California Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Thursday signed into law a bill that decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The bill reduces simple possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

Currently, small-time pot possession is "semi-decriminalized" in California. There is no possible jail sentence and a maximum $100 fine. But because possession is a misdemeanor, people caught with pot are "arrested," even if that means only they are served a notice to appear, and they must appear before a court.

That has happened to more than a half million Californians in the last decade, and more than 60,000 last year alone. Every one of them required a court appearance, complete with judge and prosecutor. That costs the cash-strapped state money it desperately needs.

Under the bill signed today, SB 1449, by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), marijuana possession will be treated like a traffic ticket. The fine will remain at $100, and there will be no arrest record.

In a signing statement, Schwarzenegger said he opposed decriminalization for personal use -- and threw in a gratuitous jab at Proposition 19, the tax and regulate marijuana legalization initiative -- but that the state couldn't afford the status quo.

"I am signing this measure because possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name," said Schwarzenegger. "The only difference is that because it is a misdemeanor, a criminal defendant is entitled to a jury trial and a defense attorney. In this time of drastic budget cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket."

"Gov. Schwarzenegger deserves credit for sparing the state's taxpayers the cost of prosecuting minor pot offenders," said California NORML director Dale Gieringer. "Californians increasingly recognize that the war on marijuana is a waste of law enforcement resources."

The law goes into effect January 1. Even if Prop 19 passes in November, it leaves in place misdemeanor charges for smoking in public or in the presence of minors. Those misdemeanors would become infractions under the new law.

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Pot Head Dreams

Only delusional stoners think there is any way to tax weed, legally possessed or not.  Love it.  But the workplace laws have survived legal challenge.  Great way to get rid of that annoying pot head in the next cubicle.  Just tell the fool he can't be fired for smoking a legal substance.  The dunce won't know any different.  Then report the stuttering tool to HR.  Great way to weed the herd of unproductive, perpetually stoned competitors.  Yes, thank you Arnold.  

But The Nightmares Are Very Real

Filled with hate much?

Ohio's Marijuana Laws Have Always Been More Progressive than CA

Ohio currently has the $100 non-criminal fine for possessing up to 100g of marijuana. This is more than triple the amount allowed by the new California law.

Next Logical Step

To save the State of California many millions of dollars, make murder legal. Since it seems black on black crime and crimes committed by foreigners with lower incomes, are the most common crime and the most inmates in prison,  make the killings and bank robbery legal also by blacks or foreigners  . Lets face it, murder is a victimless crime as the victim is dead and doesn't have room to complain and won't file a lawsuit or standing to object to what is done with the murderer. Legal robberies, kinda like Obama care, takes money from the ones who have it and give it to the needy (redistribution) and should not be a crime. Think of all the savings in decriminalization of murder and robbery and additionally look at the money the robbery will put back on the street to creat jobs and increase spending.

Rally and Vote Yes!

There's alot of us in other states that are going to be watching on the night of Nov 2nd, hoping you guys pass Prop 19, because then there will be hope for it spreading to the other states. Lets just hope the federal government doesn't step in and try and stop it. Are you listening Mr. Obama?

And what about the thousands currently imprisoned?

And what about the thousands currently imprisoned for possessing a few joints? FREE THEM!!!!!!!!!!

For those who don't smoke

For those who don't smoke weed its is actually to your benefit. You stay smart and alert while the smokers become dumb and lazy.

Please keep smoking weed stoners it is so good for you.

Smoking weed is bad mkay.

Smoking weed is bad mkay.

How Sad It Is!

Edward Gibbon wrote "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" more than 230 years ago.

A modern-day Edward Gibbon could right now be compiling the material for the writing of "The Decline and Fall of the American Empire."

Sad, sad, sad!

Why Not?

Never seen someone high fight.  Still see it all the time with drunks, and that's "legal."  Drunks are the worst.  Drug violence over pot on our borders, say goodbye.  Tax it, I guarantee crime goes down.  Imagine the revenues, I mean Dominos will make a killing, and ice cream companies and such... 

