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Legalization of marijuana according to Matt

Sunday, August 04, 2013   by: Darren Taylor

Toronto’s Matt Mernagh clearly represents the other side of the story when it comes to the issue of legalization of marijuana.

The Toronto-based author and marijuana advocate who has fought the law courts over marijuana issues for the past five years, favours legalization, regulation and taxation of the substance.

Canadian law currently allows for marijuana use by people suffering from debilitating illnesses, and while there have been calls by some for decriminalization of the substance, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau recently called for federal legalization of it.

While Trudeau’s words can be looked upon skeptically as an attempt to make a daring policy statement in the middle of what seems like widespread voter apathy, the marijuana legalization issue has come up before and will certainly come up again.

SooToday.com, speaking to local law enforcement and medical officials last week, were told Trudeau’s comments send the wrong message to youth and that the substance can act as a gateway to stronger, more dangerous drugs.  

Mernagh told us regulation of the drug would actually lead to greater public safety.

“The local marijuana dealer is not asking people for proof of age,” he said. "The local LCBO outlet is carding people to make sure young people don’t get access to alcohol. They make over 200,000 turn-downs a year to young people who couldn’t furnish identification.”

Mernagh said the same type of system, put in place for marijuana, would help keep it out of the hands of young people.

He added: “Taxation of it would help with our deficit in Ontario. The LCBO makes about $1 billion a year that goes to the provincial coffers.”

“With regulation,” Mernagh said, “people would know what they’re smoking, whether it’s potent or not-so-potent marijuana.”

“People would know how the marijuana has been grown, whether organically or chemically-fed. Those are things regulation would do.”

Mernagh’s philosophy, like other marijuana advocates, is that since people are going to use it, there may as well be regulation of it that ensures some type of quality control.

“There is more talk of using it responsibly and people coming out of the cannabis closet because of people like Justin Trudeau talking about it. They feel more comfortable.”

What of the issue of impairment?

There is no question the brain is affected by marijuana use.

“It’s a fascinating question,” Mernagh said.

“Are users safe to drive? They’ve done studies of this in Colorado, and what they’re finding is that marijuana smokers are slower drivers and more cautious drivers. There’s no evidence they’re bad drivers.”

He added driving is often the last thing on a person’s mind after smoking marijuana.

“A lot of people who smoke marijuana don’t like to go any further than their kitchen.”

“Usually after smoking marijuana they just hang out and indulge in conversation, play video games or watch a movie.”

The idea that marijuana could serve as a gateway to use of stronger, more dangerous drugs irritates Mernagh.

“People that say that are uneducated about drugs and out of touch.”

“There are no studies that show it’s a gateway. That theory is about 20 years old and has been disproven.”

“I’d like to see their studies. There are studies that say that is not true.”

Mernagh reiterated his call for marijuana’s regulation, stating law enforcement’s efforts to control its spread among young people have been ineffective.

Surely the ingestion of marijuana smoke cannot be good?

Mernagh said: “Medical studies show marijuana is the least harmful inhalant you can use.  Your local steel mill is probably a lot more dangerous than smoking a joint.”

For those concerned about the effect of marijuana smoke, Mernagh said marijuana can be easily ingested in other ways, such as through a vaporizer, sipped as a tea or even eaten in ice cream.

Regardless, marijuana remains controversial, and the federal government is not likely to equate its use with a cup of tea or a bowl of ice cream for some time to come.

Earlier SooToday coverage:

Sending the wrong message: Chief Davies

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littlebutton 8/4/2013 10:12:27 AM Report

weed should be legal. I agree with this Matt guy, hopefully he gets through to someone and eventually I can buy a doobie at the corner store rather than buy it from my weird,paranoid dealer.
Dixiepup 8/4/2013 10:22:46 AM Report

Dixiepup 8/4/2013 10:21:12 AMReport

I'm a 61 yr old gramma, and have seen a lot in my lifetime. I have seen a lot more trouble from people being drunk on alcohol than being buzzed on weed. I have a friend who was a bouncer for years, and he told me he would rather deal with someone on weed than a drunk!

It's time we had a serious decision about it! Anything in excess is bad, including food for heaven's sake. It always seems that if there is no govt. benefit nobody in power wants it.

