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Should marijuana be legalized nationally for recreational use?

Marijuana, pot, weed, grass, the “good stuff” or the “bad stuff”… Whatever you want to call it, it’s a hot topic right now (and not just because it’s on fire).

Do you think that marijuana should be legalized nationally for recreational use?

As of 2021, 15 states have legalized marijuana for recreational use; additionally, 48 of the 50 states (Idaho and Nebraska are the outliers) allow for some type of marijuana use, whether it’s for medical or recreational purposes.

What do you think? Please tell us by voting in the poll below. Leave a comment, too, if you’re so inclined. Thanks!

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Turtlewax
7 months ago

Pot is not like alcohol and to compare it to alcohol is just plain ignorant. Pot does not clear out of your system within 24 hours or less like alcohol does. Pot chemicals acumulate in the fat cells in the brain and body and can take over a year to completely be dissipated. If you have ever heard of the expression “he’s a burn-out” or “burned-out”, they have gotten high so many times that they can’t get any higher and like any time you have too much of a “good thing”, your brain desensitizes to the level you are exposing it to so it requires more and more to get almost the same effect of feeling high. Pot is a total dead end for entertainment value. For medical uses, that may be a different story.

Phil
1 year ago

No. My wife and I worked in a children’s home for 7 years. Virtually every child there was admitted due to drug addiction by the parents. We don’t need more zoned out pathetic excuses for “parents.” I know it will soon be legal, but there will be a terrible cost to this in both human and financial terms. In the end, the problems caused will cost far more than the tax revenue brought in. Decriminalize it for small amounts but don’t legalize it.

Jeff Craig
1 year ago

The problem with asking this question here, is that most readers grew up believing ‘Reefer Madness’ and bought into Nancy Reagans, ‘Just say no’ program. Pot, like booze or gambling, is fine when done in moderation. Up here in WA State, like most other states that have legalized recreational use, there has been zero appreciable uptick in traffic accidents (in fact, traffic deaths climbed recently because of the pandemic freeing up roadways and people sped like the backstretch at Talladega!). Oregon has decriminalized all drugs, to get those with dependency issues in treatment (which is cheaper and more effective) rather than putting them ***** in jail. It’s a personal choice, and if it doesn’t hurt anyone, the Government shouldn’t stop me. (Bleeped by Diane)

Last edited 1 year ago by Jeff Craig
John Koenig
1 year ago

My experience over 30+ years as a Police Officer leaves NO DOUBT that marijuana IS a “gateway drug”. Very few people start with the “hard stuff”. MANY people however do not recognize that marijuana IS addictive and falsely believe marijuana is “safe”. Marijuana, unlike alcohol, stays in the system MUCH longer. I dread the thought of having to share the road with drivers who are “high” because they used marijuana days earlier. I would like to see MANDATORY BLOOD TESTING when there are reasonable grounds to believe the driver is under the influence of ANY mind altering substance. I’d even go so far that ALL motorists involved in motor vehicle accidents have their blood tested. Refuse the test and you FORFEIT your operating privileges FOREVER, period, end of story. The current National Drivers Data Base would be updated so that offenders could NOT get a new license in a different state. Those who try to “game” the system would know in advance of these strict, no nonsense penalties.

Dave
1 year ago
Reply to  John Koenig

Thank you for your 30 serving. It makes you more bias in your response than having actual facts. You are exposed to drug dealers and heavy abusers and you make incorrect associations that studies prove incorrect. This sounds more like old school policing beliefs.

Tom
1 year ago

The problem with legalMJ as with alcohol will be driving under the influence, with no way to test impairment. More accidents on road and deaths. As for increased taxes won’t happen. Will be bought and sold as it is now and no taxes will be collected.

Lynn
1 year ago

If it is legalized then I would hope that the politicians have the law say that there will be a lifetime removal of driving privileges for those that DUI. In addition, there should be absolutely no government benefits for those that waste money in this manner. Yes, I am dreaming since our so called governments are in the alcohol, tobacco, gambling and toll taking businesses.

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago

The effects of pot are like those of alcohol consumption so why not. I’m not going to use it but they have to have a good way to check for driving while under its influence.
It’s a personal decision you make to harm your lungs by smoking it.

Dave
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Weinfurt

You don’t need to smoke it. Edibles and drinks remove the harmful smoke effects.

Roger Marble
1 year ago

At least decriminalize it. If you won’t legalize it make it like a speeding ticket.

Brian Burry
1 year ago

Per UC Davis extensive studies on Marijuana, when it is burned, there are approximately 700 carcinogens which can lead to cancer. It always amazes me, that so many who detest smoking, who are concerned about 2nd hand smoke, want to promote Marijuana legal usage. It is far WORSE, than how terrible cigarettes are, yet the ignorance is just amazing! Under-the-influence of any substance that alters ones ability; whether it be to drive, operate machinery or a myriad of situations really speak volumes against this additional drug use. Please, think, read up to confirm my observations and comments for yourself. Then ask, “Do we really need this to add to the thousands of needless deaths and injuries, by encouraging such use?!”

Michael
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

I agree, as soon as they ban cigarettes and licquor! 🙂

Dave
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

Nobody is encouraging it. If you want it, you can grow it or buy it. Just like alcohol prohibition didn’t work.
You don’t need to smoke it and edibles are becoming much more popular as a replacement to smoking in legalized states. It is a safe and enjoyable method of consumption and creates new foodie opportunities.

