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April 17th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Gail McLean

    I want to point out that cannabis is not addictive, it is habit forming much the same way television is.
    Alcohol, nicotine, heroine, methamphetamine, prescription drugs all cause PHYSICAL DEPENDANCE. This means you experience symptoms of varying intensity like shaking, increased heart rate, extreme irritability, even hallucination and sometimes death when trying to get off the drug.
    Cannabis on the other hand does not manifest any withdrawal symptoms other than disappointment at being out; similar to what is experienced when the electricity goes off and there is no television.

    April 20, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  2. Lynn

    Legalize drugs? How about introducing kids to stories like "Go Ask Alice?" the diary of a girl duped into drug use who became hooked, sold herself as a child prostitute and ultimately ended up dead?

    Or how about introducing kids to people who have used drugs to see the fruits of their investment...or the moms who abuse, neglect or kill their kids because the cocaine has made them so eratic.

    And let's show our kids that we're serious about killing the cancer that blights our society and kill the pushers...we kill unborn babies, why not drug pushers?

    April 20, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  3. Escher

    We only get a short moment in existence. Let people experience it as they choose. You might even find that once you have a society that the individual can respect, more individuals will respect our society and it's order.

    Fascism or Moral Law as calculated from the base point of Individual rights. Fascism is fine as long as it's in line with your prejudices..??

    April 20, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  4. Patrick

    As long as they help people caught up in the bad stuff this is an acceptable idea.

    Where problems arise is if some kid gets caught with marijuana by a cowboy cop or school official with a retarded zero tolerance policy. Marijuana users being forced through the grinder same as hard drug addicts only hurts our kids.

    The result is the same as putting a j-walker in prison for 10 years with murderers and gang bangers.

    We need to let go of the stigma around marijuana before we can really focus efforts on helping people with real drug problems.

    Marijuana really does get in the way of the work we need to be doing with regards to meth, heroin and other highly toxic drugs.

    April 18, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  5. Bernice

    This is wonderful news for the minors in this country! Indeed it is!! As for the adults, I am a firm believer that the reinstating our rights as US American citizens rearding the wonderful plant known as cannabis, should be legalized immediately. If it were not for the prohibition wrongfully done to our citizens here in the country then this issue today would not have even been an issue. What a sincere waste of time, energy, taxpayers money, and moral integrity in this country. They should finally put the issue of drugs on a national ballot and let the educated people of America FINALLY decide for themselves. Cannabis can be used as a wonderful way to help society as a whole. People just need to become better educated on the subject for most of the "myths" surrounding it are just plain "untruths". Maybe "We as a people" can be heard! This news for our teenages, however, is the first step in the right direction. God speed to all for it should have been taken care of by "the people" , long, long ago.

    April 18, 2009 at 5:18 am |
  6. J from Tx

    That sounds great. People that get addicted to hard drugs like meth, cocaine, heroine, alcohol and pills should get treatment instead of hard time. Community service is a good idea too. Let them still be a benefit to society instead of a burden. Good to see the government can still take a step in the right direction. Just makes me wonder why they don't take more...... is it really that hard of a road to walk.

    April 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  7. Meldon Macon

    I couldn't agree more about having more treatment available for people like myself who went through rehab without going to jail first. Having said that, I truly believe that there should be more awareness and attention focused on how these individuals are treated because in my experience, the people who came through the system were treated much better and received much more care such as housing, dental, and personal counseling etc. Addicts who manage to luckily get into treatment without coming through the system do not bring in the funding, so as a result they're often treated much differently which is a shame.

    April 17, 2009 at 1:23 pm |