Republican Pollster: 57 Percent of Floridians Support Legalizing Medicinal Pot

A survey conducted by GOP pollster Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates -- the same firm that conducted polls for Florida Gov. Rick Scott's campaign -- found that 57 percent of Floridians support legalization of medicinal marijuana. 

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​This news comes as sources say there is a serious movement afoot to bring the issue to the Florida ballot in 2012. Such a referendum would require 60 percent of voters to legalize the green stuff so long as it is prescribed by a doctor.

A total of 800 voters in the poll, which was leaked to the Pulp, were asked the question: "If there was a Constitutional Amendment on the statewide ballot to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes only when prescribed by a practicing physician and the election were held today, would you vote YES to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes or NO to stop it?"

Inside, some of the poll's most interesting findings -- including a look at which area of the state is the most pot-happy (hint: It's nearby) and how white and black voters compare on the issue. 
Some of the findings: 

-- Of those responding 41 percent said they would definitely vote yes while 17 percent said they would probably vote yes. Only 31 percent said they would definitely vote no on the issue. 

-- Women were slightly more supportive of the measure (58 percent in the "yes" category) than men (56 percent).

-- White voters (59 percent) and Hispanic voters (58 percent) were more likely to support medicinal marijuana than black voters (55 percent). 

-- Not surprisingly, Democrats were more supportive than any other political group, with a full two-thirds of Democratic respondents (67 percent) supporting the measure. Republicans gave it only 44 percent support, while Independents were 63 percent in favor. 

-- Those identifying as pro-choice on the abortion issue were in favor by a whopping 75 percent while only 40 percent in that anti-abortion camp said yes. 

-- When it comes to geography, West Palm was most in favor with a healthy 73 percent going the yes route (Miami was 58 percent in that regard, while Broward wasn't listed). The most ardently anti-pot city in Florida? Jacksonville, which had only 41 percent in the favorable camp and 44 percent saying they would definitely vote no. 

-- Beyond political party, those identifying themselves as "liberal" were 77 percent in favor, moderates were 65 percent in favor, and conservatives were only 40 percent in favor. 

-- A majority of all age groups supported the notion, with the 18- to 24-year-olds most in favor with 79 percent (or 14 of the 18 respondents in that group). The least supportive were 65-plus and 35- to 44-year-olds, both at 53 percent in favor. 

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angel
angel

pills killed my mamma they need to out law pills and drinking.

Koceemstanbury
Koceemstanbury

Freedom of choice is the real question, i choose weed, you choose to drink. I am in control of my thoughts and actions on weed, never the less for drinking, i didn't remember what happen i was out off it. Drinking and it's legal. 

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Awesome, cannabis should be legal in every state

jake91
jake91

It would be for the best interest of the people for medicinal marijuana to be legal. I have been diagnosed with Gastroparesis a very rare disease that paralyzes the stomach and i cant eat and have chronic pain. The only way for me to keep my food down and have appetite is to use marijuana. No drug that has been prescribed to me has help. But marijuana help with my illness significantly i can eat theres no pain. There is nothing else out there like this plant that people can benefit from positively in so many ways.

jsknow
jsknow

In this myth shattering, information packed documentary, learn from physicians and leading researchers about medicinal cannabis and its demonstrated effects on human health. This game-changing movie presents the most comprehensive synopsis to date of the real science surrounding the world’s most controversial plant.http://marijuanamovie.org/

Auron Renius
Auron Renius

The propaganda campaign against marijuana is nothing new as this medieval story from the ‘Arabian Nights’ shows. The described affects of the drug are nothing like the actual high, but are exaggerated to make readers afraid to go near the drug.

“he found a quiet corner and taking out a piece of Hashish, swallowed it. Presently the fumes mounted to his brain and he rolled over on to the marble floor. Then the Hashish made him fancy that a great lord was shampooing him and that two slaves stood at his head, one bearing a bowl and the other washing gear and all the requisites of the Hammam…….

Then the slave opened it and brought out three kerchiefs of silk, one of which he threw over his head, a second over his shoulders, and a third he tied round his waist. Moreover, the eunuch gave him a pair of bath-clogs, and he put them on; after which in came white slaves and eunuchs and supported him (and he laughing the while) to the outer hall, which he found hung and spread with magnificent furniture, such as beseemeth none but kings; and the pages hastened up to him and seated him on the divan.