We turn a blind eye to families destroyed by alcoholism, and continue to provide it because it pays. LEGALIZE POT AND TAX IT AND BE DONE WITH IT! Forget political volleying, and leave our pot smokers alone. By the way, I am NOT a user, so don't think my comments are self serving.
soodood 8/4/2013 10:24:06 AM Report

bla
missmya 8/4/2013 10:35:23 AM Report

It's just a matter of time. As soon as our neighbours to the south accept legalization and give the ok, I'm sure our government will act.
D0BBER 8/4/2013 10:41:13 AM Report

Rape and murder are other things that people are just going to continue to do as well ohhhh how about drinking and driving too, shall we regulate and tax these things also in order to create revenue and quality control ??

Tobacco was just a plant that grows in the dirt before it was regulated and refined by industry so that your body could better absorb the nicotine.

We would be selling the future of our children for our short term financial gains .. for me its just not worth it. We get a bump in our tax revenue to be abused by the government (re we never see it) our children get addictions centers/cancer/an all time high of school drop out rate/a new generation of potheads to run the country !!
Newsjunkie 8/4/2013 10:48:19 AM Report

Seriously? He thinks that legalization will keep marijuana OUT of the hands of teens? More open access will only INCREASE accessibility through friends and family. Don't believe me? Just look at the number of kids under the age of 19 standing on the sidewalks in front of schools smoking... not one of those kids was able to 'legally' purchase cigarettes. Legalization will just mean that MORE of those same kids can then stand there and get high before going back to class. Just what the world needs. If marijuana is legalized they would need to pass a law making it ILLEGAL to use either tabocco or marijuana under the age of 19 or our education system and society will be doomed.
JustMe1234567 8/4/2013 10:53:28 AM Report

Legalize the herb! People have been smoking it for centuries people!
I think this is a more realistic view of the situation compared to Chief Davies views on the subject.
Mike58 8/4/2013 10:55:14 AM Report

Give your head a shake... It will be just another thing that the criminals will break in and steal. If legalized, I guarantee it will be more expensive than cigarettes. I know quite a few chronic pot heads and most are dumb as stumps!
johnnyc 8/4/2013 11:02:01 AM Report

Legalizing marijuana would help to eliminate the criminal elements of the drug, as in dealers would have a harder time competing with the governments quality and pricing of the product, therefore it would likely have the most significant negative impact on the illegal drug trade, which isn't a bad thing is it?

Also, it has never been proven that marijuana is cancer causing...and if you are worried about negative impacts on your lungs, then eat it in baking or drink it in tea.

On another note...those who believe it leads into harder drugs, are sadly mistaken...if it has ever been considered a gateway drug, it is not because you are smoking marijuana, but rather because you are associating with drug dealers, who often have access to other drugs (chemicals/harder drugs) which are likely going to introduce you to them and market them to you and your friends to try...which would in turn be a reason it may be considered a gateway, but once you can buy joints at Mac's Mart, perhaps this problem will eliminate itself right?

Why do we have to live so backwards? so ignorant? so afraid of change?

In my opinion, this is such a wonderful idea to eliminate the criminal elements of the drug, at the same time being able to generate revenue towards ongoing provincial and federal projects, and also to let our youth know we aren't going to lie to them anymore using scare tactics about a drug which is definitely less damaging than alcohol; when ultimately, it is their decision whether they decide to use or not.

Finally, regardless of what people think, if your child goes to school, they will have access to drugs whether you like it or not...legalizing it, will help to ensure it is not laced with cocaine...do your job as a parent to prevent things from getting out of hand, teach your child to be responsible and realize that some things are out of your control.

Props to Justin Trudeau for having the guts to raise this before election time and hopefully he defeats that robot Harper.

Just watch him.
shorty38 8/4/2013 11:02:36 AM Report

d'sbored & littlebutton, you both sound like a waste of skin ----
dixiepup, at 61 & a Grandma that has seen a lot, I guess you have never been employed on a jobsite where the person working above you has had their mind slowed and spaced out by that good weed. It is such a good feeling to know that your fellow worker is totally aware of his surroundings and thoughtful of others whose life depends on them.
Koolaid 8/4/2013 11:05:11 AM Report

Put it to a Canada Wide Vote. Whichever provinces vote yes, it will be legal in that Province. The Government is a corporation, they are scared it will take away from other industries. They should be ashamed for having Tobacco & Gambling legal it is more addictive then crack.
littlebutton 8/4/2013 11:06:03 AM Report

Tax rape and murder, do you realize how stupid u sound. you should smoke a doobie maybe it will help you think a little more clearly.Tax rape and murder
c'mon, ding dong don't be dumb...
thera 8/4/2013 11:14:00 AM Report

@ Newsjunkie
You need to educate yourself a little more, it is legal to smoke when you are 16. You just can't buy smokes until you're 19. They are not breaking the law.

