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In the Crossfire: Legalize Marijuana?
January 3rd, 2014
04:45 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Legalize Marijuana?

Colorado did it. Will the nation follow?

Since Colorado has become the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, they have had lines wrapped around the corner with eager customers. But should we be worried? Or should the rest of the country follow in Colorado's lead?

We hash it out tonight at 6:30pm ET with former Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

We want you to weigh in: Should marijuana be legal nationwide?

Vote by tweeting Yes or No using #Crossfire or comment on our Facebook post. View results below or through our Poptip results page.

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  1. VIPelle

    What a hypocrite you are, Gingrich. You've admitted to using marijuana in college – would you have been better off had you been arrested for it?

    January 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  2. Ryan

    I love how far off people are from reality. Marijuana is a gateway drug. Oh it has no medical benefits. Marijuana is addictive. First off gateway drug, really? Really? I grew up in a small farm town in Southeastern Wisconsin. My friends and I were 6 years old helping out on a neighbors farm doing chores and after the chores all the adults would sit around drinking beers. We would ask for soda and the adults said soda have a beer just don't tell your parents. So I started drinking beer at the age of 6 and hard liquor by the age of 15-16. Sure marijuana was available around us, but we stuck to the "legal" stuff (alcohol). Granted it was still underage. I can't even begin to count how many times I felt like shit from drinking to much or just plain drinking on a empty stomach. Then I cut back on drinking when I turned about 17-19 and started smoking weed more. 11 years of drinking before turning to weed. So marijuana a gateway drug? Wasn't the case in my life. We all know that marijuana has medical benefits from treating muscle pains to helping ease stress/depression. As far as addiction, I believe that if people want to stop anything they can and they will but it is solely up to them. Mind over matter. I smoked from the age of 17 all the way up the the age of 25 ( total of 8-9 years), When I was going for my current job I quit cold turkey. Didn't cut back on smoking, didn't ease off, just plain quit. Didn't go through any withdraw, didn't feel like I needed to smoke, I was just fine. To this day I don't smoke and I am okay with that. If marijuana were to be legalized I would probably puff up a couple of times but I really wouldn't use it like I used to. So basically that is my personal experience with drugs/alcohol. My personal opinion is to legalize marijuana. I really don't understand why people oppose legalization. It's not like anyone is forcing those who oppose to smoke it.

    January 6, 2014 at 11:15 am | Reply
  3. Logan Holt


    January 6, 2014 at 12:08 am | Reply
  4. Jeremy

    I believe it should be responsibly taxed and regulated. This will take money from drug dealers and cartels who are the real terrorist !

    January 5, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Reply
    • Mr Wisdom

      Colorado projects $70 million in 1st year Retail Marijuana sales ...of that the first $40 million is mandated to building schools
      Looks there will be an excess in Retail Marijuana sales the first year based on the fist week. Medical Marijuana . totally different aspect of legalization in Colorado, had an excess of $13 million last year after all administrative and enforcement costs. In Colorado we call this "Profit"

      January 6, 2014 at 3:43 am | Reply
      • chris

        that doesn't account for the up tick in tourist dollars some resorts are shunning while others are courting........

        January 7, 2014 at 11:18 am |
  5. Carl

    Absolutely not this is a drug why not heroin then where does it stop since this opens the door to bad things.Right now you can't even breath fresh air because of so many potheads smoking this garbage right outside.This is not medical they put that word to justify now the doctors are drug dealers despicable filthy politicians and the mass sheeps that follow pathetic!

    January 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Reply
    • Stel1776

      Alcohol and tobacco are also drugs and kill over 500,000 people per year in the U.S. In comparison, there have been no medical deaths attributed to marijuana. Your comparison to heroin proves you have no understanding of this "drug". BTW, most people medicine cabinets are full of drugs, many of which are far more dangerous than marijuana.

      January 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Reply
    • Dr Love

      Relax and fear not, you don't have to join in.

      January 6, 2014 at 12:43 am | Reply
    • Ryan

      Holy hyperbole, Batman! That is quite a lot of conjecture. Let's break it down:

      Absolutely not[.] [T]his is a drug[.]
      ...So is Coffee. I Digress:
      -Appeal to Fear, Argument from ignorance, Fallacy of Multiplication, Conjecture. Please do some research.

      [S]o why not heroin[?]
      -Conjecture, Fallacy of Multiplication, False Analogy; apples and oranges.

      [W]here does it stop, since this opens the door to bad things[?]
      -Continuum Fallacy, Conjecture; slippery slope.

      Right now you can't even breath fresh air because of so many potheads smoking this garbage right outside.
      -Straw Man, NIMBY, Whining, Opinion, Exaggeration, Intolerance. So basically, you're an asshole.

      This is not medical[;] they put that word [there] to justify [it,] now the doctors are drug dealers[.]
      -Straw Man, Conjecture Argument from Ignorance. First, you lack any understanding of what doctors do (they diagnose and prescribe *drum roll* DRUGS! and/or treament).

      despicable filthy politicians and the mass sheeps that follow pathetic!
      -I really have no idea what the hell is going on here. However, my first guess would be either too much meth or too few anti-psychotics.

      It took so much effort to label your cookie-cutter hyperbole, that I am running out of time to argue my points. Instead, I want you to go read up a little, using your own willpower and effort.

      You just got schooled by a "pothead".

      January 6, 2014 at 3:32 am | Reply
      • ziggylcd12

        Seriously great response Ryan. I might have to use a similar 'fallacy breakdown' whenever I get right-wing trolls appealing to fear or just writing bullsh*t in all CAPS. Kudos to you for writing this.

        February 9, 2014 at 8:39 am |
    • Wes

      In what way have the Doctors NOT become drug dealers before Marijuana? Do you know anything about prescription drug additions? Also, given the relative safety of Marijuana, even if you discourage its use, it's a little ignorant to rationally review all the facts and still encourage the prohibition - which blindly encourages criminal activity and clogs our jails/prisons... and for what? Answer: An AT WORST poor life decision. Carl, you are undeniably the scourge of our society - blindly buying whatever politicians and preachers stuff down your throat. You are the sheep.

      January 6, 2014 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • Jeremy

      Alcohol is also a drug so by your logic it should also be illegal as well. You make no reference to relative harms so simply all recreational drugs should be illegal correct? Please explain why alcohol should remain legal. I would really like to know why SAM is not also fighting to make alcohol illegal since they clearly care so much about the harms drugs cause.

      January 6, 2014 at 9:28 am | Reply
  6. Mark

    Legalize it. I say this as someone who has not smoked in nearly a year but grew up "counter-culturally" and feels blessed for having known the psychedelic experience, and yet does not (for the time being) intend to return to it. The reason it costs so much (and were it truly legal it should not cost anyone anything beyond what it takes to acquire the seeds, if they can grow it themselves) is that the price of smugglers hiring lawyers to defend themselves was always added to the profit margin on the black market over the past thirty five years or so. And keeping it illegal has Only Added to the charisma of making a profit off of it. If the states want to tax it at a market rate far beyond what it actually deserves, then perhaps it's "good for" them, but it's still inflation. There are dozens of actual uses for this plant as medicine as well as a mild intoxicant, and as a stress-release, there are thousands of people who will never go on to use anything stronger, who are well-educated and realize the innocuous nature of the plant to begin with, and the harmfulness of many stronger substances, which can, for the most part so far as I care, remain illegal. But marijuana and its commercial corollary hemp have been with us for generations beyond memory and provided the human race with many more benefits than its prohibition has. We call ourselves "a free country" – yet more of our citizens are in jail for possessing or trading in marijuana than there are locked up in any other nation on earth, and all for what they choose to do with their own bodies-and minds. I am glad to have lived so long as to see the day that the majority of US citizens now support making it legal. It is a wave which has reached the shore. Now let it sweep the sands clean.

    January 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  7. Name*fred Moore

    Yes should b legalize . Thc off drug tests

    January 5, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  8. GodMadeHemp

    I am still a little confused why those that claim religion do not seem to have even read the first chapter of the good book.
    Please someone correct me if I am wrong, but it would appear GOD wants us to have this plant to help, not hurt, the Earth.
    There seems to be no use of the word "except", nor is there any indication, I can find, that this plant was created for any purpose other than for Man to use to our benefit.

    Genesis 1:12
    And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

    Genesis 1:29
    Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

    Genesis 1:30
    And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

    Genesis 1:31
    God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

    January 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  9. Get R Done!

    Legalize, legalize, legalize!!!

    January 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  10. rigsrocks

    Prison is for Rapists Thieves & Murderers not for someone smoking a plant that makes them happy. You're the f'ing criminal.

    Legalize it don't criticize it yea yea. 🙂

    January 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  11. Cole from Arkansas

    I'm part of a new generation... Marijuana WILL be legal.