Then they fell to kneading him till sleep overcame him; and he dreamt that he had a girl in his arms. So he kissed her and set her between his thighs; then, sitting to her as a man sitteth to a woman, he took yard in hand and drew her towards him and weighed down upon her and lo! he heard one saying to him,

"Awake, thou ne'er-do-well! The noon-hour is come and thou art still asleep." He opened his eyes and found himself lying on the marge of the cold-water tank, amongst a crowd of people all laughing at him; for his prickle was at point and the napkin had slipped from his middle. So he knew that all this was but a confusion of dreams and an illusion of the Hashish and he was vexed and said to him who had aroused him, "Would thou hadst waited till I had put it in!"

Then said the folk, "Art thou not ashamed, O Hashish-eater, to be sleeping stark naked with stiff-standing tool?" And they cuffed him till his neck was red. Now he was starving, yet forsooth he savored the flavor of pleasure in his dream".

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Christian Conser Vative
Christian Conser Vative

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators for using a little marijuana. None of us would want to see our parent's home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants to ease the aches and pains of growing older. It's time to stop putting our own families in jail. It's time to let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, and it's nice to see our culture coming to terms with this in a more wholesome fashion. This will go a long way toward putting the criminal drug gangs out of business for good!

jsknow
jsknow

Governor Rick Scott is certainly on the right track by looking into the medical benefits of marijuana, they are well documented and numerous for ailments ranging from very mild to severe. Marijuana has proven to be both safe and effective for an almost innumerable list of ailments. Because of marijuana being safer than virtually every Rx or over the counter medication on the market, the potential benefits from this low cost, (virtually free if you grow your own) medicine is almost endless. Criminalizing possession, use and sale of this natural plant is nothing short of a criminal act by tyrants seeking to oppress We The People and to promote the profits of crooked corporations that buy many crooked politicians and through their financial support, keep them in office.

Our new Governor would also be very wise to look into the GREEN job producing potential of marijuana/hemp/cannabis. In addition to its benefits as medicine and marijuana being about as safe of a recreational drug as anyone could ever ask for, this amazing plant can also produce fuel, paper, fabric, building materials and over 50,000 superior and more environmentally friendly products than products in use today. The two articles and the free online book linked below go into much more detail about this truly amazing God given plant. There is almost no doubt that after you read them, you will much better understand why marijuana prohibition has been so fiercely promoted by certain major corporations that fear competition from this natural GREEN plant.

No matter where you stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana everyone should read: MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril, WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither and the free online book: The Emperor Wears No Clothes, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and The Conspiracy Against Marijuana. Click the links to those titles on this webpage: Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/ho... All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/in...

If you think marijuana prohibition has anything to do with the imaginary, false, fabricated, alleged harms from using marijuana as a recreational drug, YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED!

Mass marches seem to get Government attention a lot better than when We The People send email, make phone calls or even make appointments to meet with our elected public servants. Protest marches seem to say “hey, we’re serious about this” in the most effective way. A wise man told me long ago to: “do what works”. If we do it right, peaceful demonstrations can be a lot of fun too. So, what do you think? Will “boots on the ground” from the Constitutionally supported opposition to the “war on drugs”, (which is really a violent vicious illegal war against nonviolent citizens and a war on everyone’s Constitutional rights and freedom) end this violent unconstitutional war once and for all? Anyone interested in taking strong peaceful patriotic action and keeping it up until we win? I’m sure the news media will cover these events if we get enough people to show up.

How Governor Scott responds to our call for Constitutional Government will certainly expose his position on Constitutional Government. Whether or not you’re willing to participate will certainly define your patriotic values too. So, are you going to do something or just stand there and bleed? Are you a patriot or are you a slave, willing to conform to any legislation written, regardless of its Constitutionality?

This is not all about the right to use a drug or even the right to grow and/or sell a natural God given plant. This is about demanding to be governed by the text of the supreme law of the land rather than continuing to be ruled over by unconstitutional tyrants doing the bidding of crooked corporations.

tony
tony

I don't drink or do drugs of any sort. However I am in favor of legalizing marijuana if for no other reason it makes no sense to ruin a persons life with a criminal record for something so minor. having said that I would discourage anyone from taking anything that gets you high, drunk etc..

