There is a reason its called smoking dope.
Mr. Barber has eloquently described the moral case against marijuana use.
Unfortunately, he hasn't described the legal case against it. The same
dilemma exists for legalization of marijuana as existed for legalization of
alcoholic beverages during prohibition. The correct legal choice is the lesser
of two evils. The two evils, of course, are the ills produced by the usage of
the substance itself and the ills that inevitably result when a sufficient
proportion of the populace is determined to use the substance in spite of the
law. The difficulty is determining which is worse. Regrettably, I think the
scales are tipping in favor of legalization.Laws can't change
the character of the citizenry. They can only produce as much order and safety
as we all are willing to allow.
Nanny State Advocate. What happened to freedom.
@Pops – “Mr. Barber has eloquently described the moral case against
marijuana use.”And you nicely described the pragmatic dilemma
inherent in many questions of public policy - refreshing to see given how our
current political environment is long on idealism & moral pontificating and
far too short on pragmatism & understanding opposing points of view.I would (regrettably as well) agree with you – the “war on
drugs” creates tremendous collateral damage and fills our prisons with
people who shouldn’t be there, not to mention creating a strong &
wealthy organized crime element.One solution may be to legalize
personal use will levying a large sin tax to be set aside solely for anti-drug
education and treatment
It isn't as if the war on drugs has been "good for society";
I'd argue the opposite, that it has been a tremendous negative for society.
Making things illegal only leads to more prison inmates, more crime, etc.
It's much safer and less destructive than alcohol. The State could make
huge profits by selling it.
Prison for pot use/distribution, is NOT good for society or its families. End
of story. I will never be convinced otherwise and will do what I can to
encourage it's legalization or in the least its decriminalization.
Hey, you have to tow the party line when you write a column here.
Rocky Mountain High - I wonder if John Denver understood that just 35 years
after he wrote the song Colorado would indeed be a place to get "high".
Corporations are going to start pulling out of Colorado simply because families
don't want to raise their kids around dope smok'en druggies.
We need to get used to the idea that not everything that is bad will be illegal.
Then maybe people will start using their brains, and stop doing harmful things
for the right reasons (because they are bad for us, not just because they are
"illegal").Seatbelt laws:If you don't care enough
to save your own life... you will do it to avoid getting a ticket? Same for
helmet laws.Drinking laws:You don't care that you will
probably kill yourself and maybe others if you drive drunk... but you will stop
to avoid getting a ticket? Same for smoking laws.Gun laws:You are planning on going to a school and shooting a bunch of people (also
illegal but this doesn't stop you). But if it's illegal to get the
gun.. you give up? Hardly.Just because something's not illegal
doesn't mean it's OK!I guess some people just can't
do the right thing for the right reason. Avoiding a ticket is not the right
reason. I guess we need these laws for people who will only do the right thing
if it's the LAW???
I am reminded of the ever-increasing national debt. Some years ago, this country
decided, by majority vote, that we as a country could afford the costs of
allowing the "liberty" of use of alcoholic beverages. MADD can give you
a better cost analysis than I. Be that as it may, we also pay the costs of
allowing the use of tobacco in its varied forms (smoking, chewing, etc.), even
with the restrictions that were finally imposed. Now, the country is going for
more costs in allowing other risky lifestyles. Good thing for ACA, right? One
day, it will cost too much.
Someone mentioned ACA. I believe under ACA not only will marijuana not be
legalized, alcohol will also be banned, along with fast food, lack of exercise
and other unhealthy habits. The people paying the band call the tunes and
eventually we will all be forced into healthy lifestyles whether we like it or
Another shallow, weak defense against the criminalization of free choice The
author seems to have written the sequel to the old movie, Refer Madness.
There is not much question that it has legitimate medical uses. Utah should at
the very least legalize it for bona fide medical reasons. This from someone who
has never taken or used an illegal drug in his 69 years.
Re: "Making things illegal only leads to more prison inmates, more crime,
etc."Yeah, so we should legalize murder, rape, robbery, and, of
course, all white-collar and environmental crime, right?I know
legalization of pot will enable foolish people to take themselves and their
descendants out of competition against my kids and grandkids, in the both the
job market, and the gene pool, but I guess my genes are just not that
selfish.Sometimes the law needs to protect fools, or at least their
progeny, from themselves. Hence laws requiring compulsory education,
vaccination, driver licensing, etc.This is clearly one of those
Society has rules that suggest to people what they should do and laws to punish
those who break society's rules. Most of us could care less about drug
laws. We know how to properly control ourselves. We would not take drugs that
could harm us or that could harm others. Most of us could care less whether
there is a policeman at a school crossing. We care about the kids and we drive
accordingly. We have complete fidelity to our husband or wife because we would
never hurt that person in any way. The same goes for every other rule in
society.Only criminals need laws. Those laws will not keep
criminals from hurting others, but those laws will enable society to punish
those who break society's rules.People who understand how
wonderful complex our bodies are would never purposefully take anything into
that body that would diminish its ability to function properly. Foolish people have destroyed themselves with drugs. Some try to get others
involved in drugs. They deserve pity, but they do not deserve to walk freely
among us when they wilfully break society's rules. We need laws to protect
ourselves from them.
I've been thinking about the word; Compliance. It seems that we are losing
our own standards. Our Pres. is the guy who holds up our standards, but he
changes the rules to make par
@Mike RichardsSouth Jordan, UtahSo....So you
believe in Freedom or not?Also -- marijuana in never mentioned once in the
Constitution.George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Brigham Young and
many many others all encouraged growing it.
I suppose if eating Cheetos, Hostess, Captain Crunch and Taco Bell is bad for
society then, yes.I think it is a medical necessity.
LDS Liberal,It's NOT a medical necessity. It's a
liberal's irresistible need to regulate other people and tell other people
how to live. You CAN eat an occasional burrito and not die.
We live in Colorado and the effects here have been subtle and blatant. There is
more crime coming in, and moving on to more dangerous drugs. It is so painful
to see our beautiful city turn into something it wasn't. So very painful
to see our beautiful State go up in smoke. We were so focused on the
Presidential election and fighting for Romney, we didn't see this coming.
Individual areas have still banned marijuana in our State but it is definitely
affecting our fair land.
I'm not for the use of marijuana, tobacco, alcohol,abortion of convenience
or civilian assault rifles. But making things illegal only makes felons of the
users and there are always people that will break the law.Isn't
that the line of reasoning? A little different when you mix up the sides
It is like same sex marriage issue, nanny state or no nanny state. Will the
State run the distribution? Next big shock to the "majority"?
I believe it can be used as medicine, under strict physicians care. We all know
most medicine today has been abused, and this one will to.One main problem I
have against it is the reckless use by many using in public not caring what the
affects are to the people around them. I as many out there am highly allergic to
all aspects of this plant. Numerous occasions I have been rushed to ER because
some idiot rolled down there window and the smoke bellowed out into my car. I
have had problems working in the public where a single persons clothes were so
stench-ed that my throat swelled immediately. While they may be medicinal uses,
their are other health alerts as well. A second reason would be that I am tired
of seeing homeless doped up teenagers, that have no care in the world to get an
education or a job and support themselves. I have seen many broken marriages and
families torn apart because of this drug, only because the parents cared more
for their medicine than being responsible adults.Most people using this
drug, have learning difficulties. Should I say more?