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This is a discussion on legalisation within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; The possession of cannabis has just been legalised in the UK. Well more decriminalised than legalised. You are permitted to ...

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    Hamster without a wheel iain's Avatar
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    The possession of cannabis has just been legalised in the UK. Well more decriminalised than legalised. You are permitted to be in possesion of a 'personal use amount'.
    Do you agree with this?
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    I have never smoked marijuana (nor do I have the desire to), but I don't see a need to criminalize its use. Does anyone have a reasonable argument for imposing restrictions on cannibis that are stricter than the restrictions on, let's say, alcohol?
    Jason Deckard

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    &TH of undefined behavior Fordy's Avatar
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    I think decriminalising is common sense.........

    I only hope that they carry on the small steps they have taken and sort this thing out properly once and for all.......

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    I dont smoke it. But I firmly believe anyone who wants to, should be able to. Its much less dangerous then alcohol... Has anyone ever heard of someone dying from a pot overdose? I didnt think so. Booze? Yes, plenty. But thats not relevant anyhow. You can protect people from doing whatever they want to themselves. Thats just wrong in my books.

    So yes, I'm all for decriminalising. It should never have been criminalized in the first place.
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    I think it's a victimless crime. They spend billions world wide trying to fight it when that money could go to much better use. Alcohol and tobacco kills a lot more people every year considering I have never heard anyone dying from Marijuana. They call it addictive...I don't agree...although you can become mentally addicted. Look at caffeine, that's legal everywhere as far as I know and it's the most addictive drug on the planet. My GF has to have coffee in the morning before she can even function.

    The only problem I see is that pot takes away all motivation to do anything but chill on the couch, eat, and watch some T.V. If Henry Ford for example, smoked a lot, we would probably all be on horseback still.

    I don't think we will be seeing the same laws changed anytime soon in the U.S..that's for sure.

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    No. The last thing we need in a drug dependent society is to promote the use of more drugs by legalising them.

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    You all know I've been a devout advocat of marijuana legalization...

    • Medical decriminalization is the most important type. I hope we can all agree with that.
    • Industrial decriminalization is the next most important. Wanna end drilling in Alaska? What about cutting down the rain forests? Legalize cannabis for industrial reasons and I swear on my mother's grave that it would solve these two problems (among many others).
    • Recreational decriminalization is the least important, but still an issue we should tackle. IMO, it's a person's right to choose what they want to enter their own body. I'm not gonna say it's not bad (like I use to) because that's besides the point.


    ...Just my 2 cents worth...
    Last edited by Hillbillie; 01-11-2002 at 06:58 PM.

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    Two things:
    1. To the person who said that we shouldn't legalize it becuase its just promoting it? Think of the prohibition, the drinking went up when it was illegal. I predict that a simular effect will happen with this.
    2. I disagree with one part of this. The limit on having only enough for personal use. The should allow you to sell it too for 2 simple reasons A. Where are you spose to get it? If its illegal to sell but legal to use if you use it you must of committed a illegal act when buying it and B. If you can sell it you have to pay taxes which include revanue for the country/state.

    Just my 4 cents(I had 2 points so...)

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    howdy,
    legalization of pot is not only a good idea it is a must. the laws and the people that enforce them seem to miss the main point. THEY DON'T WORK.
    i speak at treatment centers, prisons and the like as a clean junky. and i can tell you for a fact, a large percent of the folks i deal with in the slam are regular folks that liked to catch a buzz. they paid honest earned money for their stash and used it responsibly i.e. at home, away from the kids etc.
    old fashioned ideals lead to old fashioned laws, based on that oral sex will get you thrown in the crowbar hotel in utah.
    legalization will allow responsible people to use responsibly! the old laws will put good people in prison.
    my vote is for TOTAL legalization!!
    M.R.

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    I would love to see britain follow hollands example of decriminalisation. For too long I and many others have been labelled as a criminal just because we enjoy a different type of high to alcohol drinkers. Life is about enjoyment and i firmly believe that as long as what you do doesn't affect anyone other than yourself then you should be free to do it.
    There is nothing wrong in a little smoke. Like anything else in life it can be done to excess and abused but if you are sensible cannabis is very enjoyable. You do not need to smoke it either so for instance you can make tea or cakes that will get you stoned and not harm your lungs in any way.
    I personally have smoked cannabis for 17 years. I suffer from no adverse affects except the odd cough.
    Free the weed!! Class B to class C is not good enough!!
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    Hamster without a wheel iain's Avatar
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    Stoned Coder it has been decriminalised in the uk, you are permitted to own a use personal use (about upto an eighth), for personal use. (since jan 1st)

    However it is not legal to buy, sell or grow it - catch 22!

    An even better idea would to be to have State Authorized retailers - this way you can be sure of getting what you pay for (from street dealers what you buy may have been cut with anything and it can always be dangerous), it could also be taxed and regulated. This would be the best way!
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    >>Stoned Coder it has been decriminalised in the uk, you are permitted to own a use personal use (about upto an eighth), for personal use. (since jan 1st)


    My understanding was that the powers that be suggested that personal possession in small amounts was not worth prosecution.......and even then I dont think any concrete guidance has been given as to what constitutes a "small amount"

    If so, then that is still a far cry from decriminalisation.....

    Its still a worthwhile first step to follow though......I've heard that certain police authorities have piloted this scheme for a while and supposedly, no real adverse reactions have been noted.....

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    i've never understood the rationale behind why cannabis and some other soft drugs are illegal. Tobacco and alcohol themselves can be seen to be even more harmful - how many people die each year throughout the world due to tobacco related cancers etc or alcohol related liver diseases etc - yet governments do not ban these substances but instead pay lip service to the banning brigade (eg cancelling tobacco advertising etc) while reaping the benefits of exceptionally large tax gains.

    I have known masses of people who have smoked blow etc and none of them were affected in a negative way and none of them ever went on to do harder stuff like heroin. By decriminalising we can keep drug taking above ground, maybe help people from attempting the harder stuff and removing power out of the hands of the larger pushers
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    >i've never understood the rationale behind why cannabis and some other soft drugs are illegal.<

    http://www.cannabis.com/untoldstory/hemp_5.shtml

    That can only speak for marijuana. There were a number of factors that got marijuana/hemp banned in the States. One of the biggies was the threat to the timber industry.

    Another good source to check out is a book by the name of The Emperor Wears No Clothes. It can be found at Amazon, and talks about marijuana and all of it's uses from a non-pothead view.

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    >>a non-pothead view.

    is that to say that any recreational user of cannabis is a "pot-head"?
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