Leonard Krivitsky, MD
Leonard Krivitsky, MD

As the truthful information about the remarkable medicinal properties of the cannabis plant becomes more widespread, these numbers will go even much higher! Cannabis prohibition is doomed to failure, as it is based on a series of total "un-realities", which no amount of repression can make "real". Cannabis is NOT physically addictive as it lacks a documented physical withdrawal syndrome, the so-called "gateway drug theory discredited as invalid, much touted by the DEA drug Marinol is not at all the same as medicinal cannabis, smoking Cannabis does not increase the risk of lung cancer, and cannabis use suppresses violent behavior. These are REALITIES! To further say that Cannabis plant does not have medicinal properties is simply delusional and is a complete "break" with "reality". If anti-Cannabis repression by the DEA and its allies were to be intensified, the rate of alcohol, cocaine, opiates, other hard drugs, alcohol, and dangerous prescription drugs would increase sharply. Neither the DEA, not its minions can make people perceive Cannabis as "unsafe", where is in reality it is quite safe, much safer than alcohol and other alternatives. With the rise of the use of alcohol/hard drugs, the amount of violence and mayhem in this society will also rise, something that every mother and wife should consider. In these hard economic times our so-called "representatives" do not even dare talking about cutting the bloated DEA budget, especially its so-called "marijuana" enforcement, while they are willing to discuss cutting everything else. This is because the DEA and its minions are very good with attaching labels, and no one wants to risk being "labeled" as "soft on drugs"! The employment drug tests have a potential of "screening out" "Picassos", and Lady GaGa's, and Willie Nelsons, but letting people like Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson slip through (if the employers are "lucky"). And to say that Cannabis Plant does not have medicinal properties is simply delusional! Cannabis prohibition, as based on glaring scientific and philosophical "un-realities" and can never succeed in the long run!

Leonard Krivitsky, MD
Leonard Krivitsky, MD

As the access to truthful information about the remarkable medicinal properties of the cannabis plant becomes more available and widespread, the numbers will grow even higher! Cannabis prohibition is doomed to failure, as it is based on a series of total "un-realities", which no amount of repression can make "real". Cannabis is NOT physically addictive as it lacks a documented physical withdrawal syndrome, the so-called "gateway drug theory discredited as invalid, much touted by the DEA drug Marinol is not at all the same as medicinal cannabis, smoking Cannabis does not increase the risk of lung cancer, and cannabis use suppresses violent behavior. These are REALITIES! To further say that Cannabis plant does not have medicinal properties is simply delusional and is a complete "break" with "reality". If anti-Cannabis repression by the DEA and its allies were to be intensified, the rate of alcohol, cocaine, opiates, other hard drugs, alcohol, and dangerous prescription drugs would increase sharply. Neither the DEA, not its minions can make people perceive Cannabis as "unsafe", where is in reality it is quite safe, much safer than alcohol and other alternatives. With the rise of the use of alcohol/hard drugs, the amount of violence and mayhem in this society will also rise, something that every mother and wife should consider. In these hard economic times our so-called "representatives" do not even dare talking about cutting the bloated DEA budget, especially its so-called "marijuana" enforcement, while they are willing to discuss cutting everything else. This is because the DEA and its minions are very good with attaching labels, and no one wants to risk being "labeled" as "soft on drugs"! The employment drug tests have a potential of "screening out" "Picassos", and Lady GaGa's, and Willie Nelsons, but letting people like Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson slip through (if the employers are "lucky"). And to say that Cannabis Plant does not have medicinal properties is simply delusional! Cannabis prohibition, as based on glaring scientific and philosophical "un-realities" and can never succeed in the long run!

Sam
Sam

Best medicine on earth. The Gov't has known for years...***US PATENT 6630507*** --- Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants Assignee --- The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi...

Also See "What if Cannabis cured Cancer?"http://topdocumentaryfilms.com...

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The problem with Floridians is that many are descendants of islanders. In Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica they smoke a lot of weed.

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Amazing that our illustrious governor does not want to implement any changes that would affect the "pill mills" yet marijuana is a hot topic. Any transaction for obtaining a LEGAL drug is documented - including marijuana, yet anyone that has the money & transportation can obtain oxy contin, steroids,etc without a LEGITIMATE prescription at a pill mill.

Makes you wonder if Scott has a finacial interest in the pill mills and/or stock in the pharmaceutical company maufacturing the drugs.

Better yet Lamberti is standing on the pill mill soapbox but to date, he has not done anything to the BSO employees identified as frequenting pill mills and/or the ones that tested positive for using steroids.