    January 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  12. Tom

    Yes legalize cannabis , support the cannabis industry buy some stocks in it Mediswipe,phot,medbox fixt – there is truly a industry out there for this and a demand

    January 5, 2014 at 8:25 am | Reply
  13. Brian Kelly

    The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

    Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions of more dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.

    The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Marijuana is way safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

    Marijuana is the safest and healthiest intoxicant known to man, with many wonderful medical benefits as well.

    Even The President of the United States himself has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may have very well still been in prison today! Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record. Let's end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

    January 5, 2014 at 2:54 am | Reply
  14. Hlk4833


    Legalize in order to stand on the side of liberty and not on the side of making Mexican cartels ultra wealthy.

    January 5, 2014 at 12:45 am | Reply
  15. JJ

    naturalsociety – 5-grams-spirulina-daily-reverse-radiation-damage/
    whydontyoutrythis - /the-importance-of-drinking-rather-than-smoking-cannabis

    Since we lack the technology to repel radiation.... we must look to adapt through other means.

    January 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  16. NYer

    Looks like NY is on board to legalize medical marijuana another big step

    January 4, 2014 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  17. David mercado

    Legalize it never hurt no one

    January 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  18. richardkirkendall

    weed is sooooo much more safer than alcohol. seriously should be legalized in all states!!!
    LEGALIZE IT NOW !!!! .... the war on drugs is a joke. and it not even funny its just sad.......

    January 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  19. Richard ruisard

    Hell yes it should be legal

    January 4, 2014 at 9:40 am | Reply
  20. me

    "legalization" will only happen when the big guys can grow and the little ones go to jail for it. There should be nothing between a person and seed, not legislation, not entrepreneurs, not even God.

    January 4, 2014 at 9:37 am | Reply
  21. knowa

    When consider the La Guardia Committee and Nixon's own commissioned Shaffer report both with scientific evidence that Nixon refused and trashed in his vendetta against the counter culture CNN
    On August 14, 1970, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg wrote a letter recommending the plant, marijuana, be classified as a schedule 1 substance, and it has remained that way for nearly 45 years. My research started with a careful reading of that decades old letter. What I found was unsettling. Egeberg had carefully chosen his words:
    "Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue."
    Not because of sound science, but because of its absence, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 substance. Again, the year was 1970. Egeberg mentions studies that are underway, but many were never completed. As my investigation continued, however, I realized Egeberg did in fact have important research already available to him, some of it from more than 25 years earlier. – See more at:

    January 4, 2014 at 9:28 am | Reply
  22. blaxicano

    End the suffering of the U.s. citizen. Legalize nationwide...

    January 4, 2014 at 9:06 am | Reply
  23. Minnie Mouse

    Legalization is only going to benefits the state revenue of Colorado. We are setting terrible examples for our children, since schools are having talks about how bad drugs, tobacco and alcohol are for them and to not do them. The school are 100% right. Innocent people will lose lives due to car accidents and peoples health will deteriorate. Children who are not into drugs, this will make things more accessible to them and want to try marijuana, along with more crime. People will steal for drug money.

    Legalization will create jobs but who's can seriously be proud of work that's not legal but in only one state. We need jobs that bring value to our country and don't undermine what our schools are trying to teach our children. Legalization of pot is all about revenue and that's it! No one is thinking of all of the bad that comes from this change and only if it is to just one state at the current time. It's a bad solution to the already on going drugs on the street, and this is only going to make matters worst from under age children to people continually crossing state lines to wheel and deal and the added crime to purchase, as to also include people driving when they are not in the right mind to drive due to marijuana.

    January 4, 2014 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • A person of reason

      Please jump off a bridge everything you said is incorrect.

      Morals aren't based on laws raise your damn kids better if you are so easily afraid of things.

      Everything is going to get better in all categories because of this.

      and people will be proud of those jobs there isn't another painkiller on the market out there that you cant overdose from

      Doesn't matter how available it becomes. there could be as much pot shops as McDonald still would't matter

      Drug dealers don't check ID
      Stores do

      How hard is that to comprehend? seriously................

      January 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • adam

      you talk about legalizing it as a bad idea. you say itll make it more accessible to the youth? do you think a underground drug dealer gives a shit who he or she sells to? NO they dont do you think a some one who has there life at stake for selling to a minor over the counter cares YES do you think? AT ALL? how bout that guy you go to underground to buy your pot from might have some other drugs he or she wants to push on you sure they do hell theyll sell you crack they dont give a shit. but the collective selling regulated marijuana legally more than likely wont have anything to do with anything for the fackt theyll lose there business and life behind bars.

      January 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • adam

      and how about the 25000 people that lost there lives last year in mexico because of prohibition cartells dont give a damn you just have to be walking the street and you could potentially wined up in a body bag. all because they want to get their marijuana in to the states. NO i wont have it any more. its simple minded fools like you who still live in the past read the facts and shut the fuck up!

      January 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Stephen Daniel

      I could not have said it better. Jump off a bridge or do some research like everyone else. Do not comment on anything you absolutely know nothing about! By legalizing we will be keeping it away from the kids. How many kids do you know drinking alcohol all day? That would be none because it is illegal for anyone under 21. It would be the same for cannabis. Not to mention the cannabis plant is the most medicinal plant on the earth. It also happens to be good for food and textiles, fuel etc... The only people who want it illegal are dumb people, old dumb people, politicians, and corporations. I am tired of waiting for all the dumb people to die!

      January 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Reply
      • GLENN


        January 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
    • nannyState

      Oh god, the children! THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN! We must make all legislation with the children in mind! ...seriously, maybe consider taking a bit more of a proactive role in raising your own children, if that is how you want to raise them. What is wrong with this nanny state generation of parents? Sheesh!

      January 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  24. Chris

    Call it a biased opinion, but yes, I believe they should legalize marijuana. I've used it for years medicinally and especially now since better strains have been produced. It's unfair for the states that it is still illegal and have to buy it illegally. How is it fair to send me to jail when you can just go to the store and make a legal transaction. I'm sorry but kinda takes the "United" out of "The United States of America" and like the fact it's ok for someone in Washington, D.C., say the president for example can go buy marijuana legally but I can't? Where is the fairness in that. That's like saying I'm better than you and your not good enough for this. I really don't see what the big deal is just legalize it and the money we save in the judicial system we can use to pay for Obamas flop of a health care reform. Just saying.

    January 4, 2014 at 8:09 am | Reply
  25. malcolmkyle

    There has never been a drug-free society; the use of recreational, mind-altering substances is an intrinsic and natural part of human existence.

    The US National Prohibition Act of 1919 was implemented in early 1920 and ran until 1933. According to the U.S. Census Bureau "deaths from chronic or acute alcoholism" increased 400% between 1920 and 1927.
    Source: "Vital Statistics Rates in the United States" by Forrest Linder and Robert Grove
    From the exact same data (the U.S. Census Messrs) Linder and Grove found that prior to prohibition (during the period 1907-1920) the rate of "deaths from cirrhosis" actually fell by 52.027%.

    The assertion that drug legalization/regulation would bring higher usage rates blatantly ignores what has occurred since the early 1970s. The percentage of Americans who have used an illegal drug has gone from less than 5% to about 40%. The cost of one dose of street heroin has gone from $6 to 80 cents while average purity has also increased. The only drug that has decreased in use during this time is tobacco, which has plummeted from about 65% during World War II to about 20% today. Tobacco, one of the most addictive substances known to man, has never been illegal but many Americans have quit using it for personal reasons that clearly have not been influenced by it's legal availability. They will decide whether or not to use other drugs for the same reasons.

    Prohibition continues unabated for shameful political reasons. It cannot, and never will, reduce drug use or addiction.

    January 4, 2014 at 6:09 am | Reply
    • Stel1776

      I agree completely, well done!

      January 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  26. sylvia

    Marijuana used to be legal for thousands of years and there is nothing in history that blames marijuanafor social problems like war, hunger, disease,, etc. Nothing!!! Actually more people die because it is illegal because of the drug wars and cartels, among those deaths many inocent people. Seriously those who are against it have no real meaning why except ignorance because they are brainwashed to think that it is an evil drug, that it makes people want to use hard drugs, that there will be trouble in society, that smoking is unhealthy. First of all, people who are curious about drugs will try harder drugs even if marijuana is not legal, or we wouldn´t have people using hard drugs in the first place, plus people who love marijuana tend to stay away from harder stuff or use very little. People who smoke are alot more mellow than alcoholics and less incline to become violent. They say it is unhealthy, well it depends how much you smoke, if you smoke all of the time it is not good but then again cigarrettes are far worse and those are legal and have killed millions. What else is unhealthy and is legal, lets say Mcdonalds and other fast foods, processed junk food, GMO´s, soft drinks, alcohol, cigarrettes, tobacco, ect, ect. are all legal and yet are extremely unhealthy and some quite deadly, yet no one says a thing about any of them. Junk food kills thousands giving people high colestoral, diabetes, obesity and causes addiction but it is legal even for babies and the government doesn´t care! And of course last but not least,people will smoke it whether it is legal or not, does that make them criminals? People who smoke pot do not deserveto go to jail just because of it, there is no reason. Marijuana should have never been banned, it should be legal world wide, those who are against don´t have to smoke it, but they don´t have the right to dictate other peoples rights to do what they will with their own bodies and mind. It has to be legal and we will keep fighting for it.