I wouldn't be suprised if

I wouldn't be suprised if half the people that are against this are cops.  Cops around here make a boatload of money bustin kids for minor possession charges and then being paid (overtime) to appear in court (sometimes 4-5 times) and testify. 

VICES are those acts by which

VICES are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property.

Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another.

Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.

In vices, the very essence of crime—that is, the design to injure the person or property of another—is wanting.

It is a maxim of the law that there can be no crime without a criminal intent; that is, without the intent to invade the person or property of another. But no one ever practises a vice with any such criminal intent. He practises his vice for his own happiness solely, and not from any malice toward others.

Unless this clear distinction between vices and crimes be made and recognized by the laws, there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property; no such things as the right of one man to the control of his own person and property, and the corresponding and co-equal rights of another man to the control of his own person and property.

For a government to declare a vice to be a crime, and to punish it as such, is an attempt to falsify the very nature of things. It is as absurd as it would be to declare truth to be falsehood, or falsehood truth.

mmmm.....who wrote that ?

mmmm.....who wrote that ? Sounds a bit like Voltaire.


I like it. Must pick up some books from the library.

A politician who is finally making sense!

It's about time someone in a leadership role takes the initiative and does something about the futile war on drugs.  Now tax it and issue licenses (for a fee) to cultivate and sell it.  This could help bring The US Economy out of the basement. 

Legalize it

Why all this fighting and bad-mouthing. The whole issue has been brought to a vote. So vote. If you don't vote don't bitch. Keep the comments to yourselves and know that whatever is meant to be will be. My opinion SMOKE- ON Governator. Legalize it everywhere.

Legalized marijuana

With marijuana legalized, heaven help industry, productivity, and the safety of products produced by 'out of it' stoned individuals coming off smoke breaks.  Can you imagine what this will do to the US learning curve and students studying from already 'dummed-down' school curriculums?

Hypocrisy in Action (or inAction)

So, this means that the Fed will be filing suit Monday against California for usurping the Federal Governments Drug Policy-ala Arizona Illegal Immigration measure 1070, right?


Oh wait, too many Dem (stoned) voters there....won't happen.

It Is Not A Crime, And We Are Not Criminals

   It is not a crime, and we are not criminals.

   Regardless of your personal animosity or distaste for pot, and for the people who like it, it is wrong for the law to regard us as criminals.

   But it is a matter much bigger than our freedoms as citizens of a purportedly free society. These laws create crime where it doesn't otherwise  have to be. The distribution and dealing of pot is the largest opportunity by volume available. The largest number of customers. Absent this prohibitionist approach, the opportunity to be a dealer wouldn't be there for a lot of people. You can argue the morality of such a decision, but removing the opportunity would take the decision out of people's hands.

   The widespread dealing has itself 'filled the swamp,' creating an environment in which a criminal and violent culture has grown rampant and spread. You are feeding the very beast you think you're doing everything to vanquish.

   A lot of you who come in here to kick us around and spout a lot of things which demonstrate that you don't know what you're talking about, you probably don't live where the guns go off at night. You've probably never driven by 'R.I.P.' graffiti. You don't know what's really going on.


   There's a mountain of bodies in Mexico.


   If you hate pot, you hate pot. Fine. Hate away. Hate to your heart's content. Hate to your heart's delight. But stop abusing the legal system to express it. It's a perversion of one of the most important things we have to keep us operating as a society.

   If you don't care about my liberty, can you care a little for the societal dysfunction? For the millions of lives disrupted by detours through the legal system? For the murder?







Um, I forgot....

Um, I forgot....

Research Portugal's recent

Research Portugal's recent decriminalization of all drugs. They have some of the lowest drug abuse numbers in the EU! The teen marijuana use rate is much lower than America! Prohibition leads to abuse and new, more dangerous ways of getting high.

i'm a far right libertarian,

i'm a far right libertarian, and i'm for the legalization of all drugs.  let people do as they please, and lock them up if they hurt or try to hurt anyone.  freedom will literally set us free.   i'd rather pour money into rehab clinics than violent drug wars against drug lords with unlimited resources and weapons.  true, it would thin the herd a bit, but something gets everyone eventually.  educated people make educated decisions.  we're never going to get the people that want to use drugs to not do it.  people will always go to the black market to get it.   once you're an adult, you should be able to put whatever you want in your body.  an adult should be able to walk into a pharmacy and buy whatever they want.  it's easy for kids to get drugs, at least if it was  controlled like other substances, like alcohol or tobacco, there would be some way to manage who gets it.  i  think legalization of all drugs would be better than what we have now.  personal freedom and liberty is always the best answer. 

