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house Bill H.R. 1523

Should Pot Users and Distributors be Protected From Federal Prosecution?

Argument in favor

States should be able to devise systems for regulating marijuana without putting their citizens in a position where they have to worry about breaking federal law.

Jake's Opinion
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05/15/2015
The amount of money that is poured into the enforcement of marijuana possession is unnecessary. We have to ask ourselves, does the punishment fit the crime? In this situation, no. This goes for all drug related crimes, the punishment should not be more harmful to the individual than the drug itself.
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Argument opposed

Normalizing the use and availability of marijuana in U.S. communities are detrimental to our youth, to public health, and to public safety.

Vickie's Opinion
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06/02/2015
States should not have been able to legalize marijuana......this should have been a federal yea or nay....but passing should have happened only after laws for control, driving, etc. we're in place. Again, we got the cart before the horse.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedApril 12th, 2013
    The amount of money that is poured into the enforcement of marijuana possession is unnecessary. We have to ask ourselves, does the punishment fit the crime? In this situation, no. This goes for all drug related crimes, the punishment should not be more harmful to the individual than the drug itself.
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    NO MORE DRUG WAR!! Stop the cycle of poverty and racism! We incarcerate 25% of the worlds prisoners! WTF America?!?
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    There are countless study's showing the medicinal use of marijuana but because of old ideology and a stigma that a generation of people that aren't even alive. When there was a prohibition on alcohol in this country, there was blood in the streets and criminal activity that was eventually overturned. Turn the dial forward 40 years later and now governments are declaring war on drugs. I think it's still insulting to me that we can buy tobacco products, alcohol, and countless other known dangerous and "legal" products, but to be jailed for a few grams of weed and nothing else is embarrassing! Why can't we just take a vote to the people!
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    ABSOLUTLY!!!
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    Yes I'm an x pot smoker it's not really harmful at all. Alcohol is a problem though but we can't get rid of it.
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    Federal laws need to respect individual state legislation.
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    Legalize recreational marijuana at the federal level.
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    As long as it is done legally.
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    As long as they're operating within that state's legal system, they should be protected. I thought states had the right in our Democracy (such as it is), to make laws in service of their constituents as long as they're not abridging others fundamental Constitutional and civil rights.
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    States should not have been able to legalize marijuana......this should have been a federal yea or nay....but passing should have happened only after laws for control, driving, etc. we're in place. Again, we got the cart before the horse.
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    Positively.
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    Yes. Specific to the states in which it's been legalized, until it is no longer federally banned.
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    Do we even have to ask this question in 2015?
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    Pot isn't dangerous
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    Because the President said he would stop doing this when he ran in 2012. Clearly a lie. He has approved federal arrest of more users and distributors than the last 5 presidents combined.
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    This is really only feasible in states that have legalized marijuana already (whether its recreational or medicinal). Hopefully federal legalization is on the horizon, though that seems doubtful.
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    Great for the the state(tax), great for business(capitalism) and great for the people(good times)
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