The prohibition against alcohol was a dismal failure and did nothing but make the mafia more powerful. It totally dumbfounds me that people can't see the similarities between that and the current "war on drugs". Prohibition didn't work then, it won't work now. We've only replaced the mafia with Columbian cartels.
1975 state Supreme Court ruling.
"Our territory and now state has traditionally been the
home of people who prize their individuality and who have
chosen to settle or to continue living here in order to achieve
a measure of control over their own lifestyles which is now
virtually unattainable in many of our sister states," the
oft-quoted ruling said.
Supporters say further decriminalizing pot would allow
local governments and the state to regulate and tax it and free
up police to pursue serious crimes.
Originally Posted by snowtigger
Boy, is this gonna make the whole state look stupid.
Every person in the United States has heard of the illicit substance called marijuana. Yet, unknown to most people, there is one place in the United States where marijuana is grown legally. That place is the Medicinal Plant Garden, right here at the University of Mississippi.
The Medicinal Plant Garden, a part of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS) is part of the Marijuana Plant Facility The garden is over 20 years old, but the laboratory was created only four years ago.
According to Dr. Mahmoud Elsohly, research scientist for RIPS, the laboratory of the Medicinal Plant Facility is used to study various applications of marijuana. For example, the scientists grow marijuana to test its physical makeup, analyze marijuana confiscated by the DEA, law enforcement agencies, and various narcotics groups, to find the potency ratings of the drugs, and extract THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) from plants they harvested.
One project that the Medicinal Plant Facility is currently working on is a medicine made from THC for use in a suppository form to replace Marinol, a capsule made of 95 percent THC and used for nausea and vomiting problems in cancer patients as well as fighting the wasting sickness, or anorexia-cachexia, suffered by 70 to 90 percent of AIDS patients.
Another practice done by the lab is to send marijuana to the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina for use in the Compassionate IND program. This program gives marijuana to people who use it to allieviate symptoms of their diseases, such as glaucoma, cancer, and AIDS victims. However, there are only a small handfull (about eight people) receiving the marijuana, out of several thousand who have applied.
Marijuana has been used by many cultures for various ailments. Israeli scientists, for example, found the skeleton of a fourth century woman who they believed died in childbirth. Ashes nearby were found to be the burned remains of the cannabis, or marijuana, plant. The scientists say this suggests that ancient Middle Eastern women used inhaled marijuana smoke to reduce labor pains.
These days, the medical profession have found several applications for the marijuana plant. In medicine, THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) has been found again and again to help patients battling the life-threatening diseases of cancer and AIDS to fight the intense nausea that causes their wasting sickness. Marijuana also helps glaucoma (an eye disease that causes blindness) victims by reducing the interocular pressure. It reduces, sometimes eliminating altogether, the seizures of epileptic patients, along with reducing nerve disorders of multiple sclerosis patients. As a final interesting note, a recent discovery by a South Florida doctor concerns the fact that if THC is placed in a test tube with the herpes virus, the THC will kill the herpes virus.
Your right BRG I would also hope that these people realize MJ is a gateway drug to the heavy dope. I have seen it and been told it by the kids I arrested.
The only reason marijuana can be considered a gateway drug (even though our own gov't says it is not) is because it is sold in an illegal situation with other hard drugs. Take it out of that environment and legalize it, and people won't be exposed to the harder drugs.
The reason I am opposed to Alaska doing this is that it would bring tons of green (in more ways than one) loving liberals up there. We need Alaska to stay conservative and free. Let CA legalize Mary Jane (in more ways than one) and let all the pot smoking libs go there. Then the rest of the states can vote to re-permit secession, and let CA go bye-bye.
I wholeheartedly agree Alaska is an unspoiled paradise, I fully intend on going to Alaska to salmon fish, and I don't want any hemp smelling drugged out libs greeting me when I get there
I don't know why people bust on CA all the time. Contrary to popular belief this isn't a lawless pot smoking tree hugger hippy land where everyone is a gun grabber. San Francisco is not california. Just like not everyone in the south wears camo, spits in their shirt pockets and goes "that un thur is a keeper".
I bet if they legalized marijuana all over the US, they'd have a lot less trouble with gangs, much of whose income is generated through drug transactions, particularly marijuana. Gangs will always find something to fight about but if you decriminalize their source of income, it puts a hurt on them. Remember how organized crime died down a lot after Prohibition was repealed.
If they do legalize it, they'll need to place the same restrictions on it as alcohol, since it can have a similar debilitating affect on drivers, pregnant women, etc. And they'll need to give cops "weed-a-lyzers" or something to catch high drivers.
I have a good buddy who spent years of his life burnt out after daily marijuana use. He's now recovered, but I've seen the long-term effects it can have on somebody's mental functions. That isn't something I'd choose, but the government's job isn't to be our nanny. We're adults, we should be able to choose to smoke up or not as long as we don't endanger somebody else.
BTW, my handle doesn't mean I smoke weed. I tried it, didn't particularly like it, and haven't touched any in 10 years or so.
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