    January 4, 2014 at 3:45 am | Reply
  27. Jessie


    January 4, 2014 at 1:19 am | Reply
  28. Dave Nelson

    While both are friends of mine from my UMASS and Cape Cod days. I have to say I agree with Allen St. Pierre (NORML) on this one 100%, though Patrick raised some valid concerns. Good debate.

    January 4, 2014 at 12:15 am | Reply
  29. Lo Jenk

    January 4, 2014 at 12:12 am | Reply
    • Name*

      Allow me to reveal something so hypocritical you will be awakened as to the governments hidden agenda. The goverment claims marijuana has no medical value so they keep it in schedule 1. Guess who holds the patent on medical marijuana? Answer? The US government! Google it! The patent describes all its MEDICAL properties!

      January 4, 2014 at 9:18 am | Reply
  30. Glenn mix

    Yes it should be it will benefit the gov n the people in all aspects

    January 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • blaxicano

      We shouldn't allow the gov to benefit from the plant they so aggressively pursued.

      January 4, 2014 at 9:09 am | Reply
  31. A person of reason

    End the war on drugs
    Its the biggest worst joke ever created

    We have reckless driving laws already so quit fear mongering about it.
    People smoke pot as often as they smoke cigarettes while driving.
    How often do you hear about car accidents caused by cannabis? Never

    Driving and texing is 6 times more dangerous than drinking and driving.

    Prohibition in any form will never work.
    Never will.
    and only makes everything worse.
    and the day our society as a whole has that mentality the much better we will be off.

    January 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  32. SolRayz

    Legalize it and let those older obsolete generations who disagree die off...

    January 3, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • swen

      what about us older obsolete generationist who have fought against prohibition for decades

      January 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm | Reply
      • justice

        you can live

        January 5, 2014 at 8:22 am |
  33. paint+space

    Most people understand that the key to good health is balance. Anything you put in your body that causes a chemical reaction is a drug. You could turn yourself orange from drinking too much carrot juice. There's nothing wrong with recreational use of marijuana that's not wrong with having a glass of wine at the end of the day or a piece of chocolate cake. Just don't eat cake every day for goodness sake.

    January 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  34. LIARS ABOUND !!!

    Dopers in Co said it wouldnt happen, but they already are supplying minors by the thousand with no feeling of responsibility or remorse.

    January 3, 2014 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • IdahoRaisedColoradoBlazed

      And how do you know this? Talking out your ass. Fact check before you spew random BS.

      January 4, 2014 at 10:59 am | Reply
    • LBJsPNS

      I'm sure you have something to back up that allegation?

      January 4, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • Tyler

      They were still getting the same amount of pot before it was legal you idiot.. The only difference now is they aren't getting thrown in jail and having their lives ruined because of it being illegal.

      January 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • TickedExPat

      State your resources for that 'fact' you are spouting off about.
      Let me guess, you're a white, republican, male, who beats a bible, judges others, and milks the system of welfare benefits, whilst you don a beer stained, wife beater, sitting in a recliner, over-eating, and bad-mouthing your wife.

      Get a clue.

      January 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Reply
      • Sharon Ravert

        So not helpful to those of us living in the South. We will need both parties and all types to get this changed nationwide. I have seen other post that are very helpful in educating folks. This is obviously a troll trying to get a rise out of folks. The statement is obviously just not qualified with any facts. One love from an old white republican women in the south. We are waking up, have faith!

        January 5, 2014 at 7:57 am |
  35. misha

    let the plant liven
    What is the porblem just smoke it, it's not hurting anyone 🙂
    I live in Israel and I need more than this plant in Israel than in the United States...
    Why cigarettes illegal?
    It ruins the whole health of the person ..
    The same alcohol...

    Will marijuana be legal many people were healthier 🙂

    January 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  36. Name*dave mihlbauer

    I think it should . ive been a mmj patient for 3 years for my chronic headaches and a rotating cuff injury
    mmj is better then taking a pill so u can poop out your nose .lol or even die from a pill over time. no thanks. I know whats in my drug. and it helps. so ya it should. just be responsible. don't be stupid. relax.

    January 3, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  37. Eric Martinez

    #crossfire, yes

    January 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  38. David Snodgrass

    I think marijuana should be legalized nationally! End the prohibition of an organic medicine/stimulant. Why forbid a safe and natural plant but give grants to pharmaceutical companies that produce toxic drugs that are passed on to us as "safe" even tho the list of side effects are usually worse than the original problem? It just doesn't make sense to me.

    January 3, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  39. TheInformer

    Legalize weed , ban alcohol . How about that. Jk. But seriously , cannabis is better then alcohol when used responsibly.

    January 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  40. james baum


    January 3, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • jimmy

      what if we eat brownies, recreational and medicinal consumption is the same, just ban public smoking.,

      January 3, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Reply
    • Jim Downey

      What you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this thread is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      January 3, 2014 at 11:29 pm | Reply
    • sylvia

      I agree with you in the sense that yes, second hand smoking is awful and annoying: Afew months ago I stopped smoking cigarrettes and now when I walk on the street and someone passes smoking I can´t stand it and it irritates me, and I even feel bad that I use to do that. But let me get one thing clear, that is cigarrette smoke, marijuanadoesn´t give me that disgusting gagging feeling. two, people who smokemarijuan usually would smoke inside thier home, and I think it is best if people who smoke do it in thier homes and not out in the street and of course there can be laws to make people smoke in certain places and not where ever they want to. I think that is a fair option, but opposing only because you yourself does not smoke is not fair and not good reason. you do have the right to breath clean air, you don´t have the right to dictate other people´s right to legally purchase and smoke something that they would do anyways if it were not legal.

      January 4, 2014 at 3:38 am | Reply
    • philio

      We aren't talking about cigarettes, because if your in a meeting I'm sure that's what their smoking old man.

      January 4, 2014 at 9:07 am | Reply
  41. ajayjack

    Marijuana is called a gateway drug. But the gateway is not the drug, it's the underground dealer. Legalize it and there's no longer a gateway to any other drug. Only cookies and brownies!

    January 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Laura

      Totally agree. I am a white, female, conservative Christian non-smoker (of anything) home schooler, vote mostly republican, regular member of a bible believing church, who believes that marijuana SHOULD be legalized. Making MJ illegal doesn't prevent users, but merely creates criminals that shouldn't be criminals. We spend way too much time and money prosecuting smokers and even dealers who are causing no harm. I do believe however that anyone who causes death, bodily harm or property damage while under the influence of any substance should be prosecuted, no excuses.

      January 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  42. Luis villafane

    Yes, if alcohol is legal which kills thousands of people each year, and pills doctors prescribing killing peoples livers and causing people to shoot up pharmacies. I don't think marijuana would cause someone to shoot up a place.

    January 3, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  43. Cory R Rytting

    Instead of following the will of "THE PEOPLE", all the politicians working against "US", should do only what they do best... look out for "their own" self interests. It is time that "We the People" took our country back and voted every single politician out of office. We as Americans need to take back our country. Legalization will create many, many jobs. Jobs our politicians can not send overseas. We have been sold out by the FTA, put Americans back to work! Let our elected officials stand in soup kitchen lines, waiting for "US" to help them! If the shoe fits....let them wear it.

    January 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  44. Jeremy sharp

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  45. John Smith

    Yes. Take the power from the drug dealers and tax the profits. I'd much rather people smoke pot than other drugs the dealers might offer. People on alcohol get into fights. Pot smokers eat Doritos and laugh. States could use the money. Better quality. No more danger of someone lacing it with something else. it's about time.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  46. ajayjack

    I never thought about it this way before now. A simple plant created on this earth, likely around before humans ever were. Then come humans and eventually a war on drugs. We single out the marijuana plant, as it is obviously targeted. Our government sent us out to destroy a living creature. To cause a living creature to become extinct.

    If you say marijuana is illegal, part of that requires you to destroy the plant. That's what happens. A war on a plant. A poor little plant. Nancy Reagan wanted us to destroy life. Destroy a plant; wipe it from existence on this planet. Seems kind of absurd.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  47. Bahb3

    Talk to me about field tests when the government conducts serious tests on the effects of Depleted Uranium shells, GMO's and the use of antibiotics in our food production.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  48. jake

    Cannabis is schedule 1, meaning it has no medical value, is unsafe for medical use, and has a high likelihood for addiction (on par with Heroin...while Cocaine and Meth are Schedule 2), yet they're rolling out the red carpet for trials and patents for Big Pharma (GW Pharmaceuticals and Otsuka..[think "Abilify"])...meanwhile, our doctors, scientists, and universities get a resounding "NO" when they ask or apply for permits to study the plant. No surprises here....