Good for California - never thought I'd say that...

If we let people keel over drunk and self-medicate with legal prescriptions from doctors, then we can surely allow the pot smokers to indulge without treating them like criminals.


Who cares - really? When was the last time you saw someone go on a murder spree on account of pot? Do you really think someone deserves to be put in jail because of a blunt?

I don't care about pot smoking and neither does most of the country. I am about as offended by seeing someone drink a martini at a party (which is to say, not at all).

Want to see a lack of morals and poor impulse control? Watch a drunk person. The swaggering, groping, angry kind. Want to see someone who is mildly mellow? Chit-chat with your local pot smoker.

Screw spending millions on prosecuting people who use pot. It is not a big deal - unlike the hard core drugs like heroin, meth, speed, coke, ice, etc. And for the record, I have never EVER used drugs - save for a few sips of wine and vodka.

Now the very real issue with the use of a light drug like pot is the fact that it is supplied by the black market, financed by a huge criminal, international organizations that are the cause of many deaths and violent crimes in this country and in Mexico - beheadings, kidnappings, and other horrors. You can reduce that problem by securing the border, harshly prosecuting foreign nationals involved in trafficking, legalizing the production of small amounts of pot by private users - or allowing the legal distribution of pot by domestic suppliers to adults over 21 with identification, and perhaps a tax deterrent.

Seriously - there is no major problem with pot use. Everyone knows this.

But I still favor keeping the most hard core drugs illegal.

I think you should look

I think you should look deeper into the cartel situation to better understand it. I have dug deeper into it myself and its not as simple as it seems. This is an internal battle between i believe 3 significant cartels 1 being quite larger spanning across mexico and baja. Just because they are in the business of drugs is unrelated directly to this violence occuring in mexico. This is a control move of the largest cartel which has no problem using violence and terror and kidnappings to accomplish thier goals. And take out all other cartels in his way. Not only that the cartel leader is some what of a working mans hero in mexico. And he is determined on control of all the assets and channels of distribution in mexico he wants it all. People thinking that california legalizing MJ will effect that determination are insane. The market for cartel MJ in cali has diminished on a large scale. Its going to the rest of the usa through texas and all those wide openspaces. Do your own research and i think you will understand this has nothing to do with MJ in cali its national and even global.. Although cali is approx 10% of us pop i think  thats a drop in the pail.  IMHO

Banning pot is a little bit

Banning pot is a little bit like banning alcohol.

The results of banning alcohol:

Violent gangs sought to provide people with illicit drinks during Prohibition. There were many shootings, deaths among law enforcement, corruption and government scandals.

Corruption: remember the gangster of Prohibition, Al Capone? He bribed his guards at Eastern State Penitentiary to allow him to keep his cell unlocked and decorated with oriental rugs, a radio, and oil paintings on the wall. That is the fate of a wealthy thug who made money selling on the black market what reliable companies could have provided at competitive rates, had alcohol had not been banned.

Also: Private users poisoned themselves by creating moonshine with high levels of lead contamination.

Who backed the ban? A large group of primarily Protestant, middle to upper class white people opposed the use of alcohol, claiming that it always "destroyed lives" and was a sign of the immorality of the times.

While alcohol kills thousands per year and can induce some extremely disturbing behavior, I cannot imagine banning it - and creating that black market again - because a few people can't take their wine in stride.

Can you?

Long live martinis - and pot.

I don't indulge in either - but we will be much safer with that bit of the black market eradicated.

Want to enrich a drug lord?

Want to enrich a drug lord? Oppose the legalization of pot.


