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Do you think marijuana should be legal in California?

Asked by Jane Belanger

August 25, 2010

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Mike Fera

From Del Cerro (Retired)

I think medical marijuana is fine, but it should be administered like any other medication — at a pharmacy, not dispensed at one of these marijuana dispensaries. It’s getting too loose that way.

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Yaritza Cruz

From Encanto (Barrista)

Yes, absolutely. I don’t think it does anybody any harm, really. I mean, you don’t see serial killers smoking pot. There aren’t any angry pot smokers around. That’s my experience, anyway. Of course, they’re going to tax it, but we’re in the hole, and I know education could use some money. I know that personally because I’m, like, number 25 on the wait list for all the classes that I have, so I think it would be good.

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Connor Mayfield

From Golden Hill (Kitchen Prep)

It seems pretty attainable either way. I guess the biggest thing it would affect is maybe the drug cartels. They wouldn’t have the power that they have now. It’d be given to the government. I’ve heard stories about how Mexican drug cartels are taking over farms in Northern California. It might help with that. I’d vote for it.

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George Jones

From Linda Vista (Computer Engineer)

Yes! It should be legalized everywhere. I don’t believe alcohol should be legal and not marijuana. What separates marijuana from other drugs is that it’s the only drug you can plant with a seed, naturally, go out, and pick it, and you don’t have to transform it. With any other drug — with alcohol, cocaine, crack, meth, heroin, speed — you have to transform it in some way to get it to work. With marijuana you just plant a seed and, months later, you can just pick it off the tree and use it. Every other drug you have to process; it’s man-made in some way.

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Keith Cecil

From Lemon Grove (Iron Worker)

Absolutely. Even though I don’t smoke it, I think it should be legal. People are less violent, less apt to be a thief, things like that...for health needs. I don’t think it’s addicting. I smoked it for 45 years. I, myself, don’t do anything anymore because that’s what I choose. But if I was going to do something, I would rather smoke pot than drink.

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Barbra Calantas

From Serra Mesa (Wilflife Biologist)

Yes, I do. I’ll be voting for it in November. I just think it’s a natural thing. It’s not manufactured from chemicals and it’s better for you in some ways than alcohol; it’s better for your liver. It’s another alternative.

Comments

jglaze Aug. 27, 2010 @ 7:43 p.m.

In regards to weed being better for your liver than alcohol, it's fascinating to me how the affects on your BRAIN are never taken into consideration. Of course, people making the alcohol-marijuana comparison rarely have the capacity to grasp such a concept, since the aforementioned mental deterioration has already taken effect.

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BusGreg Aug. 28, 2010 @ 12:57 p.m.

Here are findings that contradict your statement:

The Journal of Clinical Investigation stated in its Oct. 13, 2005 article "Cannabinoids Promote Embryonic and Adult Hippocampus Neurogenesis and Produce Anxiolytic- and Antidepressant-like Effects", by Xia Zhang et al.: "We show that 1 month after chronic HU210 [high-potency cannabinoid] treatment, rats display increased newborn neurons [brain cell growth] in the hippocampal dentate gyrus [a portion of the brain] and significantly reduced measures of anxiety- and depression-like behavior.

Thus, cannabinoids appear to be the only illicit drug whose capacity to produce increased hippocampal newborn neurons is positively correlated with its anxiolytic- [anxiety reducing] and antidepressant-like effects."

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Igor Grant, MD, Executive Vice Chairman at the University of California, San Diego Department of Psychiatry, wrote in his study published in the July issue of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, as reported in a June 27, 2003 Reuters article: "Smoking marijuana will certainly affect perception, but it does not cause permanent brain damage. 'The findings were kind of a surprise. One might have expected to see more impairment of higher mental function. Other illegal drugs, or even alcohol, can cause brain damage...

If we barely find this tiny effect in long-term heavy users of cannabis, then we are unlikely to see deleterious side effects in indivduals who receive cannabis for a short time in a medical setting...

If it turned out that new studies find that cannabis is helpful in treating some medical conditions, this enables us to see a marginal level of safety."

My use of legal medical cannabis for years has not damaged enough brain cells to do some rudimentary research on the subject.

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Radical Uterus Aug. 27, 2010 @ 9:22 p.m.

The politicians do not demonstrate the maturity necessary to administrate the revenue that legalized cannabis will generate. Do you trust your political servants to spend wisely and judiciously? I don't.

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 31, 2010 @ 7:43 p.m.

What would happen is you would see gov employees get big pay raises, and "retire" at age 45 with 110% of their highest years salary. And then we would be back to square 1 in budget deficits.

I do not think we should legalize pot. But dont get me wrong, I also do not think jail OR prison is the answer for people smoking pot.

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