    January 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • jimmy

      the only reason its is as illegal as it is is because fortune 500 companies lobbied against it, mainly because of its wide range of usages. In fact there are several big 5 Pharm patents that proclaim otherwise; but note that over consumption will have adverse effect.... hmmm, sounds like every drug/substance i have ever known.

      January 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • sylvia

      you have no idea what you are talking about, I smoke marijuana and I don´t have addiction. you might say yeah right, but I don´t. i smoke when I want to and that is usually a few times a year. And like me there are millions of peopel, yes of course there are people who are addicted to it, but you know what, that is their choice! You know what else causes addiction and is legal? Alcohol, cigarrettes, tobacco, junk food, coffee, high power drinks, sodas, pain pills, sleeping pills, video games, porn, shopping, fast food restaurants, etc, etc, ect, the list goes on. and the funny thing is that out of all of theese thign on this list that cause addiction, pot is one of the ones that has caused the smallest numbers of deaths and serious illnesses and social problems. Mcdonalds is legal, and it is addictive, extremely unhealthy, has caused terrible health problems to millions, but it is perfectly legal even for small kids.another thing, morepeople actually do dies from marijuana being illegal becaseu of the drug wars and cartels, and not only people on the other side of the border, inocent americans have dies due to this terrible drug war and cartels. And last marijuana will make people do harder drugs is a myth, I may smoke, but I have never and will never try cocain, heroin, meth, crack, I just won´t, it is not for me. If you are afraid it will cause addiction, then don´t smoke it. But you don´t have the right to bann it from people who will smoke it anyways and don´t deserve to go to jail just because it.

      January 4, 2014 at 3:59 am | Reply
  49. haddock

    Grass is ok. But Crossfire should be banned.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • haddock

      Awaiting moderation- don't ya mess with the crossfire, now!

      January 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  50. Paris Girl

    I think the Federal Government should just give up the fight and legalize marijuana for once and for all. I can tell you from years of personal experience that alcohol destroys far more lives, families and jobs than marijuana ever did. My husband suffers from PTSD and chronic pain. Doctors are now refusing to prescribe pain medication and he is a recovering alcoholic. The only option he has now is THC and it is not legal in this state. And, not to mention the revenue that could be generated by the legalization of pot......we could resolve our national debt in no time!!

    January 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  51. judisunshine

    Yes. Of course.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  52. Name*chefbob


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  53. Sharon Ravert

    I do have a quick questions for Mr. Kennedy, with your history of addiction, most likely your children may inherit some of your addictive personality. With prohibition for the past 77 years unable to stop the influx of cannabis into our schools and 1 in 3 kids being arrested for a non-violent drug offense before they turn 23, which child do you think may be that one that will have to run the gauntlet of the criminal justice system as their future is ruined forever? Stop this stupid policy. End Prohibition...give our kids a chance!

    January 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • Josh Taylor

      Here's a deal: I want to see you all smoke some MJ while driving. I want to see you prove that cannabis is not harmful by smoking it while crossing at a traffic light. Because there are serious consequences for smoking cannabis. I dare you to prove me wrong. I also want to see you legalize cocaine and meth and say "it's safe".

      January 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Reply
      • Jason

        Been there done that and I am still living as is everyone else that has as well

        January 5, 2014 at 2:00 am |
      • med man

        you are an idiot josh.

        January 5, 2014 at 10:39 am |
      • morejew2love

        Josh, oh, Josh.

        I smoke a joint on the way to and from work EVERY SINGLE DAY. Well, that's a lie. I actually usually vaporizer with my daVinci Vaporizer, but occasionally I will go back to a joint. I also have walked and crossed streets multiple times will high/stoned/baked/or while actually smoking a joint.

        Boom. Lawyered.

        January 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
  54. jj


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  55. Thomas E

    Interesting how we go around the world spreading "freedom", yet we don't have the freedom to do what we want with our own body in the United States. I sense hypocrisy at it's finest.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  56. Watch and see

    Legal to possess it. Legal to ingest it. But not legal to operate a motor vehicle while under its influence. You will be arrested and charged, followed by a blood or hair follicle test. It will then cost you some 10 grand to try and beat the charge incourt, just to lose your license and likely your job, not to mention the original 10 grand plus another 5 grand in court costs. Maijuana: a tax on dopes.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  57. Dave Green

    84% currently agree. I'm one of them as well, but I caution people. The opposition is very vocal, and they are already setting up CO to be an "experimental test run." So, has anyone actually defined what success vs failure would mean? I haven't heard it if they have. You can bet that anything that happens in CO from crime to unemployment will be directly blamed on this new law whether it's true or not.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Reply
    • A person of reason

      Portugal did the test run and it has been going for 12+ years................................................................

      Seriously this is pathetic

      January 3, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  58. Dana Ulrich

    You can follow Lorelei's story and our entire journey for legalization in Pa at and

    January 3, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  59. Marcus

    Marijuana is now known as a medicine right? Using medicine for "recreational" use is already a problem our country is dealing with, prescription medication does help people but is also a fuelling a underground market for criminals. So my question is if our government legalize the recreational use other medicines such as methadone, will they look at it as a boost in our economy, our are they putting out a fire with fire? That is the only real good thing that comes from it other then its medical purposes. If the governments goal was to make billions in tax revenue they will succeed, but their thoughts are not focussed on the citizens it will effect.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  60. Tyler

    I'm a computer programmer and i take pride in my own intelligence ... to me, the thought of making myself stupid makes about as much sense as sticking a gun to my own head.

    i've seen a family member suffering from schizophrenia ... his spells would come and go and were in correlation to marijuana use.

    do schizophrenics favor marijuana or does marijuana cause schizophrenia? ... i've often wondered that, and i'll stick to wondering because my small sample is nowhere near proof ... but, either way, stay away!

    January 3, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • kiljosh

      iI'm a computer programmer and I take great pride in my intelligence and use marijuana to build creativity.

      Often times, I will be stuck looking at errors and wondering where I went wrong. It can frustrate me for hours or even days. Coders block call it but many times I have been able to rethink a solution and put it to practice pretty quickly simply by taking a toke. Also, I have developed a number of Indie games by myself and with a few friends. Guess what I did while coding, modeling, and designing those games? Smoked a lot of weed, so tell me again how this affects intelligence at all when I see others like me everywhere. I personally know doctors, lawyers, professors, even ex-cops that smoke. ALL of them show a large amount of self motivation, creative problem solving abilities, fine communication skills(both written and spoken), as well as simply being honorable human beings I'm proud to know.

      Oh, Schizophrenia has been linked to long term cannabis use when the individual is mentally immature(too young) and smokes chronically. The laws don't keep kids from getting it any more than it being legal does. The responsibility to teach their kids respect for drugs lies squarely on the parents. If the kid is old enough to want to smoke weed he is old enough to comprehend that his family has a history of mental illness and the dangers that smoking will put them in. The DARE program is a joke because of the propaganda the cops spray out their mouths. The guy who "taught" my class, didn't know what the hell he was even talking about(I later found out as I aged). He taught propaganda to children instead of educating about the dangers and how to avoid putting yourself in those dangerous situations should you choose to excerise the right of your body being your own temple.

      I'm sorry if I went off on you, but I felt I could relate based on our fields. Also all the other comments above yours got me going.

      January 4, 2014 at 4:32 am | Reply
  61. Marc Lazar

    I disagree with the way you refer to marijuana as a drug as if it was in the same class as meth or heroin. Yes, THC is a drug, and nicotine and alcohol are drugs, technically. However, when people refer to alcohol, they say "drugs & alcohol," which denotes alcohol's separation from other drugs. Marijuana is not physically addictive and not nearly as harmful as meth, cocaine, heroin, and other real drugs. In fact, recent studies and medical cases suggest that marijuana is not just useful in pain and nausea relief, but that it could possibly be helpful in reversing the effects of cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
    Someone on your panel made a comment suggesting that, if meth heads had legal access to a lesser, safer drug such as marijuana, perhaps the user would switch. This comment is completely ignorant. It puts marijuana in the same group as meth, which is ludicrous. Meth is a highly physically addictive drug that causes a user's body to deteriorate.
    It seems as if you are attempting to convince the public that marijuana is basically the same as meth, heroin and other drugs. It is propaganda. Call marijuana what it is, so we can have an informed and educated public dialogue about it – not about other dangerous, serious drugs.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  62. Me

    I saw firsthand how normal person turned into a dumbest guy within year after starting smoking "medical" marijuana. Soon he lost his job, his house, his car. Do not believe those who says its not a big deal. And don't be in denial.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • Jessie

      Some of the smartest people in the world smoke pot ya big dumb dumb

      January 4, 2014 at 3:33 am | Reply
  63. Dana Ulrich

    Yes! least for medical purposes. Let all these legislators come to my home, look my daughter, Lorelei, in the face and tell her there is a medicine that could end the 400 seizures she has EVERY DAY but she is not allowed to have it. Cannabis is a medicine first and foremost. Bring me on your show with Lorelei and let us tell our story and show just how important legalization really is! I'm very serious. I will crossfire with anyone that is willing!! Save our sick and dying already. This is a desperate plea from a desperate mother.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  64. Marsha Duncombe

    The people lined up in Colorado are obviously regular smokers...they're going to buy it regardless of whether it's legal or not just like millions across America do every day. And it's noy going away. It should be regulated just like alcohol but should be legal–and taxed.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  65. bill stoll

    Why can the black guy on crossfire refer to people as African American for blacks and white folk for white people. What a joke total double standard.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  66. rmo

    legalize all drugs... you can't legislate morality – nor addiction, but you can get rid of the crime element (and therefore the pushers). I don't, and never have used... but the war on drugs is not the way to work...