Hypocrite1: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion 2: a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

Especially Lamberti - does this sound familiar - "Pride in service with integity" Party line for Lamberti & his followers (Lamberti-ites). Hopefully each & every one will (figuratively)hang themselves with the proverbial "party line".

JSkool101
JSkool101

That's for the taxpayers, not FTP. And the half a billion is Florida only, not for the US of A.

saynotohypocrisy
saynotohypocrisy

Conservatives are supposed to love freedom from overreaching government, but for some reason marijuana turns them into full tilt nanny staters. Not to mention flaming hypocrites, as alcohol is far more dangerous than weed to life, limb, and fetus. You call this liberty and justice for all? Get real.

jsknow
jsknow

Don't tread on medicine and when it comes to what adults put in their own body, as long as they do no harm to others, don't tread on PATRIOTS!

The more voters that learn the truth the better! After they learn the truth about marijuana and the drug war 80% support rationally regulating marijuana instead of prohibiting it. Virtually all the drug war propaganda is nothing but pure lies.

'If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.' ~Thomas Jefferson

From: http://www.jackherer.com/thebo... "Eli Lilly, Pfizer and others stand to lose at least a third of their entire, highly profitable, patent monopoly on such drugs as Darvon, Tuinal, Seconal, and Prozac (as well as other patented medications ranging from muscle ointments to burn ointments, to thousands of other products) because of a plant anyone can grow: cannabis hemp.

Isn’t it curious that American drug companies and pharmacist groups supply almost half the funding for the 4,000 Families Against Marijuana type organizations in America? The other half is supplied by Action (a federal VISTA agency) and by tobacco companies like Philip Morris, and by liquor and beer makers like Anheuser Busch, Coors, etc., or as a public service by the ad agencies that represent them. End quote.

Simply stated, the Federal Government is conspiring with pharmaceutical companies, alcohol companies and tobacco companies and is using unconstitutional Federal marijuana prohibition laws to insure that you needlessly buy products that have been proven beyond any shadow of doubt to be harmful and often deadly, instead of allowing you to legally grow and/or buy a nontoxic plant that is safe and effective. Meanwhile uncle SHAM forces unconstitutional healthcare legislation on you and threatens to severely punish you if you don’t buy mandatory health insurance.

The vast majority of problems attributed to marijuana are actually problems directly and completely caused by marijuana PROHIBITION!

How many more lives have to be ruined by marijuana PROHIBITION before We The People step up and legalize marijuana?

Anyone that wants marijuana is already getting it. Legalizing and rationally regulating marijuana is not adding another harmful intoxicant to society, legalizing gives people the legal opportunity to make the SAFER CHOICE! Alcohol, tobacco, many Rx drugs, many over the counter drugs, even caffeine, aspirin and non-aspirin, can all be deadly and are well documented as being the direct cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths in the USA every year! NO ONE EVER DIED FROM MARIJUANA and they never will marijuana is NONTOXIC! Many have died from marijuana PROHIBITION! http://www.opposingviews.com/i...

Why is the most useful plant known illegal? It’s illegal because crooked corporations that buy crooked politicians fear competition from superior, safer and more environmentally friendly hemp products and because the Government loves to oppress jail and steal from the people! Alcohol, tobacco, petroleum, cotton, timber, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, just to name a few, all see marijuana as unwanted competition. The best way for We The People to regain our Constitutional rights and liberties is to demand a complete ban on corporate lobbying. We are supposed to have Government of, for and by THE PEOPLE, not of, for and by corporations! Corporations are NOT people!

Marijuana does not cause aggressive behavior. Marijuana does not cause dangerous driving. Marijuana does not cause cancer, brain damage or any serious health problems. Marijuana prohibition does not keep kids away from marijuana, illegal dealers don’t ask for ID. Marijuana is not a “gateway drug”, there is absolutely NOTHING about marijuana that causes people to use other drugs. Marijuana is not addictive. In fact marijuana is one of the safest substances known! Marijuana is SAFER than many foods we consume and give to our kids all the time! Exactly what good is this prohibition doing and who is benefiting from it?

LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND REGULATE IT LIKE POTATOES, CORN OR ANY OTHER SAFE NATURAL PLANT/CROP!

NO NEW TAXES!