The benefits of legalization:


1. Pot can be taxed like cigarettes.

2. More money and prison space is reserved for violent offenders. 

3. Quality control (companies create blends without harmful contaminants)

4. Money goes to American - based companies, NOT international criminals from Mexico.

5. You no longer risk financing terrorism and crime when purchasing pot

6. We can stop treating people who smoke pot like criminals.

7. We can entertain ourselves with the collective musings of stoned, smelly hippies.

8. Violence from the black market will lessen as demand from illicit sources decreases (where did the Al Capones go after Prohibition ended?)


Just because I don't like vodka, pot, or cigarettes doesn't mean that I am going to shove my morality down their throats. Pot, being minor compared to alcohol or cigs, should not have been banned in the first place.

Smart Move by Arnie...

... as everyone knows, smoking a big fat dobey is the only way one can sit through one of his films and find it even remotely enjoyable.

This will save money

Jails in places like Oprah's home, Santa Barbara Ca, are overcrowded for exactly this sort of thing. Because of this, the city has imposed a new tax so we can expand our county hotel/jail. Point is, it does cost us money. What sort of moral qualm is there with personal possession? Keep the lawyers plea bargaining with stacked charges, and keep turning a blind eye to the fact that 80% of Americans belong in jail or prison according to our own rule of law. We pick and choose which laws to enforce as it is, and while we go after pot smokers with all our might, we let real crooks off the hook. Hopefully we could open up a few cells for the big wigs over at Bank of America, and others who have been ripping us off.

California voters have the ability to legalize marijuana

California voters have the ability to legalize marijuana in a November ballot.  Legalizing marijuana will be beneficial to the state of California. 

The state will be able to get more sales tax revenue through legal sales of marijuana. 

The state will have an influx or new residents who will want to live in California from other states, which will give California more tax revenue (separate from sales tax revenue gained from marijuana sales).

The new residents will also bring in new businesses, since new residents who owned previous businesses in other states will bring with them those businesses.  They will also create new businesses  in the area.

The state will lessen the costs incurred by prisons because they will no longer have to lock away nonviolent offenders who are in prison because of marijuana.  The state spends an average of $40,000 a year for each person in prison.  This means less money spent on locking people up, and more money spent on things like education.   

The police can spend more time on going after real criminals like “rapists and murderers” instead of wasting time on marijuana smokers.

Families will not be broken apart when one of their family members goes to prison for smoking marijuana.  This will cause a decrease in the welfare system since instead of being in prison a person can be holding a job and supporting their family while still being able to smoke marijuana.

Street violence will go down because marijuana prices will go down.  This will be caused by regulated companies being able to compete with each other to bring marijuana to the people.  When is the last time you ever saw gang members fighting for “legal cigarettes.”

Since smoking marijuana will not be illegal if this ballot passes, fewer people will have to check “have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor box on an application.  This will be beneficial to the economy because more people will be able to get a job instead of depending on the welfare system.

The new regulated marijuana industry will by itself create more new jobs.

More people will be able to go to college because they will not have any record of drug charges for being caught smoking marijuana as a youth.  Really messing up their life and ability to apply for student financial aid in college.

Legalizing marijuana does not mean that you have to legalize harder drugs like cocaine or heroine.  Maybe Californians could legalize “shrooms” or “hashish” like they do in Amsterdam.

Anyway legalizing marijuana sounds like a good idea.  Lower taxes, more revenue, more job growth, less welfare, less crime, less nonviolent people in prison.  And no, legalizing marijuana is not a slippery slope into legalizing harder drugs. 

I encourage you to tell your relatives in California to get up an vote on the November ballot and legalize marijuana.

I wonder if you could ever get a similar “voter initiative” put on the ballot in your state

All for it

The state will see a lot of money from the sales of pot. Think about it, the average, occasional user is not going to want to be bothered with attempting to grow and harvest. It is more convenient to run up to the local shop and pick up your high. I would be willing to pay the tax for the convenience of the whole experience. We are pretty lazy when it comes right down to it.

