are we talking about medical or recreational use or both? If it is made legal people are still going to "abuse" it like they do prescription pain killers vicadin, demerol, percocet etc. Make it so the seller has to get a license like a liquor store and tax it like cigarettes so that the states would make $$$, the money goes back to the communities with a percentage being allocated for drug counseling
Thirteen states have decriminalized marijuana. Minnesota is one of them and simple possession will not result in jail time.
Overall I do think it should be decriminalized and even legalized but it should be a controlled sale through licensed stores in the same way liquor is sold here in Minnesota. You can't buy liquor in a grocery store in Minnesota. Only in licensed "Liquor Stores".
There are probably legitimate and therapeutic uses for marijuana but I laugh when I read about some ailments and every one of them has the marijuana crowd that says it will cure anything from seizures to sniffles. Hey I have glaucoma. California here I come!!!!
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If you're arrested in Texas for marijuana possession, you might face the following penalties:
Less than two ounces: 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine
Between two ounces and four ounces: a year in jail and a $4,000 fine
I'm certainly no expert, but even with that law on the books, if you can find someone who's recently been jailed for simple possession I would be shocked.
All I am saying is that marijauna laws are most certainly not the cause of overcrowding in jails.
I'd even venture a guess that even though it takes many more infractions before any of them go to jail, there are likely many more people in jail for DUI convictions, than those there serving sentances for simple possession of pot.
If you think it a good idea to have more people behind the wheel of their cars under the influence of anything, so be it. There's already lots and lots inhibited by all sorts of legal prescription drugs, so in the end it won't matter. None are jailed until they kill people, and go to jail for vehicular homicide.
Legalizing drugs would put the Mexican drug cartels out of business.
That is the way I see it.
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"One of the major sources of income for the Mexican drug cartels is the smuggling of marijuana into the US. The marijuana is grown in the Sierra Madre, then hauled over the border in many devious ways, and sold on the streets of the US. US pot heads are providing the cash flow to fuel Mexican drug cartel violence. Some estimate that as much as 60% of the revenue to the drug cartels comes from marjuana."