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post #101 of 304
I know a few who feel that weed is the devil and it shouldn't be legalized, They're my age between 24-26 (i'm 25) I think is should be legalized and taxed just like beer and cigarettes.
post #102 of 304
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Originally Posted by RunnerDuck View Post

I also drank in college. Some people smoked cigarettes. Both of these are drugs and no one calls them gateway drugs. There's just something about pot that is supposed to make it lead to worse things. But I think it's crap.
I certainly consider tobacco and alcohol gateway drugs, when used by underage users. I think that anything you have to break a law to use makes it easier to break more laws and move to harder drugs. Doesn't mean that everyone who drinks or smokes will do it, but I've never met a user of hard-core drugs who didn't drink or smoke.

Gen X, btw.

I am strongly pro-hemp, but since my father died ten years ago of tobacco-smoking-related causes, smoking of any kind repulses and emotionally upsets me. You won't find me in the same room as anyone smoking tobacco or pot or marching in any "legalize pot" rallies for this reason.

I would support legalization/decriminalization/deregulation initiatives if it came to a vote, though, because I think that legalizing pot throughout North America would make it easier for farmers to grow hemp and produce hemp products for me to buy.
post #103 of 304
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Originally Posted by olina009 View Post
Okay so if it's not clear by "our" generation I mean generation Y and to give that some perspective I'm 22 at the moment, though I imagine generation X is relatively similar in beliefs and political leanings.

But I never talk to anyone my age or even a bit older who supports the continued illegalization of marijuana; most of them when pressed can articulate the basic pragmatic issues, which is amazing given our peers' ability to speak intelligently about any issue whatsoever. I know people who are pro-life, against gay marriage, I even know a couple of creationists, but I don't know a single person my age who believes we should continue throwing potheads and dealers in jail.

Do you guys know anyone in their early to mid twenties who doesn't support the legalization of marijuana?
I am 38.. I have no idea what generation I am considered to be.. and I believe pot should be legalized. I always have.
post #104 of 304
I am 24 and definitely think it should be legal. So does my husband who is almost 28. I know a lot of smokers in a variety of ages, obviously they're for legalization. Now my family is another story...they don't understand weed so they are afraid of it. I think if they knew the facts they'd rethink their position. Of course my parents are in their 60's and my siblings are in their 40's.

I think drinking is a huge problem, not smoking pot. You also don't HAVE to smoke it...you can get the THC in other ways that doesn't involve harming your lungs.
post #105 of 304
Didn't read the whole thread. I'm 22, and around the time I was 18 or so, started realizing, holy CRAP did DARE ever brainwash me! Taught by such a nice police officer who I even remember was the same one who came to my preschool when I was 4 to teach about safety. I graduated DARE with the belief that MJ was BAD... very very BAD and that not many people used it. That only gang members and creepy BAD people used it. My profile of someone who used marijuana was the kind of person who probably also regularly shoplifts, carries a gun under their clothes, and throws rocks at puppies.

Then I got out into the real world and learned that lots of people, my friends, normal people who aren't menaces to society, smoke marijuana! Then I gradually learned that marijuana is.. an herb. And can accomplish the same thing pharmaceuticals can but with less side effects. Its dizzying, to unlearn what was pounded into me since childhood.
post #106 of 304
Honestly I don't care one way or another, I wouldn't spend a second of my life trying to make it legal/illegal, what I do care is people doing it in public places, I hate going to a concert or a park and having to smell weed. I don't really know about secondayr smoke thing with pot but your body your business if I don't smoke it why should I smell it. I don't mind the public use of special brownies though
post #107 of 304
I'm sure I know someone who doesn't think it should be legalized, but they've never said it to me. It's common here in BC to hear people of all ages say that MJ should not be illegal, even if they have quite different opinons on the subject.
post #108 of 304
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Originally Posted by FondestBianca View Post
did you read anything i wrote about how legalizing pot brings drugs like meth into our communities??
I just don't understand this reasoning. Your communities are already full of meth. Pot has been illegal for decades. Long before the meth of today was around. Pot had nothing to do with it. I also don't believe pot is a gateway drug. I think "they" just want you to believe that for their own reasons. You have been brainwashed into believing their propaganda. now you think the way they want you too!
post #109 of 304
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Originally Posted by LiLStar View Post
Didn't read the whole thread. I'm 22, and around the time I was 18 or so, started realizing, holy CRAP did DARE ever brainwash me! Taught by such a nice police officer who I even remember was the same one who came to my preschool when I was 4 to teach about safety. I graduated DARE with the belief that MJ was BAD... very very BAD and that not many people used it. That only gang members and creepy BAD people used it. My profile of someone who used marijuana was the kind of person who probably also regularly shoplifts, carries a gun under their clothes, and throws rocks at puppies.