Look I consider myself on the

Look I consider myself on the conservative side, pro capitalist. Liberals tend to want Government to take all the our money and spend it better then we can. That's why Cali is in the trouble it's in now. I'm for prop 19, like a lot of conservative friends, we all smoke pot. So quit implying ever conservative is some anti-pot Nazi please. Just because we don't want some nanny state doesn't mean we don't smoke pot. 



watch this everything you wanted to know about pot!

I haven't seen these points posted yet, so..

For those of you who are voting against this, some of the people that will be on your side and voting with you, are people that make a living selling weed illegally.  They would love to see this fail.

Some people get into harder drugs when they go to their weed dealers that are also selling opiates (oxy, heroin), coke, or any other extremely addictive substance.  Violence goes hand in hand with these types of drugs, and the shady (armed) individuals that sell them.

I saw this posted before and wanted to post it again for anyone that missed it. 

 If celebrities can drop


If celebrities can drop their COCAINE right in front of a cop’s face and suffer no consequences, it seems only fair that pot users should get a break.

CA insanity

OK, so the state now admits it can't prevent people who want to smoke dope from doing so, but it thinks it's still reasonable to try to regulate their consumption of sugar, salt, and fat?

Finally Cali does something smart

Now if they would just do something about the illegals, high taxes and high spending, they might become a liveable state again!

Obama needs to follow Arnold's lead here

Wishful thinking, but it needs to happen.  End this war on privacy.  End this war on freedom.  I am a leftist, but I think this is good for left and right wings.  Make the eagle fly straight instead of in circles.

Finally Some Progress!

Thank you Arnold!  I don't smoke marijuana, and I don't do any drugs but it's about the principle.  This is a huge step in getting the government the hell out of our personal lives.  Ge OUT!  Stop spending our money!  Mind your own business government!  Go catch real criminals like murderers, rapists, pedophiles, and terrorists, and get out of people's personal business.  We don't need to ruin people's lives (especially young people) for smoking a little bit of pot.  I understand arresting drug dealers, but we don't need extra people in jail wasting our tax dollars for stupid things like personal drug use as long as they aren't out in the street doing it. Less Gov = Better quality of life.  

Unless the

Unless the insurance,employers and federal are on board even in cases of legitimate medical use. It almost seems like its a false sence of rights. for exmaple:


Say a person with a career does not put together the disconnection/conflict between all this and employers, drug free work place policies and so on. This individual goes to a doctor gets a recommendation for medical cannabis. That individual registers in the california health dept medical MJ program gets the official card. So this person medicates at home during non work hours and feels they are doing nothing wrong and is exploring this as an alternative. This person is subjected to a random urinalysis at work and then is terminated career lost.

If anyone can find me some case law or cases where for discussion a medical 215 user won against an employeer trying to terminate for a failed test. Keep in mind the thc metabolites can remain in the human body up to 30 days according to my research.  This at face value appears to be a sidestepped issue with 215 and 19 i want to know why.

Criminal records are bad for your health

We all know that studies prove whatever they set out to prove and that their primary purpose is to provide temporary employment for researchers, so why bother referring to them in this debate?

We all know that pot has minor beneficial  properties but that it can adversely affect your mental and physical health just like alcohol.

The biggest real problems are the cost of policing it and the effects on ones career prospects of being caught using it, growing it, or selling it, and the fact that it provides opportunities for criminal gangs to make tons of money.

The time has come to recognize that what is really happening here is a struggle between vested interests, i.e. the gangs, and the people employed at public expense to prosecute them such as lawyers, policemen, prison employees, etc., whose jobs depend to a large extent on this conflict. You have only to examine the number of incarcerations resulting from drug prosecutions to see that it's the money stupid!



I'm all for the legalization of pot. In my early 20's I think I smoked enough to fill a dump truck and I'm fine, fine, I'm okay, uh yay......... No really I'm fine.