Why should a substance that is far SAFER than aspirin ONLY be legal for those that have a serious ailment? Why should people be forced to use FDA approved poisons instead of a far safer more effective natural plant? Why should a plant that is SAFER than potatoes be regulated and taxed as if it was as dangerous as alcohol? Eating a couple of raw potatoes can give you a toxic reaction but marijuana is nontoxic. Why should people have their kids taken away from them when nontoxic marijuana is found in their home while far more harmful, even deadly substances are all over the house? Why should anyone be concerned about people using NONTOXIC marijuana when they have hundreds of far more dangerous and often deadly LEGAL substances under their kitchen sink, in their kitchen cabinets, in their medicine cabinets and in their garage? If adults can use those dangerous, even deadly substances safely, does any logical person really think they can't use NONTOXIC marijuana safely and keep their kids safe without Government being involved or a Rx from a Dr? Marijuana is one of the SAFEST and most beneficial substances known to mankind!

All major authorities agree that the vast majority of so called “drug-related” violent crime is caused by the prohibition of drugs, rather than the drugs themselves. It was the same during alcohol prohibition. Alcohol prohibition created violent criminal organizations just like every other drug prohibition has. These violent crimes should be labeled PROHIBITION RELATED, not drug related. Ending alcohol prohibition is exactly why you don’t see shootouts over that drug trade any more. THE YEAR ALCOHOL PROHIBITION ENDED VIOLENT CRIME FELL BY 65%! Marijuana accounts for roughly half of the entire illegal drug trade. Legalizing this one nontoxic plant that it is impossible to overdose on will take away HALF of all the illegal drug money that is funding ALL the illegal drug dealers.

There has NEVER been even one case of marijuana causing cancer. In fact: "Harvard study released on April 17, 2007 shows that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread!" http://www.nowpublic.com/thc_m...

“What about the kids?” Marijuana prohibition does not keep kids from using marijuana! Illegal dealers don’t ask for ID! Ask any teen if its easier for them to get marijuana or alcohol. Would you rather have your kid locked up with killers and child molesters, or would you prefer to do your own parenting? Do you really believe an arrest record on a drug charge that will follow them for life and possibly a criminal conviction record on a drug charge that will follow them for life is going to help little Mary and little Johnny be stellar successful citizens?

“What about marijuana causing car accidents?”The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine document that MARIJUANA DOES NOT CAUSE DANGEROUS DRIVING:http://peaceandloveism.com/for... (read the article not just the link!)

Google MARIJUANA DRIVING STUDY. You'll see 2 common findings:1. Drivers under the influence of marijuana are VERY SLIGHTLY impaired.2. Unlike those under the influence of alcohol, marijuana consumers are aware they are VERY SLIGHTLY impaired and they CONSISTENTLY ADEQUATELY COMPENSATE by slowing down a little and being a little more cautious. That doesn’t mean they get in the fast lane on the interstate and drive 15 miles per hour. Marijuana makes you cautious, not crazy! Those Cheech and Chong movies were comedies, NOT documentaries!

http://www.jackherer.com/thebo... "In the 1920s and 30s, Hearst's newspapers DELIBERATELY MANUFACTURED a new threat to America and a new yellow journalism campaign to have hemp outlawed. For example, a story of a car accident in which a marijuana cigarette was found would dominate the headlines for weeks, while alcohol-related car accidents (which outnumbered marijuana-connected accidents by more than 10,000 to 1) made only the back pages. This same theme of marijuana leading to car accidents was burned into the minds of Americans over and over again..."

The only marijuana/driving issue that matters is: Does using marijuana cause accidents? The answer is: NO! Not on the road and not in the workplace either!

Want your freedom back? Legalize marijuana! That will take away Uncle ”Sham’s” most common excuse to trash the Constitution and pretend like the Government is protecting you from a plant that has never killed anyone of any age in all of recorded history anywhere on planet earth!

The Constitutional right to freedom of religion, free speech, a free press, to keep and bear arms, to be secure in your person, house, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, to life, liberty and property, to be protected from having your property taken by the government without due process of law and without just compensation, to confront the witnesses against you, to be protected from excessive bail, excessive fines, cruel and unusual punishment, to vote and others have been unjustly denied to tens of millions of Americans in the name of the drug war.

On March 22, 1972 the Richard Nixon-appointed, 13-member National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse recommended the decriminalization of marijuana, concluding, “[Marijuana's] relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it.” Richard Nixon chose to ignore the advice of his own well qualified, expensive, taxpayer funded, commission and start the modern escalation of criminalizing marijuana consumers. The lies he promoted have done much harm! He started the “war on drugs”, which is actually a violent unconstitutional war against nonviolent citizens, which are no threat to their selves or society and a war on everyone’s Constitutional rights and liberties.

