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  • Detractors of marijuana legalization say there are serious health consequences, and argue the drug is often a gateway to more harmful, addictive substances.

    those are called 'lies' and people aren't falling for them anymore.
  • Detractors of marijuana legalization say there are serious health consequences,

    *bzzzt*

    ....and argue the drug is often a gateway to more harmful, addictive substances.


    *BZZZZZZZZT*
  • CNN makes sure to use quotation marks when referring to marijuana prohibition. Cause, you know it's not really prohibition.

    CNN uses quotation marks around a direct quote from subjects of an interview.
  • My cousin's neighbor's older brother gave some Marijuana to a girl once and when he got back to the car after going to get some rubbers...they made sweet, safe, sensual and consensual love many times that evening.
  • TL;DR - You can't legislate derp
  • As much as the DEA would surely love to arrest everyone in Washington and Colorado, they've got a serious problem here with the legalization efforts. without the help of state and local cops, they can't fight the good fight against cannabis. they NEED local support, otherwise they don't have enough money to do anything useful.

    other than a few flashy high profile actions, the best thing the DEA can do is find someone to make an example of and hope the federal courts reverse what the states are doing.
  • This is the sort of hard-hitting "news" that I expect from CNN.
  • Weaver95: As much as the DEA would surely love to arrest everyone in Washington and Colorado, they've got a serious problem here with the legalization efforts. without the help of state and local cops, they can't fight the good fight against cannabis. they NEED local support, otherwise they don't have enough money to do anything useful.

    other than a few flashy high profile actions, the best thing the DEA can do is find someone to make an example of and hope the federal courts reverse what the states are doing.


    The problem is that a shift in the political climate would be all they would need to bring prohibition back - say, for example, Romney had won instead of Obama. Feds control a large amount of funding to these states, their law enforcement, and numerous other programs. All they would have to do would be to make it like the nationwide BAC standard - set an arbitrary limit which if the state didn't enforce, they would cut federal funding to essential programs.

    However, I've often stated that decriminalization is going to be the easy part. Retail legalization is going to be the hard part.

    Weaver95: those are called 'lies' and people aren't falling for them anymore.


    And anyone who calls marijuana a gateway drug should throw up a red flag, and be seen as unreliable. It's just about as factual as "Reefer Madness" was a documentary.
  • Marijuana is a gateway to laughter and creativity. Am I going to hell for that?
  • It's worse than alcohol prohitibition. We actually worried about following the Constitution back then.
  • I'm going to go get potted up on weed and drive now.
  • Snarfangel: This is the sort of hard-hitting "news" that I expect from CNN.


    You'd rather rely on "fair and balanced" from Fox? Go for it, non-thinking person.
  • Marijuana is a gateway to laughter and creativity. Am I going to hell for that?

    A friend thought he was funny and creative when stoned. He was dull and his writing was awful.
  • FTA: "Turn on a television show or open a magazine in the United States today and you're bound to see someone with a drink in hand -- something unthinkable nearly a century ago."

    Yes, CNN, a century ago it would have been unthinkable to see someone drinking on TV.
  • ....and argue the drug is often a gateway to more harmful, addictive substances.

    like alcohol?
  • it's a gateway to being stupid
  • I took the quotation marks as, "prohibition" has quotation marks around it because we're specifically invoking the word's primary association, in reference to the ALCOHOL prohibition that ended in 1933.

    By making this comparison, it seemed to me that CNN was directly predicting that the laws against marijuana, like alcohol historically, will be lifted eventually.
  • Turn on a television show or open a magazine in the United States today and you're bound to see someone with a drink in hand -- something unthinkable nearly a century ago.

    Since we didn't, ya know.. like HAVE any farking televisions nearly a century ago.

    That's some mighty fine "Journalism" you got there CNNtards.
  • ZAZ: Marijuana is a gateway to laughter and creativity. Am I going to hell for that?

    A friend thought he was funny and creative when stoned. He was dull and his writing was awful.


    Yeah, i'm sorry your friend sucks?
  • Marijuana is bad news. I know a guy who did marijuana once. 10 years later, he died in a car crash. Coincidence? I don't think so.
  • Perhaps because "prohibition" often seems to have the opposite of its intended effect.
  • I don't care about marijuana one way or the other. I just think it's healthy to see the states push back against the federal government every once in a while.
  • AliceBToklasLives: FTA: "Turn on a television show or open a magazine in the United States today and you're bound to see someone with a drink in hand -- something unthinkable nearly a century ago."

    Yes, CNN, a century ago it would have been unthinkable to see someone drinking on TV.


    /FTFY
  • Ender's: Detractors of marijuana legalization say there are serious health consequences,

    *bzzzt*

    ....and argue the drug is often a gateway to more harmful, addictive substances.


    *BZZZZZZZZT*


    The same tired propaganda ...
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