Increasing Support for Marijuana Legalization

June 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—As more states move to decriminalize marijuana and allow patients to use the natural herb to ease  chronic pain and nausea resulting from cancer treatments, there is growing support from lawmakers and law enforcement officials to end the failed war on drugs and legalize marijuana.

Just recently, Democratic Rep. Barney Frank from Massachusetts introduced legislation to decriminalize marijuana, which would eliminate federal penalties for personal possession of less than 100 grams. Users caught smoking pot in public would be subjected to a civil $100 fine.

Frank views the decriminalization of pot not only as an issue of personal liberty, but one of pragmatism, at a time when the courts are overloaded with drug cases and our prisons are filled with people convicted of simple possession of marijuana.

“We don’t need to spend our scarce resources prosecuting people who are doing no harm to others,” said Frank.

Additionally, Donald Tashkin a renowned marijuana researcher with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine recently expressed his support for the legalization of marijuana.

“Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm (than marijuana),” said Tashkin in an interview with the McClatchy news outlet.

Just three years ago in 2006, Tarshkin conducted a massive study of marijuana to determine if the herb could be linked to lung cancer. The study found that even heavy users, who smoked an astounding number of 22,000 joints in their lifetimes, did not show any positive associations with cancers of any kind, including cancer of the lungs or upper aerodigestive tract.

Tarshkin theorized that cannabinoids may cause certain cell deaths, before a cancer mutation could develop.

Frank introduced a virtually identical bill to decriminalize marijuana last year, which stalled in Congress.


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7 Responses to “Increasing Support for Marijuana Legalization”

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  3. Sober Says Legalize Pot on June 23rd, 2009 7:05 pm

    Legalize it. Treat it like alcohol plain and simple. End black market and violence.

    Once it’s legal it will be exciting for the first 3 months. After that, the people who smoke now, will probably smoke the same amount. And the people who won’t, simply won’t. Not much will change. \

    I’m so sick of the Gateway Drug Argument. Alcohol is the ULTIMATE GATEWAY DRUG. It’s probably 90% of people’s first buzz. And if they like it, the want more. None of my successful friends that smoke got into heavy drugs like coke.

    It’s a shame that the people who get addicted and kill themselves with crack & cocaine get wrapped in the same category as an adult that want to smoke a joint on a Friday night….. What a weird world.

    And if treated like alcohol. Kids will have as much access to it as a 6 pack of beer. In otherwords, if regulated, kids can’t get it.

    So legalize it. And to the folks that say NO and that have never done it, what right do they have to judge it?

  4. Anne on June 24th, 2009 2:35 am

    Prohibition is the cause of all the drug-related problems. Why should responsible users, who are the vast majority, pay such steep consequences for the few who can’t control themselves? Marijuana isn’t a problem and is in fact one of the best natural substances known to mankind. The problem is prohibition and the “War on Drugs”, both of which have cost this country far more than billiions of dollars, it has cost us our families, our trust in our government, our homes, our privacy, our freedom, and our basic human right to enjoy one of God’s greatest creations.

    The time to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana has come. Tell your representatives how you feel. Vote for politicians that support ending this greatest of all US fiascoes. And vote-out the blind prohibitionists. If they still think prohibition is a smart thing, then the rest of their mindset is probably just as worthless.

  5. CANNAPHOBIA on June 24th, 2009 10:03 am

    We can’t even grow industrial hemp in this country because of the hypocritical legislators and police states. But you are able to buy industrial hemp products at your local Walmart…

    If they can’t understand maintaining what the majority of the people don’t believe in… it becomes that they are blind to the beliefs of the people. I stand up for the people who believe they should have the right to do what they want, so as long as it does not harm anyone else. This isn’t about legalizing cocaine or meth.

  6. David Scott on June 24th, 2009 12:03 pm

    Marijuana prohibition has been a total failure and is perhaps this country’s greatest mistake. Not only has it created criminals out of nearly a third of the country’s populace, it costs our society billions of dollars every year, creates a strain on our prison system, and has little or no effect on marijuana use in the US. In some cases, prosecuting marijuana use has turned non-violent, middle class kids into violent and unpredictable, career criminals. Once a person has a criminal conviction on their record, they are far less likely to find a good job and become a useful member of society. Other countries with more liberal drug laws have much lower rates of drug addiction among their people. I invite you to my web-page devoted to raising awareness on the assault on our civil liberties: http://freethegods.blogspot.com/

  7. Ken in AZ on June 24th, 2009 6:05 pm

    It is time to legalize marijuana. We the people can no longer be lied to by the government that marijuana is anything less then a lightly intoxicating tobacco. It is the nations largest cash crop and every cent goes to organized crime. The only people that are affected by prohibition are the thousands arrested for merely having some marijuana on them. Then their lives are changed forever. If Prison doesn’t get them, being a felon and trying to get a job will. By the way its one more person that could have paid taxes. Stop the war on drugs! It can not be won! There are about 10,000 more reasons but you get the point.

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