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  •  Pro-legalization, of course. (6+ / 0-)

    I think the argument is very strongly one-sided. The current policy makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I certainly hope a significant first step can be made by passing Prop 19.

    "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech..." - First Amendment to the United States Constitution

    by Dem 724 on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 04:07:04 PM PDT

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    •  i think the biggest issue now (6+ / 0-)

      is people don't want to admit they're wrong: police officers, politicians, .. they've spent their lives defending old policies and old thinking. keeping the tradition going saves them face.

      one could argue business interests are against it as well (drug-testers for employment for instance, but also beer and cigarette manufacturers)

      •  They are paid to be against legalization... (7+ / 0-)

        If Marijuana is legalized the funding for "The War on (Some) Drugs" will dry up or be reduced significantly.

        When someone is paid to say something, no matter how wrong or illogical it may be, he will continue to say it because that is what he is paid to do.  Just look at all the crap the repuglicans spew.

        I am here to represent the democratic wing of the Democratic Party. Roar louder!

        by Josiah Bartlett on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 04:29:03 PM PDT

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      •  You're right. (3+ / 0-)

        Tradition is a terrible reason to maintain a failed policy. Unfortunately, logic and reason seem not to prevail in government.

        Option 3 in the poll is actually the most nonsensical. Consider how many die every year from those, while I do not believe marijuana itself has ever killed anyone (if anything, the illegality of it has resulted in lives destroyed). It's much better to allow people to use responsibly and for individuals to make their own choice as to what they wish to put into their bodies.

        "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech..." - First Amendment to the United States Constitution

        by Dem 724 on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 04:34:04 PM PDT

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