Then I got out into the real world and learned that lots of people, my friends, normal people who aren't menaces to society, smoke marijuana! Then I gradually learned that marijuana is.. an herb. And can accomplish the same thing pharmaceuticals can but with less side effects. Its dizzying, to unlearn what was pounded into me since childhood.
It took me about 14 years. Thankfully I used to hang out with musicians upto and including college aged, so I learned it was a load of bunk early on.
post #110 of 304
I haven't read the whole thread, but FWIW, my thoughts on weed are, that it should not be illegal-- yet it does bother me. Sorry, it does. So do cigarettes. So does liquor. I can't stand them, personally. But that doesn't mean they should be illegal. (Just because something should be legal doesn't make it okay, in my mind, though.) I would much prefer, however, if there weren't the whole underground/black market/criminal aspect along with it-- which is what is caused by them being illegal. Oh, and if they were legal, they should absolutely be illegal when around kids (all of them, cigarettes, weed, liquor). IMO.

ETA: I have had friends who smoke weed (and I have many friends and family members who smoke cigarettes and drink liquor) and I do not judge them, personally. FWIW. Hate the weed, not the smoker.

ETA again: I'm 26, FWIW.
post #111 of 304
Legalize it! I'm 30.
post #112 of 304
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Originally Posted by Bluegoat View Post
It is interesting to see the changes in tobacco smoking laws, and think about comparing them to mj. Tobacco smoking is becoming more and more restricted, it's not allowed in most public places, workplaces, sometimes in cars that have kids in them. It wouldn't be surprising to see a move to banning it in homes with kids present.
This issue gets me steamed, because if as a nation we were interested in passing laws that protect kids, the US would have laws granting children the right not to be assaulted by adults. You can't smoke in your car but you can drive down the street smacking your kid upside the head all you want.
post #113 of 304
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Legalize it! I'm 30.
Yup! Me too. And I agree.:
post #114 of 304
I'm 50 and pretty much everybody I know my age thinks it should be legalized, taxed and regulated. I tend to run in a fairly liberal circle of academics.

I don't use it and probably wouldn't use it if it were legal, unless I needed it medicinally. In my youth, I did a lot of things I wouldn't necessarily do now. I would discourage my kids from using it. I also don't drink because I have too many alcoholics in the extended family tree. But that's me. I can't think of a single valid reason why it should be illegal.

The government could raise a bundle off taxing it. Some people could grow their own, but I don't think that's any different than the fact that some people homebrew. Most would just pay the tax on the regulated product. We'd save a fortune in the criminal justice system by not squandering all sorts of resources on something so relatively harmless.

I keep my kids out of the DARE program because I don't want their heads filled with untruths about MJ.
post #115 of 304
26 y.o. non-smoker vote for legalizing
post #116 of 304
I am 28 and I don't think any drug should be legalized. I believe we have plenty of dangerous substances people can use legally already. I think that alcohol and tobacco may be a bigger problem than weed and other drugs, but that is probably because they are legal and it is socially acceptable to use them. I worry about what would happen if other drugs are made legal for use and more accessible and acceptable.

I do think that the government should be focusing more on prevention and rehabilitation than on jailing people for little crimes that only affect the person doing them. I do think we need to do something like jail to protect ourselves and our children from people who become intoxicated or drugged and go out and hurt others, neglect their children, or rob people and who are unwilling change.
post #117 of 304
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Originally Posted by One_Girl View Post
I am 28 and I don't think any drug should be legalized.
Pot is not a drug.. it's an herb. There lies the problem. People seem to misunderstand what it really is.

So in that case, lets make chamomile illegal, and peppermint, and nutmeg (it's a hallucinogenic if you take enough!)

In my opinion drugs are chemical concoctions cooked up in labs and do not grow naturally, (and cigarettes don't count cause even though tobacco is natural, it is no longer natural by the time it hits the shelves.)

So lets make all drugs illegal.. even prescription ones!
post #118 of 304
I'm 35, never smoked it, but got plenty if 2nd hand smoke from my parents going to parties, and smoking it at home. I'm on the fence about legalization. A lot of my friends who did it for decades quit and won't touch it. I've noticed it causes major memory issues for some ppl. I know it does a lot of good, too..but I wonder if legalizing it will make it too easy for under age smokers to get.
post #119 of 304
I am 29, so whatever generation that puts me in. I really have mixed feelings about this subject. I think if it is used responsibly mj really is better then alcohol and probably cigarettes that are legal. My problem is that I have not known very many responsible users. I had several friends in high school that went from decent "C" students to failing out and/or dropping out within about a year of starting mj.
I do think it should be more availible for medical use, especially for all forms of pain.

I also called up my sisters to ask there opinions after first reading this, mainly because they better fit into generation Y and all three age 25, 21, and 19 want it to stay illegal, and would gladdly vote to make alcohol, cigarettes and most fast food illegal too.
post #120 of 304
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Originally Posted by Cherry Alive View Post
I know it does a lot of good, too..but I wonder if legalizing it will make it too easy for under age smokers to get.
You think it;'s hard for them to get it now?
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