In 1988, after reviewing all the scientific evidence presented in a lengthy lawsuit against the government’s prohibition of medical marijuana, the DEA’s own administrative law judge (Judge Francis Young) wrote:“MARIJUANA, IN ITS NATURAL FORM, IS ONE OF THE SAFEST THERAPEUTICALLY ACTIVE SUBSTANCES KNOWN. IN STRICT MEDICAL TERMS, MARIJUANA IS SAFER THAN MANY FOODS WE COMMONLY CONSUME.”

Judge young's "Opinion and recommended ruling, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision of Administrative Law Judge", also said:

"7. Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called an LD-50. The LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana's LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death.

8. At present it is estimated that marijuana's LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

9. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity."

Watch Irvin Rosenfeld who gets his marijuana from the Federal Government destroy all the lies about marijuana consumers being lazy and unproductive. Watch him destroy all the lies about long term heavy marijuana use being harmful. Learn the truth about marijuana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Listen to these high ranking narcotics officers expose the harms and waste of the drug war. Learn the truth about the drug war. It is a FAILED HARMFUL UNCONSTITUTIONAL UNLAWFUL VIOLENT WAR AGAINST NONVIOLENT CITIZENS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

The World Health Organization Documents Failure of U.S. Drug Policies http://www.alternet.org/drugre...

Cannabis Reduces Infant Mortality: http://www.salem-news.com/arti... This is a great example of information the drug war prohibitionists suppress every way they can. If babies are getting natural cannabis like substances in mother’s breast milk, do you still believe marijuana is harmful at any age?

If you want a good look at how far the government will go to promote its illegal anti-marijuana drug war message read this: http://www.salon.com/news/feat...

Protestant, Catholic and Jewish Clergy Speak Out Against The War On Drugshttp://www.csdp.org/news/news/...

Watch this documentary about marijuana curing cancer! There are 7 parts, watch them all! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

If you doubt marijuana is good medicine read: Granny Storm Crow’s Listhttp://forum.grasscity.com/med... It’s more like a library than a list!

No matter where you stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana everyone should read: MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril, WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither and the free online book: The Emperor Wears No Clothes, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and The Conspiracy Against Marijuana. Click the links to those titles on this webpage:Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/ho... All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/in...

If you think marijuana prohibition has anything to do with the imaginary, false, fabricated, alleged harms from using marijuana as a recreational drug, YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED!

Put Ron Paul in the Whitehouse in 2012 or sooner! Search his name on youtube and listen to what he has to say straight from his own mouth! He represents We The people and the Constitution better than ANY Federal representative we have!

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

I hope this does not harm our flourishing pill mill business

Ash
Ash

So funny that people assume that those who smoke the stuff are too stoned to make good decisions or know what is going on. Maybe those people should open their eyes - there are a good many adults who not only hold down jobs, but actually excel at them, and use it responsibly - just like there are people who drink responsibly. It's a beautiful flower, and a great alternative to alcohol for unwinding after a long, hard day at work and taking care of the kids. And burninshore totally nailed it on the head with the FACT that the majority of people who have traversed into hard drugs didn't start with weed, but alcohol. Ever think that maybe it is how we've brainwashed kids into thinking that weed is right up there with the other hard drugs that is the problem? They go through school believing that it is just as bad as harder drugs, and when they decide to try it - which many will at one point or another - and they see its effects on them, now they will realize that it is not this terrible thing that removes your ability to think and reason, which leads them to believe that the harder drugs are not so hard as everyone says. Misinformation is the real problem, not a flower.

burninshore
burninshore

This is a double edged sword. If you agree for legalization then you're labeled as a druggie, and if you're against it, you're a right wing conservative nut. I grew up through the Nancy Rayguns Era of "Just Say No", and most of us thought it was just political propaganda. There are benefits of legalization just as there are negative impacts as well. If and when this thing finally passes, I just hope the area doesn't turn into the gaudy neon signed places I have seen throughout all of California. I'd rather see it decriminalized and drop the phony facade of having to get a prescription from a doctor to have it legally. Btw....mot have been brainwashed into thinking that this is a gateway drug, yet everyone I have ever asked has said their first drug was alcohol.