    January 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  67. Public Opinion

    What happens when marijuana on a regular or increased basis, will cause a massive outbreak of "Marijuana Cancer."

    January 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  68. More Cowbell

    Cannabis grown for biomass could fuel a trillion-dollar per year energy industry, while improving air quality and distributing the wealth to rural areas and their surrounding communities, and away from centralized power monopolies. More than any other plant on Earth, Cannabis – indeed Marijuana – holds the promise of a sustainable ecology and economy.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  69. Randy

    Marijuana should never be made legal in any state because it impairs your thinking process and it impairs your driving ability its a control substance , the sick world that we live in, now some one on weed driving a car kills your child what would u say then, think about it.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • sylvia

      Dear Randy, yes it is a concern, but it is a concern with no real basis on the truth. People who smoke marijuana, will do it if it is legal or not, peopel will drive under the inluence if it is legal or not and kill inocents. The funny thing is that marijuana doesn´t give you the feeling of "I Can do anything!" attitude, it makes you more aware and it even makes you not want to even attempt to drive a car or do any task that is complicated. It is notlike alcohol when you are drunk but you feel like you are capable of driving even when you can´t stand one two feet with out tipping over. Another thing is that there are many other things that cause tragic accidents like alcohol, perscription drugs, texting, phone calling, turning the dial on the radio, lack of sleep, eating, etc etc, ect. Accidents will happen no matter what. and people will smoke and drive anyways if it is legal or not, thoug it is unlikely that people will smoke if they are very high. But many inocents will be saved if it is legal, like all of the people who die, including inocent americans and also children from the drug wars and cartels, just because it is ilegal. Also many who are in jail who have no ther criminal charge except marijuana smoking will be free agian and can go back with their families and save tax payers money.

      January 4, 2014 at 4:13 am | Reply
    • nannyState

      It's always about the kids, isn't it? smh...

      January 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  70. Debbie


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  71. Bill from Long Island

    Marijuana will become legal, because the states need money. Then when enough people start growing their own (because of profit margins and taxes) and state revenues drop, the states and Feds will suddenly release data showing the massive disintegration of society since the Marijuana laws were repealed... and it will be illegal again.
    Maybe not, but that's my guess.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  72. More Cowbell

    If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and
    construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the Greenhouse
    Effect and stop deforestation;
    Then there is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is
    capable of providing the overall majority of the world's paper and textiles;
    meeting all of the world's transportation, industrial and home energy needs,
    while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time . . .
    And that substance is – the same one that did it all before – Cannabis Hemp . . .
    Marijuana! Prove me wrong!

    January 3, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  73. marcusdnorwood

    Watching Patrick Kennedy on Crossfire today and realizing how out of touch this guy is with the normal American. I appreciate his concern but it is definitely ridiculous to talk about the pot industry preying on communities? People make their own choices. How is flavored alcohol automatically determined as marketing to children when I know plenty of adults that loved flavored alcohol. What about parents monitoring their children?

    Legalize marijuana! It's common sense medicine and is a plant. I know plenty of people who smoke whose only problem is being treated as a criminal when they are really hard working reliable good people.

    A majority of Americans AGREE! In a democracy, that means you change the law to support the will of the people.

    Also, just heard his comment about IQ. Wow, just wow! I know very intelligent people who are engineers, computer programmers, and the list goes on that have smoked marijuana since early 20's. Most these people are now anywhere from 30's to 50's and are far more intelligent and inspiring with their work than a lot of people I know that don't smoke.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  74. Jeffery Osborn

    I believe it should be legal just as it is in any other state. It does have medical qualities that does work.I am living proof and perfectly healthy,51.It definitely works for nerve disorders.

    January 3, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  75. Jose

    Legalize it and release anyone in jail for pot possession..

    January 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • antismoker

      drugs are for losers

      January 3, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Reply
      • sylvia

        We don´t care if you think we are losers, we still have the right tio smoke legally if we want to,if you don´t want to smoke, then don´t smoke,we could care less, calling us losers only makes you look like a douch.

        January 4, 2014 at 4:15 am |
    • Steve Lawson

      Marijuana is safer than alcohol. Alcohol is legal. If you are not trying to criminalize alcohol again and think marijuana should not be legal too, you are a hypocrite.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Reply
    • aj

      everyone knows the war on drugs is a joke.

      January 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  76. localhost

    I think it will be like casinos. As abhorrent as legalization is to "civilized minds", the states will want that money.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • Toni

      Libertarians for legalization! College educated and well bred people smoke Cannibis sativa. Or in layman's terms "pot".

      I guess if I had to, I might consider myself a republican,
      I mean that's who I keep voting for...but I am a libertarian at heart!

      January 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • civilized but not abhorrent

      Sorry, I like to think with a masters degree, a successful career, a wonderful family and my retirement years almost here that I am civilized and I support legalization. I smoke, well vape, and manage to live a full life. Almost everyone i know supports legalization, so it must be only you who believes legalization is wrong and "abhorant"

      January 3, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  77. barbarianofgor

    The modern (1980s onwards) "War on (some) Drugs" has cost the equivalent of a Gulf War 1 ongoing. It has done no social good. We already face "The social costs of addiction" which are magnified by criminality. The jails are full, and still no shortage of dealers, users, addicts. Also real social ills are ignored, including legal addictions (gambling, smoking, alcohol) and other crimes and issues that truly affect us all, illegal immigrants, jobs being outsourced, economies so bankrupt they can't fix bridges until they collapse...

    Right now there's a horrific civil war brewing in Mexico that'll make the French Revolution look tame, going more towards Cambodia. The Narco gangsters are loaded with cash and weapons thanks to drug money. Yet our government will spend $3 million to stake out an old hippie or a 'medical' distributor but let them guarded by the Mexican military ship tons, literally, tons of ditch weed into the USA. If we legalize, these guys will go bankrupt in days and the revolution will be more democratic, also shutting down tons of outsourced manufacturing and getting illegals to come home. Then they'll not be as desperate and demand more money, ruining most of the benefits of any outsourcing to the elites.

    And when it comes to it, the Drugs issue is something this country betrayed the American people on. It has NO right to tell what an individual does with his body, what he puts in it. Though yes some will (and do anyways) destroy themselves they have the right to do so. And most will not, most simply deserve to have the full spectrum of life's pleasures, perils open to them.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • Lolita

      Great Post, very true.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • Tanda

      Yes I agree, I live in Mexico and I have seen at first hand how this terrible drug war affects millions, hundreds die everyday because of it. I have known people who use to sell this stuff. and I am not saying theese people were drug lords, they were just young people who sold to their friends to be able to pay the rent and buy food, it is not like they were making huge profits, yet one of them disapeared, probably was tortured and murderd and dumped somewhere leaving behind a wife and baby. the other one was kidnapped, all of his things like his laptop taken and they even checked out on all of his facebook contacts and told him that he either gave them the name of the person who he was buying from, plus join them if he wanted to continue in buisness or get out and leave town for good, the good thing is he cooperated and then he left town. Theese cartels are relentless, they wont stop at nothing, they have too much power, legalizing pot won´t stop the war, they manage other drugs along with other activities like prostitution, extorsion, kidnapping, human trafficking, theft, etc, but it is a huge step and it will go down and those who buy marijuana can do it safely with out haveing a drug lord beating you up if you buy from the compitition ( that happens too). Many lives and innocents and even young children trapped and being used to sell drugs will be saved.

      January 4, 2014 at 4:30 am | Reply
  78. Paul Rosen


    11 December 2013
    London, UK, 11 December 2013: GW Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: GWPH, AIM: GWP, "GW" or the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for U.S. Application Serial Number 12/996,124, a patent which covers the use of cannabinoids for treating glioma.
    Glioma describes any tumor that arises from the glial tissue of the brain. Glioblastoma, or GBM,
    is a particularly aggressive tumor that forms from abnormal growth of glial tissue. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, GBM accounts for approximately 46% of the 22,500 new cases of brain cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. Treatment options are limited and expected survival is a little over one year. GBM is considered a rare disease by the FDA and the European Medicines Agency, or EMA.

