Legalizing marijuana; Cha-ching - page 8

by MunoRN

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I was aware one benefit of legalizing marijuana was to reduce government spending on enforcement, litigation, and imprisonment, but I guess I hadn't realized the extent of potential revenue. From Washington state's expected... Read More


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    quote.>>> Nov 14 by Spidey's mom

    I have no problem with medical marijuana for adults with real problems. The issue here in California is people are using the medical marijuana loophole and getting the 215 card simply to get high. That demeans the real patients who actually need it. That is what bothers me.
    Funny - in my school district nurse/public health nurse meeting today . . . there is a new student from Washington who came to school with a prescription for some kind of marijuana (still trying to figure it out) for seizure disorder. He's 7. >>>>>>>
    It sounds like there are plenty of loopholes.Generally it looks like marijuana use will be restricted to adults just like alcohol has been.Loopholes are everywhere,in every system and people have always found them but that does not mean you scrap the entire system.
    I can't understand how using that loophole to get a script and smoke demeans the patients who really are ill.That's similar to the argument against gay marriage-the one that says permitting gay marriage belittles hetero marriages .I don't think that's a valid argument.I'm uncomfortable seeing a same sex couple make out in public (I don't want to see ANYONE make out in public,really) but I support their equal rights. I also vote "yes" in support of everyone who wants to smoke a doob-it's not going to hurt me at all...
    As for prescribing it to a 7 yr old-obviously we are not ready for that,it still carries a stigma.Look at the long term side effects of any medication given to children.Scary.Maybe marijuana will prove to have many more benefits then we know of today.Ingestible marijuana is going to be big business.Imagine children taking a capsule in the morning before school in lieu of ritalin or something similar...
    To quote " Oh,my head! I'm so stoned".......I just can't wrap my head around that scenario myself but I do equate a few cocktails after work with a few tokes and I am looking forward to the day after I retire and I can roll that BIG FAT DOOBIE TOO....
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    I do know certainly that medical marijuana has helped hospice patients of mine. I don't think it's a drug without benefits. Seems like a lot of you probably know more about it in the medical setting than I do........I did ask a question in the hospice forum if anyone wants to go up there.......seemed wrong to put it here.
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    That's a good example of common marijuana use is even when illegal.

    Washington's marijuana legalization initiative actually lowered the level of TCH required to charge a a driver with DUI, so I guess I'm a little confused, if you're concerned about marijuana related DUI, why did you vote against a law that makes it harder to get away with marijuana related DUI?
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    Quote from MunoRN
    That's a good example of common marijuana use is even when illegal.Washington's marijuana legalization initiative actually lowered the level of TCH required to charge a a driver with DUI, so I guess I'm a little confused, if you're concerned about marijuana related DUI, why did you vote against a law that makes it harder to get away with marijuana related DUI?
    i posted that for information only...without a comment of my own. I thought it might be useful to hear what LEP have to say about it.
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    my worry is that more people will be driving after smoking mj...but i won't be one of them.
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    It's a valid concern. However, I truly believe, given how freely available pot was over alcohol at my daughters high school that there won't be many more "stoners" after legalization than beforehand. I suppose time will tell. Pretty much we're test states for the rest of the country.
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    That's certainly a reasonable concern TNT, although there's little reason to believe that marijuana use will significantly increase beyond it's already "high" levels (sorry). The Washington law does however strengthen the marijuana DUI law, and provides about $900,000 a year in extra funds to enforce those laws.
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    Quote from MunoRN
    That's certainly a reasonable concern TNT, although there's little reason to believe that marijuana use will significantly increase beyond it's already "high" levels (sorry). The Washington law does however strengthen the marijuana DUI law, and provides about $900,000 a year in extra funds to enforce those laws.
    yeah, yeah, yeah. but it is still federally illegal. are we testing the strength of federal laws? People can smoke it or not, I don't care...but there will be unintended consequences with this, just as there are with anything else.
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    Quote from ktwlpn
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    I can't understand how using that loophole to get a script and smoke demeans the patients who really are ill.That's similar to the argument against gay marriage-the one that says permitting gay marriage belittles hetero marriages .I don't think that's a valid argument.I'm uncomfortable seeing a same sex couple make out in public (I don't want to see ANYONE make out in public,really) but I support their equal rights. I also vote "yes" in support of everyone who wants to smoke a doob-it's not going to hurt me at all...
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    The law was put in place for people who are ill - not for 18 year old's to get high.

    I've told my kids if they want to legalize marijuana for recreational use, then work hard to get a law passed. That's the right thing to do.

    Don't get high on the backs of legitimately sick people. Namely, many of my hospice patients. I take it personally because I'm their advocate.

    It has nothing to do with the gay marriage scenario, in my opinion. The folks who are in favor of gay marriage are working hard to get a law passed. That's the right way to do it.


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