RockaRollaMan
RockaRollaMan

I agree, why does anyone care if someone smokes pot in a responsible manner, and what business is it of ANYONE to tell someone they cant. If I want to snort sulfuric acid and howl at the moon its not your business to tell me I cannot, unless it directly affects you in some manner. I am for total legalization for adults 18 and over. The medical issue is nice, but there's absolutely no reason a consenting adult should be deprived of this wonderful, sacred herb.

twas
twas

Just decriminalize it and let all the people in jail or prison because of it out. It's a plant for godsake!

augusta
augusta

But the real question is, how many of those polled are educated on the intracacies of the issue, and how many just want to justify a lifestyle-or seek an inroad to justify their lifestyle?

angel
angel

the doctors killed my mamma by giving her the wrong pills and caused her to have pin strokes.why is the doctor who killed my mamma still walking free

odikhmantievich
odikhmantievich

 The problem with a lot of people is that many of them are bigots.

Ash
Ash

???? Say what???? Ummm, yeah, ok, there are many people from the islands that live here, but there are also a whole slew of people from plenty of other nationalities and states that live here. I am not an islander, am originally from upstate NY, and that doesn't have a thing to do with who is going to smoke a lot of weed.

jsknow
jsknow

Most of those that call their self conservatives are actually war mongering corporatist NEOCONS! Check out Ron Paul, he understands what conservative really means! Search: "Ron Paul 2008 presidential debates", on youtube! He was right then and he has not changed! Hind sight really is 20-20!

Ash
Ash

This is a wonderful post, filled with a lot of great information. Weed is also good for the eyes - when I was 17 my eyesight was 20/40. I am a regular smoker and my eyesight has gotten better - last time I was at the optometrist it was 20/30.

JSkool101
JSkool101

Very thoughtful post . The St Pete Times had a little box last week where it estimated the savings FTP the taxpayers who support the law enforcement industry (cops, prosecutors, prison guards, etc etc) is $355,000,000 a year. The taxes that could be levied would be on the order of $170,000,000 A YEAR.

The people against this are those whose rice bowl would be broken like the selfsame guards union.

I don't smoke herb, but if you want to, it's OK with me. Remember when Mary Jane was also called "tea?". Gives a whole new spin to the tea party idea.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

ROTFL and just where are you getting your "facts"?

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

...and you all wonder why the local pols are so corrupt....of course they are, with a large percantage of the population stoned on something or another....

Ppcstamp
Ppcstamp

How about answering this real question: Why is cannabis illegal to begin with? When's the last time cannabis killed someone in Florida (not to be confused with the last time prohibition created black market violence killed someone)? Where is the justice in calling people criminals for preferring a clearly safer substance than alcohol? And why would you want to force people to use alcohol if they want to get a substance high? What about the people who just can't handle alcohol and get crazy or violent under it's influence, when cannabis would just calm them down???

Mike
Mike

Why should you care about the justifications?

If people want to smoke weed let them or is alcohol the only state mandated drug that is up to your standards?

angel
angel

and someone who smoked a joint is locked down?????makes no since to me why yall let them doctors get away with murder.and someone someone for there pain goes to jail. 

jsknow
jsknow

I agree with legalizing BUT I DO NOT AGREE WITH TAXING IT! We already pay over 50% of everything we earn in some kind of tax. The Government wastes all that and borrows TRILLIONS more from our enemies! Why should marijuana consumers pay tribute to the same tyrants that have waged a violent war on them for decades and trashed everyone's Constitutional rights? NO NEW TAXES! LEGALIZE IT AND REGULATE IT LIKE POTATOES, CORN OR ANY OTHER SAFE PLANT?CROP!

Ash
Ash

It's called life dr_augusta - I myself tried alcohol and cocaine before other drugs. I've known many people from many different walks of life that at one point or another tried drugs, and most of them drank alcohol long before they tried other drugs. I find life experience to be much more telling than studies, but in addition to my own and others experiences, there are studies that show this to be the case, just as there are studies that show otherwise. The fact of the matter is that the majority of people I've known to do harder drugs, have more than likely also smoked weed, since it tends to be more readily available and easier to get than harder drugs. There are many, many, many smokers of marijuana that do not, have not, and never will "move on" to the harder drugs. I've tried many drugs in my life, and when I cleaned up and decided to grow up, I stopped doing everything. Weed didn't "open the gate" for me to do other drugs, and it is the only illegal thing that I would do now. And no, I didn't go to drug rehab, I did it on my own.

