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Patch Question: Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

What do you think?

It is a subject of debate that is far from new - the possible legalization of marijuana.

Lynbrook police have made several marijuana arrests in the past weeks, as seen in the weekly Although these past two weeks arrests have been for relatively small amounts of possession, police arrested a Baldwin man on Sept. 2 who was in possession of

Critics of legalization say that marijuana is a gateway drug and is generally dangerous to use. Legalizing would only put our youth in danger, they argue.

The other side argues that other legal drugs, such as alcohol and cigarettes, are far more dangerous, and question just how dangerous marijuana is. Another argument is that legalizing and selling the drug would bring in much-needed tax revenue.

Should marijuana be legalized? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Don November 30, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Absolutely it should be legal. The only people who want for it to remain illegal are the ones who are either somehow profiting from it's illegality or they are just plain ignorant about it.
Brian November 30, 2011 at 07:55 PM
At the very least it shouldn't be a priority to arrest people for simple possession. IT IT IS decriminalized in NYS and unlawful possession of marijuana is a civil citation. While some of the people who smoke are useless thugs and wastes of space, there are millions of Americans who are productive citizens who occasionally smoke, and are otherwise law abiding citizens. Arresting these people does more harm than good to our society.
Dylando Bologna November 30, 2011 at 11:37 PM
First: Lets play with the idea of the gateway theory (though many scholars argue it is a false theory). Alcohol and tobacco are used prior to marijuana in the vast majority of harder drug users and marijuana users. So if your theory is that marijuana will lead to people using drugs like cocaine and heroin, logically we should outlaw tobacco and alcohol since people use those first. Second: Dangerous to use? There has never been a official direct cause of death due to marijuana. Why? In order to overdose of marijuana (yes it is possible) an male of average built must smoke 12,000-14,000 grams in a fifteen minute span. Though it is mathematically possible, in reality it is not. Also it is not physically addicting, which both tobacco and alcohol are (tobacco is also as addicting as heroin). Third: There are too many reasons to go into why it should be legal but here are a few summed up. More revenue for states. Safer to use. Free up the prison system. Easier for people to get jobs. Medical reasons.
AlWolf Kath November 30, 2011 at 11:53 PM
deaths from cannabis? ZERO. less addictive then a cup of coffee or soda. Crime rates drop where it is legal. CURES CANCER!!! Too many medical uses to list go here to see them with documentation - http://grannystormcrowslist.webs.com/ . The seeds are a perfect food. Industrial items made from hemp thousands they last longer and are stronger. If America grew its own biofuel from hemp we would not need the rest of the worlds oil!!!! Prohibition has NEVER worked, it breeds corruption violence and hate.
Merrick7 December 01, 2011 at 12:41 AM
i say legalize and tax it we could use the money. Besides prohibition is a good example Al Capone type organizations formed similar Columbia drug cartel. People were still drinking during prohibition peopel are still smoking marijuana. It is a failed policy. It is better to tax it like we do with alcohol and regulate and educate about it as we have done with alcohol.
Mike Smith December 01, 2011 at 02:28 AM
The real issue is not health, it's Liberty and Freedom. We, as Americans are guaranteed Liberty and Freedom by the Constitution to do as we please as long as it harms no one else. We can legally smoke tobacco which is extremely dangerous and we can drink to excess all we want yet pot is illegal? Those against it are indeed ignorant of the truth about pot and only want to control other people.
Tom Garrett December 01, 2011 at 03:04 AM
There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable, Mark Twain Mike is correct you should have the "freedom" to "choose", let the Government regulate and tax and well......... you can read the following for yourself: from FoxNews.com http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/05/13/ap-impact-years-trillion-war-drugs-failed-meet-goals/
pfroehlich2004 December 01, 2011 at 06:30 AM
