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Posted on 11/20/2012 6:21:02 PM PST by Libloather
UN official calls for marijuana ballot rollback
AP / November 20, 2012
VIENNA (AP) The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.
Raymond Yans says the approvals send a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad.
Yans heads the International Narcotics Control Board.
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Someone's bucking for a cabinet position. /sarc
I live in Washington State and am wondering why having more pot available to people is a good thing? I voted against it for that very reason.
Same here in Washington. Nice to meet you.
It has nothing to do with cannabis, and everything to do with challenging big government, IMO.
I’m with you for the most part, but not on the antibiotics. When people misuse them, they ruin their effectiveness for all of us. We’re already losing the race with bacteria building resistance, if we let everyone misuse them to their heart’s content, I’d be willing to bet antibiotics would be worthless within our lifetimes.
Those in your government dont care whether there is more pot or not. There priorities are first raising revenue by taxing pot smokers and second reducing the number of non-violent offenders in their jails.
Not a pot smoker myself but I can understand the point. Jailing pot smokers makes little sense unless they are driving under the influence.
But somebody that wants to sit at home listening to Pink Floyd while eating pizza and smoking pot does not present a danger to the public worthy of imprisonment.
If they can reduce taxation on booze by taxing pot and keep more violent criminals in jail longer by not sending pot smokers to jail they got my vote.
I have used an extremely small amount of them in my lifetime, because I know the risks. I have used them less than I have been prescribed them. If knowledge was king, rather than blind trust of authorities, such as doctors, the people could be trusted to make just as good as decisions as professionals and without the added pressure of being used to make money off from them. I think most people would get medical consultation anyway, but would be more responsible about their own personal medical decisions.
Interesting thing is that with my pets I often out knowledge the vets, who finally come to the point of prescribing what I knew was best in the first place.
I don't want to pay for this.
The war on drugs has been a dismal failure by any measure.
People are smoking it now - better to have the money for it come to the state coffers than to drug cartels in Mexico where it funds violence.
And finally it's a stand up vote for states rights.
“People are smoking it now - better to have the money for it come to the state coffers than to drug cartels in Mexico where it funds violence.”
Hm...so you want more pot at cheaper prices (possibly) and widespread availability so your kids and grandkids can be taught that - because pot is legal - it is okay to smoke? I agree with you on States’ rights - no problem. But to have a hallucinogenic substance widely availabe in a free society cannot produce anything good. There will be more impaired people on the road...just like alcohol. I would rather pay for an unending “war” than open the door and let the Trojan horse in the front gate.
How have we survived all these years with spray paint sitting on the shelves at Wal-Mart?
People assume this means more people will smoke it. Wrong. Study after study after study has shown that legalizing a drug actually results in less use of it. What it means is that those who already smoke it will not be jailed and they will pay taxes on it.
Many of the largest public supporters are judges, police officers, attorneys and ex-DEA. That in itself is telling.
a recent study by the World Health Organization showing that the U.S. -- despite being the home of the global "war on drugs" -- has the highest rates of marijuana and cocaine use in the world. Indeed, Americans use drugs at a higher rate than people in other countries that have modernized their laws by treating drugs as more of a health -- rather than a criminal -- issue. It's clear that creating harsh penalties for drugs doesn't reduce use, and the absence of harsh penalties doesn't lead large numbers of people who wouldn't otherwise imbibe to become addicted to dangerous drugs.
“Study after study after study has shown that legalizing a drug actually results in less use of it.”
Hm...who did these “studies”? Because econ 101 tells you that if it is legal, the cost will (aside from taxes) go down. When cost and the social stigma go down, use will go up. It’s just that simple.
Does anyone see the social problems, dependence and increase mental health chaos associated with legalized marijuana. Holy Cow!! what kind of idiots voted this in in Colorado and Washington? Pot destroys brains and destroyed brains end up wards of the state. The taxpayers of Colorado and Washington will figure this out after 10 or 20 years of marijuana exposure to their kids. It’s ridiculous. Marijuana is not a benign drug and it only generates more Democrats.
As it already has. Is it any wonder that states that want it legal are democratic states. Drugs open the soul to demonic oppression/possession. Demons lie, on a subconscious level, continuously to their hosts. Demons naturally spawn democrats, who are basically evil, to say the least.