As for your statement, they will get high instead, why do people always think this? Just because it's legal, doesn't mean people would be allowed to be high at work, school, or in public places. Alcohol is legal, does that mean you can be drunk/drink at work or public places? NO!

Selling out our children, I think not, because by the time they're old enough to get high, they aren't children anymore. Besides, the human race has already ensured it's destruction by poisoning the environment. Nobody thought about the children then...
Louis 8/4/2013 11:20:58 AM Report

I believe it should be legalized and regulated. I think it would cut down on the crime rate, and as for kids getting their hands on it?? Well, they already are, so what is the difference? And being under the influence at school or work? It happens with alcohol as well, at least if it were regulated there would be a way to penalize those who do use when they shouldn't!
jessiecat 8/4/2013 11:23:36 AM Report

It distorts normal thoughts , can cause a persons mind to go crazy , not to mention I've seen people get mad and temperamental, it can also land you in jail carrying it etc-i do understand the 50-50 debate , if you legalize it now what about all the people who have done jail time over charges of it?
mattdoubleU 8/4/2013 11:29:10 AM Report

All you people that are against this need to smarten up a bit, your reasoning is so stupid. Do you beleive there is no weed in our schools now? Do you think kids do not have access to it? Tax it and kill our weed dealers business
mattdoubleU 8/4/2013 11:38:24 AM Report

Jessiecat- you obviously don't smoke cause you sound like a crazy nut.
soodood 8/4/2013 11:43:31 AM Report

ok IN a TUFF world Stress, HUrts, Pains...........This stuff is a proven good for you herb NO WONDER ITS ILLIGAL..
----EVERY ONES DOING IT ALMOST-----

Wonder why teens dont look you in the eye?? BECAUSE they smoke it and its illigal DOH! yu get the same reaction from them from all the PORN they are exposed too...

eat it Good
rub its extract on you GOOD
Put it on sores.. Butt sores GOOD
its a all around good God made plant.

Gimme a break BEER, WHISKEY all that is LEGAL and its WAY WAY more dangerous!!!!

Its a Plant you dont have to screw with at all, its all there, for MANS BENIFIT.. But its illigal and got to do what the Global Elite say.. bahhhhhh
wakeup 8/4/2013 12:03:54 PM Report

