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  •  sorry (0+ / 0-)

    but while this is an excellent diary it's also terribly one sided.

    You don't even consider that decriminalization very well could be a neccessary intermediate step.

    I think ultimately pot will get legalized but decriminalizing actually accomplishes

    I can understand that waiting sucks but sometimes we have to walk before we run and it's alot easier to sell decriminalization then legalization.

    •  Would you have said the same about alcohol? (1+ / 0-)
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      I understand what you're saying.  My point is that when all of the violence around marijuana distribution isn't solved by decriminalization, I'm afraid there'll be a lot of people who mistakenly believe it's because it's marijuana, not because the black market still exists.

      Decriminalization won't necessarily raise a lot of tax revenue, either, which is the ONLY reason some people (like my conservative dad) think it should be legalized in the first place.

      On a side note, it seems like an issue even Republicans could love.  What could possibly make them happier than a tax they can assess to 'hippies'?

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      by YoyogiBear on Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 01:48:16 AM PST

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      •  yes I would have (0+ / 0-)

        if the situation was the same.

        To me the biggest selling point is I am of the opnion that pushing for legalization now is foolish and impatient.

        At best I think it's 10-20 years that route.

        By doing this in small steps, decriminalizing weed showing that that doesn't throw our society in chaos we pave the way forward.

        I agree the postives are all there but as this is a huge change it's best done slowly as people will accept it better.

        Like it or not people don't like feeling like thier world was just up ended.

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