From what I'm reading from everyone is politics, politics and everyone wants to put their 2 cents in. That's fine because I do too. I believe as long as you have narrow minded politicians who are scared of losing their jobs over doing the right thing we just want have much to change. The politicians I have seen on TV seem to contradict themselves all the time which makes them hypocrites. So how do we fix this problem? I don't know and I wish I did. What if you took all the jerks out of office and their associates at the same time? Leave a few people on that actually know what is going on and hire people from around the country that make the least amount of money to fill the spots in congress. Now please don't bash the idea yet. Each person hired/elected would need to pass an aptitude test and interviewed extensively and so on. I think the person should be of good moral character and be a down to earth person full of common sense. At the first sight of greed just oust the bastard. Ahhhhh you get my point.

prop 19

I'd like to point out a possible result of prop 19 passing. I'm a 63 year old retired engineer living in Michigan and have been an occasional smoker for about 42 years. If prop 19 passes, guess where my next vacation will be. People talk about how much tax money could be generated by legal pot in California. Well, the people who keep saying that people will simply grow all they need and not pay taxes are quite wrong in my opinion. I for one would probably not bother growing assuming I could buy my stash for a decent price and could be confident of quality.  If tobacco companies can produce repeatable quality, I'm guessing that cannabis can be produced that way also.



You you guys are forgetting  that weed is the gate way drug for sure, so in 5 years from now you see more crack heads in cali you have yourself's to blame.


Hey, your right and I alrdy stated that weed can be a gateway drug to others.. But your point is?

Food is a gateway to obesity, Music is a gateway to criminal activity, Woman are a gateway to fornification..

Seriously, if your gonna make this arguement do it in full, dont make your point and leave the rest {to be said by someone like me}

"Truth (Not Verified)", Indeed!

The "gateway" concept is nothing but a rhetorical device.

Rates of crack use exploded in the eighties in part because pot got to be hard to find then.

Rates of pot smoking began to rise around 1991/92, when people began to TURN AWAY from crack.

I can see why your statement is attributed to "the truth (not verified)."

OH CRAP.Weed should be legal.


Weed should be legal. This is a step backwards. Before you could demand a trial, a judge, and a defense attorney. Now you have no defense. They just take your money, every tine, even in the all too likely instance that the pig made it up.

And they are doing it to save money - and make money...

The courts are corrupt. The pigs are criminal parasites. We need a revolution - and they, right up to and including Ahnold, need to be terminated...

MJ and freedom

 Thank you  governor  I hope this send a messaged around your state please everyone   Vote  for  Prop 19 In  and we the united States of America   will become free of the prohibition wreckage and then we can clear and clean up this mess of prisons  and lock up only people we fear  not are mad at 

we  must over come this  or we shall die  so many are imprison who should not be  millions  even  so many young people over this  growing   even marc emery is being ship to calf  while this is going on  we need to free those patriots and end the war on MJ  on drugs  and make new  adventure  search in freedom  and great heath   a social -care system  leave not all ops

Please  vote for legalization we are all watching   your set to leave the world   ,

Massvocals  just do it 

MJ and freedom

 Thank you  governor  I hope this send a messaged around your state please everyone   Vote  for  Prop 19 In  and we the united States of America   will become free of the prohibition wreckage and then we can clear and clean up this mess of prisons  and lock up only people we fear  not are mad at 

we  must over come this  or we shall die  so many are imprison who should not be  millions  even  so many young people over this  growing   even Marc emery is being ship to calf  while this is going on  we need to free those patriots and end the war on Marijuana and the one   on drugs as police can not  fix this problem   and make new  adventure in a  search in freedom  and great heath   a social -care system  leave not out the cops   bring it back to heath issue doctors  free the people  form the law  and end the war  we will save lives 

Please  vote for legalization we are all watching   your set to leave the world   ,

MassVocals  just do it 

marijuana makes you stupid.

marijuana makes you stupid. you pot heads dont want to face it. i have to work around dope heads and they are all stupid. everyone of them. pot does you stoners no favors at all.

This is great ! For the Rest of the Country ....

    As a manager I can spot a worker that smokes weed a mile off...  glassy eye stare thru you brain dead look...  their poor performance gets them kicked out the door every time, sad  ..... just lost my bother-in-law to dope;  He started off with weed, then alcohol/ cocain and when his money ran out he ended up drinking antifreeze for the alcohol.   Since all the fruits, illegals, and now dope heads will be drawn to California, the other states are going to be much better off.....  Wait how about Arnie legalizing prostitution so they will all move there also .. make it sound like his dope deal, you know, $100 fine if got having some crack..... Think of the taxes.... you could say it was for the children's education fund... the liberals luv that one ...