was reading how someone said about our country run by pot smokers, lol, ya well maybe outta realize how many people in many countries use pot that are in high level positions, such as lawyers an more, i wont put names, but really should get informed before just out right saying how bad something is, as every day you are eating chemicals approved by our government that grows our food, pesticieds that poison our water, oh i know they claim its safe, if so then why cant we eat it, same as the drugs they hand out such as oxycotin by the hundreds of thousands an is one of the main causes of most of the crime today, yet do they ban it,, NO, yet they no its a major problem, as the users of this drug are selling it on the street. cocaine brought in by bikers an others sold on our streets, an yet do you ever hear of our police making any big busts of it here in our city ,NO, why is that, hundred of people every day out drinking an driving, yet just a couple busted once in a while an most times caught just by accident, fighting, abuse , assults, an many times a result of alcohol abuse, a center for junkies to go get their fix cause they cant get their cocaine or even harsher drugs, crap loads of prostitues standing on our streets, just to make a few dollars to go get their oxy's, until you have to live amongst this type of people you have no idea of what you are talking about, as a person who's young life at 14 started out on the streets of this country, have seen more then those with their heads of their hinny making judgements as to what is good an bad, you have a police chief saying gate ways to harder drugs, pffft, straighten out our country an get the manufacturing back an get our people jobs, instead of bringing in thousand of imagrants every year when we cant even sustain our own population with real jobs, that provide , retirement an such,alcohol if anything is the gateway, as it puts together the bad with the good, an as people get drunk, they become hero's, an act like morons, an how many girls get raped because of drugs dumped in their drink, because they were to drunk to notice anyone screwing with them, show me one time a girl claimed raped while high from pot, show me one time a person arrested for assault because of the use of pot, show me one time a person driving like a idiot an killing others because of pot, almost every day i had to to wash my truck, because of the pollutants from this steel plants, hard tiny little black specs that we breath in every day, yet are they shut down, NO, its funny how big companies can just go about business , polluting the air with mass carcinogens, so maybe instead of worry about pot, maybe mister police chief outta start doing something about 12/13/14 years olds walking the streets at 3/4 in the morning, junkies hanging around the front of max milk asking for money, or trying to rob the store, was funny to read the words when they claimed to want to help the prostitutes an find out why they are out their, our cheif has been a cop how long????, yet he doesnt know why they are out there!!!!, just goes to show that he has learned nothing in his years, as you can bet 90% of them are junkies, alot of this crime would stop if this government actually did work for the people, an stopped the import of imagrants, an the import of crap products, an gave companies a choice to either produce the items here in canada, giving us jobs, or you dont sell here, but because the rich dont give a crap an can buy what ever they need, the government oly cares that they are happy, they continue to take from those less fortunate, such as their latest demand that if you live with your parents, welfare an other help is now going to be less, welfare wouldnt be needed if our government would actually do right by our people, nobody in the government is accountable, they make hidden rules, that the more fortunate never see, same as they supposedly separated disable from welfare, which was a nice scam for a couple years, as once again are grouped together, a disabled person is not a welfare recipient, yet the government has provided one increase of 3% in 20 years, an then the following year took it back, nothing wrong with smoking pot, as has been proven to not be as harmful as cigarettes or alcohol, how many people in our hospitals from smoking pot?,, yet we have crap loads of people in them from alcohol, rehab centers, jails, killed by driving, assults, not to mention the prescription drugs, that the big med centers hand out to people who dont need them, but its money for them, both from business side an street users who then keep officers busy to supposedly earn their pay, why do reservation not have lcbo, why has it been said that alcohol is something a native shouldnt have supposedly proven it is bad for them, yet hmmmm its sold to them every day, so many opinions, an a government that doesnt state the real facts, same as the study done by our government an the fact that they were going to legalize it until the usa stated they would trade sanction us, an it stopped, yet how many states now legalize its use, but i guess mr police chief knows more then them,sick of how our government has turned this country into , the rich an dispossable, and ya i hope one day a pot smoker ends up runing this country, better then the stick up the hinny that run it now,( dont forget about the bleach you get to drink every day in our water an how its to the point ya have to buy bottled water an hope its safe, thanks to all the crap places like the steel plants have drained into our water systems, an soon the city will allow a company to place 91 septic tanks right next to the water in a flood plain/wet land, as once again money matters more then the rest of us)
mattdoubleU 8/4/2013 1:20:36 PM Report

Well said "Wakeup"

Also JT has my vote in the federal election if he decides to base his campaigne around the legalization of this HARMLESS plant.
thera 8/4/2013 1:37:45 PM Report

Yes, well said "Wakeup."

The truth of the problems in the country, and, well, every country, has never been so well stated. Most people don't knows these facts because they are afraid of the truth so they stick their heads in the sand.
So, rather, they focus on people wanting to feel good, that disrupts their plans on keeping the people scared - so we go out and buy crap we don't need to keep the economy running smoothy.
Tom_Bom 8/4/2013 2:40:58 PM Report

Don't just take it from him, let Ron Paul, various politicians, and Jay & Silent Bob tell you why the war on drugs is one of the most fruitless wars.

"Of 50,000 drug arrests, 82% are black and hispanic". Anyone else see something wrong with that?

For anyone who is on the fence or has their doubts about legalizing marijuana, I ask you to watch this video and then post a responce: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykvc20YpXAQ
D0BBER 8/4/2013 3:04:13 PM Report

@littlebutton ??? really ???
do the world a favor and stick a gun in your mouth would ya ... If you cant tell the suggestion was purposely ridiculous, you should never be allowed to bare children !!

One simple google search for "the harmful effects of marijuana, either on a person or society will trash 100% of the arguments here for legalization.

Tom_Bom 8/4/2013 3:08:53 PM Report

Alcohol is far more harmful than smoking marijuana, and we don't criminalize alcoholics, now do we?
Tom_Bom 8/4/2013 3:12:18 PM Report

Also, It's a matter of supply and demand. Where there is a demand, there will always be a supply.

