Napans on Pot Laws

Napans on Pot Laws
Posted by CN Staff on June 28, 2007 at 05:59:13 PT
Source: Napa Valley Register
Napa Valley, CA -- “Legalize it, regulate it and tax it. People are doing it anyway, there are proven medicinal uses for it, just do it and get it over with. Think of all the revenue this would bring the city, county, state and beyond.”“If the profit was taken out of sales of marijuana and the courts freed from prosecutions of those who violate marijuana laws, the state would be in much better shape financially while the courts could concentrate on real crime.”
“Everyone says legalize it and tax it, but that is exactly the problem. You can only tax what goes through the stores, and it is such an easy product to make yourself, it would be impossible to tax it.”“The issue is not whether marijuana is bad for you. It is, ‘How does the government get their share?’”“The world would be a lot safer if it were made legal because it would be off the streets and regulated in shops just like alcohol and ciggs.”“We already have more than enough social and health problems associated with alcohol and tobacco. The last thing we need to do is encourage yet more self-destructive behavior by legalizing marijuana.”“Fatty food is unhealthy, causes millions of deaths, millions of health problems and drives up health care costs. Driving causes a huge death toll. Handguns are made to kill people. Smoking, alcohol, refined sugar ... shall we ban them all? Or shall we be adults and take responsibility for our own actions and stop trying to tell everyone else how to live their own lives?”“Don’t punish responsible adults who want the choice to enjoy a safer and more intellectually accommodating mind-altering substance than alcohol.”“Marijuana is, for many individuals, a psychologically and physiologically addictive drug. It is also a ‘gateway drug’ to introduce others, especially young people, into the harder drugs. While some are able to ‘take it or leave it’ after using it, if legalized, a greater segment of the population will become chronically addicted to its use.”“If marijuana is a gateway drug, it is only because it is illegal. The illegality of it brings it into the area of other illegal drugs and introduces new users to these other drugs also.”“Making marijuana ‘legal’ for anyone to use for any reason — other than medical — would be a very big mistake. After all, it is known to be addictive, and that’s a problem even, if it doesn’t lead to the use of more powerful drugs for all users! However, making it available for medical use — via a doctor’s prescription only — could potentially improve the lives of many people (cancer victims, etc.), and that makes good sense to me.”Each week, posts a “Question of the Week” and seeks reader responses.The poll results are not scientific, though the Register takes steps to minimize the possibility that individuals vote multiple times.Thursday, June 28, 2007Here are the results of the most recent poll, and some reader comments. Question of the week: Should marijuana be legalized?Total votes: 616No — 183 (30 percent)Yes — 433 (70 percent)Source: Napa Valley Register (CA)Published: June 28, 2007Copyright: 2007 Lee EnterprisesContact: napaopinion napanews.comWebsite: http://www.napavalleyregister.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives
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