The claim that marijuana prohibition protects our children has no basis in reality. To confirm this, one need merely review the government's own data on teen use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. Alcohol and cigarettes can be purchased by adults in a legal, regulated market. Since 1975, use of alcohol and cigarettes by US teens has fallen by half. How did we accomplish this? With age restrictions, limits on advertising, and aggressive, fact-based education. In stark contrast, teen use of marijuana is at approximately the same level it was thirty years ago. This is in spite of steadily increasing arrest numbers, which reached a record of 850,000 in 2010. Arresting adult marijuana users my provide a sense of satisfaction to drug warriors, but it does nothing to protect our children. Legalize, regulate, and educate. Data sources: (marijuana) http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/data/10data/fig10_3.pdf (alcohol) http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/data/10data/fig10_15.pdf (cigarettes) http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/data/10data/cfig10_1.pdf
malcolm kyle December 01, 2011 at 08:09 AM
According to ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2011) the real gateway drug is Nicotine. A landmark study in mice has identified a biological mechanism that explains how tobacco acts as a gateway drug, increasing a person’s future likelihood of abusing drugs such as cocaine etc. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study is the first to show that nicotine might prime the brain to enhance the behavioral effects of cocaine. The gateway drug model is based upon epidemiological evidence that most illicit drug users report use of tobacco products or alcohol prior to illicit drug use.
BOB HEINRICH December 01, 2011 at 11:18 AM
the united states already grows canabis centiva which produces a drug known as THC tetrahydrocanibanol. check my spelling on these words, its been a long time since the 60`s remember the propaganda movie "refeer madness" today marijuana or maryjane,pot weed, ganga, is not as serious problem as compaired to alcohol. the difference is alcohol is legal. people with cancer are aided by the tranqualizing effect, while undergoing kemo therapy. this enables a larger dose of the drug, without puking your guts out. glucoma patients are also aided by the lessening of pressure on their eyes which helps them. it should be legalized by our govt. think about this simple fact? if people who now smoke marijuana from our country, and their must be millions, could buy the drug from our govt which needs the revenue. i think that there is no downside. we must spend billions on trying to control drug trafficing on a drug thats got a bad rap.
Mike December 01, 2011 at 02:54 PM
I wonder if all these people who are ok for legalizing the drug would be happy to have a canabis store in their neighborhood once it becomes legal
BOB HEINRICH December 01, 2011 at 03:24 PM
WELL OBVIOUSLY ITS NOT GOING TO BE DISPENCED LIKE, LIKE OTHER STAPLS IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT WILL BE BY QUALIFIED DOCTORS AND AT A FACILITY, SUCH AS A HOSPITAL OR FACILITY. THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH , THIS WHEN METHODONE CLINIQUES AROSE HERE IN NEW YORK. AND THEN THE SAME TIRED ARGUMENTS WHEN AIDS CLINIQUES AROSE ALSO.
Mike December 01, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Actually it is dispensed via stores in California where it has been legalized. People still don't want methadone or AIDS clinics in their hometown. Just look at how hush hush the methadone clinic in Valley Stream was.
Brian December 01, 2011 at 03:58 PM
I'd take a maedical marijuana clinic like the ones in California over one of the many clinics in Florida dispensing oxycodone and other highly addictive and dangerous opiates any day of the week.
Merrick7 December 02, 2011 at 12:00 AM
I would take a marijuana store so we can regulate it on main street rather than out of a person's home secretly in my neighborhood. Just this year three Garden City homes I know of were raided for children selling massive amounts of marijuana and keeping it in their parent's home. It happens all our neighborhoods. Legalize and regulate it. Get it out of our backyards onto Main Street where cops and civic associations and ever watchful PTAs can keep an eye on them and its purchasers. The way we watch and regulate bars.
James December 15, 2011 at 04:52 PM
But Mike, you're ok with having Liquor stores and Smoke Shops in your neighborhood. Stores in your neighborhood that produced DWIs, Cancer, and many more DEATHS, are operating RIGHT NOW in your neighborhood, but you come to the internet to complain about weed that's illegal right now?!!? You should be at City Hall FIGHTING to have these Merchants of Death SHUT DOWN!!

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