Would you rather gangs profit off of marijuana (which is their main cash crop keeping them running by the way), or would you rather see it regulated and sold to responsible adults that require ID?

Prohibition hurts the kids more than any drug, because drug dealers don't have age limits.
Oldie Goldie 8/4/2013 3:16:50 PM Report

When Marijuana is smoked it is even more harmful than Tobacco.
1. No filter is used. Most Cigarettes to-day use filters.
2. It is grown and cultivated just like Tobacco is.
3. It has as many, if not more, carcinogens ( Cancer-causing agents )as Tobacco.
4. Tobacco is a weed as is Marijuana.
5. If you don't believe me ask any Doctor about it. Ask Doctor Pipe---a recognized authority on Tobacco and Marijuana and who works for the Olympic Regulators.
6. A Canadian Snow Boarder lost his title after it was found out he used Marijuana.

There may be some medicinal good for people with some diseases--if that is so then restrict it to a Prescription from a doctor.

Legalize it and anyone over 19 could buy it and use it.

Isn't there enough money being spent on Health problems from Tobacco now without having more by using Marijuana?

40 years ago Tobacco was found to be harmful.
30 years ago Second-Hand smoke was found to be harmful.

Are we ready to wait another 40 years to find out that Marijuana is harmful?
wakeup 8/4/2013 3:33:56 PM Report

lol ya an if ya look at the drugs people are given by the same doctors, tell me which one doesnt destroy your liver, , the lining of your stomach, an much more, yet every day are prescribed by doctors, tylenol for one, , used by many destroys your liver bit at a time, my mother given a so called blood presure medicine to controll it, yet has given her retention of water issues to the point of blowing a hole in the outter layer of a leg from swelling, an another doctor, asked why she was given it, as she already taking medicine to help with that, removed it from the regimine of drugs an now her legs are back to normal, so dont try quoting what some so called doctors told u , as they promote the use of many drugs that have as many faults as good they do, same as natural remedies that they will not endorse, yet saved my kids life after 7 years of bullcrap from aprox 30 doctors
thera 8/4/2013 4:17:23 PM Report

Ya, take that "Oldie Goldie." All you need to do is read "Wakeup's" earlier post. You will lose this debate.
Tom_Bom 8/4/2013 4:19:12 PM Report

Oldie Goldie, does Harper pay you by the hour, or for each post of propaganda diatribe?
Ricatoni 8/4/2013 4:23:15 PM Report

The police receive millions of tax dollars to fight this. Do you really think they want to give up 30 or 40 grand a year in overtime NOT!!!!! The problem with politicians and police is they think they are above the human race Arrogance!!!!!! Legalize it take the tax money and put bikers and gangs out of business wake up Canada !!!!! The goverment or conservatives want to keep the cops on their side so they will never legalize it. I will vote for Trudeau if he stands to legalize it... Period!!!!! I am sick and tired of cops and politicians telling us what is good and bad!!! If you actually look at this issue of drugs the cops and politicians are the worst offenders!!!!they steal it from drug dealers and keep it for their own benefits!!!! Happens all the time!!!if the goverment actually wants to do something to make our life's better .takethe guns away from cops who think they can just shoot kids at will without any accountability!!!cops and politicians are pathetic vote liberal in the next electionandshow these arrogant fools that we own this country not self serving conservative political pigs!!!!! We live in a society that is run by politicians????? are we really that stupid???? LEGALIZE IT !!!!!its what the people want!!!!
Tom_Bom 8/4/2013 5:14:17 PM Report

We all know that smoking anything harms the lungs. but there are other ways of consuming Marijuana, whether it be in edible form (which poses absolutely no health risk) or a tea (still no health risk), or an tincture.

How could something that is helpful to so many people in aiding them in their diseases be demonized like this? It helps cancer patients with their lack of appetite. It helps people with Aids, MS, Chrons disease, Colitis, IBD... It's a natural anti inflamatory, shrinks tumors, and stops cancer from spreading into your lymphatic system.

There is so much good about this plant if you just open your mind about it.
Sam C 8/4/2013 6:14:19 PM Report

I can't help but wonder if marijuana users are "slower and more cautious drivers" because they switch into slow-motion when buzzed.