Bradley Anderson
1 year ago

Legalizing it won’t increase the tax revenue drastically when you look at Ca heavily taxing it. The drug runs continue under the radar. Colorado shows how crime has risen as Dennis Smith pointed out.
It has been reported before that users at a young age suffer slower brain function at an older age. Not like alcohol where you can have one drink and still have reflexive controls, MJ doesn’t offer the same outcome.
I don’t consume either substance, I just know people who did MJ in their younger years and now don’t have as much rational as those who didn’t consume it regularly.

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

Marijuana is not a cure all. it will cause it’s own set of problems.

Beatriz Ameduri
1 year ago

If Alcohol is legal then yes Marijuana should be too.

Thomas D
1 year ago

Its heavily taxed but does anyone know how much money is there and what the money is spent on? Money spent on drugs is money not spent on something good or necessary, like food or rent.

Thomas Boltik
1 year ago

Legalize it. Tax it. Think of all the people in jail for possession. If you want it, you’ll get it. Take it out of the shadows and make it a revenue stream. He’ll, George Washington grew Hemp on his farm…he also grew tobacco and distilled Whiskey! My kind of President!

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas Boltik

He grew hemp on his farm, yes. So did a lot of farmers back in those days. They used it for making rope and utility fabrics, not to get high on. Hemp has low to no THC content.

Diane Mc
1 year ago

In California, the legal stuff is so expensive, due to taxes and regulation CA added, the illegal trade is just as big. I’m at the point that says the Feds should legalize it and get it over with. Then they can tax and regulate it and people can start whining about the cost of it and all the regulations to sell it, just like we do the other things the govt controls.

Thom
1 year ago

Been smoking for over 50 years. I don’t think I turned out so bad. Had a good 40 year career as a mechanic. Always kept weed in the same category as booze. Nice to have a drink or a smoke or both after work in the comfort of my own home.
It ain’t necessarily a “gateway” drug for everyone…
Folks who say you can OD on weed have never smoked it. At a certain point, you just don’t need/want any more.
As for those who just want to get high- grow up and get a job!

Rammer
1 year ago

I said it should be legalized even though I do not use and never will. My only reasons are that people who use it will buy it, legal or not! If it is legalized at least a significant (hopefully) tax will be charged to help offset education and rehabilitation of abusers!

Philip Sponable
1 year ago

All drugs legal… All drugs available… No prescriptions required… Natural Selection.

Edward Wullschleger
1 year ago

Yes. Give us individual freedom and then hold us responsible for our actions. That’s what I’m for.

John Macatee
1 year ago

There are many who benefit by keeping as many as possible under the influence,. The question is: is it better for families, children, education, physical health, safety, mental health, voting, personal finances, business? Yes, this is supposed to be a free country, but too many don’t understand and or care that their rights end when another’s are violated.

GeorgeB
1 year ago

It’s going to be legalized because that is the direction of young America. All about me, not you, mentality. The comparisons to Alcohol are so tiring. I can enjoy a social cocktail in a restaurant and have zero concerns of intoxication. Not the case with MJ. It is used for one purpose only and that is to get high. Also, we have been down this slippery slope of ‘live and let live’ enough times to know that legalizing MJ will only be the beginning. If it was used in their home, so be it. But the use will be anywhere that person chooses to use, with no regard for others having to smell it, working alongside you or driving a motor vehicle. Enough is never enough for drug users, they just want to get high and tell the rest of us it’s their right, so shut up and deal with their weakness.

patti panuccio
1 year ago
Reply to  GeorgeB

Not all on board are young Americans, some of us have been fighting for this for a long time. I am proud that my home state has just legalized it.
Alcohol has killed more of my friends than any other drug.

GeorgeB
1 year ago
Reply to  patti panuccio

You just made my argument. Alcohol and drugs, kill.

Boltman
1 year ago
Reply to  GeorgeB

Even enjoying an occasional cocktail impacts your brain functions. It’s not as safe as you assume. And not all people use marijuana to get high, just because the US doesn’t sanction the testing needed to prove the benefits of pain control and nausea relief from many drugs used to fight cancer and the like, doesn’t make ALL users drug addicts. And the old stories of “if you use marijuana it leads to stronger drugs” is total BS!
And as far as I am concerned the use of alcohol or marijuana should be used only in the home and not in public…

Last edited 1 year ago by Boltman
GeorgeB
1 year ago
Reply to  Boltman

Don’t think this question was regarding medical use, rather recreational use. Also, I am not assuming anything about one cocktail intoxication, follow the science.
Sooo, not one person ever, has had MJ lead to other drug use. Not sure what your field of expertise bases this comment on, but mine is based on experience from my profession. It also assumes MJ is not harmful. Tobacco companies told Americans this same story for decades.

Snayte
1 year ago
Reply to  GeorgeB

I can enjoy a social cocktail in a restaurant and have zero concerns of intoxication.”

This is incorrect. You are impaired after even one drink whether you realize it or not and can be a danger to others

GeorgeB
1 year ago
Reply to  Snayte

Can you name one State that makes driving with the blood alcohol level of .0055, illegal. That is one drink for average male. It should frighten us that there currently is no court approved test to determine MJ impairment.

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