TheMarcherFeatured By OwnerNov 3, 2012Hobbyist Photographer
It seems to be working fine for the people of the Netherlands. I go there for a week almost every year, but funny enough I have never smoked pot there, although I tried a few times at home where it is very much illegal.
I think that weed could be allowed but restricted. At least for the disorders and diseases THC helps.
Decriminalize. Then the Government can sell it, tax it, get a nice increase of revenue. Police can auction off the marijuana in their evidence room and get either a nice new bonus or new equipment (Depending on how much they sell and how much they get) Marijuana is not as addictive, as destructive, or as bad as most drugs or even some of the legal drugs we currently have. It also has showed some nice positive side effects. We can then release the dealers (As long as they were not violent) and save money more so by not having so many people locked up for a victimless crime. Weed is already easy to get and legalizing it won't do really any harm that I can think of.
Definitely agree that the cost - both direct and indirect - of enforcement far outweigh the risks marijuana poses to both a person's health and society.
The costs are around $15-20 billion per year just trying to enforce the war on drugs. It has a success rate estimated to be around 10-20%. Quite a lot of money to spend on a policy which fails 80-90% of the time!
Decriminalize. I don't know if it's possible, but if you can get a high from second hand, decriminalize with distance laws like for regular smoking. People are gonna get high anyway, I just don't want to, ever, and that should remain my choice.
Agree with you - it should be the same as tobacco with restrictions in public places. In Amsterdam you weren't really allowed to smoke whilst walking in the street, but the police ignored it provided you weren't causing trouble.
Doesn't really matter if it's criminalized or de-, because it's still easy as hell to get. Though it would be nice if it were legalized and the prices dropped, and I could buy a pack of pre-rolled spliffs from the convenience store.
In my state, it is decriminalized for those over 21. You just get a fine (doesn't even go on your record) if you have less than an ounce with no intention to sell.
True, there's never a shortage of supply. Just like you say though, the prices are inflated. Pre-rolled in lazy!
I'm thinking if it were decriminalised, or even legalised, the government could increase tax revenue whilst at the same time cut spending (perfect considering we are going through a period of austerity!): - Cut spending: less drug dealers, leading to a drop in gang crime and causing police front line services to not be as stretched. If this doesn't lead to a cut in government spending, I think it would definitely lead to at least more efficient use of spending. - Tax revenue: Growing licenses, selling licences, corporation tax from businesses selling and tax duty put on marijuana, similar to tobacco and alcohol.
The UK Drug Commission have recommended loosening the laws and potentially allowing people to grow one plant legally to reduce the demand from dealers. The problem is I'm not very good with plants
Decriminalize. Because if alcohol is a drug, then why isn't alcohol use criminalized? The prohibition didn't work in America, so I don't see why those who criminalize pot even bother with something which is an individual's preference. I don't smoke it for personal reasons, but I don't think it's a drug intended on harming others.
I'm sure there's some vested interests from corporations intent on maintaining this prohibition - pharmaceutical or alcohol possibly. I better be careful though; I don't want to be branded a conspiracy theorist!
Nice; I have a friend studying in Utrecht. Whereabouts are you from? It always seems refreshingly free when I travel to the Netherlands. People seem to be more responsible for their own actions, without the need for state interference...unlike the UK.
You people in the Netherlands are going to create a bicycle boom!
It won't be long before the US and UK banks are dishing out cheap credit to consumers to buy more bikes, whilst at the same time investing in bike manufacturers to cash-in on the heightened demand. The banks will package up these loans into securities and sell them onto other parts of the financial sector. Eventually, interest rates will be raised by the ECB causing all those on variable rate loans to default. The bicycle bubble will burst, the bike market will crash, US and UK banks will be left with toxic debt secured against worthless assets, other parts of the financial system will find itself hopelessly infected, and the world's governments will have to step in to bail out their financial sectors!
I better warn the IMF about this looming financial crisis.
Pot is pot. It is consciousness altering drug. End of story. You will not find any scientific evidence to say otherwise. I suppose you could argue that if you only used a very tiny amount, the effects would only be slight. But who the hell does that? No one I've ever heard of. And that's including the people who I've heard make that argument.
As far as legalizing it, I don't personally care. I don't think it's bad or wrong to use it. But I dislike people who are in denial about what it is and what it does.
It is very useful for pain management in cancer patients. But let's face it. The majority of those smoking it are not people with cancer. They are kids who look like Shaggy from Scooby Doo.