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Re: “County's pre-dawn surprise: 1A fails

I disagree, Spacecowboy. I think that marijuana has less detrimental effects on individuals and society as a whole than does alcohol. I agree with you that casual and recreational users of marijuana have been "gaming" the system to get a "medical pass" on their pot use. I believe, as you seem to, that these people are setting the medical marijuana advocates back in their efforts to legitimize their "medicine." I can imagine you'd see it otherwise, but maybe the following scenario would be interesting to you: Let's say that a concerned group of citizens were to band together to try and make Colorado Springs a "dry" town and outlaw all sales and consumption of alcohol (excepting religious usage) within city limits. There'd be plenty of anecdotal information and volumes of hard data to support the negative effects of societal and individual use of alcohol (DUIs, domestic abuse, liver disease, addiction, underage consumption, etc.). I think that, although such an effort is almost certainly doomed from the start, it might be an interesting counter argument to those who fear that marijuana is a gateway to a life of hard drug use, addiction and the attendant crime (which, let's face it, comes mostly from the black market that springs up whenever any prohibition is enacted). The opponents to such a measure would certainly point to the huge economic benefit that the recreational use of alcohol creates. (As for non-recreational use, I can only think of the sacramental wine used in Catholic and Episcopalian churches.) I also think opponents would point to the period of alcohol prohibition and the attendant rise of organized crime as another argument against constraining alcohol's sales and consumption. My point (finally): yes, there are some medical benefits to the use of marijuana, but the societal risks of keeping a relatively innocuous plant material from being readily enjoyed by those who want to party is plain foolish. OUTLAW ALCOHOL NOW (or accept that marijuana is only as harmful (and factually, a lot less harmful) than the consumption and sale of alcohol in our communities). We can either reap the economic benefits of legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana for personal use (regardless of the reasons why) or continue to throw up these bullshit arguments about it being a gateway drug and driver of violent criminal enterprise. LEGALIZE IT OR OUTLAW ALCOHOL. Why not give it a try?

Posted by seriously on 11/03/2010 at 2:30 PM

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