Given the massive revenue generated by tobacco and alcohol, you'd think that if the government thought this was a good idea they'd have been all over it decades ago. After all, the government doesn't often pass up an opportunity to reach deeper into our wallets.
DowntownJuniorBrown 8/4/2013 6:57:19 PM Report

Wakeup needs to come out of his weed induced coma and "wake up". You're telling someone not to believe what doctors tell you, however you eat up any little fact that "supports" the use of marijuana and take it to be true. How do you actually know these studies are right? You don't. Now I know there are some people out there that are able function after smoking weed, there are also people that are able to function after drinking, both are wrong. And yes marijuana is a gateway drug, it offers you and opportunity to expand your mind, which once you've done that once with something as "innocent" as marijuana your going to be very open to try other things, how do I know this you ask? Cause I ran my own study, I smoked weed, it was "cool" fun to talk about the propaganda associated with it, but at the end of the day its stupid. Waste of money and time, still have lots a friends that smoke weed, wait should say friends that have to smoke weed, and for the most part they have absolutely nothing going for them other than being potheads, don't have cars, real jobs, a house nothing all they have is their next bong load which is pretty sad.
Oldie Goldie 8/4/2013 7:10:31 PM Report

Tom Bom---You are right on---Smoking it is bad for your Health.

Most of the users are smoking it. I have not seen many who drink it or take it in tablet form.

Under-age users are getting Cigarettes now so what will stop under-age users from getting Marijuana if it is legalized.

I ask, again, why was the Canadian Snowboarder stripped of his medal for using Marijuana---because it is a way to enhance performance---just like Ball Players using Steroids and other professionals who take performance-enhancing drugs.

A lot of Lawyers--Politicians etc. have testified using it once in their lives but do not use it now because they learned a lesson.

I am not going to lose this debate because time will tell of the dangers.

Reading a poster who makes several grammatical and spelling errors in his posts will never convince me that Marijuana is safe to use. His posts are written as if he just smoked some pot.

DazedAndConfused 8/4/2013 7:40:01 PM Report

On the topic of marijuana being a gateway drug... I'm curious if it has more to do with the drug itself or with the fact that to buy it, you have to associate with criminals and drug dealers... just a thought.

And no I don't smoke, I just don't have a problem with people who do.
ahuffels 8/4/2013 9:06:32 PM Report

Oldie Goldie:
"I ask, again, why was the Canadian Snowboarder stripped of his medal for using Marijuana---because it is a way to enhance performance---just like Ball Players using Steroids and other professionals who take performance-enhancing drugs."

hahahhahahahahahahaha

have you ever seen someone high on marijuana? The effects are FAR from performance enhancing. And the only thing in danger from pot legalization is our country's supply of potato chips.

Legalize it, and tax it. Not to mention how much money will be saved by the Canadian criminal system.
Working Man 8/4/2013 10:32:20 PM Report

If they DO legalize pot we would have people on here complaining about the taxes that they have to pay on it no doubt...
Tom_Bom 8/4/2013 11:00:02 PM Report

I'm simply stating the truth.
Tom_Bom 8/4/2013 11:00:55 PM Report

You don't have to be high to be rational about this issue.

Also watch out guys, grammar police.
jojo12345 8/5/2013 12:43:38 AM Report

shorty38 you are so right
weed is a drug of our time
we were all going to school walking on cloud and flunking our grade because we were not all there
brain freeze
having munchie....
drug is drug...
and i am again it
jojo12345 8/5/2013 12:45:37 AM Report

DowntownJuniorBrown you are right they are junkie with nothing except their little bag of pot
wake up
jojo12345 8/5/2013 12:47:59 AM Report

jessiecat this is all we see in the sault junkie...peoples walking on cloud stone....their hand in their pocket with nothing to their name
mattdoubleU 8/5/2013 7:42:50 AM Report

Hahahahah jojo- you sir/ma'am are a joke. I do enjoy a joint every now and then. I also have a university education, a good paying job, truck, sled, 4wheeler as well as a house. So to say people that smoke weed have nothing to show for themselves and walk around like a junkie is a complete joke, like yourself. As a matter of fact I know many professionals that enjoy a joint after work. And all you idiots that are against this need to come out from the rock you've been hiding under and realize its 2013 and weed isn't the problem and its wasting everyones time and money. Go after the pills and coke because that is whats turning girls into hookers and good kids into theiving wastes of skin. But I'm not the first to state this in this article so if you are too stupid to realize this then you have bigger problems and shouldnt worry about the possible legalization of marijuana.
d'sbored 8/5/2013 9:55:41 AM Report

