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Legal We always try to avoid politics like the plague here on OSNews, but sometimes, it's hard to avoid it. Take the case of Joel Tenenbaum, who could be liable for over 1 million USD if the Recording Industry Association of America gets its way. While many hoped for a change of pace when it comes to these matters, Barack Obama's Department of Justice has squarely sided with the RIAA.
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red_devel
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2006-03-30

Obama or not Obama, if I say that people should be allowed to smoke whatever the hell they want as long as it doesn't affect other people, would you advice me to go smoke my ganja as well?


No, I would tell you that you have a very naive, limited, and western point of view of the world. When you buy and consume Marijuana you are supporting an industry of organized crime and death. You think you are affecting no one, but in countries like Jamaica, where I just returned from, people die and suffer so Westerners with too much money and time on their hands can get high, eat cheetos and watch Super Troopers.

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RshPL Member since:
2009-03-13

"Obama or not Obama, if I say that people should be allowed to smoke whatever the hell they want as long as it doesn't affect other people, would you advice me to go smoke my ganja as well?


No, I would tell you that you have a very naive, limited, and western point of view of the world.
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Funny how I have western point of view coming from Central Europe. Cheers westerners. ;)

When you buy and consume Marijuana you are supporting an industry of organized crime and death.

That's quite an irony if you consider that in the times of alcohol prohibition buying beverages would support mafia and grew the legend of Al Capone.

It's astonishing how many things have already happened in history with no conclusions drawn out of them.

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JeffS Member since:
2005-07-12

"When you buy and consume Marijuana you are supporting an industry of organized crime and death."

That is only because marijuana is illegal. Legalize it, and the industry of organized crime and death, at least as it pertains to marijuana, is completely eliminated. And oh yeah, once it's legalized, it can be taxed. And some of that money can be put into rehab centers, and education (regarding excesses with using said drug). Instead, it's illegal, and all the money is going into the "industry of organized crime and death".

Remember what prohibition did in the 20's? Same thing here.

" You think you are affecting no one, but in countries like Jamaica, where I just returned from, people die and suffer so Westerners with too much money and time on their hands can get high, eat cheetos and watch Super Troopers."

I like the last part of your sentence. ;-)

But again, if pot is legalized, places like Jamaica can become richer, and that money would not be going to organized crime.

It's really quite simple.

Disclaimer: I am not a marajuana usser nor do I ever plan on using it. I just know that prohibition does not work.

Edited 2009-03-24 19:52 UTC

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

When you buy and consume Marijuana you are supporting an industry of organized crime and death.


Interesting, I know people who buy and consume said substance for medicinal purposes, and the people they buy it from grow it locally for medicinal purposes.

Here in California, USA - we're pretty "progressive" ;)

Me personally, I don't care for the shit.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Me personally, I don't care for the shit.


Same here. Never even smoked or touched a cigarette, let alone a joint. Well, I did touch a joint a few times but that was just to pass it on to whoever was sitting next to me ;) .

I hate the shit, but I see no problem in a decent legal system around it. We in The Netherlands are almost there, with possession of the stuff being "allowed" (not legal) in small quantities. However, growing and distributing is illegal, leading to this retarded situation where coffee shops are allowed to sell it, but not produce it or have it shipped to them.

The ultimate goal, in my book, is to make it a state affair, so we can tax it, as well keep an eye on the quality of the drug, and try to lower the amount of THC (which is rising like crazy, which is dangerous).

The government would control the growing and distributing of the stuff, coffee shop owners would still be the ones to sell it. any other individual growing or distributing the stuff gets harsh punishment.

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Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

Sounds good to me. How much for a half?

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

I would tell you that you have a very naive, limited, and western point of view of the world. When you buy and consume Marijuana you are supporting an industry of organized crime and death.


If that's your rationale, then I can only assume that you've never purchased gasoline before, or used any mode of gasoline-powered transportation. Not to mention bananas, or coffee, or pretty much anything sold at Wal*Mart. Unless you're a complete hypocrite, that is.

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