    The subject patent specifically covers a method for treating glioma in a human using a combination of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) wherein the cannabinoids are in a ratio of from 1:1 to 1:20 (THC:CBD) with the intent to reduce cell viability, inhibit cell growth or reduce tumor volume. A Notice of Allowance is issued after the USPTO makes a determination that a patent can be granted from an application. The issued patent from this application will provide an exclusivity period until June 2029.

    “This Notice of Allowance follows the recent launch of our first human trials in glioma and several years of pre-clinical research in the field,” stated Justin Gover, GW’s Chief Executive Officer. “The treatment of Glioma is part of our exciting new orphan drug program which includes a number of therapeutic targets and demonstrates the flexibility of GW’s proprietary cannabinoid platform in treating a broad range of disease types.”

    GW’s intellectual property portfolio includes multiple patent families with issued and/or pending claims directed to plants, plant extracts, extraction technology, pharmaceutical formulations, drug delivery and the therapeutic uses of cannabinoids, as well as plant variety rights, know-how and trade secrets.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • jake

      Cannabis is schedule 1, meaning it has no medical value, is unsafe for medical use, and has a high likelihood for addiction (on par with Heroin...while Cocaine and Meth are Schedule 2), yet they're rolling out the red carpet for trials and patents for Big Pharma...meanwhile, our doctors, scientists, and universities get a resounding "NO" when they ask or apply for permits to study the plant. No surprises here....

      January 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  79. Jose

    Yes pot should be legal and tax..Pot smokers will buy it legal or not.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  80. james baum


    January 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Where did you go to school? That sentence made no sense.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Jonathan

      You should have listed a source for points 2-5, although I doubt you could find anyone that would support them. Then again, your first point is pretty iffy too.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • matt

      this guy's never heard of edibles

      tell us more about stuff you have no experience with, yet an opinion on

      January 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • Brett

      You are the Idiot.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • EighteenCharacters

      Would someone care to translate this for me? Is this person talking about second-hand smoke?

      January 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • aj

      I prefer freedom and the risks that come with it.

      January 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  81. Jay


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  82. blakenaustin

    NO. This is a no brainer, except in the delusional thinking of the far left.
    1) A gateway drug for many.
    2) Increased traffic deaths and injuries.
    3) Decreased productivity in the workplace and in school.
    4) Significant increase in teen and twentysomething usage.
    5) Long-term health downside.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Blake, do you even hear yourself? You're taking old (and false) stereotypes and generalizing them in a way that isn't fair to the average cannabis user. You talk about decreased productivity in the workplace and school. As a student, who also works I find that highly offensive. I'm a full time student at SUNY Fredonia maintaining a 4.0 GPA studying public relations. On top of that I work 25-30 hours a week in retail. I'm never high at work, and I'm always on time and ready to go with enthusiasm. In the six years that I've been a marijuana smoker never have I once been curious to try any other drug, and I doubt I'll ever have that desire in the future. The time has come to break free from legislation based on tradition, and racism.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      During Prohibition – Argument: Should alcohol be legalized?
      NO. This is a no brainer, except in the delusional thinking of the far left.
      1) A gateway drug for many.
      2) Increased traffic deaths and injuries.
      3) Decreased productivity in the workplace and in school.
      4) Significant increase in teen and twentysomething usage.
      5) Long-term health downside.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • sam stone

      william f. buckley was a long time proponent of legalization. he not only not far left, he was not left at all

      January 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      We had more alcoholism and crime related to alcohol under Prohibition than we ever did when alcohol was legalized. Nobody dies from pot overdose. There is not one documented case ever. You can't say the same for tobacco and alcohol. And alcohol and tobacco don't cure some forms of cancer. The only people trying to keep pot illegal are 1)Tobacco industry 2) The for-profit prison systems 3) Ignorant religious types. The only deaths caused by pot are because it is illegal (i.e. deaths from drug deals gone bad). Want to deal a blow to the South American drug cartels? Legalize pot. All that money funding them will instead go into the U.S. economy. For what we've wasted on the war on drugs, we could pay for every single drug addict to go to rehab AND have a college education and still be out ahead in terms of spending. Not to mention we'd have productive citizens instead of criminals hardened by prison.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      What makes you think thats not already the case but instead of dealing with shady drug dealers they can get it at a state run agency

      January 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • Dana Ulrich

      I'm sorry to say that you are wrong. The gateway drug theory was debunked back in 2009 in a study commissioned by the US congress.

      We also have something called an endocannabinoid system, all mammals do, that respond to the intake of cannabis in a positive way. Many medical conditions are helped and even cured with the use of cannabis, ranging from epilepsy to cancer to Alzheimer's, to PTSD and the list goes on and on.

      Traffic related accidents are actually likely to go down. Many people will replace their alcohol intake with cannabis intake which is safer and much less likely to have people out an about while they are intoxicated.

      I beg of you to do more research on this topic before making your decision. I don't smoke pot but I am fighting for access to it for my 6 year old daughter who suffers 400 seizures daily. It would be made into an oil and administered orally and would also be made from a strain that is very low in THC so there would be NO HIGH at all. Please educate yourself more before posting this kind of propaganda. Thank you.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • Tucson Dean

      You are describing the problems associated with alcohol and some pharmaceutical drugs. Are you for making them illegal, too?

      January 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • bwat

      Alcohol is the gateway drug for most everyone.....

      January 3, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • RichieBcFc25

      You Sir, are an idiot
      1. The real gateway drug is perfectly legal prescription painkillers.
      2. Most people wont smoke and drive any more than they would drink and drive.
      3. Oh noes work productivity would go down are overlords will be so upset except that if you smoke at work you deserve to be fired.
      4. So what.
      5. No worse than the long term affects of perfectly legal tobacco and alcohol.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • Ron

      There is so much ignorance here I'm not sure if it's trolling or serious. I'll bite, though.

      1) A gateway drug for many.
      If you think marijuana is more of a gateway drug than alcohol you have no experience in this area. If you're for making both illegal, okay, then I can live with your opinion. If you aren't, though, you lack credibility.
      2) Increased traffic deaths and injuries.
      You don't have any data to back this up because it's not true. Also, contrast with alcohol and which is more dangerous?
      3) Decreased productivity in the workplace and in school.
      If I drink at work or school will I be less productive? Duh. If I skip work or school to go fishing will I be less productive? Duh. I don't think anybody is saying smoke pot all the time.
      4) Significant increase in teen and twentysomething usage.
      It's not legal for them to use. If you think there will be more usage because it's now legal you are sadly mistaken – people are already doing drugs illegally, hence, the war on drugs.
      5) Long-term health downside.
      Okay maybe, but not moreso than alcohol or cigarettes. Once again, I can live with your opinion if you're consistent, but, if not, you're not credible.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • Frank

      Thinkers like you will die out in a few generations. You're the backwards cancer that hurts America, while still claiming to be some sort of Patriot. You don't love this country, you absolutely hate it and wish it went back to an even more bigoted past. Go boink your sister, she's waiting with a case of cheap beer.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Theodore Turner

      NO. This is a no brainer, except in the delusional thinking of the far left.
      1) A gateway drug for many. [alcohol is a more dangerous gateway drug]
      2) Increased traffic deaths and injuries. [you have no evidence to claim this]
      3) Decreased productivity in the workplace and in school. [personal freedoms should not be contingent on whether or not you are "productive.' Are you some kind of big businessman with a bunch of min wage workers?]
      4) Significant increase in teen and twentysomething usage. [way more teens drink and die of alcohol. More teens also smoke cigarettes.]
      5) Long-term health downside. [once again, this is speculative, and most likely not true]

      January 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • jon wilson

      Right or left you better do some more research.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • Bahb3

      People are driving stoned now. How often do you here of a stoner causing accidents?

      January 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • Rich

      A no brainer and you spout crap right out of a pamphlet from the reefer madness generation. You have no idea what you're even afraid of which shows you lack any brain or capacity to debate the topic intelligently.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • TheInformer

      A gateway drug ? Please do a lot of research and educate yourself to the year 2014 – The Regan era was back in the 80's my friend.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • mike

      So you believe 58% of Americans are "far left" ? I don't think so.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • EighteenCharacters

      1) The "gateway" theory has been disproven many times.
      2) An increase in traffic deaths and injuries is pure speculation.
      3) Decreased productivity is also speculation. No one is advocating workplace usage.
      4) An increase in usage by the young is also speculation.
      5) Long-term health effects have also been studied, and are negligible.

