and asking "Where will we be?" is smart.

Too many people say "The case load at the county courthouse would be easier next month if we stopped prosecuting people for drugs". That sort of short-sighted thinking is why we're in a mess. We give in and give in and give in on all of our principles (moral society being a key principle) and then we get upset that everything is in decline.

36 posted on 12/05/2012 8:07:20 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Ok, thanks, I’ll respond later, but would like to point out that some states are trying to drug test recipients of state funds. So things are moving in your direction. I just do not like the tremendous power gov derived by the war on drugs and see that as a much greater evil then hippies smoking pot.


37 posted on 12/05/2012 8:09:35 AM PST by jpsb
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To: CNSNews.com

The majority of people and interest groups who think legalized pot is a great idea are also the very same self righteous citizens who go berserk over anyone lightng up a cigarette.

That usually includes not only liberals, who always want more government, but also those who think they are conservative but side with liberals in advocating more government control when someone engages in a legal practice they do not like.


38 posted on 12/05/2012 8:16:39 AM PST by Iron Munro (Big Moo & Bronco 'Bama = Robbing From The Hood and Boy Blunder)
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To: Beelzebubba

“In reality, freedom has its costs. But a police state is more costly.”

Legalizing drugs (even heroin and cocaine) isn’t going to reduce the “police state” now, or ever.

That’s here to stay, short of a revolution or “civil separation” of the states.


39 posted on 12/05/2012 8:31:50 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: wbill

I’m probably the only person you’ll ever meet, who went to the original Woodstock festival in 1969, and didn’t get high OR drunk...


40 posted on 12/05/2012 8:34:07 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: CNSNews.com

It’s been even or close to this for 3 decades

but what happens is the young folks polled get older and then tighten up on their views when they quit smoking dope or much less usage

myself..I don’t favor outright legalization but fairly light decrim

which a lot of places do already

pot is contentious mainly because here folks still see pot users as lefties

but that is simply not my experience anymore...I gave it up in 83 and 91...maybe 12-14 years total pot use in youth and later at 30

55 now...been since 21 years since a jay passed my lips

but I still know a lot of pot smokers and 90% of the ones I know...white southerners...are very conservative..God guns guts Don’t Tread on Me sorts

maybe up north as usual..it’s different

youth are left leaning whether they smoke dope or not these days...the most left leaning youth in my lifetime


41 posted on 12/05/2012 8:40:08 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: rarestia

If it’s for medicinal purposes, will it be paid for by our health insurance? Has anyone checked all those thousands of pages in the healthcare bill?


42 posted on 12/05/2012 8:40:47 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: reg45

In that case, alcohol should be paid for as well. After all, alcohol is often an ingredient in liquid medications such as NyQuil and in mouthwashes, for instance.


43 posted on 12/05/2012 8:44:34 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Michael Barnes
I can not stand this "medical marijuana" jive. It insults my intelligence and is nothing more than a ruse.

It's like the "health of the woman" clause they always insist upon for abortion laws. The "health" inevitably includes "mental health," which means that some doctor of psychiatry can say, "this woman will be emotionally distraught if she has to keep this baby..." and that clause becomes nothing more than a loophole.

Similar thing with "medicinal uses" of marijuana. "Medicinal uses" clause is big enough for a Mac truck to go through.

44 posted on 12/05/2012 8:57:43 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Strategerist

More BS

Youve got the arguments down pat LMAO.


45 posted on 12/05/2012 9:00:21 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Road Glide
I’m probably the only person you’ll ever meet, who went to the original Woodstock festival in 1969, and didn’t get high OR drunk...

Bill Clinton, is that you?


46 posted on 12/05/2012 9:02:52 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: CNSNews.com
None of this stuff should surprise anyone, after all, the hippie generation are now the elder statesman in America. As Yogi might say, forget about the bygone era...it's history.

The liberal utopia is on a bullet train now...next stop, Sodom, via Gomorrah.

47 posted on 12/05/2012 9:15:31 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: CNSNews.com

Medical meth to ensue,anything to stay out of reality.


48 posted on 12/05/2012 9:41:58 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: CNSNews.com

Y’know, if it is a choice between militarized cops kicking doors and shooting people’s dogs, and legalizing drugs, sign me up for legalizing drugs.


49 posted on 12/05/2012 10:04:51 AM PST by Little Ray (Get back to work. Your urban masters need their EBTs refilled.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Do you support honoring the Tenth Amendment in the case of WA and CO?


50 posted on 12/05/2012 10:26:03 AM PST by Ken H
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