LOL you think Mary Jane effects us all the same xD

Im sorry for your brothers lost, but you cant take his case where he went form this to that to that to end up dying because of weed. Now it may be a gateway drug if you have low self asteem, no life, no family, no friends, no job, then yea drugs may make you want to end everything. But you cant sit up here and say people cant function and have normal lives if they smoke weed. I worked at a great job for 4 years and I smoked weed almost everday. When I left the company I told my managers and supervisors. They were shocked and actually took a different stand on MJ after seeing that a employee could function right under there nose under the influnece and not even know.

I do smoke weed, and that doesnt make me a idiot, or douchebag, or less smarter, or creative, or less liked or loved by others because of it.

To say lets legalize Prostitution too is just a lack of a argument on your end. Your madd and its ok, atleast let us know how you feel honestly without trying to use innuendos & other big words to misconsrew your true feelings.




A Mile Away? Really?

A few years back, I had a job in a bookstore chain. One morning, the manager was telling us all that she could 'spot it a mile away.' She'd spent time as an emergency room nurse, she'd encountered plenty of it, she could smell it on patients from across the ward as soon as they were wheeled in the door, so we shouldn't think we could walk in and she wouldn't know instantly, and there I stood, four feet away, thinking "good thing that's not true."

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Criminal JusticeAsset Forfeiture, Collateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Court Rulings, Drug Courts, Due Process, Felony Disenfranchisement, Incarceration, Policing (2011 Drug War Killings, 2012 Drug War Killings, 2013 Drug War Killings, 2014 Drug War Killings, 2015 Drug War Killings, 2016 Drug War Killings, 2017 Drug War Killings, Arrests, Eradication, Informants, Interdiction, Lowest Priority Policies, Police Corruption, Police Raids, Profiling, Search and Seizure, SWAT/Paramilitarization, Task Forces, Undercover Work), Probation or Parole, Prosecution, Reentry/Rehabilitation, Sentencing (Alternatives to Incarceration, Clemency and Pardon, Crack/Powder Cocaine Disparity, Death Penalty, Decriminalization, Defelonization, Drug Free Zones, Mandatory Minimums, Rockefeller Drug Laws, Sentencing Guidelines)CultureArt, Celebrities, Counter-Culture, Music, Poetry/Literature, Television, TheaterDrug UseParaphernalia, Vaping, ViolenceIntersecting IssuesCollateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Violence, Border, Budgets/Taxes/Economics, Business, Civil Rights, Driving, Economics, Education (College Aid), Employment, Environment, Families, Free Speech, Gun Policy, Human Rights, Immigration, Militarization, Money Laundering, Pregnancy, Privacy (Search and Seizure, Drug Testing), Race, Religion, Science, Sports, Women's IssuesMarijuana PolicyGateway Theory, Hemp, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Marijuana Industry, Medical MarijuanaMedicineMedical Marijuana, Science of Drugs, Under-treatment of PainPublic HealthAddiction, Addiction Treatment (Science of Drugs), Drug Education, Drug Prevention, Drug-Related AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction (Methadone & Other Opiate Maintenance, Needle Exchange, Overdose Prevention, Pill Testing, Safer Injection Sites)Source and Transit CountriesAndean Drug War, Coca, Hashish, Mexican Drug War, Opium ProductionSpecific DrugsAlcohol, Ayahuasca, Cocaine (Crack Cocaine), Ecstasy, Heroin, Ibogaine, ketamine, Khat, Kratom, Marijuana (Gateway Theory, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Medical Marijuana, Hashish), Methamphetamine, New Synthetic Drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Stimulants), Nicotine, Prescription Opiates (Fentanyl, Oxycontin), Psilocybin / Magic Mushrooms, Psychedelics (LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Salvia Divinorum)YouthGrade School, Post-Secondary School, Raves, Secondary School