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rpmwwe

Sep-06-13 2:48 AM

I doubt it would deter the use but it could help the offender in that it would give the offender a longer period of time to get clean and adapt to being clean.

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ladybug

Sep-06-13 6:22 AM

We have more people in jail than any other country in the world,

We need to find ways to clean up some of these less violent type crimes or issues.

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ladybug

Sep-06-13 6:24 AM

There so over crowded in Ca. there turning some of them loose.

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GrantMingus

Sep-06-13 9:06 AM

No. Still a lot of homicides despite the death penalty/life in prison. The longer someone is in prison, the more likely they'll be at least just as big of a scum bag when they get out.

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rpmwwe

Sep-06-13 11:06 AM

"We have more people in jail than any other country in the world"

I don't see that as the problem. I see that as a consequence of the problem. Thanks to our social welfare state replacing a need for strong family values and self respect, we are breeding way too many criminals in this country.

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rpmwwe

Sep-06-13 11:07 AM

"We need to find ways to clean up some of these less violent type crimes or issues."

There is a movement to decriminalize drug use, particularly marijuana, but what many are not considering when making their arguments for decriminalization are the violent and more serious crimes being committed by those in the supply chains of those drugs. Also, very few of those that are addicted to the hardcore drugs are working full time jobs to support their habits. They are breaking into homes, businesses, and vehicles.

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rpmwwe

Sep-06-13 11:07 AM

In regard to the marijuana, I concede that legalizing it would not bring this country to its knees (there are already other forces at work doing that quite effectively), but just legalizing it isn't going to solve the crime problem. The government would have to put into place other laws that create strong regulation for its production, distribution, and use (just like alcohol), and we know what strong government regulation brings.....TAXES.

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rpmwwe

Sep-06-13 11:07 AM

The users of marijuana will then have a choice to make regarding purchasing marijuana if they do not cultivate it themselves. They can choose to buy legal marijuana but pay a premium due to costs incurred by government regulation, or they can choose to buy unregulated marijuana from the already well established illegal supply chains (they won't fold up just because the government became a competitor). The user's choice will often be based on simple economics...who can sell it cheaper?

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ladybug

Sep-06-13 11:13 AM

We are turning into a drug addiction society.

Go by the local drug store, You got people filling prescr. by the truck loads.

You the illegal drugs out there now along with people finding ways to manufacture their own

The drug lords will go out of buss. when people stop buying

How to accomplish this is another story

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ladybug

Sep-06-13 11:16 AM

I went out to buy mucinex for my sinuses,

To get it in the liguid form ,you had to get it off the Pharm.

They get high on anything nowadays

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rpmwwe

Sep-06-13 11:24 AM

Yes, the prescription meds are yet another problem. Doctors are pushing these onto everyone who walks into his/her office with whatever ache or discomfort. The consequence to that is the current h e r o i n epidemic.

The users start out with a prescription narcotic from a doctor, the prescription runs out but they have developed an addiction so they go to the streets to buy them illegally. They then learn that h e r o i n supplies the same fix they need but is cheaper than the pills.

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GrantMingus

Sep-06-13 11:30 AM

Top 5 special interests fighting against legalization of marijuana:

1. Police Unions 2. Private Prison Corps 3. Alcohol Companies 4. Big Pharm 5. Prison Guard Unions

Very simply, there is not one single good argument FOR prohibition of marijuana and there are hundreds of rational, logical, smart arguments against it. It IS a problem, but it's being solved by the population slowly but surely. Other drug abuse is definitely a problem, like ****** and meth. But locking people up is most definitely a problem. It isn't solving the root of the issue. To argue against that would be to spit in the face of the facts and history of drug abuse in this country. We declared war on drugs...and drug use exploded and expanded in all forms. To say it's working is one of the most ignorant societal opinions that a person can take right now.

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rpmwwe

Sep-06-13 12:39 PM

Why is it that society is putting so much effort into reducing tobacco use but, at the same time, it pushes for the legalization of marijuana? The proponents of marijuana legalization, with all of their hundreds of arguments, make it sound like its good for us.