Shorty38, no waste of skin here. I am a gainfully employed professional who is a realist. Your negative, judgemental opinions are unjustified. I don't use it but don't pass judgement on those that to. Get off your high horse, we are all entitled to our opinions!!!
sweetnsexy69er 8/5/2013 11:26:13 AM Report

I am not for or against legalizing marijuana..but here is a lil story of what happened to me..when I was in Grade 7 the kids in my class were always high on marijuana and well all they did was bully, degrade,,heck they even went as far as strangling me and almost killed me..when they were not high on the drug they were good kids..now as they are adults now and no longer smoking marijuana,a few have come to appologise for there behavoir towards me and they are very decent ppl..I do not claim that I am educated on this drug cus I am not....Do I smoke this drug,no I don't for 1 I am highly allergic to it..if I even touch it I swell up
mattdoubleU 8/5/2013 12:28:12 PM Report

Sweetnsexy - i dont think they did that cause they were "high on marijuana"
D0BBER 8/5/2013 5:12:05 PM Report

Ok so correct me if im wrong .. the prevailing argument is that since the medications/alcohol/tobacco we already use are horrible and killing us we should add marijuana to the list ??

Generally when trying to support an idea you put forth its strengths, not compare it to something and then tell how poisonous it is ! But youre right this stuff doesnt kill braincells at all !!
seen_your 8/5/2013 7:02:08 PM Report

Won't matter what most of the people who are against it think, they will be dead of old age in the next 20-30 years, it will be legalized in my lifetime, you can book it.
Tom_Bom 8/5/2013 8:13:49 PM Report

D0bber it's been proven Marijuana doesn't kill brain cells in multiple studys, but actually helps brain cells heal that have been damaged by say a head injury.

It's not about the harmfullness (which, there really isn't any.) It's about having the right to enjoy the recreational substance of your choice, and not everyone likes to rot their liver with alcohol. Some people prefer a safe alternative, like a marijuana cookie.

Smoking pot is a victimless crime in its essense. If it's harmful to the person smoking it, that is a medical issue, not a legal issue.

But I know there's no convincing you, and that's fine. But maybe someone else will see this and open their minds a bit on the topic.
habsfan 8/6/2013 10:30:17 AM Report

I think everyone would be surprised if mandatory drug testing was done on all professionals. Politicians, doctors, lawyers,police, firefighters. You would absolutely be amazed. And as far as alcohol goes, I dont drink but everyone i know does. I would rather associate with a pot smoker than a drunk person anyday.
AndyCap 8/6/2013 2:13:41 PM Report

@Dobber you are completely ignorant. Any reference you may have read about the harmful effects I assure you are taken out of context or highly exaggerated. Kills Brain cells? Your "intelligence" and "memory" are determined by the connections your neurons make with each other. The number of brain cells is insignificant towards your neurological function. Please stop believing in lies and propaganda.
Tormented Soul 8/7/2013 5:50:19 PM Report

I'm getting tired of seeing stories pertaining to Marijuana and making it legal. It's always the same argument.

"Alcohol kills people every year, and weed makes just people hungry" Wrong. People under the effects of weed and other substances aren't exactly harmless.

There's violence in the drug world. Always has been. There's no denying it. Do you really think that it'll cease to exist when you start charging double, triple and even quadruple what the street value is AND placing tax on it? People will still try to steal / sell it. The only difference is, they can knock off a corner store that sells it and get access to it must easier.

Stupid kids and their obsession with drugs. It's irritating. 9/10 of the people fighting for this don't even have jobs. They're riding the system collecting welfare and disability. Who do you think will pay for them to get stoned every night? That's right, taxpayers. I, for one, don't feel like paying taxes to let people squander their days away under a cloud of smoke, while I work my ass off trying to make ends meet. Useless scabs of society.
Tormented Soul 8/7/2013 6:11:21 PM Report

On a side note ...

http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=60156

Think these kids smoke pot? Check their facebook profiles. They do.

Yep ... harmless. Wouldn't taze, shoot, or beat the everliving crap out of anyone.

Thumbs up for good parenting.
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