Hoboken QotD: Legalize it?

5/5/2008 Question of the Day:

Here’s a great ABC News radiocast that was aired 18 years ago by Hugh Downs regarding Hemp (Marijuana) and it’s incredible economic benefits.

Should Marijuana be legalized again?

“Hemp, the world’s premiere renewable natural resource, by journalist and commentator Hugh Downs speaking for ABC News radio out of New York in November, 1990. Mr. Downs did his homework exceedingly well for this report–he succeeded in including a great deal of useful information in the short timespan of only nine minutes, forty seconds. Seeking to leverage off the clarity of his research, nine footnotes have been added to the text to provide people with a cross-section of the reference material substantiating the facts Mr. Downs articulates.”

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bradykp
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one last post:

video games made him do it!

engadget.com/2008/05/09/man-kills-neighbor-over-missing-ps3/

bradykp
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[quote comment=”82210″]Well I am done with this thread. It’s vilified way beyond what it actually does. I grew up and believed all the hype about it, Just say No was in full effect in the 80’s,and now that I look back on it, I find it to be pretty silly with outlandishly exaggerated claims. That’s not to say that kids should be doing it, they definitely should not. If these studies were even close to being true, believe me, you would know it. While it may not be your thing personally, far more people use it or have used it than you could guess, and it’s not something you can tell by someones choice in music, career, clothes or politics. I say that because some of you really don’t know what you’re talking about. Abusers are going to find something to abuse, and it’s more likely that people who are in need of help find pot to be useful to self-medicate, which is no different than people who are regulars at a bar, getting a little tanked several nights a week. Then there are those people who are on the fringe, who are always attracted to things that are illegal or amoral, just because they are. It doesn’t mean that weed did something to them, they were freaks to begin with. What will the children think? Raise them to think rationally and make good decisions and they will stay away from that until they are mature enough to handle it.… Read more »
bradykp
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bradykp

[quote comment=”82192″]
i do not think you understand what decriminalization is. what you described about your friend is decriminalization! in NY, smoking in public or having a small, personal amount is a ticket. you normally have to make a court appearance, but it is not a “crime” where you would have a criminal record.

however, in many states, including NJ, even a small amount of pot for personal use mandates loss of driver’s license – even if you were not caught in a car; has a possibility of 6 months in jail; and thousands in fines. You have a pot possession on your criminal record, which must be disclosed on job applications, etc. When I say decriminalized, i want it to be a ticketable offesne, like a speeding ticket – like they do in NY. just make the penalties less – not loss of license and potential jail time. why you think that is worse for children than outrgith legalization i do not understand in the slightest. i think decrminalization fairly compromises on both sides of the issue – those who wish it to remain illegal, and those who don;t want their lives fucked up because they like to get high once in a while.[/quote]

i’ve never seen a state with NJ’s laws. i just looked up NJ’s laws and you are correct. wow, didn’t realize they were so harsh here. PA is not this harsh at all. just a fine.

bradykp
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[quote comment=”82159″][quote comment=”82144″]i know he has a lack of “experience” – though i count that as a plus.[/quote]

What I mean by that is that the position in question is an executive one – executive branch, in which one person has to have the experience in knowing how to deal with a multitude of people, advisors, problems, a variety of solutions, be able to quickly analyze and compare/contrast with history (precedent vs what’s most effective/efficient), as well as decide on the spot if need be what to do based on a resume and proven track record.

I don’t think a lack of executive experience is a plus. Can a person manage effectively is quite different from can they give a speech. Because, if presentation were the best qualification to win the executive position of President, then Alec Baldwin would win hands down (as well as the rest of Hollywood).[/quote]

though i did read an article recently that most of what are considered to be the “best” presidents were also the “best” speakers, and the worst presidents the worst speakers.

speaking in a manner that gets your point across to a mass of people is a characteristic any good executive has. as for obama, he has experience running a senate office, which is no small feat. i mean, who is qualified in this race of you need executive experience? what’s hilary’s executive experience? what’s john’s?

Easy-E
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Well I am done with this thread. It’s vilified way beyond what it actually does. I grew up and believed all the hype about it, Just say No was in full effect in the 80’s,and now that I look back on it, I find it to be pretty silly with outlandishly exaggerated claims. That’s not to say that kids should be doing it, they definitely should not. If these studies were even close to being true, believe me, you would know it. While it may not be your thing personally, far more people use it or have used it than you could guess, and it’s not something you can tell by someones choice in music, career, clothes or politics. I say that because some of you really don’t know what you’re talking about. Abusers are going to find something to abuse, and it’s more likely that people who are in need of help find pot to be useful to self-medicate, which is no different than people who are regulars at a bar, getting a little tanked several nights a week. Then there are those people who are on the fringe, who are always attracted to things that are illegal or amoral, just because they are. It doesn’t mean that weed did something to them, they were freaks to begin with. What will the children think? Raise them to think rationally and make good decisions and they will stay away from that until they are mature enough to handle it. It’s… Read more »
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