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WatchDog

Sep-06-13 12:45 PM

Grant the man loves his marijuana!

Seriously, sometimes I wish they would just go ahead and legalize it just so it would shut up these whiners like Grant from crying about all the time.

But on the other hand, why do I want to let simple minds like Grants to continue to destroy our children and communities because they have addictions with alcohol and drugs, the same addictions they use as their crutches in life.

Grant the man sez: "Very simply, there is not one single good argument FOR prohibition of marijuana and there are hundreds of rational, logical, smart arguments against it."

Really? How about Morals Grant? If you have to live a life hooked on a drug to survive and get by ...THAT IS THE HUGE PROBLEM.

So tell us Grant the man, how many little kids NOW look up to you? How many little kids have been persuaded by your childish addiction and denial?

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rpmwwe

Sep-06-13 12:46 PM

While I'm thinking about it, why were we even given a topic about a subject that is taboo on this site? H E R O I N, when typed correctly, is automatically censored.

Hey, Salem News Headline Poll Manager! Can you fix this? We promise not to use the word in any misappropriate way.

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WatchDog

Sep-06-13 12:46 PM

You want more proof Grant? Read it. Not the headline the entire story how and how the simple of use of marijuana use set off the addiction to bigger and harsher chemical drugs.

"Gamble seeks tougher sentence in ****** case"

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WatchDog

Sep-06-13 12:52 PM

THANK YOU rpmwwe! I thought I was alone in my thinking. YOU NAILED IT.

Our get rich filthy medical profession has nearly this entire country turned into hypochondriacs and they are WORSE than any drug dealer on the street. They legally cause ADDICTIONS.

But yet, they go UNTOUCHED. Because there is profits to be made off our sick and dying people. If law enforcement ever cracked down on these pill pushing doctors we wouldn't have near the drug problem we have today.

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WatchDog

Sep-06-13 1:00 PM

Grant sez: "It isn't solving the root of the issue."

YOU, people just like you...are the ROOT OF THE PROBLEM. Because of your DENIAL.

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rpmwwe

Sep-06-13 1:01 PM

"If law enforcement ever cracked down on these pill pushing doctors we wouldn't have near the drug problem we have today."

That's the problem...cops aren't doctors. As it should be, the opinion of the cop will never trump the opinion of the doctor when it comes to deciding how much of what medication should be prescribed to a patient. The medical community has to police itself, but that just isn't happening. Its a mess!

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PattiHannah

Sep-06-13 1:16 PM

Top 5 special interests fighting against legalization of marijuana:

1. Police Unions 2. Private Prison Corps 3. Alcohol Companies 4. Big Pharm 5. Prison Guard Unions

...what internet website convinced you of that Mr. Mingus?

I can assure you, you don't have a clue to the reality. You are out of your league on this one.

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WatchDog

Sep-06-13 1:17 PM

<lol>

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WatchDog

Sep-06-13 1:22 PM

rpmwwe wasn't referring to cops. We already realize cops have their hands tied.

Let me explain it to you this way. Had a family member that five local doctors in our area had this family member on nearly 15 prescription drugs. Do you know what tipped us off? A drug store. It took a local drug store.

Getting that family member out the clutches of these local doctors that nearly killed her was a challenge. Did anything happen to the 5 doctors? NOPE

Take a wild guess why? Because the only thing the public has to fall back on is a complaint to a medical board of Doctors. That is it.

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ladybug

Sep-06-13 1:25 PM

rpmwwe :

I think you'll find tobacco is and insurance thing to save them money.

Wonder how many Dr's get a little kick back ?

I like the Ad's on Tv . Tell your Dr. to prescribe ====== Yea OK

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WatchDog

Sep-06-13 1:25 PM

How many tons of prescriptions drugs did our local police have to pull off the streets? Wasn't that a big enough rude awakening right there?

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WatchDog

Sep-06-13 1:27 PM

ladybug...you nailed it...."I like the Ad's on Tv . Tell your Dr. to prescribe ====== Yea OK"

Those pill pushing addictions are on television every single day. Fear of dying is the driving force our Doctors love. That is the epidemic.

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