Misc
Misc

See, that's the other problem -- why is the burden of proof not applicable to your side? Where are you getting your facts? Show us proof that cannabis causes long-term harm.

Ash
Ash

augusta - pull at what heart strings? My post wasn't some sob story nor was it intended to "strike a chord" with you - it's simply the truth, and from a far better source than some jack that doesn't have the same 1st hand experience as I and some of the other posters here do. Our feedback provides much more accurate evidence than statistics and studies do. Sorry, but I'm not selling anything for you to buy, it is you that is ignorantly supporting a side on this issue without actually doing the research for yourself. I've read up on the studies that have been conducted as it relates to weed and in addition, hold down a full-time job, attend school part-time, and take very good care of my family. Yes, at the end of the day, I want to unwind and it really doesn’t make any sense that you or anyone else has any right to look down upon me or any other hard-working adult if we so choose to unwind by smoking one. You can’t say that I’m a burden on the system or society; no, rather, even compared to many who don’t smoke I am a healthy, active person, who pays my taxes, volunteers, attends college (and have good grades), make sure the people in my life are taken care of and not out breaking the laws, help my son with his homework, etc. There are people that I know that go to work every day and yet still contribute far less to their local communities and society, in general, than I do – but people would choose to look down on me and call me a “druggie” because I’d prefer to smoke a joint instead of drink – really? I bet you just don’t realize how many of your peers, co-workers, associates, etc. also smoke, even if just occasionally because no one would ever tell you due to your obvious disdain and ignorance on the issue. You want studies instead to support my claims on the “gateway theory”?

Here's one for you: http://clearinghouse.missouriw...

Here's something else for you -

"The Institute of Medicine study characterized marijuana’s role as a “gateway drug” as follows:

"Patterns in progression of drug use from adolescence to adulthood are strikingly regular. 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.

In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation of other illicit drug use, it is indeed a "gateway" drug. But because underage smoking and alcohol use typically precede marijuana use, marijuana is not the most common, and is rarely the first, "gateway" to illicit drug use. There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs. An important caution is that data on drug use progression cannot be assumed to apply to the use of drugs for medical purposes. It does not follow from those data that if marijuana were available by prescription for medical use, the pattern of drug use would remain the same as seen in illicit use" (Joy et al. 1999)

A more recent study based on national survey data also does not support the hypothesis that increases in marijuana use lead to increased use of more dangerous drugs among the general public. In the American Journal of Public Health, Andrew Golub and Bruce Johnson of the National Development and Research Institute in New York wrote that young people who smoked marijuana in the generations before and after the baby boomers do not appear to be likely to move on to harder drugs. The researchers said that these findings suggest that the gateway phenomenon reflects norms prevailing among youths at a specific place and time.

“The recent increase in youthful marijuana use has been offset by lower rates of progression to hard drug use among youths born in the 1970s. Dire predictions of future hard drug abuse by youths who came of age in the 1990s may be greatly overstated” (Golub & Johnson 2001).

Research also suggests that the “gateway theory” does not describe the behavior of serious drug users:

“The serious drug users were substantially different from high school samples in their progression of drug use. The serious drug users were less likely to follow the typical sequence identified in previous studies (alcohol, then marijuana, followed by other illicit drugs). They were more likely to have used marijuana before using alcohol, and more likely to have used other illicit drugs before using marijuana. We also found that atypical sequencing was associated with earlier initiation of the use of illicit drugs other than marijuana and greater lifetime drug involvement. These findings suggest that for a large number of serious drug users, marijuana does not play the role of a 'gateway drug'. We conclude that prevention efforts which focus on alcohol and marijuana may be of limited effectiveness for youth who are at risk for serious drug abuse” (Mackesy-Amiti et al. 1997)" - http://www.drugscience.org/sfu...

In addition to it not being a gateway drug, there are other interesting things about marijuana: In trying to find the link between marijuana use and cancer, scientists found that while tobacco smoke encourages the formation of cancerous cells, marijuana smoke was found to actually encourage older cells (the ones prone to becoming cancerous) to die, which helped to prevent the them from becoming a cancerous tumor and/or spreading to the other, younger and healthy cells. http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

There's plenty of information out there, just open your eyes and look...

augusta
augusta

Anecdotalstories, while they pull at the heart strings,are not empirical evidence. Sorry, I am not buying it.

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