If the PEOPLE are going to have the best Healthcare system in the world, then the PEOPLE should have access to the BEST drugs in the world.
It's a proven fact the marijuana aids in such HEALTH conditions such as glaucoma, nausea associated with "chemotherapy"...etc.
But, then again, that would cut into the zillion dollar "pharmaceutical" industry...wouldn't it?
It's a natural growing WEED.
Why it won't be legalized...same reason as you can't make your own liquor...ie: Moonshine...the GOVERNMENT will loose TAX MONEY!

"Cannabis was criminalized in the United States in 1937 due to Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Several theories try to explain why it is illegal in most Western societies. Jack Herer, a cannabis legalization activist and writer, argues that the economic interests of the paper and chemical industry were a driving force to make it illegal.[24][25][26] Another explanation is that beneficial effects of hemp would lower the profit of pharmaceutical companies which therefore have a vital interest to keep cannabis illegal.[27] Those economic theories were criticized for not taking social aspect into account. The illegalization was rather a result of racism directed to associate American immigrants of Mexican and African descent with cannabis abuse.[28]"

Cut the South American/Mexican suppliers out!

Oh, but then, the DEA would have to cut back on thousand of overpaid agents...not to mention the zillions of dollars gained by "confiscation" of property/cash.

ps: You anti-pot dopers keep sucking your Valium, Xanax, whatever it takes...to make you feel "better".
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Originally posted by Tomme73:
Cage, do you suffer from one of the ailments you listed in your defense of marijuana?


No...Thank God. I do know people whom have gone thru chemo...it was ugly.
Others I've known, that have used "grass" and I don't mean recreational, have sworn by it.
By the way, HomerBob thinks you are a pothead...
I am not a pot user, never have been. But I agree with Cage. But it is like everything else, so much crap floating around for and against it, you do not know what to think. I think alcohol is alot worse than pot. But ppl will abuse anything. Look, they snort gas and paint fumes.
But it is a known FACT that pot helps ppl going thru chemo get their appetite back. For that reason alone, I support it. Will I ever smoke it, lets hope I never get cancer and lose my appetite. If it was my only recourse, yes I would. And I do not think law abiding citizens should have to break the law to get medical help. Another benefit, all these petty criminals in jail for pot, they could get out and make room for these violent criminals that are getting out early.
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Originally posted by mad American:
Dang when I retire, the first thang I am gonna do is roll a big ol doobie and get high. And cage is right.


OK, u will invite us over right? Cause, how things are going now, if someone is ever able to retire, we all need to see it and enjoy it with them Smiler
If for no other reason I would say legalize it just to put the drug lords out of business. Legalize it and tax it! The price would go down due to competition and not having a risk of going o jail for growing it, additionally the tax on the crap could be high enough that prices just level out to about what they are now and we end up with a nice new stream of revenue without the price climbing to where there would be much of black market for the product. With this done the drug cartels shrink and weaken making them easier to defeat as law enforcement would be able to use more resources for eradicating our country of the more harmful drugs such as crack, meth, opiates, etc.
No, no, no. It produces bad ole smoke that causes passers by to break out wheezing if they get just a little whiff. Your clothes will stink and your lungs will suffer and second hand smoke will cause all sorts of illnesses for your children--aside from the bad example you are setting for them. Kidding aside, you sound like those nuts on MSNBC who want to legalize all drugs. Sure, lets all get loopy and become slugs. Just what we need, more slugs.
I've been spending a fair amount of time in California the last couple of years. Even though marijuana is only legal for medical use according to state law (still illegal by federal law) it is readily available to just about anyone. That being said I don't notice any great difference in the behavior of the people out there from the people around here. In my opinion the casual observer will probably not notice any major behavioral changes in public due to the legalization of marijuana for medical or casual use. Societal changes are another matter. Decriminalization will result in fewer people having their lives and that of their families disrupted by the legal system. Violent crime associated with the dealing of marijuana would probably disappear. Tax revenue would increase. I suspect that employers will still be able to restrict hiring and prohibit use by their employees.
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Originally posted by F350:
I've been spending a fair amount of time in California the last couple of years. Even though marijuana is only legal for medical use according to state law (still illegal by federal law) it is readily available to just about anyone. That being said I don't notice any great difference in the behavior of the people out there from the people around here. In my opinion the casual observer will probably not notice any major behavioral changes in public due to the legalization of marijuana for medical or casual use. Societal changes are another matter. Decriminalization will result in fewer people having their lives and that of their families disrupted by the legal system. Violent crime associated with the dealing of marijuana would probably disappear. Tax revenue would increase. I suspect that employers will still be able to restrict hiring and prohibit use by their employees.


Exactly!
Just be sure to watch out for that forklift driver...or, "Granny" in her Cadillac...on Cox Creek Parkway...that just ate a "legal" Xanax!

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