      We are finally moving toward a real discussion about this topic, and are thankfully moving away from the "Reefer Madness" mentality of the past. The points listed by the OP are easily refuted or easily dismissed. But the irony behind "small government patriots" pushing for "big government interference" is tougher to process. Such is the curse of conservative thinking - progress always wins, but not before decades of struggle in the face of determined and self-applied ignorance.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • Jonathan

      Alcohol kill more people everyday and its legal, a peanut for Christ sake has killed more people than WEED. Don't knock it to you try it I was like that once apon of time. SMOKE WEED 2K14 4/20

      January 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • aj

      I could make that same argument for sugar, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, almost any prescription pill, etc...... bad argument bud.

      January 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • SadlySensible

      Sounds like you are referring to alcohol or tobacco use. Hmmm, that's a thought, isn't it?

      January 3, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • Stel1776

      NO. This is a no brainer, except in the delusional thinking of the far left.
      1) A gateway drug for many.

      The gateway drug theory has been discredited by peer reviewed studies. If anything, it is prohibition that creates a gateway link by forcing marijuana users to buy from people who often sell, and sometimes push for, truly dangerous drugs such as cocaine, meth, and heroin.

      RAND did a study concluding that: "No gateway effect is required to explain [marijuana's alleged gateway effects]"
      Morral et al, "Reassessing the marijuana gateway effect.", Drug Policy Research Center, RAND, Addiction 2002.

      "There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs."
      "Because it is the most widely used illicit drug, marijuana is predictably the first illicit drug most people encounter. Not surprisingly, most users of other illicit drugs have used marijuana first. In fact, most drug users begin with alcohol and nicotine before marijuana, usually before they are of legal age."
      Joy et al, "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base," Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, Institute of Medicine (Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999)

      2) Increased traffic deaths and injuries.

      The overwhelming majority of DUI fatalities involve alcohol and RARELY involve marijuana alone.

      " studies using culpability analysis have been reported, involving a total of 7,934 drivers. Alcohol was detected as the only drug in 1,785 drivers, and together with cannabis in 390 drivers. Cannabis was detected in 684 drivers, and in 294 of these it was the only drug detected.... The results to date of crash culpability studies have failed to demonstrate that drivers with cannabinoids in the blood are significantly more likely than drug-free drivers to be culpable in road crashes...[In] cases in which THC was the only drug present were analyzed, the culpability ratio was found to be not significantly different from the no-drug group."
      G. Chesher and M. Longo. 2002. Cannabis and alcohol in motor vehicle accidents. In: F. Grotenhermen and E. Russo (Eds.) Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential. New York: Haworth Press. Pp. 313-323.

      3) Decreased productivity in the workplace and in school.

      This is has not been proven and is not true of most users.

      4) Significant increase in teen and twentysomething usage.

      Portugal saw teen use drop overall after an initial spike when they decriminalized. Teens now have complete unfettered access in the underground market that NEVER checks for ID.

      Something thing I've noticed about many people who are against legalization is that they seem to greatly underestimate the negatives of prohibition, if they believe there are any at all. Some of these negatives are:

      -The deaths of countless people involved on all sides of the "war" including law enforcement and bystanders
      -The spending of 100's of billions of our dollars seeking out, arresting, prosecuting, and incarcerating otherwise law-abiding citizens
      -The redirection of valuable police time from solving and preventing true crime such as murder, rape, assault, kidnapping, robbery, theft
      -The filling of our jails with non-violent offenders, forcing them to release dangerous criminals early.
      -Increased corruption within the legal system
      -The invasion of our civil liberties, which in America we hold in especially high regard
      -The prevention of people from receiving effective medicine
      -The prevention of people receiving decent employment, scholarship money, and student aid due to having a criminal record, which affects not just them but their family as well
      -Increased support of tremendous multinational criminal networks
      -Increased public mistrust and disdain for our legal system and government, which is devastating to any country

      Despite the 40+ year all out war on marijuana, usage rates, availability, and quality have all significantly increased. We have some of the highest usage rates in the world even though we have some of the toughest prohibition laws. I believe marijuana prohibition is truly a case of the "cure" being much worse than the "disease", especially considering there is little evidence of it's effectiveness. Marijuana must be legalized, taxed, and regulated similar to alcohol. Use the tax money to educate kids honestly on the dangers of all substance abuse and use, alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana included. Prohibition policies do not work for popular things that are safely enjoyed by many...especially not in a country that values liberty and freedom.

      January 3, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • butyourwrong

      Legalizing marijuana will not cause an increase in usage. You think that the people that want to use it don't because it's illegal?

      January 3, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  83. Mark

    There are those that can go through their life happy, joyous and fulfilled without the use of chemicals that change the normal function of their brain, then there are those who cannot.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • robbyx

      And there are those who take Prozac, Zoloft, Paxcil, Lithium, and a wide variety of other "blessed" (by the Big Pharmaceutical Establishment and their government mouthpieces) drugs every day without being subjected to judgmental opinions.

      Of course these drugs have more side-effects (I've never heard of suicide or uncontrollable violent behavior being a marijuana side-effect) and are far more damaging to the body, acidifying it, taxing the liver, etc. But they come from big corporations and people have been programmed over the past 50 years to feel good about that, to trust it.

      Do yourself a favor and educate yourself on marijuana's health benefits. Educate yourself on our body's own cannabinoid system (yes, our bodies are designed to use the compounds found in marijuana to heal).

      January 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • Anon

      I have not tried it but I will when it's legal here. Guess what buddy, not everyone is a billionaire with a perfect family and their life going great for them. Not every body can be happy without the aid of mood stimulants, some people are just born sadder. This is great for America

      January 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • EighteenCharacters

      Have another drink, Mark... the game is on.

      January 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • mike

      So what's your point? Are you for or against?

      January 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  84. Jim Braiden

    I find it touching that the panel is so concerned with kids and poor people. LMAO What a load of right wing bullshit.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  85. Dorian Glunt

    YES! it should be ones choice what they do in the privacy of their own homes!...if anything alcohol should be illeagal and marijuana should be completely legal!

    January 3, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  86. joe

    This is the perfect test. Let's see how it goes in Colorado. Let's see if Colorado society decays. Let's see if it fills the State coffers. Let's see!

    It's the beauty of America and the individual states making different decisions. Only sad thing is that we didn't run this test 50 years ago because when the result come in and Colorado stays the same or in fact has less crime and fewer DUI deaths and more money, many many more states will follow its lead

    January 3, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  87. More Cowbell

    "Prohibition . . . goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes . . . A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded." – Abraham Lincoln, December, 1840.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
    • Marc Lazar

      This is the most intelligent comment anyone has made so far.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  88. Mark

    This Crossfire episode on Marijuana legalization was a joke...where is the two sides of the argument. Nothing more than using fear to sway the viewer. People have been using Pot for hundreds of years however it's been the 75 plus years on the War on Drugs that has caused more harm than Pot ever has.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Cj

      Actually, it's been verified that humans have consumed cannabis for over 5000 years. FYI

      January 3, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  89. Wayne Duke

    I would really like to know how many of the people that stood in line on the first day of legalization were first time users. I would suspect that the larger percentage by far are people who were already users and are being brought out into the daylight. Marijuana has been readily available since I was in my teens, never really an issue to get marijuana in all those years (I am 60 now). I think overall the legalization is a good thing, as it takes those dollars out of the underground market and takes it into the above ground economy.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • EB

      There were definitely both in line. It was so much fun to talk with people of all stripes, just soaking in the transition to the future.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  90. Toni

    Beneficial to every aspect of the human condition. Natural. From the earth, sun, rain and seed.

    I see no reason anything in this equation is illegal.

    People that smoke these days are working professionals, with a mortgage. We don't believe the propaganda, and we have the FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT to take care of our health as we see fit. Cannibis is a miracle plant, reducing inflammation, nerve pain, depression and anxiety.

    Good bye Percocet after spine surgery....Isn't it funny how people LEGALLY pop disgusting pills, but can't smoke something from the ground?

    January 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • robbyx

      Agreed! Those of us who are successful, mortgage paying, job working, tax paying stoners need to stand up and say no more lies, no more misinformation. There are many people in our society who BENEFIT from marijuana remaining illegal. And they are lying to the public every chance they get. We need to really educate those who are fearful about legalization. In my opinion, that starts with marijuana's health benefits. People are curing cancer today with marijuana. People are managing pain with marijuana. People are treating neurological disorders, seizure disorders, and a wide variety of other ailments with marijuana. Successfully. There is no rational argument for keeping marijuana illegal. There is only fear and established interests (fueling the fear).

      January 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Reply
    • Lolita

      Those disgusting pills you are talking about come from the Poppy Plant. I could not have imagined getting my degree without those pills, I surely could not imagine being stoned in psychology stats class, not.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • Jerry

      Excellent comments Toni. It is amazing how distorted and maligned something can be, a natural PLANT, and the people who choose to have it in a part of their lives. I also think it is a miracle plant which has made the lives of MILLIONS of people in EVERY generation for at least the last SIX THOUSAND YEARS better! It is sinful it was first made illegal and when you study the reasons it became that way, like Prejudice, and Bigotry, and especially Industrial Sabotage by the paper pulp, oil, and pharmaceutical industries, you have to speak up on it's behalf and on the behalf of everyone. I am so pleased with Colorado and Washington for their noble and progressive vote and I pray the next years will validate the moves they have made. May we all (age 21 and over) one day be free to give to our selves and each other that which God gave freely to us.

      January 3, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  91. David White

    Prohibition works no better then the war on Drugs. Colorado on the other hand is working just fine. Get over it. Cannabis is far less harmful than any other drug in the world. To deny adults safe access to Cannabis is cruel and indecent.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  92. Andrew Trossman

    Marijuana is medicine, and it works better than the 1001 drugs it replaces. NO ONE has ever died from it's use. i would prefer my child to experient with Cannabis versus Alcohol. Alcohol is 10 times as dangerous on every posible level, and more people die from it's use than any substance. Yet, you can buy it on every corner.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  93. Art Folden

    Alcohol is ALSO bad for the brain – how much and how often a person drinks alcohol or uses marijuana is the main factor involved in whether either is bad for the brain, or health in general.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  94. vj

    100 % marijuana should be legalize across this country..... If it has medicinal value then why not???? We can cleanup many people inside prisons for using marijuana...

    January 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  95. Renee

    Your panel refers to marijuana as a drug--it's a plant.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • paint+space

      Actually a drug is anything that goes into the human body and causes a chemical reaction. Including food, coffee and all the very harmful substances peddled by pharmaceutical companies. All or nothing approaches to substances don't work. Good health is based on balance. There's nothing wrong with recreational marijuana use that is different from enjoying a glass of red wine or a piece of cake at the end of the day. You just can't eat your cake every day.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  96. Richard

    Turn you nation into a cesspool, let low-class louts expose their children to pot, all to get more TAXES from people. BTW, losers will still be robbing and stealing to buy the stuff (since it's $200/oz) because they don't have JOBS!

    January 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Toni

      You obviously don't realize how many middle class and upper class professionals smoke. There is a few face to Cannibis that doesn't resemble a hippie nor a thug. It is the five star chef, the yoga instructor, the Baptist woman that broke her spine, the new partner at the law firm.

      Tax paying, hard working people that sure as hell hope it is never covered by Obamacare!

      January 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      Marijuana is $200 an ounce because it is illegal and 98% of that goes to the drug dealers, cartels, enforcers, etc so they can kill police officers and law-abiding citizens. Legalize marijuana and you take all that funding away from them and instead fund schools and rehab programs to teach kids to use drugs responsibly (or not at all) just like alcohol.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      It already is more than $200 an oz on the street so that comment makes no sense

      January 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • jon wilson


      January 3, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • aj

      hahaha $200 an ounce is dirt cheap...the good stuff on the street is $350-$400 an ounce.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • chris

      hahahaah sure was I was broke like sir Richard Branson ted turner Michael bloomberge bill gates steve jobs (RIP) sergy brin etc am willing to bet you believe all stereo types hahahaahah am laughing at you

      January 7, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
  97. Joesph


    January 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  98. Seattlite

    The crime is worse than the drug. It is time to take the crime away, keep people out of prison, and shut down the flow of cash to drug cartels. BTW: There is not going to be much marijuana business after everyone starts growing it. It grows like a weed!

    January 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  99. Edward Coles

    Marijuana should be made legal again. It is falsely described as a schedule I drug that supposedly has no medicinal value when 20+ states, millions of americans and hundreds of peer reviewed studies state other wise. Making marijuana legal will decrease black markets and the crime that comes with them, they will also generate much needed tax revenue in states that need it. Legal marijuana will reduce the use of dangerous and potentially lethal prescription drugs and alcohol.

    If we recognize the plant cannabis sativa as legal again, farmers will also be able to grow industrial hemp, which will bring thousands of jobs back to small and large farming communities that need them. The United States is currently one of the only industrialized nations to not grow industrial hemp, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, CANADA, CHILE, CHINA, DENMARK, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREAT BRITAIN, HUNGARY, INDIA, ITALY, JAPAN, NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND, POLAND, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY, UKRAINE, EGYPT, KOREA, PORTUGAL and THAILAND all currently grow hemp for industrial purposes. Hemp has thousands of uses including FOOD, FIBER, BUILDING MATERIALS, PLASTIC AND COMPOSITE MATERIALS, PAPER, JEWELRY, CORDAGE, ANIMAL BEDDING, WATER and SOIL PURFICATION, WEED CONTROL and most importantly FUEL.

    Cannabis Sativa is key to a sustainable future not only for society but the human body as well. While there are some drawbacks to cannabis use, people already use it, criminal enterprises benefit from it, and the amount of bad aspects of the plant do not come anywhere near the good. The question if not whether or not we should legalize cannabis, the real question is what are we waiting for.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Well stated.

      January 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • Doug

      What, and no indica?

      January 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • robbyx

      Very well said, Edward. Current marijuana laws are the result of the previous generation being manipulated by special interests who did not want hemp. A great deal of ignorance and hysteria (Reefer Madness anyone?) was created around marijuana which resulted in this amazing plant's potential being ignored and, worse, suppressed.

      How many people would be alive today if they'd had access to marijuana-based cancer treatments? Where might our understanding of how to treat cancer be today if scientists had been studying marijuana for the past few decades? In addition to effectively treating cancer, compounds in marijuana have been shown to heal a wide variety of auto-immune conditions, seizure disorders, and other ailments. Our bodies contain more cannabinoid receptors than any other kind of receptor. Also, unlike other receptors, the cannabinoid receptors are found in virtually every part of the body. Whether you believe in a divine creator or pure evolution, it's pretty obvious that marijuana was intended for human use.

      The most destructive drugs – alcohol and tobacco – are already legal. Marijuana's downsides are virtually non-existent when compared to either of these. Yet the benefits of legal marijuana are profound. How much money will we be able to direct, as a society, towards programs that benefit us when we're no longer wasting billions of dollars on needless law enforcement and prisons? How many people will get a second chance at life when marijuana-based medicines are developed?

      Legalize. Now. It's long overdue.

      January 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
      • Maani

        Agreed. In fact, I would add two specific facts.

        First, there has not been a single case in which marijuana was the actual cause of death – in all of recorded history (unless it had been tainted with other drugs). Second, the country of Jamaica, which has the highest per capita consumption of marijuana, has among the LOWEST lung cancer rates in the world. Yet China, with one of the LOWEST per capita consumption rates of marijuana, has among the HIGHEST lung cancer rates in the world. (It is no coincidence that China also has among the highest number of tobacco smokers.)

        These two facts speak volumes more than all the conjecture and paranoia drummed up by the opposition.

        January 3, 2014 at 7:38 pm |
    • Matt

      I definitely agree.

      January 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Reply
      • Detrain

        Not to be a buzzkill, but someone here in Brasil was killed by marijuana this past year. There was a checkpoint, the man fleed police and hit a tree with his kilos of cannabis in the backseats crushing him to death. May he rest in peace.

        January 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm |
    • Toni

      You are of perfect logic my friend, well said! Why aren't we the people running our country?

      We know what we want, and noting will stop people from getting it, so, why not make everyone's lives easier? We will gladly pay the government ungodly taxes on, it.....don't you want our money? 🙂

      January 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • Maani

      It is worth noting, in addition, that the first U.S. currency was made primarily from hemp (almost all of the "Founding Fathers" grew it), as were all of the American flags, including the famous one made by Betsy Ross.

      Cannabis is one of the few plants of which every single part – seed, stem, flower, oil, etc. – is usable for numerous purposes, from clothing to medicine.

      January 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  100. kathy

    Once a field test is developed to adequately determine when a person is driving under the influence of marijuana ... and not detect a substance ingested days or even weeks sgo ... then, sure. Why not? We let people get legally intoxicated on alcoholic, definitely a mind-altering drug ...

    January 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Seattlite

      I don't think people drive worse when they are high on marijuana. If they did, then we would need the test, but I just don't think that is the case.

      There is much more danger in being sleepy.

      January 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Reply
      • GLENN


        January 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm |
    • Edward

      We already have field tests. You cant just be stopped for driving after consuming alcohol, you have to show that you are dangerous on the road, and then you will be stopped. You are then asked if you have been drinking or under the influence, you can be subject to a field sobriety test and if you fail that you are taken off the road, if you pass you can take a breathalyzer to test your level of intoxication. My point is that all this is predicated on you showing that you are not safe on the road, and that you cannot pass the field test. If a cannabis driver is not a danger to himself or others then there is no reason to take them off the road. For the seasoned smoker, that is going to take a good amount...

      January 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Reply
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